Thursday, 21 May 2015

A Slight Setback: The Case Of A Dead Laptop Battery

Laptop computer 
(Photo credit: Pixabay)
You have probably noticed that I have not blogged for quite a long time; I encountered some issues with my laptop on Sunday 17th May, 2015.

What kind of issue?

The issue of a laptop battery that has blatantly refused to recharge.

Unfortunately, my laptop is one of those PCs that is unable to work without a battery (Yes, that sucks).

Approximately one year ago, I had the same issue and back then, the laptop's battery mysteriously started to recharge as though nothing had happened; even though it did not want to accept an electrical charge three months prior to that inexplicable incident.

At the moment, I am debating whether or not, if it is wise to purchase a replacement battery for my laptop.

And, why am I a bit hesitant to order a new battery for my laptop?

Well, because of the fact that it is an old Sony VAIO; it may need a battery today and it may require another important component (such as a processor or a new motherboard) in the near future; since nothing truly lasts forever.

So, dear friend, I am faced with somewhat of a tough decision.

I can order a battery and resume my blogging on the laptop and hope that nothing else goes wrong (Which is quite a gamble).

What would you have done if you were in my shoes?

Anyway, my current situation is probably a sign for me to get with the proverbial program; one which involves going one-hundred percent mobile.

According to Google, there is a rise in the number of people that surf the world wide web on their smartphones and on their tablets.

However, when one has grown accustomed to blogging on a laptop computer and a desktop computer, everything else seems to fall short of one's expectation.

Also, I can type way faster on a desktop computer, or a laptop computer; typing quickly and error-free on a smartphone or a tablet computer requires the skills of a Jedi Master (And, I am certainly no Jedi Master).

By the way, the death of my laptop's battery is not the end of the world, or the end of my blog, The Chronicles Of Renard (I will find a solution to this problem; after all, it is just a temporary setback).

I Actually Got Myself More Hours Of Sleep

I have been planning on getting at least eight hours of sleep for quite sometime and since my laptop is unable to boot up without a working battery, I have been getting my quota of sleep (Which is what happens when one is not browsing the internet at nighttime).

It is quite a shame, that one needs to experience having one's laptop battery die on them in order for them to go to bed at an earlier hour.

Come to think of it, I am better off recharging my proverbial battery for eight hours nightly; which is way better than having it give up on me (And, that could involve meeting my maker before my time; a premature death is unnecessary).

I Am Missing You A Lot

As you know, I made it a habit of paying your blog a visit on a regular basis; but due to my present situation, I am unable to visit your blog; I wanted you to know that I was forced into an unwanted hiatus (And, it is somewhat of a very painful experience; those of you who have ever experienced computer troubles would be in a better position to relate to what I am going through at the moment).

Besides, a hiatus from the blogosphere is a part of life for every blogger (Including the unwanted hiatus; one that is usually brought about by technical difficulties).

When was the last time that you were forced into taking an unwanted hiatus away from blogging?

If it has never happened to you, I suggest that you rejoice and count your blessings.


Because, as a blogger, not having a computer that you can blog on at your convenience is, akin to undergoing a prison sentence (Although I have never been in jail, I have heard from reliable sources, that serving a prison sentence is one of the most unpleasant experiences on the face of the Earth).

By the way, did you miss me?

Well, one thing that I do know for sure is, that I have missed you a lot.

And, at the moment, I am doing everything in my power to return to a level of normalcy where my blogging schedule is concerned.

I Do Have A Plan

In a situation such as this one; where I am unable to use my laptop computer, I have some feasible options available to me; which are:

• Borrowing a laptop computer from a very good friend of mine.

• Visiting the home of a good friend of mine and ask for their permission to update my blog on their computer.

• Using the services of an internet cafe.

• Go shopping for a laptop computer and hope that I locate one that is reasonably priced (In The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, electronic items are usually sold at a ridiculously high price).

• Purchase a used computer; preferably from someone who has more than one computer and would not mind selling their old one.

• Purchase a replacement battery online for my Sony VAIO (Which is the less costly option).

• Discard the idea of purchasing a laptop computer and buy myself a new tablet computer; specifically for the purpose of blogging (The biggest irony of all is: tablet computers are way cheaper than laptop computers and desktop computers).

I Intend To Keep Creating Content

Now, I want everyone to know, that I will still continue to produce content for my blog despite the fact that I am unable to power up my laptop computer; this would be done via my Android smartphone using the Blogger App (Since I hate the limitations of the Blogger App, I will store my posts there in the form of drafts until I am ready to publish them on The Chronicles Of Renard.

So, it is not a total lost for me where blogging is concerned; but merely a minor setback.

Besides, I love blogging way too much; in other words, I have no intentions of giving up on it (And, I do not believe that anyone should give up on blogging, because their computer is unable to boot up).

On a highly positive note, I would have more time on my hands to proofread my content (Due to the fact, that I would not be publishing it right away).

Someone else might have waited until they acquired a working computer and then think about producing content for their blog.

Would you have done the same if you were in my shoes?

Making The Best Out Of A Bad Situation

Although, I do feel a bit bothered at times about being unable to blog at my convenience, I do try to look for the proverbial silver lining in the cloud.

Maybe, it is a sign from the Divine, hinting to me that I should blog less, or my current situation is a way for me to use the Law of Attraction to acquire a new laptop computer.

On the bright side, I would be able to read more books (And, probably write reviews of my own about them).

So, dear friend, I am making the effort to stay positive, because if I do not, I will end up losing my sanity.

The Conclusion

It was always my intention to get an additional computer; but lack of proper finances halted that plan of mine.

Sometime during the latter part of last year (2014), I thought about getting a Chromebook for the sole purpose of blogging (Which is not a bad idea, because they cost less than the average computer; especially the ones that come with the Windows OS installed).

Recently, I was speaking to my good friend and DJ, Nigel "Sicky" Kinsale about my situation and we both agreed the computers have a way of giving trouble, or kicking the figurative bucket when one's finances are low (And, if you think about it in a serious manner, these sort of technical mishaps have a way of happening at the worst periods of our lives).

Anyway, I am not going to let anything like this keep me down; I intend to learn all I can from this experience and gather as much strength as I can from it.

I also believe that I am an innovative thinker; the type of person who can come up with great ideas — the type of ideas that would help me to survive the situation, as well as to continue to blog effectively.

Now, it is not imperative that I update my blog on a daily basis; I can update my blog at least twice a week (For the record, that does not mean that I would not miss updating my blog multiple times daily).

I would like to thank you in advance for understanding my situation and if you have a suggestion on how to bring a dead laptop battery back to life, please feel free to share it with me via the comments section of my blog.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

A Beautiful Classic From The Bee Gees

Bee Gees
Bee Gees
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I would want to believe that everyone knows who the Bee Gees are (Even those people who do not listen to this kind of music should know who they are).


Because, the Bee Gees are a household name.

One of the songs that I like from this English-Australian group is: Too Much Heaven; which was the band's contribution to the Music for UNICEF fund back in 1979.

This beautiful R&B song of theirs was at the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Without further ado, here is the video for the Bee Gees', Too Much Heaven. Enjoy!

A Hot Track From Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo
Single by Jason Derulo
(Photo credit: Warner Bros. Records)
I have been paying close attention to Jason Derulo for quite sometime and I am pleased to have seen with my own eyes, that he has grown tremendously as an artiste.

One of the songs that I like from this particular American singer, songwriter and dancer is: Want To Want Me; which is the first single from off of his fourth studio album, Everything Is 4.

The song, Want To Want Me, was at the eight position on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Here is the video for Jason Derulo's, Want To Want Me. Enjoy!

A Beautiful Classic From The Carpenters

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I grew up listening to the Carpenters and I can proudly admit that all of their music was fantastic!

One of the songs that I like from this American pop duo is: Superstar.

Believe it or not, the song, Superstar, was actually written by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell back in 1969 (It is one of those songs that tempted some of the world's most famous singers and musicians to do their own cover versions of it).

It is no big secret, that the most popular version of Superstar was recorded by the Carpenters back in 1971; it managed to go all the way to number one on the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.

Here is the video for the Carpenters', Superstar. Enjoy!

I Love Ryn Weaver's "OctaHate"

Ryn Weaver
Ryn Weaver
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Ryn Weaver has been busy in the entertainment industry since 2013 and I have only noticed her recently (Oh well, better late than never).

This American singer and songwriter caught my attention with an infectious track called: OctaHate; which has been out since June 2014 (And, it has picked up a momentum in 2015).

Currently, this song is getting lots of airplay on the radio and on television.

I have a strong feeling that we are going to be pleasantly surprised by Ryn Weaver in 2015.

Here is her video for OctaHate. Enjoy!