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{ A Funny Thing Happened }

by Lee on July 10, 2008

A friend, workmate and student, Ruth, has just been to America for a 4 week holiday, upon her return she brought me a lovely little bracelet. It was a wonderful little surprise and I really love the bracelet. It was a very thoughtful thing to do. Thanks Ruthy.

Now, here is the reason for the title of this post. For about 5 days I was having problems with my computer, it would randomly go into hibernation / sleep mode. It usually happened when I was typing a lot, but it would seem to happen for no particular reason. Thankfully, I wasn’t losing any information or I would have been beside myself as I was busy writing another article for Aussie Scrapbooking. I thought I may have been hitting some shortcut key, afterall I am NOT the most graceful typist out there, in fact it’s fair to say I’m not EVEN a typist and anyway it didn’t make sense as it had never happened before. I did the usual Google searches trying to find out what would cause this, as usual, there was a plethora of information, but nothing that helped my situation. So, I started downloading and updating drivers, yes it was party time at my place… still to no avail… even tried emailing Microsoft, but Bill has just retired, so no luck there either…. It just wasn’t making any sense; it wouldn’t happen when I wasn’t using the computer only when I picked it up. If I was Photoshopping it didn’t seem to happen, it was definitely the typing (or whatever you could call it)…. Hmmm… then on Tuesday morning in the shower (no mental pictures please, it’s for your own safety), I had a brain wave, this is where all good brain waves happen, and for a great explanation of why great ideas occur in the shower you should go to Judy’s blog here. When I got home Tuesday night, I began my little experiment…. After a few hours of no random hibernation or sleep mode, my confidence was building, I was sure I had prevailed and solved the great hibernation puzzle. Late Tuesday night, I finally got the courage up to voice my suspicions to B (prior to this, my superstitious side was preventing me from mentioning it in case saying it somehow made it happen again, now I know I can’t be the only person that thinks this way…am I?).

The above two paragraphs are the beginning and end of this little ditty.

THE CULPRIT WAS THE BRACELET!

IMPOSSIBLE! I hear you say!

TRUE! I tell you!

HOW? I hear you say!

MAGNETS! I shout!

The lovely bracelet that Ruth gave me is one of the magnetic kinds. You don’t β€˜do it up’, it just sticks to itself. So, once again, I Googled the effects that magnets have on computers, but everything I read said that magnets this weak wouldn’t affect your computer. WELL I BEG TO DIFFER. It’s been a week now, and I haven’t worn the bracelet whilst on the computer and it hasn’t happened again. And no it wasn’t the drivers etc that I downloaded, I did that all on the Friday night, including the appropriate restarting etc, it still happened for 3 days after I tried these fixes. It was the bracelet I say!!! Anyway, this may be a boring read, but maybe it will help someone out there when they encounter the random hibernation phenomenon!

OK… I know I’ve been promising another freebie, it is uploading as I type, and I will post the link when it’s done…. AND in an effort to get to know the people that are visiting my blog, there will be a BONUS FREEBIE… if you leave a comment on the Freebie post I will email another link to another FREEBIE mini kit… I just want to know a little about you, where you’re from, maybe a link to your blog or on-line gallery, how you found my blog, anything you might like to tell me, come on, be a sport, there were over 200 downloads of the previous freebie…. There are lots of visitors, I can see you all in my stats, but I don’t know anything about you, it’s a bit creepy knowing you are visiting me and I know nothing about you! LOL

OK it’s taking forever, could be tomorrow! I will also have Photoshop Tip #4 too….

Oh and lastly, thanks again to Kristarella, who, once again, solved a blog problem that I have had for a while now… Kristarella, you’re a legend (oh and this ISN’T a ‘creepy stalker’ thank you, just an everyday ‘I Love You in a web kind of way’ thank you LOL ;-P). Seriously, Kristarella is the ‘go to girl’ for code, and she is Australian too! She must be cool :-)

Stay tuned :-)

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Gill 07.11.08 at 3:58 am

Oh man bet that was a real lightbulb moment!! At least you figured it out..and never lost any work in the process πŸ˜‰
I bet the bracelet looks better in the sunshine than indoors anyway! LOL
hugs!

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Angela (26 comments.) 07.11.08 at 11:08 am

Hi, my name is Angela, and I’m a MACaholic ;P
I’m not surprised about the magnet causing computer issues.. I mean remember the big magnetic pull under the hatch.. it caused all sorts of weird things…… the magnet is the reason for it all!!!! Wow just had an epiphany..

Oh and remember, I am your number 1 stalker πŸ˜‰

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Nic 07.13.08 at 6:16 pm

Wow Lee. I can’t believe you actually worked that out. Who’d have thought that a magnetic bracelet could do that. I want to try using my computer with one I’ve got but I’m not game enough πŸ™‚

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Sharon 07.15.08 at 3:09 pm

Hi Lee I just wanted to ay I love the picture of Sweet Lips . They look very Cool!

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Daniel Foster 08.30.08 at 1:33 am

Funny post. I’m a writer and for awhile I kept a set of buzz magnets on my desk. I find it helpful to fiddle with something while thinking out a tricky sentence. Anyway, at one point I got the magnets too close to the keyboard of my Dell laptop, and it hibernated just like you describe. When it happened the second time, I thought…duh, a magnet and a computer. Of course there will be problems.

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