Archive for October, 2010

Thankful List

I am thankful:

1.   I downloaded some wonderful ePubs or eBooks to my computer.
2.  I have made some more wonderful connections through Facebook.
3.  It rained here today.
4.  Though there were thunderstorms we had no power outage nor damage from the storm.
5.  Alex is keeping in touch though he is in Djibouti.
6.  I have a comfortable place to live, food to eat, and many things I enjoy.
7.  God is with me and blesses my life.
8.  I have a wonderful puppy dog in Hope to keep me company.
9.  I was able to enjoy listening to some music turned up yesterday.
10. Mom is enjoying the extra channels we have on Directv right now.

Photo of my sweet Hope.

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Another Day, Another Computer Fiasco

I have had some interesting moments with my computers of late.

Thursday, September 30, 2010, I had to call Microsoft Technical Support because Outlook was malfunctioning. After a couple of hours that problem was resolved again. I am not convinced it is permanently resolved, but for the time being it works.

Monday, October 4, 2010, I downloaded Google Chrome. That went well and worked smoothly, but that was the best of my recent adventures in computing. Also on Monday, I had to migrate my blog, Chronicles, from MSN Live Spaces to WordPress. Overall that has worked out okay, except that the photo albums, lists, and links I had on MSN Live Spaces did not migrate. These omissions are not pleasing to me.

Thursday, October 7, 2010, Alex called from Djibouti and informed me my yahoo email account had been hacked. He thought I might have a key-logger on my laptop. I spent a good bit of the day changing passwords on many of the sites I frequent. I also ran Norton scans to find out if there was anything wrong with my laptop which has become my primary computer. I found no problems and am fairly sure the laptop is secure.

Today, October 8, 2010, I turned on the monitor on my desktop computer which was already on and the screen was asking for a boot disk. I turned the computer off because I thought it was just an odd error. I turned it back on and it worked fine until it should have opened the desktop after the Windows loading screen. Instead it rebooted and brought up the HP opening screen. I found out this is called boot-looping and that it could be a software issue or it may be a hard-drive failure. I am hoping my niece’s husband can help me recover the computer from this failure or I will have to take it in to the Geek Squad at Best Buy. I had no printer access with the laptop because it had been networked through the desktop, but I carried the laptop into the bedroom and plugged the printer cable directly into it. That worked, but I knew there was wireless access to the printer, so I called HP Technical Support to get their help setting up the connection. At first they told me my warranty was not active, but they finally verified that it covers my printer. The technician took about three hours to get everything working properly… there were several problems so it took longer than usual.

I sincerely hope that the desktop can be recovered because it has a great deal of programming and data on it that is not accessible any other way.

Hopefully nothing new will go wrong with the laptop, the network, or the printer. I do not think I can deal with another computer related fiasco any time soon.

Always,
Jo Ann

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Photograph of Alex in Uniform

This is a picture of my son, Alex, who is a United States Marine. The pictures I had posted on my MSN Space did not transfer here because they were in albums. Alex is currently in Djibouti and expects to be there until sometime in 2011. He is very happy as a Marine and has recently re-enlisted for another five years. He has been in the Corps since June 4, 2006. He has been stationed in Cherry Point, North Carolina, but his station will change to Japan after he returns from Djibouti. I am very proud of him and pray he stays safe.

Always,
Jo Ann

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Thankful List

I am thankful:

  1. Alex called Monday from Djibouti and sounded good.
  2. Our trip to bring Alex’s Ranger home from Cherry Point went amazingly well.
  3. We had the dogs groomed on Monday and their appearance is much improved.
  4. Mom has been riding the stationary bicycle and some feeling is coming back in her legs and feet.
  5. The weather is cooler and I am able to walk with Hope more often.
  6. I have bought two new books that I am looking forward to reading.
  7. I downloaded Google Chrome and like the browser.
  8. The heater came on without any problems when I turned it on for the first time this season.
  9. We have a Sam’s Club membership.
  10. My leg and foot are feeling a bit better.

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Hello world!

My MSN Space had to be moved. I am not pleased, but I guess I am stuck with it. Hope it eventually works out okay.

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