Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Looking forward to going back
After a year of careful planning, I am just about to plug in the Seagate external hard drive and see if I can unlock the 2500 photos which I hope it still contains. I need to remind myself that I did indeed have a life before 2016.
I have consulted a few experts - well one, actually - and he assures me that the hard drive will just behave exactly like the old operating system and not frantically begin to take on the fresh memories of the new one then forget all about its previous existence like a replicant from Blade Runner. In the back of my mind, there is a niggling memory that this man managed to completely wipe the hard-drive of quite a large company - by accident.
I am not taking any chances though, and will disconnect both from the internet as I open it up. You know what sneaky so-and-sos the geeks in Google are like and how they just love sucking up every snippet of information they can about everyone and selling them to the Mormons in Salt Lake City.
I was surprised recently by surprising a couple of people here who could not believe I use an old Garmin satnav. They have known for years that I drive around in an old Volvo - which has an electronic engine management system fitted as standard - so they must have known that my attitude toward technology is not so Amish that my transport is one horsepower provided by the output of one horse.
They were only made aware of my embracing this old technology when I recounted how it ordered me to become airborne by taking a sharp left on a 60 foot-high flyover, but I am sure I have mentioned it before. They must have drifted off during my last description of an eighteenth century candlestick, and that must be about a year ago.
This is not the first time I have said goodbye incase I destroy my fake identity forever. The last time was when I overlayed the new operating system onto the old one, having carefully backed everything up on the Seagate which I am plucking up courage to plug in right now.
When I come back, I may appear a year younger - if I appear at all. The system on the Seagate hard drive is called 'Time Machine'...