If I were more (completely?) neurotic and irrational, I would say TextStyle1 is possessed. After the xth system seizure last night and running different software applications to see if not running one in particular might lead to no more crashing (unsuccessful attempts), I began to suspect the problem might be with one of the “input devices” — keyboard or mouse — even though the Event Viewer isn’t reporting any problems there. So before going to bed, I logged onto both TextStyle1 and TextStyle2 and, once logged on, avoided touching TextStyle1 and worked only on TextStyle2. But when I woke up this morning, TextStyle1 had seized again.

Now the lead I’m following, though I’m not particularly optimistic, is that the screensaver (simple Windows marquee) might be tripping things up all of a sudden, so I changed it to “None.” What I’d really like right now is to have my friend Richard take a look at TextStyle1. While he no longer works for the company that sold me this computer, he’s damn good when it comes to figuring out problems like I’m experiencing. I mean, it MUST be a case of “stuff” being tangled up and needing to be untangled…

Except that I hate to ask him, because we haven’t had the opportunity to see or speak to each much in the last few months, and I don’t want to seem like I’m just using him. Of course, I’d make him a few great meals for his troubles — he likes being fed — but still… And if indeed I’m going to have to bite the bullet and get a new system, he’s the person I’d trust most to help me buy that new system even though he tends to like Microsoft products much more than I do.

I wish the timing were right for me to make a big change to Linux. Someone suggested recently that I should consider a Mac because it’s like Linux with the apps set up already. He should know, having played with one or more Linux distros. But I can’t help feeling that now is not the time for such a fundamental change in the way I do things.

{3} Thoughts on “Possessed

  1. Maurice, I’m going to encourage you to give Richard a call. If I or anyone else who comments on your site (or interacts with you via the HM forum–I guess I’m talking about folks we know in common…) were Richard, we’d be delighted to hear from you and most pleased to lend a hand in resolving your computer woes.

    Good Luck! 🙂

  2. Thank you, Jim, that’s very nice of you to say that. I just tried reaching Richard — I don’t have his new home phone number, so I have to get a hold of him through a circuitous way. I need to, because my system has become so unstable that it’s getting tough to get much work done. And that won’t do.

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