Houston, we have a problem

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties Licensed in Connecticut

Blogging fat ladyToday I sent my laptop away to be fixed. Seems what I was blaming on Windows 10 may be..... A dreaded virus. I am beyond sad, we have not been separated for more than a few hours at a time for as long as we have been together.


I'm testing how my little Kindle Fire does in a pinch. My laptop has a 17 inch screen, so this is more than a challenge. Plus my photos are in my computer. It looks as if it will work in a pinch, but not the most convenient. 


There is good news, my MLS works on our computers for free! So does our tech department, but it was too far to drive to our corporate office. So off it went today to the MLS office.


PS, pictures will be a challenge, good thing I had my selfie already loaded in Activerain!


I'm praying for a speedy recovery for my trusted friend. In the meantime, its cell phone, Kindle Fire and office computer for me! 

Posted by

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors

2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor


 Search homes for sale in Litchfield County, CT.


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776


© Andrea Swiedler 2009 - 2017

 Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain

Comments (17)

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Andrea Swiedler And all this time I thought the reason for Windows 10 to exist was better virus detection and prevention? Go with an Apple next time; they work like champs!

Aug 30, 2016 07:22 AM
Andrea Swiedler

I'm just not the Apple type person, and neither is my wallet, lol!

Aug 30, 2016 07:31 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have a backup desktop and a backup laptop.  :)   I actually am thinking of one more.  My ipad works for some things, but pictures are a booger.  They generally end up sideways.

Aug 30, 2016 07:24 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Tammy, my back up is best used as a paperweight! But I hear what you are saying. I had an iPad, hunk of junk. I wish I had purchased a Samsung tablet, but I listened to my cousin. Lasted just over a year, repair would have cost 100 less than a new one. I'm using my $50 Kindle Fire. Plus 2 pairs of glasses, lol!

Aug 30, 2016 07:35 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

So sorry to hear that Andrea Swiedler. It's like being separated from your pet/child. Hope you'll have some good news soon.

Aug 30, 2016 08:06 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Beth, They want it for a few days. I started with separation anxiety before I dropped it off!

Aug 30, 2016 09:06 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Andrea are you sure it was a virus, or did you spill that cup of coffee on the keyboard? :)

Aug 30, 2016 08:10 AM
Andrea Swiedler

George, I will admit to it being dirty. That's all though.

Aug 30, 2016 09:07 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Gotta love your selfie, Andrea!  And, especially your fashion sense.  I adore hot pink!

Aug 30, 2016 08:22 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Myrl, who dpoesnt love hot pink funtawear! Thanks!That pesky camera added a few pounds though.

Aug 30, 2016 09:09 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Andrea it is a bummer when tech hell breaks out!!  And what's this about your MLS fixing computers for free?  Sounds like an interesting deal to me.  I sure hope they fix it and get it back to you ASAP!

Aug 30, 2016 08:45 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Anna Banana, doesn't yours? Lol. Sorry. I hope so too!

Aug 30, 2016 09:10 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Oh, Andrea!  I am so sorry and am praying for a speedy recovery.  Hope that by now it's all better.

Aug 30, 2016 09:16 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Pat, thank you. It will be a few days. Long, sad days. 

Aug 30, 2016 10:29 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

There is nothing sadder & frustrating like the parting of a pc and its owner...except a car & its owner...so i rented a car today...can you rent a pc for a day, Andrea??

Aug 30, 2016 09:54 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Oh Ginny, I feel your pain. I hope you will be reunited with your car soon. Lol, I don't think renting a laptop is an option! 

Aug 30, 2016 10:31 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a nuisance that is, Andrea. It didn't get rained on, did it (a private joke!!)? I often use my Ipad which works well for many things, and many files are in Dropbox but it's not great for everything. Hopefully the separation will be short!


Aug 30, 2016 10:12 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Jeff, maybe it did! Although I'm pretty careful, as you know I ALWAYS carry an umbrella. 

Aug 30, 2016 10:32 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Oh what a pain.  Luckily I am married to an IT guy so a nice dinner and a litttle PLEASE gets mine fixed quickly.

Aug 30, 2016 11:04 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Belinda, lucky you! I'm usually fixing my own but this is over my head. Sad day, lol.

Aug 30, 2016 12:48 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Yes the general consensus seems to be the pictures as a huge drawback.  I try to transfer everything to a 'passport' storage which then can go to any computer or lap top with all information at hand.  The key being the "try to transfer/save"  Mark

Aug 30, 2016 11:57 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Mark, I realized too late my external drive is packed full. Try is the operative word, lol. For me, you need to add "to remember".

Aug 30, 2016 12:50 PM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Andrea - Bummer. We've been pretty good keeping everything multiply backed up, but I wouldn't want to have to test the adequacy of that, and I know that while I love my iPad, it's not ifdeal for work stuff. Hope it comes back fixed and soon for you.

Aug 31, 2016 05:16 AM
Andrea Swiedler

Dick, I have been in the office today using the office computer, and of course after doing some other work on the MLS, etc. I came to ActiveRain and found I couldn't post, not even a comment! Only on the Q&A! Now that it is time to go home, AR is back up and running again, LOL. I am hoping it will be fixed soon. I have photos to take of a house tomorrow and need my program to adjust them! 

Aug 31, 2016 05:24 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Andrea- ugh!  Two things I don't like: when my car won't start, and my computer is on the fritz.  We have backups and I can work on my iPad but it's not good for inserting pics in my AR post.

Aug 31, 2016 05:45 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Oh Andrea Swiedler  My heart goes out to you . Last year I broke my screen had to hook lap top up to tv until it was fixed . Not fun . Time for me to purchase a new one and keep this one as a backup .  I also just found out my computer repair shop went out of business   Horrible news ...Hope it is fixed quickly

Aug 31, 2016 08:25 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, that stinks, Andrea!  I do hope you have your trusty friend back today!  It's so funny how 'connected' we are to our laptops - I see people doing a lot of their work on their phones but, I'm a laptop gal too!

Aug 31, 2016 01:30 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Andrea

So sorry to here this and VB has 3 pcs & 1 apple, 2 of my pcs are around 10 years old and I have never ever had a virus and have never used a virus detector!

Viruses come from many open windows, not logging off each time a person uses their computer and not deleting all the cookies.

I log off every time and delete all passwords, searches, etc and ... Never ever open up a email and or message from a source I don't personally know ;o)

Sep 01, 2016 03:16 AM

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?