I can’t seem to find my way out of it. Six weeks ago my Notebook battery died. I was at home charging it and my current was too hot and blew it out. I looked in town for a replacement but there aren’t any “real” computer stores here. I located a store in Kingston and they said it would take 3 weeks to receive it. In the meantime a friend of mine located another store in Kingston who said it would only take 1 week to receive so I went with that store.
I have been calling repeatedly for 5 weeks and they told me a week ago that it was in Miami but hadn’t made it’s way across the pond yet. I checked again last week and lo and behold, it was shipped to the wrong address so it will take another 1-2weeks to receive it. Once it arrives in Kingston I will take a 2.75 hour bus ride to pick it up.
Then, last week, after putting my thumb drive into a computer at the Youth Information Center I work at, I noticed my Peace Corps folder and some other folders were missing. I also noticed that my remaining files had all been turned into .exe files. Yes, every computer in the center was infected with viruses and I lost a lot of important information. As you can imagine, my first reaction was disbelief followed by a deep sadness. Then I got pissed. The center does not do routine computer maintenance – some of the antiviral programs in use are over 3 years old and outdated. This could have been prevented.
Suffice it to say I am extremely disappointed about this. Not having my own personal computer to use certainly put me at risk for a situation like this. I have not been able to communicate with my friends and family on a regular basis and that has been frustrating as well. I’m feeling out of touch with the people that are important to me.
All is not well in paradise…