JOURNEYS…

To avoid forgetting anything, I wrote up a list, each item in itself proving to be a journey. These journeys all connected with technology.  I needed a structure, something I could see, refer to, add to, (things kept slipping my mind…so much going on) and as each item was actioned, I wanted to see it marked up as ‘started’, or, scored through as ‘done’.

I deal with security updates as soon as I am alerted.  I also scan my system to see if I’m all up-to-date. I can mark that one as…….  Continuing task – done for now.

A friend seems to have disappeared off my radar.  An email I sent about a month ago has not been returned, I think this might be good; but, her home phone number no longer connects.  She was treated for a serious illness a few years ago.  An internet search brings up old information.  Inside, I am on an emotional roller coaster. I mark this search as ‘started’, (journey to be continued).

Ransom malware has caused major, major, seizures of computer data, disrupting  UK  Health Services and many business systems.  It’s a concerted worldwide attack.  Technology and security experts talk about maintaining the security and integrity of computer operating systems.  An important security patch was available from March.  What the circumstances may tell us is, that this is too complex an event to be resolved by a concrete answer. This is marked ‘Stay Aware’

Try as hard as I might, sending a money gift securely to a new baby,  living abroad,  has proved exasperating. There’s no obvious reason given to me from a list of possibilities suggested by the company.   Mum sends  new information.  But, the website continues to stop the transaction.  However, because the latest information is correct, the company can tell me that there is a security issue with the account to which I am trying to send the gift.  Keeping the link closed is protecting accounts from potentially being compromised, including mine.  Wow! Am I glad of that!  What a journey this one is.   Task marked ‘Started’     (… problematic).

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QUOTE FOR THE DAY

I was having a phone chat  with a very happy sounding lady called Kelly in the  telephone accounts department.  A couple of messages had attracted a surcharge as picture messages and I could not understand why. There was not a modicum of a picture in sight in either one, not even an emoticon.  I read the two messages to her and counted the digits in one of the them – fifty-five, (160 is the text limit).   Kelly just couldn’t understand it… I checked my settings, all okay there.

As I still had the messages and could account for what they were, she agreed a refund to my account, then added with a sigh;

I hate smart phones, they’re getting too smart for me!” 

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WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT

While out walking we talked about….

Where humans might rest up in a dual purpose horse box;

The anarchy of some computer programme system designs;

About overflowing farm drains;

A courier company that uses more than one livery;

A swollen river in spate and nearly over-topping its banks;

About a utensils pot seen in a charity shop;

Buying a loaf of bread from the local bakery,

As I absent-mindedly walked past it;

Where to find a public toilet;

The cold wintry wind felt like ‘a bed for snow’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yay,Yay! Whew…

I’m in!!!  (She wipes her brow).  I found so many different pages for WordPress I was beginning to think I was ‘filtered’ out.  Why?  You might well ask.

Well, I formatted my computer hard disk.   A walk, even in the snow storms that rushed through would at times seemed preferable to the job in hand;  but, hey, you can’t have everything. You either start a job that takes hours of your life with intentions to finish it,or, ………………..on second thoughts, just don’t go there.  Notwithstanding, it was one of those jobs that could not be put off any longer.

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When I plugged  it in, in the New Year and switched on the computer after its two weeks’ holiday,  it threw more wobblies than usual.  Also, it was behaving as if it was having mini heart attacks.  A hard disk diagnosis said the disk was unrepairable.  I had seen all sorts of red lines whizz through and  there were phrases like ‘broken link/s’ galloping in front of my eyes.  So, for good measure, I told the system to check its heart again. The second time it whirled through the whole process and gave the disk a good bill of health.  You would think, therefore, that was that.  Well….not quite.  I couldn’t put my finger precisely on it, however, there was something not quite right about how the computer was running.

I bought an external drive to make extra backups and also to create a boot-up disk.  And that friends, is why I have been stuck in front of my computer most of today, holding my breath during the hard disk erase; the start up; losing; finding and restoring things.  Major bits of software and a printer are not yet on board. I am still reconfiguring my system and what is called my ‘workflow’, (it sounds good).

There’s lots more to do, but,my computer is beginning to look and feel like it should.

The temperature is dropping to -7 Celsius outside.

 

APPROVALS

Hi everyone,

Due to the continuing number of nuisance mails I have been getting since posting a particular post about so-called top blogs, I have switched on comment approval for the very first time since I have  posted on WordPress.   I hope it will become unnecessary in the longer term to approve comments.  Meantime, I hope you won’t notice much difference, other than a little delay in comments appearing.

Thank you to one and all. xx

M

Give Us A Break -Top Posts And Top Blogs Are Not

I have absolutely nothing against blogs and posts from over the pond, they can be very entertaining. I do have angst about all  the so-called ‘top blogs,’  and about all the so-called ‘top posts’  on Word Press (WP) which are given a  link to visit.  Those posts and blogs are generally not particularly special or outstanding. They all appear to be from one English-speaking continent. The Americas are not the only land masses on this planet with people who communicate in the English language.  There are a lot of people who have great writing talent, which is of interest to a whole swathe of people who live in the Americas and elsewhere around the globe.  It is unlikely I  would see anything of the same calibre being recommended (or should I say given the heads up) on the ‘top’ listings picked out  on this site by…. whom, and why?

Looking around  on this site over the years,  insofar as is possible,  reveals little of other activity to explore.  Either I am missing a trick or, WP is as it looks, rather impenetrable. It would be really good if it were possible to access other bloggers more easily. Surely there could be a system installed that would make it  possible to be a more straightforward socially interactive site.

GOOGLE

Google….I wanna tell you that your blasted constant pinging notifications that your most useful ever tool is being discontinued, are doing what you intended and are really annoying me… though, not quite badly enough to make me take the action you are asking me to take. I will not, repeat… I will not uninstall the app that takes me directly to my mail page. I never much cared if I was notified whenever I had mail. From what I have seen in chat rooms, I am not sure if that is what everyone else wanted either. I do hope there are lots and lots of people like me who are ignoring your instructions to nuke the app.

A PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP GETTING BUSY

A new local Patient Participation group, (PPG)the members of which, are registered patients at the practice, is seeking to inform the patients of their existence. As part of the introduction exercise, and to inform themselves how best to operate in the interests of the patients and the practice, the group want find out how the registered patients understand the current arrangements and also, how they use the services. To do so, they have to first draw up a questionnaire, carefully avoiding closed questions.

What questions would you ask?

MY JUNGLE WALK WITH THE INTERNET

My jungle walk with the Internet today was hard going; I had to cut through it, chopping masses of horrid creepers advertising all sorts of irritating things;

The worst of it was, I am still unsure how I got into that French knitted knotted root system. I am pretty sure I started out clear of all under and over growth.

A signpost for Chrome loomed out of the gloom. Go for it, I thought, so I did. I looped the loop, transferred all I wanted to the other side, or so I thought….did I heck, nope. I was caught in another darn knot.

Like the weary Prodigal, I went back, returning metaphorically, home. I had another bash at clearing the path of creepy adverts, and this time, I seem to have succeeded, or, maybe partly succeeded. It’s a good start. There’s just one little niggle, I defaulted my loyalty; now I have to find my way out of that one.

STUMPED IN THE LINQUISTIC JUNGLE

I don’t think I am dithery when it comes to computer technology; I am certainly not ‘machine-averse’.  I spent a good part of the last decade educating myself on computer software use and the technology.  Developments  move so fast, a bit like what is under the bonnet of a car, that I am beginning to think that I am lagging behind.

Keystrokes; I am not too bad at those.  They seem to be  much as such whichever platform you are working with. I can underscore, open boxes that give me what I want, and close things down when I have done!

I have bought a basic html book, with that I have mastered a few of the basics.  I can create emphases, emoticons, where a system allows it.  It is clear though,  I do not have a enough knowledge, especially when it comes to subscribing to feeds, creating delicious looking outlines to blogs and adding what I do to various public fora.  Cut and paste from my address bar does not appear to ‘cut the mustard’ to coin a phrase.

Much as I like communicating, I think I am stumped in this linguistic jungle.