It has been so long since I came here. Cobwebs are hanging everywhere in my website. I really love Weebly. It is solid, friendly, and no one moves the furniture around when I am not looking.
There is nothing more frustrating than to crack your shin bone or get a jab in the thigh because someone moved your furniture while you slept.
In the past year, I have bought a house and began my own in-home business in preparation for retirement (SS hopefully will hold on for another year so I can get some of the money back that I paid in all these years).
Buying a foreclosed home with a VA loan requires total concentration and tough skin. I did it. Sewing for others is a demanding business that requires no advertisement. They hunt you down. All this has been exciting, but the one thing that cut into my writing time and creative focus was good ol' Microsoft.
If only they could hear what my walls have heard me calling them (you know...the geeks, nerds, and evil vermin that have played games with my computer - moving files, deleting files, removing me as administrator, not allowing me to save pictures of my grand children from facebook, and taking away some of my features that make editing much easier.)
Right after "upgrading" to Windows 10, I got a nasty virus. The anti-virus software (that I can no longer control) gave it some antibiotics and then proceeded to try to kill the rest of my computer. That sounds like cancer to me, or ebola. Advised to upload my files to the vapor, I mean cloud, I was willing to learn new tricks. After seeing the little green checks, I allowed a computer guru to recover my laptop.
Squeaky clean and running like a rabbit from a chicken hawk, my laptop smiled. Actually, it was laughing at me.
Even though I was still having the same problems with permissions, settings that would not stay stuck, and vanished options/features, I was determined to make it through the adjustment. Put all my files back on my computer from that storm cloud out there in cyberspace, and was ready to get back to work.
That funny little cloud saved my folders just fine, except they dumped the contents into a space rocket that shot them way out there into another galaxy far far far away.
Empty folders on my computer is worse than a clean desk to a writer. I cried and yelled at my walls some more. By then, my neighbors were praying that I would find a house soon and move far far far away to another galaxy.
Putting my blinders on for a few months while buying a house, I grit my teeth hoping that my car would hold up and my teeth would not demand the attention of a dentist. Buying a foreclosed home with a VA loan in December and January is another story - a whole other book. I ignored Microsoft Windows 10 and put my focus on buying a house.
Now, I am settled into somewhat of a routine after plugging the leaks, replacing sinks, commodes, door weather stripping, replacing part of the roof, tiled the den, cleaned, etc. I attempted to write and edit again.
Settings still won't stick. Options are still gone. One update deleted my files and moved the empty folders down from that vapor in the sky replacing the ones I had put back into my computer from an old back up thumb drive (fortunately, buying a house prevented me from doing much writing or editing for a few months).
I finally found them in the C: drive. They were still on my computer, but not where I had left them so I could find them. I have spent more time, raised my blood pressure, and broke a crown and a tooth (gritting my teeth too hard) just trying to make friends with my computer since the upgrade to Windows 10, and the dentist got the money I saved for furniture.
I even considered trying to buy a used computer that has Windows 7 and Office 2010.
After all this, I am still not discouraged. Nothing will stop me from writing my novels even if I have to blow the dust off my Royal Capped Key manual typewriter in the closet.
I have a few questions for Microsoft: "Why do you keep trying to fix something that ain't broken????" Windows 7 was the best OS since XP and Office 2010 was great!!! If it is because many people are going for the touch screen, game playing, social media mingling, and otherwise using their devices for things other than WORK, then why not have the best of both worlds. I bought a quad-core as a work horse, not a toy. I work hard on my computer, keep my records for my business, check email, and research.
Updates? Leave MY MACHINE ALONE and just update your bugs and security stuff. Stop moving my files around, please. And please, if you find my function keys out there in cyberspace, please send them home. Let me set my settings so they will stick: such as the internal pointing pad thing when the rat is plugged in. I have had the same mouse (rat) since my first computer. It is great because NO ONE UPDATES the darn thing.
Well, if anyone chances to read this, I am sorry. I am just venting way back here in the recesses of my website where I can come back and edit it later, but never fear because Weebly leaves my stuff alone even with their improved site and features. I can type for an hour here and they won't time me out, glitch, or hang up my typing 90 wpm with some advertisement loading. Weebly is the very best website building spot I have ever had the pleasure of using. They are very friendly here and not rude to us dummies.
Little Bits is now my goal - to accomplish a little bit of this and that until it is all done. I figure a little bit of cleaning, a little bit of house repairs, a little playing, a little yard work, a little bit of writing, and a little bit of exercise, and 365 days of little bits will add up to a whole lot.
Thanks for reading if you happened to stumble into this long-winded whining fest. Have a great day and read a book. (smile)