Sunday, October 14, 2018
Today I am grateful for solutions. I was in a total panic yesterday because the word program for my blog stories seized up like my hip does sometimes and would not be corrected no matter what I did. We finally left for our day and I confess that by the time I got on the boat at Wisconsin Dells, I had put it out of my mind, but that was two hours later.
I hate computers. I love computers. Pass the beer nuts! I know my machine is ancient by computer standards. I know I need a new one with more memory. I, myself qualify on both of the above, so it’s not like I’m in denial. Even though I’m assured I can probably get way more than I need (memory wise) for under $300, that’s $300 I don’t have. But I might have to find it because I don’t want to go through what happened yesterday again.
I have a great friend who has walked me through dumping crap to increase hard drive. Sounds simple, right? So when we got home last night I tried to get into my program and got the same error message. All I had tried to do was copy and paste something from another word program so it was driving me nuts.
I tried to do an update. Nothing. I tried to go back to a previous time. Nothing. I tried to look for a ball-peen hammer to beat the crap out of it. Nothing. Until finally, after Googling everything I could think of, a little icon appeared at the bottom right telling me that nothing would update unless I had 300 whatever’s of space.
I went in and dumped thousands of pictures that were not in files. I don’t know what I did back in the day but some of my pictures downloaded three times. I wish there was an easy way to clean them up, but it’s just time consuming. Yet what good are the ten year old pictures to me if I can’t use the computer? None! So away they went. I didn’t examine them, just dumped them. Then I deleted them from the trash and ran another clean-up and went to bed.
It took forever for everything to open up this morning on my computer. Forever! Or five minutes, but when you’re holding your breath, that’s forever. I was actually starting to bawl when I clicked on the “word” program. When the same error popped up, I really bawled. Crap! Then I clicked on it to open anyway, even though it shut down with an attitude and it opened. Oh JOY!
My love/hate relationship with technology continues! The reality is that I need to stick a crowbar in my wallet and get a new computer. Oh my. How will I survive the process? Like Miss Scarlett, “I can’t think about that today. I’ll think about that tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day.” I chose a picture of the leaping German Shepherd from yesterday’s trip to Wisconsin Dells to remind myself to take the “leap”, but for right now I found a solution!