Last Friday, my decade-old work buddy decided to retire. Four days after Cyber Monday... Sad times.
The poor thing froze a little after 1 pm, displaying pink lines on a black background. It looked bad. I tried to keep cool, which wasn't a given: I had no backup of my Map of Iceland!
I turned the 2009 Imac off, allowed it to cool and switched it back on. It failed to boot up, the progress bar froze halfway. Still, I did not cry. I forced shutdown and started it in Safe Mode (by holding down the Shift key). It was slow but worked. The pink vertical lines were still there, on a white background, the graphics all jumbled up, the video card so very DEAD. I managed to log in to the desktop, backed up my map and all necessary data on an external drive and thanked Manannan.
A quick online search returned a couple of fixes, one of them is to bake, yes you read that correctly, bake your video card in the oven at 190°C for ten minutes to supposedly reflow your graphics card. Or you could go down the more traditional route of having the video card replaced professionally for £250-£350. So, as much as I enjoyed working on my 2009 Imac, realistically, it's time to move on. Considering its age, the video card is the first breakdown of many to come.
I bit the bullet and ordered a new computer yesterday, considering today's insane specs, this new workmate should revolutionise my working days: no more rainbow wheel!?! Can that be? Oli is also quite chuffed, " We'll be able to play video games online again!", apparently there's more out there than building worlds on Minecraft with my kids.
I have at least a week (probably more with the usual pre-Christmas postal clog-ups) before my new computer arrives. In the meantime, I'll accept that my Icelandic Map will not be finished by the 24th of December, take a breath, practice tech-baking, and write some articles on Cartography.