Today (Groan)

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So how was your day?

Typing on this keyboard, which was surely designed for some other form of life, murdered me. But we also had to do our grocery shopping. When we finished buying our supplies, we discovered that Patty had locked her keys inside her car. With the engine running. No problem, said the auto club: they could get there in just an hour and a half.

At this point the Lord provided a good Samaritan who offered to drive me home so I could fetch the spare key. Thank you, Father; and thank you, most benevolent stranger.

After that, all I had to do was type my Newswithviews column on this infernal keyboard.

We have to get a new computer. And if that means I will have to learn a whole new system, after it’s taken me ten years to get this far with Windows 7… Well, that ought to just about finish me off.

15 comments on “Today (Groan)

    1. I can sympathize, Lee. They are very frustrating to deal with, even for someone that does so daily. There are books for learning various operating systems and these can really make a difference.

    2. There are books for learning high school chemistry, too, and they never helped me one iota. Computer lingo just clangs around in my head and won’t stick to anything.

    3. The “Dummies” series are pretty good. I started, well over twenty years ago, with “DOS for Dummies” and just kept learning from there.

  1. Sorry, Lee. Life’s annoyances sure can mount up – especially when they happen in groupings, testing our patience. We’ll pray that tomorrow is a much better and uneventful day – maybe with enough sun for a cigar and a few chapters 🙂

  2. I know what you mean. We just got this new computer with Win 10. I can’t say I like it, but it is doable most of the time. Still have frustrating times, but get through them one way or another.
    Prayers for shalom going your way.

    1. Windows 8 alienated a lot of people, while 8.1 was somewhat better. I think that they finally learned with Windows 10 and aren’t rocking the boat too much. I still don’t care for it, but it’s at least serviceable.

    2. I would recommend some sort of book to help you get started. You don’t have to become an expert, just learn enough to find your way around and do the things you need to do.

    3. Can’t I just keep my Windows 7? Is that too much to ask? I don’t want to read computer books. It would make me roar with pain.
      Oh, I did try Auto Repair for Dummies. I was still a dummy when I finished it. Me and machines, no mix.
      You should’ve seen the poor devil at Chalcedon trying to teach me their tagging system. Two and a half hours on the phone with nothing whatsoever to show for it.

    4. It is feasible to keep Windows 7 on most, but not all new machines. Call PC Connection (a large online seller) and ask. B&H Photo also sells a lot of machines that are not the newest, latest or greatest, so they might be able to help.

  3. I’ve always said that the three things that make or break our day are our cars, our cats, and our computers. You seem to have been hit with two out of three yesterday. At least (thank God) the cats were doing okay … weren’t they?

    As for learning new software systems, you’re good with language, so try to think of the systems as a language. That’s how I finally started figuring everything out back in the DOS days, until I found myself actually writing computer how-to articles and designing database systems as a sideline for a while. Unfortunately, it was easier to see software systems as a language back in those DOS days, and even in the early Windows days, because everything was in words — or at least in an alphanumeric system. Trying to figure out what all the little pictures mean and how to use them is like trying to learn Chinese ideographs.

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