I had to move to a hotel this week, during construction and repair of my home. I told the movers: everything on my desk, items on the bed and my computer were going to the hotel/with me and give me notice before unplugging the power cord from the wall.
Being men(?), they did not listen. They packed items on my bed, asked why I wanted to take desk things, yanked the cords out of the computer, made a neat little pile of them --asked what I wanted to do with the power cord. I wanted to tell them....
"Surprise" --couldn't log-on.
A tech, on the phone: By walking me thru clever diagnosis and using tweezers--I happened to have handy, along with about four dozen other items "movers" didn't see a reason to pack, after the move from hell--got the monitor working. He had me straighten the tiny wires inside the monitor plug, very very gently --too much pressure: wires would break = need a new monitor, cuz monitor cord can't be replaced (--it's built-in). One side of the plug: screw missing, but the other side still had screw and enough thread still attached to get monitor on.
I choose the hotel because they 'assured' me I could get on the net. The manager: suddenly didn't want me to use dial-up, "that would tie up a line" but he wouldn't mind if I bought an ether card from him. Uhm, no thanks. He said their contractor tech was on his way over, they would send him up. Six hours later, he did, they did.
He tried all the combinations I had tried, none worked. Then he got a phone cord from his truck, plugged that into one hole of the phone and plugged the existing cord into the other phone slot. He reasoned the existing cord must be for wireless/couldn't handle dial-up. I had re-programmed the set-up to dial "9" for an outside line, re-checked everything and: bingo. Yesterday: Working monitor, on-line = three days, 12 hours.
So the mystery: why movers do not listen but techies do? Do techies make better friends, lovers, husbands than movers? I suspect: yup! Yeah Techies!
The other moral of the story: it's not the valid license/no complaints on file/insurnace --those are just the basics. --And Pay NO attention to moving co. salesman who estimates cost of moving, they Will Say Any Thing to get the job. Choose a mover: who LISTENS. It's not fun repeating instructions three --four times and finding valuable things in the trash --cuz they 'decided' it wasn't worth packing.
And: Never use the mover I used. I told the one doing the kitchen: pack everything under the sink, plumbers have to work there; he decided not to pack things in the drawers, under-sink supplies. They quit before finishing, house has things in every room and all the garden furniture left, but they can't return until Wednesday, when the contractor and all his men will be trying to work... the move from hell.... Hurt my knee, back is killing me, I'm dog-tired, after four days I already loathe eating out.... I need a drink --naturally the "movers" from hell packed the wine and the booze.
Ah well, the d a V i n e news I'm back on-line, at least I can blog, the last post got 2nd highest feed traffic. The Bad: same movers have to move my things back...guess they'll put it all in one room....
All Off Topic, but if you ever have to move, maybe the puter stuff will help you.
Happy Earth Day,