In fact the problems have been so bad that I actually went down to Staples and considered buying a new Windows laptop. There is one piece of software and one MLS system where I have to use Windows to participate. I hate to give in and buy a new Windows machine.
I tried several things to repair or reinstall Windows without a lot of luck. I was almost done formatting one of the drives but I have now seen the blue screen of death and it is telling me it cannot format the drive. I guess it is a new drive or a new computer.
However, to get myself through the forms I had to print tonight I installed Windows on MacBook. It turned out to be much easier and faster than installing in on my Dell. Unfortunately I can't seem to get Microsoft to recognize the activation code which must be somehow tied to my almost dead Dell hardware. That gives me only 30 days to come up with a solution.
I am almost to the point with computers, that I would just as soon not use them, but I cannot figure out how to get my job done without them. They have reached the point of being a necessary evil for me no matter who designs them and that includes Steve Jobs and his bunch of cronies.
So after a tough day of battling hardware, it was a great pleasure to have the first tomato sandwich of the year. Unfortunately for Roanoke area readers, that ripe red tomato came from a hot house in Cape Carteret, NC so I wish you luck in finding something as tasty.
Our friends over at Bucks Corner Farm just off Route 58, not far from Emerald Isle, are the suppliers. While they are just starting to get tomatoes, they are literally swimming in fresh strawberries. We have taken to making strawberry smoothies every night. We just use a few frozen berries, some light yogurt and as many strawberries as it takes to fill up the glasses. It's absolutely delicious and much better than wrestling with stupid technology that sometimes causes more grief than anything.