Date: 20 November 2020. Website Woes
If it were not for my wonderful
home, the netbook from Karl (thank you Cap'n), a new sage-green
Kindle paperwhite (birthday gift extraordinaire) and the Verizon
tablet (continued gratitude to Cap'n Gary) surely I would have gone
crazy during the month of October.
At first I mistakenly thought my
computer issues were with the netbook that was gifted to
me a few years back. I do work on it for many hours each day. A
failure though unwanted could be expected due to age/usage. When my
files were not opening up properly I was stymied. An article titled
New Alternator Bracket was written, and then, well, nothing worked.
To say the situation was frustrating is an understatement.
Important to Know:
The failure is NOT online. It is in my at home working copy of the
The above photo was taken in 2014. Sticking out the
USB port is a CORSAIR
↑ thumb drive aka
Rather than store my working files in the
cloud, I keep them on a portable Corsair thumb drive. I know "cloud" is a
sneaky way of saying "someone else's computer" out of my control.
To me that is disturbing. I trust myself more than a large corporation with
machines goodness knows where on the globe. Over the past 30-plus
years my system of at home storage has worked well for me.
For the curious geek, the
file I created that first displayed
the oddity is in this folder:
New Alternator Bracket ←direct link to
the corrupted file] is showing as the appropriate size. I
cannot open it to tweak the html.
I suspect I messed up the *i frame* part of the coding, though I
really cannot be certain what caused the fiasco. That there is
something wrong is apparent to me. Argh...
This picture of the Newest
granddaughter summarizes well
how I often felt when dealing with the ding-dang
Many cups of coffee were
consumed while attempting first one fix and then another, and
As long as one has to fight electronics, coffee helps. A lot of
caffeine had been consumed in my efforts. Finally
I arrived at the probable cause. I came to
believe the issue was not with the netbook. That was the good news.
The bad news was that in August I had replaced my Corsair flash drive with a
new larger capacity thumb drive. Instead of buying another Corsair I opted for a
less-expensive, no-name 16-gig memory stick I had purchased for
music a couple years back. The new one was never intended for the
The choice to use a
cheap flash drive was
a HUGE mistake. The fault is entirely my own.
The fallout was an unmitigated disaster.
This is infrastructure, and yes, I
do know better. The month of October was spent attempting to
retrieve an article. A lot of files on that thumb drive would open
fine once. Then the next time the same files would not open properly
due to *binary code issues.
*binary code: I don't even know
how to write that, so naturally I am baffled. Sigh.
I should have simply given up and
started over. Sometimes my determination to succeed causes me problems. I did not give up soon enough.
Fortunately, I have buddies who
help keep my sanity intact as long as I keep the hotdogs coming.
Buddy ↑ is my favorite night
Meanwhile the Original Grand called inviting
me to holiday with her at Disney. I immediately said yes.
Thus I went away for a week. Disney
is and was totally wonderful. We had overcast days along with misty
rains. The only downpours were while we were inside restaurants
eating. As usual, Kidlet organized everything well. She and her
husband have a wonderful family. I am fortunate.
The holiday was totally amazing.
Still, it was good to be home with my great blue heron Ella among
return I slept for a solid day. That was followed by a couple days
relaxing and reading on my new Kindle paperwhite. Life
aboard Seaweed is indeed the best.
After recovering from the fun at Disney I made a renewed effort to
discover what went wrong with the files and fix same. First in that
regard was the purchase of two new larger capacity Corsair brand
flash drives. One
now holds my website.
I have found good copies of the files that
were corrupted. The exception is
THIS one aka the New Alternator Bracket
article mentioned previously. A
fresh copy of my previous backup dated 12 August 2020 was installed
on the new Corsair. Everything I have done since then is now
downloaded too. I am ramping up to
Folks cannot imagine how
frustrating it was to not be able to open my files on the home
netbook. It was a mess.
Now however my new Corsair is just like the old one except it has a
larger capacity to accommodate more of everything.
What I need most is to get out at anchor someplace
peaceful... Looking out my port side is pretty though.
The canal is beautiful. This
↑ is looking eastward at
sunset. That's a big Viking sportsfish on the right.
In the meantime there are
pictures to process, a huge backlog of emails, along with the normal
day-to-day stuff that comes with living aboard a boat. I do
appreciate so much your patience.
If any of you can make that
broken file into something
usable, I would REALLY really appreciate it.
So that is life aboard Seaweed. A
real article will be arriving in a few days. Thank you for waiting
for me, and for reading. I appreciate both.
Have any of you experienced a flash drive failure?
And, were you able to recover your data?
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