Every once in awhile I have a bad computer day. Hard drive crash, memory failure, or power supply burnout. These things happen, and that’s why we back up our data (you do, right?). But today I had a couple of unrelated computer problems that 1) I didn’t cause, and 2) were completely unrelated.
The first problem happened a few minutes after installing Adobe CS4, a wonderful suite of programs including the new versions of PhotoShop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and a few others (I use these programs almost as much as I use email). I got a “your running out of hard drive space” warning. That’s strange, especially on a brand new computer – not yet cluttered with tons of applications and files. Hmmm. Even after I freed up some memory, I was still getting errors.
When I checked my hard drive, this is what I saw:
You don’t have to be too computer savy to figure out that this is a bad thing. No free memory means that you can do almost nothing on a computer.
The second issue: While, I was trying to figure out what to do with my dying computer, I remembered something that a person mentioned in a meeting today . They said that when they looked at the code of the Faith Promise website, there were a bunch of weird pharmaceutical links listed there. I quickly confirmed that this really was the case, and I sent an email to the ad agency who currently takes care of the website. Here’s an excerpt from the email I received in response.
So in one day, I ended up with a computer that was mistakenly trying to syncronize all the personal folders on the server and a website that had been hacked. Crazy.
The good news: both issues were resolved before I left the office today.