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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Usually at this time of year, I try to make a few resolutions, or update my goals' list. But I'm not going to do that this year. I obviously stink at that as I don't even remember any of my goals from last year.

I could resolve to post every day, but I know that wouldn't last a week. I could make just one goal for the year, write it on the wall in pretty calligraphy letters, but I know after a week I wouldn't even notice it anymore.

But what I could do, and will try to do, is write down my thoughts as I get them, and post pictures as I take them, like I used to do. I stopped a few months ago due to a chain of events I'm going to call old age. No, not me! Well, maybe me too, but mainly the computer.

I thought I had a bug in it. It was taking longer and longer to boot in the morning, longer to get online, and longer to move from one website to another, and sooooo much longer to load photos. With the construction going on here, I just didn't have time to wait on it, and virus scans and malware scans kept coming up empty-handed. Also, my favorite photo imaging software crashed and I was stuck with Picassa. It works, but it's a pain. So I just took photos and uploaded them onto the computer to crop and resize later.

Then, right before Christmas, my computer crashed. I took it to the repair shop and they said it was the hard drive. They couldn't save any photos or files, and I had very few backups. That's where it's age comes in. It was seven years old, which in computer years is like 86. I. Lost. Everything.

So now I have a new laptop, which seems to be lightning fast compared to the other. But it has Windows 8. So far I am not a fan of Windows 8. That's where my age comes in. It doesn't have the usual desktop. It has apps instead, and I'm struggling to adjust. Also, just the slightest touch on the mouse pad makes something appear or disappear. I'm usually right in the middle of something when that happens.

When the guy at the computer repair shop told me he couldn't recover a single file, I decided right than that I would never save anything else to the computer hard drive. If it had been a solid state hard drive, they could have saved the files, but it wasn't. So I'm on the hunt for a solid state external hard drive.

This computer probably has a way to backup files, but I haven't learned it yet. My last computer didn't have an easy way. Just copy and paste each one. Hubby's computer has a backup button and it backs up everything.

If I had posted my photos when I took them, I'd have them now. Luckily, both Hubby and my mom have copies of Lil's wedding photos. Thanks heavens!

So while that's not a resolution as much as the ability to post load photos in a few minutes as opposed to an hour, it's all I've got. I haven't tried loading a photo yet. Wish me luck.


  1. Wishing you well in 2013. I need to back up my files myself as DH isn't here now to do it. :-( There is so much I don't know.

    It's all a learning experience and I can do it with God's help.

    Love and hugs to you,
    FlowerLady Lorraine

  2. Having had my laptop crash last year so I do feel your pain. They were able to recover my files eventually, but I would have been lost if I had not kept up the posting on the stash report. I am not perfect about doing regular back ups, but I am better about it than I used to be.

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