Have you ever had your heart broken? It is not a good feeling at all. Let me try to make a long story short. In September, I attended a live crop on Cocoa Beach hosted by fellow scrapbooking buddies turned friends. It was special “me” time. Gretchen and Karen know that I don’t often get a lot of time to work on my own projects and this weekend would be perfect for me. I decided that I wasn’t going to work on a project, but that I would work on organizing my content. Those of you who know me know that I have a strategically organized library folders. I love categories and heavily rely upon my very detailed category system. I don’t love tags. I recently started tagging, but it is very low on my list of priorities. At this event in Cocoa Beach, I spent all of my time purging kits and tweaking categories. I eliminated 1,000 kits from Artisan and fine-tuned my categories. Then I downloaded about 100 new art kits that I wanted to play with. Before the weekend was over, all of my kits were reorganized and in their appropriate categories. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment.
Here is a peak at my categories so you can see how detailed my categories were:
Fast forward to last week (just three weeks after Cocoa Beach and my content organization fest), I was changing some settings to my computer which required me to restart my computer before the changes would take effect. When I went to restart I had two options: Install updates and shutdown or Install updates and restart. I was hours away from leaving for another live event (the FOREVER Retreat in Richmond, VA), so I really didn’t want to chance an update. It seemed, however, that I didn’t have any other choice. I chose to Install updates and shutdown. When I rebooted my computer and went to turn my music back on, I didn’t have audio. Oh no! Then, my display was not extending to my second screen. Yikes! I would get an error message every time I tried to extend my display. I quickly realized that I would not be able to connect my computer to present my training at the Retreat which I was headed to in a few hours. The problems continued, my USB ports stopped functioning properly and my printer drivers were acting up. At midnight, I called ASUS Tech support. I couldn’t believe they answered. They tried several things (a BIOS reset, reinstalling drivers, etc), but after a half hour, they advised me that I needed to do a factory reset. They said that I could do a reset and keep my data. I wasn’t too worried about the data. I have multiple extensive backups. I was worried about the time that would be involved in restoring my computer to its pre-reset glory. In the end, I did the reset that would allow my data to stay on my computer. Wouldn’t you know it – it worked! My computer was back to normal. Well…not quite, but it was fully functioning.
Now, at 2:00 am I begun the tedious task of getting Artisan reinstalled. It took no time to import my content, but when I went to add the backup of my categories, I realized that during the reset, changes were made to my computer drive. I now had a Windows.old directory and my content wasn’t exactly where it was before. This meant I couldn’t restore the categories that I painstakingly organized. That is when my heart broke. I had just completed the organization less than a month prior and now all of my hard work was gone. ***sigh***
Well, the good news is I have copies of my categories so I can put them back in just a few minutes. Then if I set a goal of spending 15 minutes per day adding the kits back to the categories, I will be good to go in just a few weeks. After all, I would much rather categorize 2,000 kits, than tag 150,000 elements any day.
My computer has a long way to go to get back to where it was. I had MS Office, Adobe, Dropbox, Email, VPN Servers, GotoMeeting, Camtasia, and other programs that need to be reinstalled. I just need an extra minute in an hour, an extra hour in a day, and an extra day in a week. One thing I realized, is that I have a lot of crap! Meaningful crap. If everything on my computer harddrive actually took up space in my house, I would only have standing room. THANK GOODNESS FOR DIGITAL.
As I end my blog, I just gotta let you all know that two days ago (not even a full week after the update) I go to shut down my computer I had two options: Install updates and shutdown or Install updates and restart. Needless to day, my computer has been on since that day.
(I will update, I just want to give it another week or two before I try.)