Am finally back
Sorry for the delay: I'm finally back.
I was in Seattle for nearly all of December, visiting family. Apologies to my friends over there: due to our tight schedule, I made the decision that I'd be visiting only family, not friends. I'll be back in Seattle in a few months for a fairly large family get-together, so I'll catch up with friends at that point.
Over the next few weeks I'll post some blog entries remedially.
Once I got to Seattle (in very early December), I discovered that I couldn't remember my gmail password -- so I couldn't access my e-mail account -- or my blog! Thus, the big gap in blog entries. The lesson learned is to not change my password the day before flying out on vacation -- or, if I do, to write it down and carry it with me. And Google didn't believe my various attempts to restore my account while away -- so I had to wait until I got home.
Awkwardly, once I got back to Brisbane -- after being away for nearly a month -- I discovered that I had also forgotten my computer login. Or rather: I'm pretty sure I remembered the "log in after the screensaver kicks in" password, because I use that several times a day. But I couldn't remember the "decrypt the hard drive" password that preceeds the other one, because I only use that once every day or so.
Actually, I'm pretty sure I did remember it -- but the computer didn't believe me. Maybe I used to hit "shift" in a way that I don't remember.
For security reasons, I hadn't written the password down. Hm. That's gonna change...
So, after many, many failed attempts at unlocking my computer, I ended up having to wipe everything and re-install Mint Linux 17. Took about an hour for the install, but another hour or two for me to re-install addtional bits of software (e.g. recording software). So, not horrible.
Luckily I didn't lose any actual data (documents, photos, audio files), because I had done a full backup (but not a disk image; just all my personal files) before we went on vacation. But it was still a bit of a nuisance.
But -- now I'm back!
And I hadn't realized how... lost... I was without my computer.
So now -- over the next few weeks -- I get to empty the photos off my phone, write down a very long list of quotes, log the gifts I received for Christmas, and -- eventually! -- record a song I wrote about a really nice guy at work.