Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My World

Some of you may have noticed that my name is not in your comment box very often these days.  I think an explanation is due you.

I found myself becoming further and further behind in my household chores as I was spending all day on the computer.  I decided that there has to be more to life than the digital world I was living in.  I felt like  a kid hooked on a video game.  

I started a project.  I am transferring all of my family VHS tapes to archival discs with the intent of giving them as Christmas presents.  My original plan was to make copies for my daughter, son, granddaughters, and ex son-in-law.  If you are counting you see that total is 6 discs (including one for me).  Most were of my granddaughters  when they were babies.   I discovered old videos (badly degraded, I might add) of movies I had taken of other family members so my list multiplied like a bunch of rabbits.

I had no way to duplicate the disc from 6 to 9 copies without dubbing each one individually.  Let me tell you, this is very time consuming if you want to edit as you record.  

Before I got very far in this project my computer suddenly crashed, never to be revived.   A good friend loaned me his old computer, but it was not powerful and kept giving me problems so I bit the bullet and ordered a new one.

My HP Pavilion arrived Friday and when I installed it I lost my phone service.  I use a captioned phone and it needs high speed Internet.  This is the third time I have had this happen and my friend tried valiantly to solve the problem  He was unable to get the dial tone back for me. 

I have been spending most of my time trying to re-install my software, etc.  My project is on hold until I am able to resolve many new issues.  My printer (also an HP ) and speakers are not compatible with the new Windows 7 PC and I have lost the cable for my scanner.  And so it goes.

My point is that this is taking waaay too much of my time.  Yesterday I spent 4 hours in a chat room trying to resolve the phone issue with tech support for my captioned phone.  They were unable to find the problem so I have a Cox cable technician coming this afternoon to repair the phone line.  This, of course, adds mightily to the cost of my computer; something I hadn't planned on.  Sigh!!!

I won't go into every test the nice gal from CapTel  (my phone) had me do, but I was plugging and unplugging cables into various jacks until I was exhausted.   I should have called for a service technician to come to my home at the beginning because that is where I am ending up anyhow.  

There is more to this saga, but why bore you with details when you probably have your own problems?

I do hope you have a wonderful feast day and don't make yourself sick 'pigging out.'  



Leslie Parsley said...

Oh my. What a chore and an expensive one at that! Try to have a good Thanksgiving anyway, Darlene. As I tell everyone who will listen, you are my hero.

Xtreme English said...

you're my hero, too....and I totally sympathize with the nightmares that technology dumps on us, usually when we can't afford to fix it. My life has been totally better, though, since I got rid of cable (TV, phone, internet). At first I'd just find a nice internet cafe, haul along my laptop, and sit there drinking tea while I did my work. Then, when the cafes got too expensive, I signed up for CLEAR, a fabulous WIFI gadget that works all over my apt and even out on the porch nonstop, no problems. And it costs oh, i dunno $40-$50 a month? Cheaper than Verizon or the others. Anybody with a laptop can come sit at my table and work online. The Verizon thing was ALWAYS conking out, requiring endless trips to the attic to reset the modem, on and on. Be good to yourself, Darlene. I can't even begin to think about all the stuff I should be putting in archival form. I will, I will. Once again, you are a great role model. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Hattie said...

What would we do without all these wonderful modern things, eh?
I hope this gets resolved and that you enjoy a happy Thanksgiving.

Betty said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Darlene. I hope you get your computer problems solved soon.

Grannymar said...

Darlene, not alone are you my hero, you are an inspiration to me. I do hope your problems are solved real soon.

Do have a happy Thanksgiving where & however you spend it.

Darlene said...

*Leslie Parsley - Oh my gosh, Leslie, you just made my head swell two sizes. To be a hero to such an intelligent and gifted lady is high praise indeed. Thank you.

*Xtreme English - Now my head is so swollen I am afraid it will burst. Thank you, Mary Ellen, for your kind words.

*Hattie - Thank you. The problems are getting resolved slowly. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

*Betty - I'm getting there slowly. Eventually it will all be resolved and I will be in business again.

*Grannymar - Well now my head is so large from all the nice things that have been said I don't think it will ever return to normal size. And all this time I thought you were my inspiration with your many talents. Thank you for making my day.

Rummuser said...

Never mind the commenting. It can start once you get your act together. In the meanwhile, here is wishing you quick recovery from the temporary technicalitis.

Barry said...

Wow! What a project. I'm not even sure I would know where to start. The limited amount of time I have spent out there, I noticed the internet was dicey at best. I think it was Cox. We usually ended up at a library or coffee shop. :)

Freda said...

I have to admit that my problems are far less now that I have changed to an imac. But I have to get to grips with a pc to help my son upgrade his Windows system. Pah....

Anonymous said...

Darlene--I have a bone to pick with you. If you cannot find something reasonably intelligent to say, why write at all?
NOW--Is your head back to it's normal size? I hope so; because, now I want to tell you how I really feel.
Cop Car

Darlene said...

*Cop Car - Wow! My head went back to normal size TEMPORARILY . Thanks for pumpin me up again.

Joy Des Jardins said...

My oh my Darlene...I'm so sorry to hear of your computer problems. I can't tell you how much I simpathize with you and how insane you feel when you're going through it all. I can only hope everything is ironed-out quickly and you feel like you are in control again. And...I hope it didn't ruin your Thanksgiving sweetie. Hang in there.... ~Joy xo

Darlene said...

*Joy Des Jardins - Never fear, computer woes may make me tear my hair out but they won't ruin my day.

Rain said...

Wow, you had techo-hell for sure. It seems like a worthy project and one I should do-- like in ten years-- or talk my husband into taking on if he really retires ;)

Darlene said...

*Rain - I'm still working out the glitches. My speakers were not compatible so I need to get new USB cables. Then I lost my scanner cable so must replace that. Will it ever end?

I am beginning to wonder if it's all worth it. Sigh!

Jack Jodell said...

God help you, dear---you've had way more than your share of problems. I wish I could help you in some way, but all I can say is that I'll hope and pray for your quick success! I admire your spirit and tenacity!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Darlene, understand some of what you share. I spend early mornings on the computer - seems that is when I get an inspirtion for writing. I am tryint to simplify :)
not doing too good. Especially since I can still work outside
Spent almost two hours today on lawn tractor and the leaves.

Darlene said...

*Jack Jodell - I wish you were here to help, but I will muddle through.

*One Woman's Journey - I think you work too hard.

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