April 18, 2012

Arg! Why is it that disasters happen when I’d much rather not deal with them? They never come when I’m feeling fighting fit and at the top of my game. It’s always when I’m already a bag of whingey snot (I know, I know, but it’s true and I’m honest to a fault – I’d just look away if I were you) that calamity strikes.

This time it’s Child Two’s GCSE work, which was all on a memory stick, and is now, apparently, up the swanee instead. Yes, she is 14, and yes, she is TOO YOUNG to be doing a GCSE, but tell that to the school. It’s compulsory. I’m not being pushy, really I’m not. I don’t want her to do it at all.

I was more or less resigned to it until yesterday, as I thought she would make a good job of it in the end after a somewhat rocky start (not her fault). But that was before she got into the car and burst into tears. Her entire year’s coursework has disappeared from this silly little memory stick (or Alzheimer’s stick, as it should now be known). Of course she hadn’t backed it up or saved it anywhere or printed it out. She’s 14, for goodness sake, and doesn’t have all that experience that we greybeards (I’m speaking for myself, obvs) have of computers suddenly going blank, disks warping, hard drives exploding or, worse, screens displaying those ultra-creepy ‘fatal error’ messages. She’s grown up in the innocent, post-Apple era, where you buy a super-sleek, shiny white gizmo with no instructions, power it up and surf away into the ether without once thinking that anything could go wrong.

Anyway, now it has. Gone wrong, that is. I’ve got an emergency ICT man on his way, I’ve got the school on speed dial, I’ve got the teacher’s private email and yes, I also have a jumbo box of tissues to hand. Wish me luck.

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  • Addy April 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    OMG. I feel for you and for Child Two. That is awful. Maybe the IT man can retrieve things from the hard-drive. Do hope so. Modern technology can be so cruel at times. In the olden days it would have all been written out in fountain-pen smudges in an exercise book, covered in sticky-back plastic. Those were the days! Do hope your calamity is resolved soon in time for the deadlines.

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks, Addy! Oh for the days of exercise books! I’ve got everything crossed – but it’s all supposed to be in by Friday. Argh! Anyway IT man has picked up the stick now so it’s in the lap of the gods!

  • English Mum April 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Oh god the poor thing. Hope it gets sorted x

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Thank you! Still looking pretty disastrous this morning. She’s going to stay late at school to try and cobble some stuff together …… x

  • Rosie Scribble April 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Oh no! I remember that happening with my university thesis. I was old enough to know better then. Hope it all gets sorted. You’ll have to update this post with news. x

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Thanks, Rosie. I’m hoping that some good may come of this, in that she may remember to save stuff by the time she’s at uni. Poor you with your thesis, I hope you managed to sort something out?! x

  • Naomi Richards April 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Alice poor her. I completely have sympathy. My laptop died last year and I lost everything and the hard drive where we back everything up to was not working. I did not know that at the time. I hope you get it back – good luck

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks, Naomi – unfortunately the latest is that nothing more can be retrieved from the memory stick, but she can do a different version of the exam (but only get a half qualification). Honestly – technology!! So sorry to hear about your laptop, I get very attached to my PCs and it’s like a pet dying when anything goes wrong! My computer guy is very good if you have any future problems (though even he couldn’t sort out the memory stick), I’ll give you his number if you ever need it! Ax