Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Uh oh.....

Just a quick note before I get started for the day. I'm going to be "out of the picture" for a little while as my old and trusty laptop is now an ancient and dead laptop. I was hoping it would last til the end of June and see me through to the end of my school career. It almost made it. Only 74 more days to go!
So the time has come for me to go with an Apple laptop so all of my devices will be synced - yippee! Now I'm just waiting for my tax refund which unfortunately won't be put into savings after all, at least not much of it - the rest will pay for the new laptop which I was going to buy anyway so I don't feel too awful about the expense.

The thing about my tax refund is that the Canadian Revenue agency was hacked because of the heartbleed virus and I've heard about 300(?) social insurance numbers were stolen. The owners of those SINs will be informed by registered letter. (Haven't received one yet thankfully!) For a few days they closed down their website and suspended operations so my refund is in CRA limbo - who knows when I'll see it :( I'll give it a few more days and then will use savings instead and then repay my savings.

I just hope that I can get someone to get my old laptop working briefly so I can get some photos and music out of it. My external hard drive fell on the floor a couple of months ago and also isn't working and I have a huge amount of photos on it. Grrrr....this is where a snarky comment about modern technology vs an old shoe box full of photos would go...

So if you wonder where I am I'm in a deep Matrix which is indeed - infinite!

9 comments:

  1. Have fun Apple shopping!

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  2. You may be able to get an education discount. Check on their website. I know they do it in the US for teachers and students. Glad they have caught the person responsible for the CRA mess.

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  3. Jane, you should be able to get the teacher discount from apple... It"ll save a bit of money...

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  4. Yes, check out for teacher's discount. Maybe, it's a good thing it broke down now :) And I hope you can find somebody who an help you get those pictures out.

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  5. We've already got our tax refund.Let's hope we don't get 'the letter'.
    Jane x

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  6. Sorry you are dealing with this. Sending good vibes that someone can get your pics for you. Just a suggestion, when I put pics on the my laptop, I also inmediately upload them to shutterfly.com so that if my computer dies I will still have access to them.

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  7. livingrichonthecheapApril 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Well crap on a cracker, that sucks. We hadn't filed our taxes yet (just doing so on Monday as accountant was backed up) but expect our refunds to be later this year too. Stupid little creep that built that heartbleed. Apparently he is "devastated" for having been arrested. The only good thing is that he is over 18 and hopefully will get some jail time. You might consider down the road setting up a free flickr account, they have a really large free one and then you can upgrade if need be. I store a duplicate copy of our important photos there plus put them on a stick as well just in case. Hope to see you back soon and Happy Easter

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  8. Hi Jane, greetings from Northern Ontario. I used to live in London, close to Adelaide and Southdale. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day and a Happy Easter. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  9. Oh no! Especially bad news on the photos. It reminds me that I should back mine up! I hope that you get things back up online soon!

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