Category Archives: Computer Life

Anything to do with computers, how the technology has changed your life. Tips and ideas, useful or time-wasting.

Word Up

Wonderful words! Just because we have more opportunities to exchange ideas, doesn’t necessarily lead to a richer experience. Texting is purely utilitarian, and so many devalue English and its many respectful examples of apprehending words from other languages into the melting pot that is English. Comments following news articles are being phased out, because trolls with nothing to add just spew hate speech lacking even basic punctuation and spelling. We are losing rich expression of ourselves and understanding of others when we fail to use and comprehend really good words. I love words, and am pleased to find someone else who does.

Lots of Work to Write

An empty frame

An empty frame…

Remember when all it took was a pencil and paper to start writing? Then, it had to be special paper, a special pen that felt just right in your hand. Then, a diary, particularly one whose cover looked and felt like it reflected you. Now, it takes several gigs of ram, a dependable network, and email to say the same things.

But nothing feels quite like a good pen rounding out your thoughts on a good quality piece of paper. However, that can really get in the way of your thinking, as you revel in the juicy sensuousness of the gliding pen and the rich, almost milky slip of your palm over the deep and thick quality paper (that’s the kind of paper I like, and its even made recycled, these days, so its not so guilty a pleasure!)…

But, when you really have something to say, does it matter how its framed?. It doesn’t matter what media tells the story. Getting the story told is what matters.

 

Volunteering

Working for my church brought me back. If God gives you gifts others can use, it seems a sin to not use them. Not Sin with a capital S. Just too bad to have put in so much time, so much effort, so much heartache, and let my learning go to waste. I am not much of a baker, and I never seem to have the time to cook big pot-luck contributions. But, I, too can help my church, my friends, for a greater good.Carrot River United Church

And so, I began again, with the research for a site to meet my needs, and allow me to fulfill the needs of my church for visible technology, Real communication, and something that would catch the eye and eventually the ear of the congregation, so to better help them engage. Web site for the church. Blog page for the rev. (soon!) Email lists will evolve to newsletters our congregation can subscribe to. I am working just as hard as ever, but not getting paid. Except with satisfaction. And I am actively engaged in this consuming technology that I thought I was finished with forever. Thankfully, this time I am not obsessively trying to earn a living. This time, I am obsessively learning for something greater: to assist my church, my friends, and I am not alone. I am not done. I am not broken.

Facebook No Photo Yet

Image

I took a break from writing, from web design, and from playing much with software for a few years. I always knew the web would go modular, and I always knew there would be a Facebook (to which I do not feel compelled to post a picture), a Twitterverse, and that “one day, everyone in the world will have his or her own web site.” No, I was no visionary, just practical. Once Microsoft published the first version of FrontPage, I knew it.

There was no reason to beat my head against a wall, learning every code language in use, waiting for “the one” that would be in use by “most” businesses, because there was always a new one, and one day, I wouldn’t be the only one creating my own, private scrapbooks of code snippets, washing each through Notepad or SimpleText, hoping a stray comma or parenthesis didn’t break it. Someone would write modules, if I just was just patient. Plug-ins…

FrontPage Server Extensions broke my heart. Not divorce, not my daughter slipping away while I was learning obsessively, not the guitar I left gathering dust until I sold it (after playing for ten years!) and certainly not the move from beautiful California. No, it was putting my faith into technology too easily broken because it just wasn’t ready, but it sure was sold well. The DIY website idea was great, with features “just like Microsoft Office.” However, it did not play well with others, and barely on Windows servers, for which it was designed. I wanted more.

Hey, I knew WordPress was there, in fact I signed up years ago. But, not until Windows 7, with Live Writer embedded, was I ready to begin again. Its true. I took a break. I was broken, but just like the modular web, I am back. I don’t have to post pictures. But I live in Saskatchewan now, “the Land of Living Skies” so I know that I will take pictures to post again.

I did break, but was not broken.

Storage

JUST MAKING SURE i GET IT POSTED TO THE RIGHT PLACE…

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Tamarack

This one is from Windows Live Writer, an interface added to Windows 7 for journaling and blogging. This can be added to my WordPress.com site, sort of on the fly, and I can add to it from the tools on WordPress, to “fancy it up” later. Just like I said, a modular world, in which cloud and modular storage for files and software backups, devices interacting through storage and just enough tools in common over the web. Makes it more useful, Finally.

In 1997, I got my first file storage site online (the name escapes me, right now, but the name was similar to Dropbox). All I could think of then was storing files to trade with Kevin, especially mp3’s, since they were too large to practically email to one another. It was fun, but even though it was free, I was sure they would start charging, and some did…

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Storage

Tamarack

This one is from Windows Live Writer, an interface added to Windows 7 for journaling and blogging. This can be added to my WordPress.com site, sort of on the fly, and I can add to it from the tools on WordPress, to “fancy it up” later. Just like I said, a modular world, in which cloud and modular storage for files and software backups, devices interacting through storage and just enough tools in common over the web. Makes it more useful, Finally.

In 1997, I got my first file storage site online (the name escapes me, right now, but the name was similar to Dropbox). All I could think of then was storing files to trade with Kevin, especially mp3’s, since they were too large to practically email to one another. It was fun, but even though it was free, I was sure they would start charging, and some did. that ended that. But only for a while. Now,storage is almost too easy. I used to run PageMaker, Microsoft Office, and a variety of Dos tools, all on an 80MB hard drive. Hard to believe.