More About Old Henry
As promised, here is the continuing the saga of Old Henry. As you will recall, I mentioned in my last post that with all the surgical procedures and other treatments from the computer doctor, I had hoped Henry would be back up to full par action again. I’m sorry to report that the old boy suffered a relapse, and like a tired old work horse who has seen better days, I had to put him out to pasture. Hopefully, he lived out his last days in peace with someone less demanding than I, and passed into computer heaven with dignity.
For those who may not have read my last post, you may have guessed by now that Henry was my old tower computer. I wrote of his ailing, and that I had called in the computer doctor to see if we could get to the root of Henry’s problem. Turns out, he was simply getting too old for the task, so I had to replace him with a younger stronger model. I hadn’t realized just how ill Henry really was. He was relatively slow at performing his tasks, but until his replacement showed up, I hadn’t realized how slow.
He had problems with his dial up duties(Henry and I are alike in that we are a bit old fashioned. He worked off phone land-lines instead of a wireless connection). The doctor checked Henry’s modem and it seemed okay, but still, it would take several attempts before Henry made connection to the Internet server, and when he finally did connect, he had trouble verifying his connection. He also had difficulty opening certain documents, and it took him several minutes to get into my email account.
The computer doctor determined Henry might have a hidden cancer somewhere in his system that was affecting various functions. The doctor also mentioned there might be problems with Henry’s Motherboard, whatever the heck that is. I don’t pretend to understand the language of computereze, but I’m assuming the Motherboard is likened to the heart or other vital organs in us humans.
Anyway, whatever the problem, we decided it might be terminal, and it would be in my best interest to hire a new apprentice to Henry; give him or her a quick crash course in assimilating all Henry’s valuable information, and let him, or her, take over Henry’s duties before the old boy croaked. So that’s what we did.
I’m happy to report this younger apprentice has been with me for nearly five years and is doing very well. He’s a sleek little laptop guy that I’ve named Harvey, and I only have to tell him once, and he gets things done(have to scold him much less often than I did Henry). He has much more energy than old Henry, and performs his tasks in a much more timely manner.
“So I bid Henry farewell. I probably should say that I miss the old boy, but in view of all the frustration he caused me those past years, I think it’s best we parted ways. “Enjoy your retirement, Henry.”
Well, folks, so ends the saga of my aging ailing computer. So, until it’s time for me to join Henry, I’m hopeful, this younger stronger, more energetic young guy will continue to be up to the task, and I can keep on doing what this post is supposed to be about—old memories and nostalgia with an occasional soapbox sermon, and a plug for my latest book thrown into the mix. I will say this, however. In spite of my getting along better with Harvey than I did with Henry, I certainly hope wherever we go after this life, there are none of these blasted computers there. 🙂 Have a good rest of the week.
Speaking of a plug for my latest book, why not take a few minutes and visit the “Books” page or the “In The Works” page of this website and read about my new forthcoming novel, LouIsa—Iron Dove of The Frontier.