Well yesterday was a heck of a day.
After Saturday's excitement of buying a new laptop, then the disappointment of not being able to connect to my dial-up, I was up early, faffing around, waiting for 11am when Officeworks would open, so I could trot across the road and buy the Ethernet cable.
While I waited, I transferred my entire picture and document files over to the new laptop.
I thought that would take hours, but really, it didn't.
It was a simple matter of loading all the files onto several flash drives, then plugging those into the Toshiba Satellite and uploading the whole shebang.
Anyway, over to Officeworks, where I was told, "I don't think they make Ethernet cables. We don't have any."
Well, what would you suggest?
"A pre-paid mobile dial-up modem, but we don't have any in stock right now"
Oh, isn't that just fine and dandy!!
Left Officeworks and walked to Norwood. To Dick Smith.
Where they have Ethernet cables in various lengths.
I chose one and asked about an adapter so that I could plug my phone line into one end and the new cable into the other end, then the other cable end into the laptop.
You'll never guess what happened.
That's right. The cable didn't fit into the adapter.
Back to Dick Smith. Returned the items to a different salesperson, discussed what I needed and he sold me a regular phone cable with a normal connection on one end and an ethernet connection on the other.
Just exactly what I'd needed in the first place.
But it still didn't work.
It connected just fine, all plugs fitting neatly where they should, but optusnet not being able to connect.
Still. Again. Just like on the old laptop. Not happy Optus!
Luckily I'd also bought a Dodo mobile wireless broadband usb doodad.
Plugged that in, installed it successfully, connected, and here I am, back on the internet.
I'm told that Windows 7 works better with broadband anyway and I was planning on switching, just not right now.
I have a new email address.
If you need me to email the exact address, let me know, the old email is still available on the old laptop until the pre-paid hours run out around June 7th.
So, learning curve? Not so steep. I found this new system quite easy to get used to.
We'll see how I go with a photo post......
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