Technology Hell

I’ve been fighting my way through the fires of technology hell, and have almost given up hope that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Let me start by saying I have a richly cultivated mistrust of machinery in general, technology in particular.

I blame it on being introduced to Dr Who and the Daleks at a young and impressionable age.  Since then I’ve tried to maintain a respectful demeanour with any non-human life forms, albeit in an uncomfortable kind of way.

In my childhood that discomfort was directed towards the family washing machine – which, during the spin cycles, revealed it was secretly possessed – and the large snow graters that cleared the roads in the winter.

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Wyevale – June 2017

As an adult, however, most of my deferential behaviour is reserved for computers both big and small, and these insidious monsters have been the subject of my recent descent into technology hell.

For the past couple of years I’ve been working with a laptop that is the biggest piece of manmade junk ever created.  We started off on the wrong foot from the very first time I removed it from its shipping box, and our relationship never improved.

Let’s just say that I eventually reached the point where I neither unplugged or shut down my laptop in the increasingly desperate hope that it would continue to operate with a reasonable amount of efficiency.

The final straw came after a 6 hour marathon call with DELL technical support failed to resolve any of my issues following an automatic software update by Windows 10.

Although I had been a PC user since the early days of personal computing in the 1980s, I was defecting to Team Apple.

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Me – the final straw just snapped

It’s been about 2 weeks now since I’ve armed myself with a shiny new MacBook and I feel like I’ve been dropped behind enemy lines without a map or reference guidebook.

Apple language is a secret code of seemingly random hand gestures that makes things happen whether you want them to or not.  For the uninitiated, it’s been unnerving to say the least.

However, over the past week, after spending countless hours bonding with Siri, she has helped me navigate the turbulent waters of backups, moving files, reformatting external drives, and endless other minor details like ‘where the hell are my files?!’

… but there is one thing that continues to elude me – recovering my Lightroom photo library with its catalog.

I’ve been through this particular version of hell once already with the demon PC, and it ended badly.  I eventually had to rebuild the catalog from scratch.  With a library that is now more than double its size from the last time, there is NO FREAKING WAY I’m going to manually rebuild that catalog again.

So until I find a solution to this problem, my access to photos is extremely restricted.

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Random photo because that’s all I’m capable of right now.

Which now brings me to my most recent SNAFU.

After spending several weeks and countless hours working on a post for the Cherished Blogfest this weekend, I hit the “Publish” button last night with a sigh of contentment.  That contentment was short-lived because to my horror, WP published a blank post.  Nothing.  Nada.  Nichts.

Nor does it appear that I’m able to recover the original pre-published document.  I just don’t have the energy, or heart, to even consider trying to recreate that post.

Let there be no doubt.  Technology is not our friend and I think I’ve just uncovered its secret long-term mission is to slowly drive us all insane.

For me, that is just as fearsome as the Daleks battlecry of “Exterminate”.

{Note – The Cherished Blogfest has been extended to the end of next weekend.  Check it out, join in … it’s a great antidote to counteract all the negativity permeating the world … like this post}

 

 

 

116 comments

    • Some days I have trouble wrapping my head around the technology we have. I can’t imagine being leapfrogged 100 years into the future! … although Curious Joanne would love to sneak a peak 😉

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  1. Well clearly I am reading backwards so glad to know the pictures have been found. As to blank posts this happened to me once. I think you can still see the spot where my eyeball hit the wall.

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    • Yeah! That describes my reaction perfectly!

      With help from another blogger, I’ve been able to recover some of it, but I’m a little too busy this weekend to attempt to rewrite the rest of it for tomorrow’s deadline 😒

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    • No, it really was 6 hours … and all for nothing. I’ve never been impressed with DELL service and that was the last straw.

      Happily, I’m past the rough stuff and everything is working again … although maybe I should whisper that since I wouldn’t want to jinx myself.

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  2. I’m screaming along with you. ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!&*^#^%*&! I wish you and I had screamed together a couple of days ago. Technology shitology. That’s what I have to say.
    But then, without computers, I couldn’t scream virtually with you as I’m doing.
    And I wouldn’t have been able to read your blog post, which made me laugh out loud and groan simultaneously. xo

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    • Shitology. Oh yes, that’s a good word. I’m going to remember it 😏

      Thankfully, all my issues are behind me now, although I still have some cleanup work to do. Fortunately, none of it will slow me down significantly.
      It also appears that you are back up and running. Yay! for technology that works!

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  3. I have the hardest time with computers. They always seems to be out to get me!! I hope that you have luck with the Lightroom debacle! I’m rapidly running out of space on the laptop for my photos and need to move them all to the hard drive.

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    • Yes! My problems have been resolved and I can access my photos in Lightroom again … and wild jubilation was heard throughout the land 😉

      Good luck with the transition of your photos to an external hard drive. If you haven’t done a migration before, I strongly recommend viewing a few youtube videos on the subject to help you plan and execute the move. Hopefully it will save you some scary moments like mine along the way.

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  4. It’s good to read and see you again Joanne! Even in your moments of technology hell 🙂 can truly relate to your frustrations as I am similarly challenged – but constantly – with all types of technology but particularly computers. It is all maddening. And soon artificial intelligence will take over! Caveat emptor!
    Peta

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    • I think we all have a love/hate relationship with our technology. I have to say though, I’m a lot happier now with my new computer. It works every time I want to use it! What a novelty 😉

      Hope you are doing well, Peta.

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  5. I feel your pain. My PC is 7 years old and doing all sorts of weird things. Don’t want to switch to Apple at this stage (too many files written and saved in Word), but the whole new laptop scenario just drives me up a wall. Bought my wife a Microsoft Surface several years ago and neither of us ever mastered it. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

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    • I was assured that all my PC Word and Excel files would open ok on the MAC and so far, so good!
      I even had a major breakthrough yesterday and learned a way to get my photo library and catalog to start talking to each other again.
      I’m going to be ok in this new Apple world after all 😎

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  6. I converted to Apple about six years ago, Joanne, and despite the learning curve, have never looked back. I encourage you to make an appointment at an Apple store. They’ll help you with your photo library problem; the techs at the Genius Bar are great!

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    • Thanks Karen. I seem to have already leaped along the learning curve and have settled into my Mac very easily.
      Calling Apple tech was next on my list of things to try, and then another blogger sent me a youtube link that was the magic I was looking for! My library and catalog are now playing nicely together. I still have a few hours of cleanup work to do, but all is well and good 😃

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  7. We started our Home computing experience with MAC way back when, but work was PC, so to be able to talk to work while working at home we switched to PC. Earlier this year He-Man was up for work laptop refresh and decided to switch to MAC from PC. The transition wasn’t smooth. There were lots of adapters required he didn’t know he’d need, and he had so many issues trying to get his programs converted from PC to MAC. He complained everyday for months, and was talking with support all the time to get things working right. It took months to get comfortable with it and working to the point he wasn’t complaining anymore. After seeing his issues I’ve decided I’m sticking with PC for the foreseeable future.

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    • Oh, and that whole “where’s my catalog/image” thing with Lightroom is the main reason I won’t use it. Photoshop doesn’t have that issue. My images live happily in my Pictures folder on my hard-drive or on my external drive. I know right where they are all the time.

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    • The adaptor issue is a royal pain and Apple did not make any fans with that move.
      Thankfully my transition has gone pretty well – quite frankly, my PC was causing me so much trouble, that the Mac learning curve was minor in comparison.
      The really good news is that my catalog and library are now playing together. Woohoo! I still have some work to do to clean it up, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
      Throughout this experience, I’ve learned a lot about Lightroom and it’s actually got a lot more functionality than I’ve ever realized. That’s normally the case, isn’t it?

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  8. Daleks. I can trace my respect/fear of computers back to them, too. Sorry about your Cherish post. I had one ready to go, then thought I’d missed the timeframe to join, so I deleted it. Hope your new Apple computer is all that and a bag of chips. I wouldn’t use anything but an iMac, but then I joined the Apple army early on.

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    • I started watching the new Dr Who series a few years ago, and I have to admit the Daleks still creep me out. I think it’s the cold lack of any humanity.

      Another blogger helped me recover a big chunk of my lost post. I don’t know whether I’ll have time to finish it a 2nd time, but hopefully I’ll be able to.
      When you deleted your post, did you also delete it from your WP trashcan? It might still be in there and recoverable. That’s something I just discovered.

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  9. OMG! We have been going down the same rabbit hole! I too have had the same issues with the same machines, though I haven’t figured out how to use Lightroom and just store everything on thumb drives and external drives. The only real peeve I have with Apple is that it doesn’t have that easy to find delete button for typing errors or the cut and crop button that allows you to copy sections of a page. Pain in the ass if you want my opinion!

    I haven’t given up on my Dell completely because it does things Apple can’t…I wish they’d get married and share the best of both worlds. Or perhaps their differences might stand out too much and they would end up as the marriage from hell.

    I feel your pain getting locked out of your photos. I think technology is following the way of the world. A lot of things are talking but no one is really communicating. BTW, I had a similar problem posting on WP. Lost a post I’d written and it didn’t save it to drafts. Not sure if it’s WP or all the changes being made in updates…trying to protect our digital security. I admit, I gave up too. It’s really frustrating when you want to communicate, invest time in doing so and then have it ripped away from you. Maybe I’ll have to go back to live communication again…but then again, virtual is so much easier. You don’t have to worry about time zones or getting your creative juices flowing in the wee hours of the morning. The constant battle between convenience and frustration. Hope things get better for you.

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    • The issue with technology now is that we are so deeply entrenched into it, I can’t imagine living without it. When it works, life is grand … but teeth grinding when it doesn’t!!
      I hope the worst is now behind both of us.

      Another blogger helped me recover a portion of my lost blog. The blank post was in the trashcan (where I put it). I recovered it from the trash, and could look up the version control. For reasons I don’t understand, not all of it was in there, but I learned something new out of the experience.

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  10. Bah! I feel so bad for you. I’m also in a constant battle with computers and, yes, this was me on Friday — a 4 hour marathon call with DELL technical support who failed to resolve my paragraph-spacing issue following an automatic software update by Windows 10.” Every single update brings some important function to a halt! Ugh. You are so brave to try Apple. It’s an alien life form if you’re used to MS. Hang in there. Sending you light beams of computer kindness. 😀

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    • I have never had such a bad experience with a computer, or with Windows, until I got the demon PC a few years ago. That thing failed to work properly from day 1 .. and yes, I sent it back twice for parts to be replaced. It never helped, and quite frankly, DELL tech support is useless.

      Sometimes a bad experience forces us to make a dramatic move, and joining Team Apple was mine.
      I like to think I’m a pretty smart person, and so the transition didn’t take so long. Like anything, preparing to invest a little bit of time in learning has paid off.

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  11. So you’re saying I shouldn’t bother with a MAC when this PC bites the big one? Which will be soon? And here I was saving up.

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  12. It appears we’ve all had our struggles with technology. Without it, there would be no blogs. With it, we are all driven slowly (or suddenly, in some cases) insane. Good luck!

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  13. I feel your pain Joanne. As a longtime PC user, recently converted to all things Apple (and now straddling both worlds by running Parallels software so I can use my MacBook for work), I am often stumped by my iMac and MacBook. Until I realize that to do what I want to do in Apple products is almost always stunningly simple and intuitive, compared to Windows. Once I stop trying to make things harder than they need to be, and do what seems more natural, the Macs and I get along much better. Still, old habits are hard to break and the frustration is real!

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    • And that’s the crux of the problem … old habits are hard to break!!
      In the short time I’ve had it, I’ve actually adjusted to it very quickly. The only thing that continues to stump me is Lightroom and quite frankly I’ve been in this position before in a PC to PC conversion. The problem is Lightroom. It is NOT a user friendly application.

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  14. I’ve been using a Mac since the beginning of time. I take it to the genius bar at the store when needed, and I also have a small local computer shop that charges $15 for 15 minutes so for something quick I go there. I wish I could help you with your challenge, but I’m not familiar with it. Yes, they are expensive, and, yes, they keep working which is why we open our wallets when they need to be replaced. 🙂 WordPress? No help there either. 🙂

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    • The price tag has always been the inhibitor up to now, but I don’t regret finally biting the bullet.
      I know there is no perfect technology and there will always be issues, but after so many frustrations, I ready to fly with Apple for a while.

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  15. Love your crazy face but sorry for the reason you posted it…not a day goes by that I don’t worry about our worlds growing dependence on technology…seems we’re all being slowly driven crazy by it but won’t kick the habit. I’ve always had a Mac product and while I’ve mostly been happy, their updates can disrupt life too!

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    • Noooo! Don’t tell me that!!!
      Actually son #1 did warn me that Apple isn’t foolproof either. He’s been a Mac user for years, but I’m hoping for the best. So far, so good. It hasn’t crashed once, it hasn’t frozen once … both were regular occurrences on my other laptop.

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    • Thanks for the welcoming to the Apple Club 🙂
      The way I look at it, my experience with Mac can’t be nearly as frustrating as the last 3 years have been with the demon PC.

      … now, if only I could get Lightroom to read my library …

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      • I thought it would be this whole new learning curve (copy/paste, along with getting to an end of a line, did take a while because the commands for them are slightly different). But ultimately I did settle in with it in short order. My wife just had a problem with her iMac screen, and Apple replaced the screen with no problem under the warranty. Good luck!

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        • omg – I went through that. I couldn’t believe there was no copy/paste command! … until I figured it out.
          … and how to close a window. Being on the left side instead of the right threw me off for a while … not to mention that so much functionality is invisible until you scroll over it.

          Like anything else, if you’re unwilling to invest the time in it to learn, you won’t get anything out of it.

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  16. I hate updates. If it were up to me we’d still be with Windows 95. I have a Dell too and I hate their service. My agreement expired and I didn’t renew. Most of the time I can’t understand them or it takes FOREVER. I can’t do 3 to 4 hours on the phone. Fortunately, my current one has been working well the last year or so and it’s just updates that get it all funked up. I bought a new Lenovo laptop this summer for portability and it’s been heaven. It’s nice to have the luxury of a backup although I could also use my Kindle Fire. I hate technology too and miss my IT department at work. I rarely create directly into WordPress. I’m not that trusting.

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    • Interesting that you create your posts offline from WP. I actually suspected that was my problem with the lost post. The vast majority of it had been created in Word and then cut-and-pasted in WP. Since this problem has never happened to me before, I assumed that was the culprit.
      Now I’m thinking maybe not.

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  17. Ugh, ugh, ugh. That is the pits, Joanne. I’m struggling right now to resolve an issue with the sleep mode on my laptop, which makes the screen turn white. Thankfully, it hasn’t affected anything else, but I would prefer to fix it myself than to have my computer guy hand me a bill for $80. I wanted to buy Apple years ago, but my then husband said, “No, no, no, get the HP Touchsmart with Windows Vista!” Oh yeah, I guess you know how that turned out. Anyhow, Macs are too expensive for my pocketbook, so I’ll be sticking with whatever keeps me blogging.

    Nice photo of crazy Joanne. I hope she finds her photos and her computer sanity soon.

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    • I’ve been dying to use that photo ever since my son took it 🙂
      The price tag has kept me away from Apple all these years too, but the frustrations over the past couple of months pushed me over the line. Paying my Visa bill was a big ouchie, but it’s soooo nice to have a computer that functions all the time, every time!

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    • Thanks Joe – perhaps this new YouTube video will give me something that the previous ones I’ve watched didn’t.

      I use an external hard drive for my LIghtroom library, and getting that exact path and drive right as I move from PC to Mac appears to be causing the problem. Hopefully there’s a hint in here to resolve that.

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  18. How horrible! Also, how brave to switch to Apple. I’ve been so fortunate with both Sony and now Lenovo to have good, reliable laptops that play well with Windows.
    WordPress – I feel your pain there too! A week ago my readership dropped to almost zilch and though WordPress promised to check to see whether they have messed up my stats, I have yet to hear from them. So, basically I am back to the same ‘popularity’ I was when I started blogging 7 years ago. Very strange.

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    • That is really odd. My immediate reaction was that WP had mysteriously dropped everyone from following you. I just double-checked, and nope, I’m still following.
      I’ve noticed lately that I had been dropped from a few bloggers that I normally expect to see in my mailbox but had stopped appearing.
      I hope they find the source of your problem … but honestly, I have really low expectations of most tech support depts.

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    • Thankfully, the files are there, I just can’t use the catalog to retrieve images based on the tags I created on each photo. In other words, I have to remember when I took a photo and then go manually looking for it. Ugh … not so easy!

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  19. I sat with a Mac computer for about ten minutes back in the late 90’s. Couldn’t bridge the gap between windows and Apple. I bow to your courage to make the switch. I hear great things about the platform, but I’m afraid I am unable to make the switch.

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  20. I also got the “oops” page, so, mystery solved. Mac – ugh – I’m still using a desktop most of the time – yes, I know I’m outdated, but it’s what I’m used to. My daughter rolls her eyes at me a lot and I usually respond by shouting something like “I didn’t have computers in my hand from day one, so give me a break!!” It’s amazing how much technology has changed and continues to change in our lifetime. I know there will come a point when I just throw in the towel and go underground. Hang in there and good luck!

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    • Hehehe – I get the occasional eye roll from my sons too. I don’t consider myself anywhere close to being a power-user. I just like the idea of having it work every time I want to use it. I didn’t think that was much to ask :/

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  21. AAAARRGGGGHHHH!!!
    Was it kinda like that?

    Wow. Bravery medal for you for joining the Fruit Cult. Hope you’ve got your box of adapters ready so that Mac can talk to any other non-Apple piece of equipment. Or just replace everything to match. (How else do you think they make so much money?)

    Anyway, I wish you well and hope for you a Siri-filled, problem-free rest of the week. 😁

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    • Don’t get me started on those stupid adaptors. However, since everything is working as it should be, I’m not going to complain.
      This week I get to test Apple Tech Support to see if they can get me out of this issue with Lightroom … since the people at Lightroom were COMPLETELY unwilling to help me.
      … and I only hope that Siri doesn’t turn out to be an evil bitch like my GPS – ie lull me into a false sense of security and then try to get me to drive into a lake.

      Btw – congrats again on your GREAT race!! You really did crush it!!

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  22. Oh my….I feel your pain! Been there; done that! But your post made me laugh. Wishing lots of good vibes. I converted to Team Apple several year ago & am slowly getting to know the system better. Perseverance! Still frustrated but not as much as hubby with his PC.

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  23. I feel your pain! My Resident IT Consultant who can usually bail me out is in China at the moment, so those machines better behave themselves. Isn’t there a Restore Previous Versions function on WordPress somewhere? Though I guess if you had to delete the post you’ve probably tried all that. How frustrating to lose a whole post.

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    • Maybe you know something I don’t? The only restore function I could find was in the trash can where I dumped the blank post. I thought ‘restore’ would return it to its previous pre-publication status, but it didn’t. It simply restored the blank post …. which of course I had to delete again.

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      • Ok, I’ve done an experiment! I use WP Admin, I don’t like the new editor. On there, if you look at the box top-right where you save and publish there is a section called Revisions which I think updates every time you save. Next to it is a hyper-link to Browse. From there you can see the different versions you have saved and choose which one to restore – I think! I’ve had a quick look at the new editor and I can see the same feature under Post Settings : Status.

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        • omg – thank you!!
          I had to go back and forth a few times to find all the pieces you were talking about, but I eventually found it.
          I wasn’t able to recover everything, but I was able to get a big chunk of it back.

          I’ve never noticed these revisions before, and this has been VERY helpful!! I don’t know why everything isn’t there, but I’m not going to quibble 🙂 Thank you so much!

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          • Hooray! It worked. I can’t remember how I found that out: probably had a similar experience losing text at some point, and I had to hunt a bit too to remind myself. Hopefully neither of us will forget it now (or even better, won’t need it again).

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  24. sheeeeit – you lost it! ugh.
    and in my opinion – I would try and write it again.
    I have had to do this and it was much different the second time – but worth the effort and maybe even made it the way was meant to be (if that makes sense)
    and welcome to apple –
    I have heard that apple is supposed to be easier – but anytime “new and different” comes in – we wrestle – and I am learning Dell lately and it is humbling.
    oh and some of the apple updates – well i hate them – but my hubs always says “adapt or die….” and he is right

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    • Yeah – I embraced the ‘adapt or die’ philosophy a long time ago, but I still often grind my teeth along the way.

      Since the deadline for the Cherished Blogfest has been extended to next weekend, I may take a crack at recreating the post. You’re right that they never end up the same … inevitably we take the replacement post off into a different direction.

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  25. Sorry about your lost post. You sure it’s not lurking about in your TRASH folder on WP?

    And good luck with your MAC. Since switching from HP to Apple last year (mini iPad and iMac desktop), I’ve been very happy with performance and updates. But sometimes I have to think: “Now . . . how do I get there from here?”

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    • I actually deleted the post because it was blank. Anyone who opened it would have discovered it was blank. So yes, it is in the trashcan.
      There is a restore function in the trash that I hoped would return the post to its pre-publication state, but it doesn’t. It restores it as it was when published 😦

      I find that the more time I spend on my Mac, the easier it is to do stuff. I’m starting to get the hang of its logic, but in the beginning I spent a lot of time baffled by simple stuff.

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  26. Oh. Dear. Nothing could ever make me migrate to a Mac. The OH has one or two and I have been known to use one of them, but I found it very frustrating to operate. No, I am a PC girl through and through since the early days of DOS when I could run a word processor, spreadsheets and games on a 20 MB hard disk and still have space. Of course that was before digital photography…

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  27. Joanne – Your photo (yup, the one of you near the microwave) says it all. Been there, felt that, have the t-shirt! My only saving grace is that I have been an Apple user from Day One. Although I admittedly have a love-hate relationship with the company (please, don’t get me started), I haven’t needed (yet) to switch between two completely current systems. What do I miss the most about working? Hands down our IT Department…and Muhammad, Madeleine, Mike and Kayee who magically made things better for me regarding computer/iPhone/iPad technology.
    BTW – I did receive your ‘blank post’ yesterday. Although I thought that I had been paying attention, I missed that Cherished Blogfest was currently happening. I am grateful that they have extended the fest for another week!

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    • Yes, losing access to the IT department was my biggest adjustment too when I stopped working. Having to troubleshoot all my own problems is really time consuming!!!

      I agree about the love/hate part with Apple. I find it really creepy that I’ve started getting notifications about stuff that my laptop could only know if it was reading my emails. That’s just wrong …

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  28. Ooher, that’s the worst. I feel for you. My last laptop gave me a lot of grief before he died.
    I got that email for your cherished post. Checked to see if it was here. So sorry you lost it. But hey, your hair looks great, and I like your earrings. 🙂
    I wanted a Mac back in the day, it’s all I used at university. My parents were reasonable and whatnot, a PC for $800 or a Mac for $1200 — not a choice in their eyes, and so I said, “Alright, just get me a word processor with a French wheel,” and they did and I used that happily for many, many years. With, you know, floppy disks that I will never recover data from. lol
    I would still like a Mac, but I am now all reasonable like my parents, and so I never have bought one. Maybe when my kids are grown. But I bet I’d struggle, and does my external hard drive even know how to Mac? There’s just a lot to relearn and unknow. *sigh*
    The Mister has been buying Dell computers since 2000. I buy what’s cheapest.
    Good luck.

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    • The Apple price tag is a huge deterrent. HUGE. Otherwise I would have had one a long time ago.

      I don’t know what happened with this particular DELL laptop. It wasn’t the first time we bought DELL and had no issues at all, but this one was the worst.
      I had to send it back to them twice and they NEVER fixed the problem. At some point I just had to recognize that (1) the computer was a lemon and would never be fixed, (2) DELL tech support doesn’t have a clue.
      Time to cut bait and move on.
      It was a big gulp wrapping my head around the Apple price tag, but ….

      I had the same concerns about my external hard drive, but thankfully I navigated those waters. Yay Siri!

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  29. AAAARRRRGGGG!!!! Your face says it all. I clicked on your CBF link and was surprised at the error page displayed. I always write my posts in Word first, then cut and paste. If I had to recreate the whole thing from scratch, I don’t know if I would have the energy either. I’m still working on my CBF post and hope to get it up today… as long as my demon PC doesn’t thwart me. Maybe with the extra week you’ll reconsider and tell us about those love letters (which, I’m pretty sure, doesn’t include any correspondence with DELL or Apple).

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  30. Oh, Joanne–the dreaded words: “oops! That post cannot be found.” I wondered what happened, but then I am just hoping I can even link my post to the linky thing in the Cherished Blogfest…thing. Good luck. That random photo is very cool, by the way.

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    • You got the dreaded “Oops!” page because I had to delete the post. Otherwise you would have seen, well, nothing. It was all most disheartening.

      Good luck with the linky thing … I’ll be looking for your post 🙂

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