Speedy Delivery

I’ve used the same computer now for most of the last five and a half years. It’s been a workhorse for me, but even workhorses have parts fail on it from time to time.

A couple of months back, I noticed an orange light in the upper right of this HP computer I’ve been using all of this time. It freaked me out for a bit – what did it mean? Oh, it’s the Wi-Fi adapter on it no longer working. Being the tinkerer I am, I consulted the oracle of Google to see if anything could be done, and trying a few workarounds – nope, it still wasn’t going to work.

It dawned on me that what I needed would cost a mere pittance – a USB Wi-Fi adapter. Amazon had them available to my specifications for under $10, and one company offered free shipping and handling. Works for me – click, click, click!

Amazon told me it wouldn’t get here for a week. It got to my home in two days.

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I plug the part into a USB port – and I have Wi-Fi on the computer again. I don’t use Wi-Fi for the computer all that much, I let my mobile devices and whatnot do the lion’s share of the usage on it, but if the situation occurs that my Ethernet plug ever stopped working, it’s a good backup plan to have around. On top of that, if I were to travel, I wouldn’t be S.O.L. with a computer with no working Wi-Fi.

While these online mega-companies like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Apple are now facing government scrutiny, it should be noted that there are times where they go get things right and make things easier on us. This latest experience I had with Amazon was definitely one of those occasions.

 

 

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Let’s Try This Again

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Maybe it’s possible I had the right idea a bit too early, but I’m going to try it again. I’m going to try again to part ways with Facebook in light of the most recent news headlines concerning how OUR information has been sold to third-parties by the social media organization.

Common sense dictates you don’t trust a fox with a henhouse, so why trust the same fox (Mark Zuckerburg) with the same henhouse (us) over and over?

The last time I tried this, I lasted 11 days. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about what triggered my return. Basically, when I “tapped out” on March 10th, I made the mistake of logging into Facebook. When you look at the scores of notifications that accumulate in ten days and see how “life goes on” somehow without you on there, it creates a sense of belonging and a desire to get back in with the in-crowd of “cool people” on Facebook.

Hopefully, I learn from my mistake this time. I started a new Instagram account, and I think I’ll keep that around so those looking for me have a means to find me.

Hey, Who Turned ON The Lights?

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As is the case in the era where computers run the world, various programs make frequent changes to safeguard themselves against newly found problems.

I woke up this morning to Google Chrome needing an update. I thought, fine, update away.

Here’s the thing, my eyesight is dwindling a bit now that I’m 46, as is the case with us older whippersnappers. For example, the white Facebook layout on Chrome is WAY too bright for me. So, I use an extension called Deluminate to aid in seeing websites better. Usually, I use a dark mode, but dimming the pages works just as well.

With the latest Chrome update, darkening the various web pages is now an impossibility, so I’m playing computer detective, trying to sleuth out where the problem might be. The dim mode still works, so I have that going for me.

Using similar programs to Deluminate don’t work nearly as good. For instance, if I use one of those other programs, I get the darkened web page, but using WordPress to create these blog entries gives me this bright white box to type my text in. As I’ve noted – for the current state of my eyes, white isn’t all right.

Hopefully, there’s a fix out there. If my hunch is correct, I can’t be the only Google/Deluminate user having this problem.

EDIT, 3/15/2018 at 11:05am EDT: I submitted my problem to the designer at his/their Github page, and quickly found a resolution. In the words of the immortal Gilda Radner: never mind!

Tapping Out

Well, it was bound to happen. I’m back on Facebook. I lasted about a half hour shy of eleven days and went probably a lot farther in my holdout then many could.

I hoped it would go a month, or get up to April 1st before I came back. But c’est le vie.

I know you all say Facebook will last forever, that it will never go away. I think they said that about MySpace about a decade ago. Guess what wound up happening?

And so, I’ll just chalk this up as training for the day Facebook does go away. It is kind of like that Hotel California song The Eagles sang back in the 70’s – you can check out anytime you like, but you never wind up leaving.

Updates And Upgrades

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Yesterday, I decided it was time I updated my backup computer that had been sitting dormant for over a year.

Did I mention it takes a while to update a computer you haven’t touched for that long, adding all the Windows updates that can occur in such a time span? It can really get monotonous, taking 12 hours to perform one of these upgrades.

If there is a moral of the story, I guess it is to update your computers in a smaller time frame, maybe every three months or so. After that, perhaps the time it takes to keep a computer in top shape begins to mount, I don’t know.

On my ninth day of Facebook withdrawal, all is well still.

The Tip Jar

 

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You don’t mind if I have some coffee?  From March 5, 2018.

One of the things I find myself wrestling with the past few months in the operation of my blogs is whether or not I should put “tip jars” on them. I’ve recently changed my mind and have put links to my Paypal on the three I sustain the most. There seemed to be in my mind a trend towards having them from what I see, so I figured I’d try it.

I don’t do these blogs for the wealth, but I felt that if anyone fancied offering, I should at least “build the bridge” to make that happen. It’s not like I’m going to accuse you of “freeloading” either – or will I be performing my best Jerry Lewis impression whenever he was on the lower end of the tote board back in his MDA telethon days.

Just thought I would mention a brief explanation here without looking like a panhandler.

Life After The FB

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The cool thing for those of you following along on this blog about not being on Facebook is that I’ll be blogging more as opposed to wasting time there.

I’m now a few hours removed from being gone from Facebook for five days, and I’m noticing pleasant changes in my mental attitude and general makeup. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything really – except other people’s drama.

For my Facebook friends finding these blog entries and wondering what happened and why I left – would it have made any real difference if I told you? You would all clamor for me to stay around, which is the last thing I wanted to do at the point I left. I may come back at some point in time, but that will be my decision as well, just as leaving was. For now, the plan is to go at least 30 days without being on there. If I go that far, maybe I can go another month – and another, and so on.

It’s nothing personal – it’s just business.

There is life outside the box, and I’m starting to enjoy it again.