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Computer toys for Jen

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Today was a day when I just didn’t love my job as much as I normally do.  We had 18 kids at the day care by 8AM.  The two big rooms were filled with kids from the age of 1 to the age of 10.
Too many kids, not enough room.  It was rather ‘zoo-ish’.

On a good note, however, I came home to find FedEx delivering one of the ‘toys’ I bought for myself last week.  A Bytecc hard drive enclosure.  (Okay, maybe not what you might consider a toy, but anything electronic that I can play with is definitely a toy to me!)  After my last computer upgrade, I was left with a 1 gig internal hard drive.  Not much, but now I can turn it to an external hard drive – kind of like a big zip disk.  It’s is a pretty good model so far….it connects through USB and has an internal fan to keep it cool.  There is no transformer…just a plug to the outlet.  And, it gives me something to format today.  I usually can’t go a few months without feeling the need to reformat one of my hard drives.  I like starting fresh.
Well, the next thing I am waiting for is a web cam.  I bought one that attaches to my laptop.  I expect that the quality won’t be terribly fabulous, but hey, that’s what you get when you buy things on sale.

Wish me luck…

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This article: How to reformat your hard drive and reinstall Windows XP should give you an idea about how I have decided to spend the next 24 hours.
My computer has been acting…weird…and slow…and I just don’t like it!
I bought a new motherboard (Intel’s D865PERL….I am soooooo excited about that!) the other day and tomorrow my new computer case should be arriving. (I needed a case to hold an ATX motherboard) Next on the list is a 3.2 Gigahertz processor and some new RAM and I will be zoooooooming! I hope!
But, in the meantime, I need to clear out the mess on my computer and give it a chance to breathe clearly again. Then I will work on transferring everything to my new computer.

The worst part is reformatting….I keep having this fear that I am going to forget to back something up and then I’ll never see it again. I suppose the most important thing is really my email and my pictures. Everything else I can really download again if I needed to, but I would never be able to get back my old email messages and pictures.
Well, wish me luck and I’ll let you know how everything goes tomorrow. XP can be tricky sometimes and I just hope it doesn’t give me any trouble.