Yes, I am still here.  I know I have not posted for some time, but I am still here!

There are several reasons, all of which are without excuse save one… and no this is not a rant!

I could claim that I have been too busy, I could claim that I have had writers’ block, I could claim that I have been doing other things, I could claim that I have been relaxing in the sun by our wonderful infinity pool here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House, I could claim that I have not been in the mood, all of which may well be true, but over the past five days I have been fighting with technology.  Firstly the internet connection has been spasmodic.  The weather here in Umbria has changed and we have had some fierce rain storms which have knocked out or slowed down to snails’ pace the internet that makes working online virtually impossible.

But the main reason is that my computer has taken onto itself to work when and how it pleases, not how I want it to be i.e. reliable and ever functioning. I have been unable to get a secure connection to many services I use including my internet banking account.  This scares me as I read of so many bugs and viruses in the computer systems these days.  I don’t know if it is my computer, the internet or the bank’s connection, however it just was not working. scary!

Today was a total techno breakdown:  Firstly early this morning no internet, secondly the slicer in the kitchen decided to break, so everything had to be done by hand.  Then trying to print a document, the printer would not because one, yes one of the two black ink cartridges was empty.  Did I have a spare at home? no of course not! (see previous rants about printer inks)  and the back up printer for which I bought a ‘generic’ ink cartridge refused to recognise the cartridge and so it would not print either.  As if those were not enough tribulations for one day to cap it all the POS credit card machine went on the blink.  It is displaying a message ‘broken – call technician’ so I did.  The telephone call went like this:

Please can you help me my credit card machine is displaying an error message that I require an engineer.

Have you tried un-plugging and re-plugging it in?

Yes, and it still displays the same message

Well you need an engineer to visit site

So how long will that take?

It will take a maximum of 12 hours from when he receives the job card

So when will he receive the job card?

Well I will send it to him today but I cannot tell you when he will read it

So in the meantime how do I process credit card payments ie departures and deposits?

“You don’t”


Gee thanks, welcome to my day!


1 Comment

  1. Welcome to my world! Same computer problems over this end of the valley. Good news on horizon, apple announcing new macs on 23rd oct, ( I hope) we will buy a new one. I found epson compatible ink on amazon, 4 cartridges delivered for €8, and they work, as opposed to €30 here for originals. regarding the POS I think our bank offer an online virtual pos you should ask, then you could use your super duper phone over 3G ?

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