Hot Flush

My laptop has thrown a wobbly.

The other day I was happily ensconced, commenting on a blog, when the cursor suddenly took off across the screen with whole words in tow. Mike’s solution was belt and braces. You’ll remember he’s the techy one around here. A back up, an operating system upgrade, new virus software and a complete virus scan. I left him to it and retreated to the greenhouse.

A couple of hours later, on the face of it, not much had changed (the cursor was still hurtling madly around the screen). Except that it had. Mike raised his arms in the air to demonstrate ‘no hands’. My laptop was now being controlled remotely from somewhere near Bangalore. It took several more hours of Help Desk support, and a bottle or so of Pinot, before the computer was declared fit and well.


And so last night I returned to catch up with my emails. Everything went smoothly for the first hour or so. Imagine my horror then when the cursor suddenly took off again. Only this time the direction of travel seemed not random at all. Oooh no. It went straight for the ‘Send’ button and clicked.

Nothing I could do but watch in horror as the machine processed the transaction.. “Your message has been sent.”

The problem, as it turned out, was not software at all. In an older Mac, apparently, the battery has a tendency to warm up and expand. Located as it is just under the trackpad it can then interfere with both that and the remote mouse, if that is what you use. Thankfully I was writing to a dear friend in Scotland. I’d just put down some thoughts but not reached the point of refinement so less than perfect English was the most incriminating thing sent.

But if your habit is to draft emails as much for catharsis as intention to send and you too use an aged MacBook Pro..

Take care!


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  1. snowbird April 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Good grief! That sounds very sci fi ish…

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      The ghost in the machine..

  2. Em April 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I thought you were posting about a futuristic weighing machine when I first saw the picture! My cursor goes all drifty sometimes when I’m cropping photos or hovering over buttons. I’m having my own hot flush just thinking about it.

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      The photo makes the mouse look as though it is levitating. You can get some interesting effects photographing something on a glass table..

  3. domesticali April 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Really? I’m a bit freaked out. How ever did we find out this sort of thing pre-internet? Mind you, guess it was less of an issue then….

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      It was probably my fault. I was in the habit, until yesterday, of leaving the laptop on all day. Today I gave it breaks. It also now has a solid, heat proof mat to stand on, so hopefully it is better ventilated too.

  4. Countryside Tales April 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Any squirrel news Jessica? I’ve been waiting with bated breath….

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      Next post!

  5. Denise April 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Cor! After all your recent excitement , I thought from the blog title that you were going to regale us with a story of a boiling loo! Actually, can you do that anyway? Just make it up…for fun…

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Denise, anything is possible in this place. And no need to make it up. Perhaps I should have saved the title for just such an eventuality!

  6. Jill Chandler April 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Mine just freezes has him indoors got a solution?

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      I think he just typed the symptoms into google. ‘Mouse out of control’ or some such. I must ask him if he found any further advice for our vermin problem while he was about it..

  7. elaine April 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Just as I was reading this post my screen froze in sympathy. When anything goes wrong with my computer I go into complete panic mode.

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Sometimes Elaine I would just happily throw it in the river.

  8. Cumbrian April 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Thought the plumber had managed to install a new toilet and piped it up to the hot water.

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      No, this time it was just me and the computer getting hot under the collar.

  9. Vera April 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    God bless our high tech husbands who save us from going crackers when our computers do a wobbly!

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Absolutely. I wouldn’t know where to start.

  10. Wendy April 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Of course, computers are wonderful when everything works, and then a complete nightmare when they don’t (unless you like the challenge of fixing them). I’ll always be a little bit suspicious of them.

    • Jessica April 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      Mike does like the challenge (and has the patience). I’ve never understood why, but glad he does!

  11. BadPenny April 26, 2013 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Mouse out of control. !!!

    You need a Simon – husband’s friend, colleague & sailing buddy who is a wizz fixing computers. We always call him !
    ( Simon also cleans carpets beautifully & his wife makes cakes to die for ! )

    • Jessica April 26, 2013 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Good friends indeed!
      Have a great weekend Penny.

  12. Modern Country Style April 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad it was just an email to a friend – I once had a virus that sent out random bits of documents from my computer – mainly snippets from my birth plan!! It was a good lesson in computer-land not being private at all!!


    • Jessica April 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Oh crikey! I do worry about viruses. Even on Macs now it’s a big problem. At least, as a result of this, I am now up to date.

  13. Judith April 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I like to think Steve Jobs is just keeping his hand in up in I-Heaven. I feel sure he keeps an eye open for fascinating auto correct moments. Glad you are up and running and have a man that can-again!

    • Jessica April 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Did you see VP’s retweet of the newspaper correction? Maybe a typo rather than an auto correct, and an absolute classic!!

  14. CherryPie April 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Goodness!! I hope my PC never does that to me… I throw down my ideas in a random order and the put the straight before I press send!!

    • Jessica April 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      I know, scary stuff!

  15. Jeneane April 27, 2013 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Just checking whether I can leave a Comment… testing, testing, testing.

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Hi Jeneane
      Works fine, welcome back!
      And weird as I was just thinking about you yesterday. The Davidia buds are about to burst and I was wondering if I’d get flowers/bracts this year.

  16. Jeneane April 27, 2013 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Oh, I can! There was quite a while that I couldn’t, which meant I lost interest in blogging and now I’m missing people – like you. What a scary thing to experience; I thought a friend losing all his photos was bad enough, but this does sound fraught with awful possiblities.
    All the best with your naked Pieris by the way. I wonder what a little forest of them all grown close together would look like ?

    • Jessica April 27, 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

      A little forest would look good, perhaps I should try cuttings? The red leaves are starting to come out now on the hacked tree, I think it will be OK. Phew!

  17. Natalie April 30, 2013 at 3:50 am - Reply

    Hmmm, just as well I replaced my Apple mouse with a Wacom tablet!!!

    • Jessica April 30, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

      A tablet is definitely on my list!

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