How do you solve a problem on your computer?

Computers are both the nectar of my existence and the bane of it. Having one for as long as I’ve had it, I can’t see myself ever living without it. However I am not at all good at dealing with the problems bound to crop up simply because I own a computer. I like to think of myself as cool and collected enough to sort through anything. But I’m always so afraid that I’ll screw something up by trying to fix something… I don’t know how to get over that.

I can Google solutions with the best of them. That’s the easy part. Implementing the solutions is another thing entirely. Especially when the instructions involve seemingly random groups of letters like DHCP and DNS and ISP and networks (the latest things I’ve seen) and such things. I can’t help but think “what if I make it worse? how will I survive?”

That may be a bit overdramatic but it’s true.

There’s also the problem that I didn’t know Microsoft was pulling support for Windows 7 until literally the day before it happened. I realize this may be my fault. It may explain the new problems I’m noticing. However, seeing that Windows 10 is going to be free soon, I’d rather not have to buy Windows 8.1 just to need to update that too. So if Windows 10 could hurry up and be released, that’d be fantastic.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep Googling and working up the nerve to patch it up while I wait.

Incidentally, if you’re reading this and know anything about DNCP (I think that’s the right order of the letters) and DNS as related to ISP (I know that’s Internet Service Provider), drop me a comment and point me in the right direction? I’ll owe you one.

Now I think I’ll go and see if there’s an update for my aging router. (Also, when my internet has been dropped lately, my router is still lit green and seems to be going… if that helps figure out my problem.) Maybe that’s the problem. I’ve seen some mentions of routers as related to these letters I’m seeing…

It’s October!

But you probably knew that.

The worst thing about October is that November comes next. October is pretty; a riot of colors in the trees, the chance to drown in Halloween candy and pumpkin spice everything, the crispness in the air. November is a harsh reminder that the riot of colors we loved in October is really death and decay, Halloween candy and pumpkin spice everything are fattening and filled with chemicals, and the crispness turns too quickly to snow.

I’m a pessimist, I know.

Winter sucks.

I bet you’ve heard that before.

I know I have.

So please do pardon me while I whine a little bit about the weather. Just to get back at me, please do feel free to whine about your weather in a comment on this blog post.

Anyway, why does winter suck for me right now?

Mostly because it’s only January 27, but also most recently because Lake Erie (of which I am a close neighbor) is 95% frozen over. This means that there will be colder temperatures and less snow.

I think I could deal with these colder-than-Alaska temperatures if there was more snow. It would seem more like actual winter.

This is why winter sucks. For me.