If you follow me on Twitter you know that Wednesday night my computer died. I couldn't even boot into Safe Mode. If you know anything about Windows you know that basically means you're done for. :) Lenovo doesn't support the X200 in Europe so that was extra special. I decided I was going to buy a cheap netbook, fix the Lenovo when I got back to the US (it's under warranty), sell them both, and buy a Macbook Pro.
At about 2 am, right before going to bed I decided to try to start the computer up again. Somehow I got into Lenovo Recovery and was able to use the Recovery Partition to install a clean copy of Windows. Amazing. Then on Thursday it died again and I couldn't get it to work.
So I went to Media Markt (electronics store chain) and bought the cheapest netbook they had. Acer Aspire One for 1249 PLN. They were running a promotion though. For every 100 PLN spent you get a 10 PLN gift card. So I got a 120 PLN gift card. I'm not a fan of working on a netbook. I did that for 4 months in Australia and New Zealand and it's a bit of a pain. I'll sell this thing (as mentioned above) when I get back to the States. Woohoo!
Fortunately, I'm one of those smart dudes (haha!) who backs up his computer regularly. My last backup was actually 2 hours before the first crash.
Even though I had my backup I still had that "sinking feeling" in my stomach. I knew all my "important" photos/videos/written words were backed up, but the loss of a computer still brings up those feelings. If you have anything on your computer that you'd be slightly upset with losing, go do a backup now. Either using a paid online service, or an external hard drive. It'll be money well spent.
Onward with saaaaaawwwwwweeeeeeeeetttttt links ...
2) This was my first ProBlogger guest post. I sent it to Darren 3 months ago. Here's the tweet that first pitched the article.
Lesson learned here? If you've got a blog and you're trying to guest post somewhere be patient and persistent.
Managing Time Like Money by TynanI really like this post from Tynan. I feel the same way. Especially: "I spend money when there’s a reason to, not when I have it." Back in the days I used to search for things to spend my money on. Now, if I need something I buy it. For the most part, I never need anything. ;) My largest expense is usually food. I like to support vegan/vegetarian restaurants (especially in traditionally non-veg places like Poland) so I eat at Vega or Green Way here in Wroclaw almost every day. I also buy a lot of fresh fruit from Hala Targowa. (It's the huge "farmer's" market where I found my black beans!)
How Much Money Do You Want To Make This Year by Danielle LaporteIn keeping with the money theme (what money theme?) this is a great article about something I agree with wholeheartedly. Especially the part about ramen noodles and yachts. ;)
44 Things I'm Too Shy To Tell You (A Reintroduction of Sorts) by Lisa Sonora BeamLisa rocks. I interviewed her for HTLA and, even though we speak regularly, I didn't know 98% of this stuff! :)
7 Reasons Why I Do It Every Day by Nicky HajalThis is a great article if you're struggling to make stuff happen. Nicky breaks down his process (like just walk to the gym, and when you get there you'll probably want to work out) for forming habits.
That's it for this week! Thank you so much for kicking ass.
Oh, wait ... from here on out, unless I'm asking a question in the Sweet Shit Saturday, I'm turning comments off.