Friday, April 15, 2011

Update

The sun has been shining in Ohio but I haven't been able to enjoy it. Grrrrrrrrr! I hope I am truly back up and running. I spent so much time with my ex over the past week, I couldn't believe it.He really knows his stuff about computers and was a great help. And yeah, I'm taking him to lunch next week. If you have ever had to start from scratch y'all know how time-consuming and frustrating it is. Let's just say that a lot of Anglo-Saxon barbarisms were in play. The good news is that I had bought a couple 4GB flash drives and saved a bunch of stuff that I can't manage without. Whew!!!! It sure saved my asker. Even after re-formatting, I still had a lot to do because Microsoft all but spoon fed all the updates on Vista (don't ever use Vista and don't ever let friends use it either.) and a bunch of programs needed to be re-installed -- there are still some things that are MIA. I don't know how many hours I spent working on this stupid machine but I hope the ordeal is over for a while. In my next life, I'll keep a hard copy list of all the programs I use. I'm also going to put some stuff on CDs and bundle them with my programs. I'm also gonna get an external hard drive and keep it backed backed up in case something like this happens again.

In the midst of all the 'fun', I had to do my taxes which are now duly filed and accepted and I'm eagerly awaiting my refund. I also had to go for my post-surgery eye exam. Dr. Jamie pronounced me perfect and gave me a new scrip. I only need glasses for reading and the computer.

The weekend is upon us and I've promised myself that I'm going to get my front porch cleaned up with some help from Bryce -- I never cease to be amazed at how messy it gets during the winter. I'm thinking that I'll probably go a-wandering (perennials) on Sunday with my camera and hopefully get some plants and flowers to plant out front. If y'all know of plants that like shade (my place faces north), crappy soil, and thrive on neglect, I'm open to suggestions. And hopefully, I'll get some time to visit y'all.

Happy Blogging!!!!!

Kay

25 comments:

  1. Glad you are back, Kay. Good to hear the surgery and recovery are going well. I thought it would but any medical procedure can go wrong. Your computer tribulations make me so glad I have always been an Apple person. I have always hated Windows and its baby sister Vista which I did have to use the last time I had a job.

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  2. Hey, busy bee, glad your ex was able to help. I have Vista on my computer, I wanted xp but by the time I needed a new computer vista was all that there was, ugh. Maybe I should do some back up files on my stuff. The next time we have time off, I'll ask hubby to help.

    Glad to hear the doc's report on you.

    Have a great week end :)

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  3. So glad you are back!
    The only plant I can think of Hosta and the best part perennial!
    And I need to back up too. I am so disorganized I don't know where my flashdrive is.
    Genie

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  4. My daughter runs a small business, both her two computers decided to crash at the same time. Not big on preparing ahead of time, she is now suffering the "pound of cure" for being to busy to employ the "ounce of prevention".

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  5. Oh, Vista! They were in a panic and put it out before it was ready in order to gain market share, my daughter who used to work at Microsoft says.
    Let's see: we've got Windows 7 running on all the computers, everything backed up, and the taxes done. Thank god.
    And I'm so happy spring has arrived for you. As to advice on what to grow: I don't know. I had a shaded lot in Oregon, and I never really figured out how to deal with it.

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  6. Kay, we are taking a long week-end to visit a granddaughter in South Carolina. I should have computer access but in case I don't here is an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish for you.
    Bet your best gift is being back online.
    Genie

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  7. 'Sounding awfully much like a tekkie today, m'dear! I don't understand half of what you talking about, but as long as you do that's all that counts. I'd heard others complain about Vista too. It's nice you and the ex are still so nice to each other. Enjoy the lunch.

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  8. My sympathy with your computer woes. I have had to reinstall everything twice due to a hard drive crash. I was not wise and didn't back up my files so I lost months of work spent scanning every picture I owned and uploading them. I will not make that mistake again.

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  9. I'm happy the 'puter is fixed, the sun is shining, and you're going to take pictures.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  10. I hated Windows Vista when I was a PC user, but now I shifted to mac. Anyway why not try and update to Windows 7 because it's really awesome and fast.

    Anyway, I'm finally back from my hiatus! :)

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  11. So glad you are fixed and running again. I sure do miss you when you aren't. Yup, got Windows 7 here.

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  12. things sound better chez vous. Good.

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  13. It is good that you have someone to turn to when you have computer problems. I have my daughter but she lives on the other coast, but we can talk by phone. Great news about your eyes –

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  14. It's so wonderful that you have such a sweet relationship with your ex, especially an ex who is a computer whiz. Welcome back, Kay.

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  15. Wooooooeeeeeeeeeeeee Kay sure happy that your computer troubles are over.AS far as using Vista we found it a pain so we donated the PC that had it and bought two laptops with Windows 7 Very stable and imho best OS since Win XP

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  16. Kay, you manage to pull the fat out of the fire (well....you know) better than anyone else on here! glad you'll be back in circulation soon, lifting OUR sagging spirits!

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  17. Kay, Stella's computer has Vista on it. Some time back, its predecessor, also a Vista box, had a failed motherboard. It was an unbelievable effort to get the new computer up and running.

    And yes, to a large extent, I blame Vista. I've never before encountered an operating system that places so many obstacles in the path of simply installing and configuring programs, supposedly in the name of "security" ... and yet you have to have A/V software to protect you against the latest and worst, or your machine will succumb to whatever is out there.

    I try hard not to use Windows anymore, though of course I end up assisting Stella when she needs help. Myself, the last time I was hammered by a Windows virus that beat the allegedly best a/v software, I gave up, reformatted my drive and installed Ubuntu Linux. Linux feels a little strange at first, but it is vastly more solid than Windows, and to all appearances a lot more resistant to viruses.

    The only thing about Linux is that you may have to give up some of your favorite software applications, or replace them with... well, probably, something better. And all Linux software is FREE. That's right: $0.00; download it, install it and use it. This includes, e.g., an office suite written by big-name companies (IBM, Sun, HP, ...) for their own use and the public's use... free. I could easily become a Linux salesperson, but Linux itself is free, too...

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  18. Happy Birthday, Kay!
    Hope your day is fantastic, and that it marks the beginning of one of your best years ever!
    AQ

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  19. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happybirthday dear Kay, happybirthdaytoyou... *taking a breath* I hope the year ahead brings you good things and is a happy and healthy one for you.

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  20. Mary: I'm trying very hard and at this point, we're going to look for a hardware problem because the Bloue Screen of death showed up again.

    LTTS: I like XP better, too!

    Gene: Thanks! I'm organizationally challenged, too!

    Robert: Yikes! One thing I'm pretty good about is maintenance. My ex taught me well.

    Hattie: Interesting info.

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  21. Darlene: I was lucky. I knew something was wrong and had saved a lot of stuff.

    Alice: I am not fluent in tekkie but fake it. LOL

    Colleen: Sigh. I'm not out if the woods yet!

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  22. Glad you are back up. It seems like only a few months ago that your ex helped out with computer. Hmmm. You've got a friendship not just an ex, Kay. I e-mailed you a funny story last week when you get back to posting. I hope you got it.

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  23. Kay -- Glad to hear your eye is doing well.

    It helps to have someone with a lot of knowledge about computers when your system decides to play games. I am fortunate to have a computer geek son that has baled me out of many predicaments. He set me up on an external hard-drive. Now I sleep better at night knowing it is there as a back-up.

    -- barbara

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  24. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday, Kay. It was your birthday, wasn't it? ;)

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  25. Kay,
    You have had more than a challenge with the computer and perhaps your ex, as well. LOL Anyway, I am glad you are back up and doing well.

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