Happy Holidailies – Dec 6, 2022

My friend Richard is hosting Happy Holidailies. The goal is to post daily on your blog from December 1st to January 1st. For those 32 days, I’m going to be making a short post on what the random prompt generator creates.

Another post without a prompt.

I had a bit of a scare last night. My computer shut down for no apparent reason.  Or at least that’s what I thought. Turns out that I had been running on battery rather than the wall plug.  So I plugged it in and went to bed, certain it would be fully charged in the morning.

Spoiler alert: it wasn’t charged in the morning.

At that point, I was worried. My computer is a six-year-old MacBook Pro. While they are workhorses, this particular model is disqualified from the latest version of MacOS. So in the back of my mind is ‘Great! Hardware failure! Time to buy a new computer, though I don’t really want to be spending that money right now. And I just missed all the Black Friday specials!’ But before I started looking for any sales that were still going on, I tried one last trick. I reset the System Management Controller (SMC) and left for work.  

Nine hours later, I came home and powered the computer on. It booted normally, showed a fully charged battery, and is currently drawing power from the cord.

I wasn’t worried about my writing because I have that backed up to both my Dropbox and my iCloud. In fact, the majority of my hard drive is covered by one o the other. The parts that aren’t would be a pain to recreate, but wouldn’t be a huge loss if I wasn’t able to recover them. That said, I’m putting a new external hard drive on my wishlist, just in case.