I wrote Epiworld, Big Brother and Goalden Sky on that poor four-year-old war horse. I wore its keyboard out to within an inch of its life. The power button fell off and nearly ended up in the vacuum cleaner, so had to be held on with sticky tape; the F3 key did fall off and God knows where it ended up! The letters on the rest of the keys wore down that much I thought about replacing them with Scrabble letters (thank goodness I’m a trained typist!). Finally, the internal battery conked out. Now not even the power cable will switch it on (which is annoying because I wanted to check whether I’d won the Euromillions lottery last night) wouldn’t work this morning. In short, my Compaq has passed away 😦
In its place my husband, Father Christmas, gave me a HP Notebook laptop on Christmas Day, having been the one to put the sticky tape on the Compaq power button and having known the fact my internal battery was dying. I was amazed! It’s faster, has terabytes in it with an Intel core i5 (yeah, whatever), but it missed one thing: Microsoft Office.
Father Christmas installed that this morning. I set up and checked my email: didn’t win a brass farthing on the Euromillions! 😦 I do have Word now, though, and can continue with my new book…the problem is I can’t copy what I started on the old laptop to continue with it because I hadn’t backed it up on my memory stick! It will now require a hard disk backup so I can get the files I need.