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Damn you technology gods or traveling gods or whoever is in power.

Laptop- NTLDR is missing or Error Loading Operating System. shit shit shit shit shit shit shit. I just picked up a copy of Counter Strike (which I have been without since my laptop died last in Nepal) and then bang, crash, pow. SHit shit shit shit shit.

Digital Camera- Yup, the new one. Lens Error. SHit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit. Look in the manual for what lens error means. Take out batteries and memory card. Re-install batteries and memory card. Power on. If problem persists ship to technical support. SHit shit shit shit shit shit. I have only taken maybe 75 photos so far (I would be able to tell exactly because I had saved the pictures on my laptop but as that is down) shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit.

And to add insult to injury, my cell phone (which only can function as a travel clock/alarm (for two days max as the battery is gone), the charger got smashed while in my pack. Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit.

At the moment I am Savanakhet, it is the border point between central and southern Laos. A old French colonial town that borders the Mekong and houses the second Friendship Bridge with Thailand.

I have pictures from where I did the Central loop that goes through the central wildlands and also more photos of Savanakhet, but as my blog support equipment is not functioning, I can’t post it. Sure, I could just take the memory card out and use the internet cafes computer to do the prep, but screw that and damn the gods. They can kiss my no technology carrying ass. Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit.

Oh and by the way, I am going to try and respond to comments as they come up rather than waiting a few weeks at a time as it is kind of rude and I should have a little bit more reliable internet options, although no wifi because my computer is crashed. Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit.

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10 responses to “Damn you technology gods or traveling gods or whoever is in power.”

  1. Marisa says:

    Every now and then the gods of travel/technology et. al require a sacrifice (or two). Guess your new camera was still “virgin” enough. Along with that pristine copy of Counter Strike. On the other hand these sacrifices pay for some of that “good luck” that comes your way so one can’t complain Uh huh, all sacrifices have to hurt.

  2. Karie says:

    LOL karma sweetpea, karma;)

    Is it not time to upgrade your game? counter strike is so old now.

  3. Dan says:

    There might be a bright side to the camera failure. To my eye, all of the images from your new camera are fuzzy. Maybe it has had a focusing problem from the start. If I’m right (apologies if I’m not) it will be a lot easier to get a replacement camera if there is a huge error message than if you just complained about fuzzy images.

  4. Mike F. says:

    Hey Steve,

    Try the steps listed in this article ( to resolve the ntldr error message.


  5. steve says:

    Marisa- I just want all good luck with no sacrifices. I sacrifice chickens, pigs, cows, you name it, pretty much every meal that should be enough. I think they are picking on me because I am getting fat.

    Karie- If it was about Karma I should be golden, I visited the birthplace of Buddha you know. Counterstrike is still the king of the shootemups. I was watching tv and they have shows about people playing that game in tournaments. If you think counter strike was bad, my other game was freecell (Windows game next to solitaire) where I was up to almost 700 games played with a 76% win ratio.

    Dan- I thought they weren’t as sharp as they should be but as I had been taking photos in either foggy or hazy places I wasn’t sure. The write-ups about the camera say the pictures are sharp but if the ISO is off they come out washed out. If I had a working camera or laptop I might be able to test that theory. Hopefully a new resolution is not too far away.

  6. snw2srf2stt says:

    Mike F: Thanks for the link. Actually I got if all figured out although not resolved. The new hard drive I installed to fix the old hard drive that was crashing is totally gone. The system does not even recognize it is there so i can’t do anything with it. The Ntldr message was coming up because it would recognize the original bad hard drive as my laptop can run two hard drives. I’ve switched out the hard drives and tried them individually but they are toast. Bouncing around on the motorcycle is probably not the best for laptops or hard drives. The easy fix will be to get a new hard drive but have to wait until I make a run to Thailand.

  7. judy says:


    So you are a freeceller too! Now I have some inspiration for my competitive spirit. I’m waaaayyy behind you though. 221 games @ 53% I think. judy

  8. Remember, Ernest Hemingway traveled with a pen and notebook. And you’re kicking his ASS (in the travel department). How’s the bike?

  9. snw2srf2stt says:

    Judy: I used to be into solitaire and even hearts, but once I figured out freecell wasn’t some sort of genius only game I was playing it fairly regularly. My average would probably have been higher but it included all the times I just played it and flipped the cards all over just because I could and not because you are supposed to. Then you throw in the period where I was flipping through games until I got a set up i liked and meant that I would probably win ie. 3 or more aces on the first line. Now all that game playing is gone and I would have to start over. Shit shit shit shit shit.

  10. snw2srf2stt says:

    Jeremy: Who’s Ernest Hemingway? I don’t get to see the new TV shows so if he’s on a new sitcom I won’t get to see it until I am at least in Thailand.

    The bikes purring like a kitten (with a bolt stuck in its throat). It’s running great but I have this clinking noise somewhere in the gear box or alternator. There are only a few small mountainous areas in northern Thailand so it shouldn’t be any strains on the old girl. I was reading your blog and you were looking to get your bike up and running again. I was going to say that your blog about your book about riding your motorcycle would be more interesting if you were riding your motorcycle. Although I understand that it’s not supposed to be about riding a motorcycle but something to make you laugh (with motorcycle support.)

    That Russia ride sounds pretty interesting. I’d be all sorts of up for that if it wasn’t for the disowning if I don’t get home soon.


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