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Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

She is active in the community having served as PTA President of a local elementary school, on the board of the Salt Lake Mothers of Twins, as a district round-table trainer with the Cub Scouts, as a volunteer for Sidelines (a support network for Women on bed rest during pregnancy) and she and her husband are active in the LDS Church.

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"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Computer is down

I was telling a friend the other day about being nervous about my computer. It had been acting sluggish. My hubby had ordered a backup system for our computers but it had not yet arrived.

Yesterday I had a bit of a challenge getting my desktop to boot up. I got it running and all was going fine...

...until today.

I got up to put finishing touches on a Sunday school lesson I had to teach today. This time my computer said, "NO WAY JOSE!!" My oldest son did his best to figure out the problem. Later, my dear shweetie hubby took over. No, it is still not working, but at least he has saved the contents of my hard disk. WHAT A MAN!

He took my hard drive out of my computer, connected it to his computer and transfered a bunch of files from my HD to his despite getting errors on the disk.

I do not know when I will have it up and working again, but I am happy that my pictures, writings, web designs, and other miscellaneous files are still accessible.

For now, I will be accessing the internet via my laptop and perhaps I can convince my oldest son to let me use his computer to play my favorite computer game...City of Heroes/Villains.

If not...patience is a virtue!


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On Monday, May 05, 2008 7:55:00 AM, Blogger Brooke wrote...

Sorry to hear about the computer. I'm glad you didn't loose anything, though!

*Mac* ;)

On Monday, May 05, 2008 9:53:00 AM, Blogger John wrote...

Hang in there, Kelly. Try to think about the days--not too long ago--when we went about our lives without PCs, if only to remind yourself that it's not the life-support system it has begun to feel like.

(I have to remind myself of the same thing--though it's small comfort...)

On Monday, May 05, 2008 10:49:00 AM, Blogger nanc wrote...

i thought mine was going down for the big one last friday, but it ended up being the phone company's fault.



On Monday, May 05, 2008 4:58:00 PM, Blogger John wrote...


On Monday, May 05, 2008 5:45:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Hey all, we are still trying to figure out what is wrong with my desktop.

John, yes, I think we rely too much on our links to the outside world. I am actually thankful for my laptop...though it doesn't do everything I want it to do.

Nanc, It's all in fun.

On Tuesday, May 06, 2008 5:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

If there were errors in your file data, sounds like the hard drive was starting to crash. C'est la vie!

On Tuesday, May 06, 2008 5:39:00 PM, Blogger John M Olsen wrote...

Bad RAM. If I'd known that at first, I could have avoided:

* Repairing XP by plugging it into my system.
* Installing XP on a new drive.
* Yanking the video card.
* Reinstalling ALL the XP updates (about 120 of 'em).
* Putting the video card back in.
* Reinstalling motherboard and video drivers.
* Pulling replacement memory from one of the kids' computers.

Well, I still would have done that last step.

But at least it works now and she can chat and play. Used to be all you needed for that was a porch and a checkers board. ;)

John, Kelly's tech support

On Tuesday, May 06, 2008 6:45:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Yes, John O., my incredibly handsome, hunk of a tech support hubby, was able to fix my computer. I often joke that I married him for his tech support.

THANK YOU, John O!!!!

On Tuesday, May 06, 2008 8:37:00 PM, Blogger John wrote...

You guys make a good team. Kelly troubleshot my blog once:

On Tuesday, May 06, 2008 11:25:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Ah, John, I remember that. It was an issue of too many entries due to the length of your posts that caused a funny bug on your blog. We reduced the number of entries per page and voila, all happy.

I guess being married to a computer geek has its advantages...not the least of which is that some of his skills have rubbed off on to me.

On Wednesday, May 07, 2008 10:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Kelly, must be nice to be married to a 24/7 computer support team! LOL

John, "yanking" anything sounds horrible! Sounds like 'yanking teeth' LOL Sorry your day off was spent in the computer hospital!

Glad all is well in the O household once again :)


On Wednesday, May 07, 2008 12:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

How old was the computer/ RAM, if you don't mind me asking?

On Wednesday, May 07, 2008 5:00:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

"Kelly, must be nice to be married to a 24/7 computer support team! LOL "

Actually, I have learned how to do most of my own tech support...and I am sure, John would not like it if I was constantly asking for help with my computer. In fact, our older boys have learned to do some of their own tech support.

JSG, the RAM was 266 DDR 512k. The newer DDR2s won't connect in my computer. I am not sure when we got this particular stick of RAM.

On Thursday, May 08, 2008 8:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

It's just the probabilities say that 99.9% of the failures would happen in the 1st 100 hours or so of use. This sounds like a pretty old part, well burned in and past the point where one would expect a premature failure.

Anything changed by way of the motherboards thermal environment?


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