I had a really delightful response to my suggestion last night that we might chip in to get Rose a replacement computer. There was one offer from mactheknife (a long time reader of mine, and none too well, I believe) to send her a brand new one. And also an offer from Brigitte to send her an old one whose battery doesn’t work. And several offers to chip in to buy her one. Plus assorted helpful hints and tips.
It’s really heart-warming to know that there are so many kind people around. Particularly these days when the world seems to have been completely overrun by vicious, punitive, antismoking zealots. I think we can feel fairly sure that we’ll get her a computer if she needs one.
But I had an email from Rose this morning saying that her sister had an “ancient computer” in her garage that she’d been intending to throw out, which her daughter reckons can be got working, and get her back online. But her daughter has gone to Arizona, and Rose is going to Cornwall, and she says she won’t be online for a month anyway (not sure why, if her current computer isn’t dead yet). But she’s got my mobile phone number if all else fails.
I don’t know whether she’s seen yesterday’s post and the response to it. She didn’t mention it in her email, so maybe she hasn’t.
Anyway, I suggest that we leave it to Rose to contact me if she’s really stuck. I won’t be too surprised to find she is, if the garage computer really is very ancient. The really old ones (and I’ve got one in a box somewhere) didn’t even have modems. I’ve no idea whether she’s on broadband. I’ll probably send her an email to say that offers of help have been flooding in, and all she has to do is say ‘Yes, please’, and something will be on the way.
That’s all for today. I’ve been doing mathematics all day, and my head is full of numbers and equations. I’ll probably write about it at the weekend, when I’m hoping to unveil some pretty new computer models of cells that I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks.