On Sunday, September 13, 2014 about three o’clock in the morning, we heard a loud explosion and then all the lights in the neighborhood went out. We learned the next day that a transformer had exploded and they were working to replace it. Power came back about two o’clock in the afternoon the next day. When it did, I diligently went to connect my computer system, and to my disbelief, there was no Internet connection. I tried everything but the Internet was dead. My next move was to contact, Cable Onda, my Internet provider. They checked the zone and advised that from their end there was no problem with the signal, however they would send a technician over to take a look.
Two days later, a technician came and told me that their modem was working properly and connected it directly to my Sony Vaio laptop. Indeed I could surf the web, but not on my HP desktop. In addition, the router was not working. He advised that I had to send both items to a computer repair shop to check them out. I did. The bottom line is that both electronic devices had been fried up by the transformer’s explosion. There was nothing they could do to make them work. They were just two pieces of dead weight.
I’m still using my cumbersome and irritating laptop’s keyboard which is a real pain in the neck to work with, but a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. Need a new full-sized computer keyboard ASAP and a new router to get back in shape.
So far, after scanning the Web, my best option is a Logitec wireless keyboard model K270 with a price tag of $31.70 which can be purchased locally at a place called Yoytec. Plan to buy it Monday, October 6, 2014. The router will probably be the TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 which can be had for $61.90 at same computer store. Don’t have the money yet, so that will have to wait a little longer. No problem, I’m a patient man. At 67 you learn to be patient.
So, in a nutshell, I’ve survived the crisis and slowly, but surely I’m doing my thing making the necessary corrective actions. Below are a couple of pictures depicting the connecting wires on my Vaio laptop, the surviving LG monitor, and the surviving HP Deskjet printer. Longing for a better keyboard and router for the time being, until the greenbacks visit me again.
Snapshot depicting several cables connecting my Sony Vaio laptop to a cable modem (yellow wire), to a printer (white cable) and to a monitor (blue cable). It’s not a pretty sight, but it’s the best I could do considering the circumstances. Photo by Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of my surviving equipment after the recent blackout. I’ve had this excellent monitor for over five years now. The resolution is amazing. Photo by Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of another survivor of the blackout. This warrior has been with me since 1997. I printed my college graduation thesis using this printer. It means a lot to me and I’m glad it survived the crisis. Photo by Omar Upegui R.
And that’s what happened guys. When a door closes, another opens up. Good Day.