“The information age is so psychotic – without the cell phone and Internet, I would be drama free right now.”

I am back to myself again. The only aches and pains come from age.

The morning is dark, almost ominous. Everything is still. The house was cold when I woke up, down to 64˚. I broke my no heat vow. The house is now comfortable, and I am in my winter garb including slippers and a sweatshirt. I’m thinking it might be time to replace the back door screen with glass. That’s where Gracie’s dog door is, and when it’s cold, I have to keep the inside door shut, and Gracie can’t come and go at will. I’ve added that to my to do list for today. I’m also going to put a blanket on the bed. I was cold last night, and I know Gracie was too because she was leaning against me. It wasn’t comfortable.

Duke, the boxer I grew up with, was not allowed on furniture, including beds, but he always figured that only held true when we could see him. At night he’d sleep on the couch. We could hear him getting off when we walked down the stairs in the morning. When we went somewhere and Duke was home alone, the bedspreads would miraculously get circles in the middle, the sort a dog makes when turning around and around. We never did catch him at it. He was one smart dog.

Yesterday was computer day from hell. My Mac screen stayed black. The keyboard lit and the cursor worked, but the screen would die just after the apple appeared. I went crazy. I got my iPad and went hunting. One site told me to hold the shift key so it would open in safe mode. That didn’t work. I’d read my book for a while, but I kept stopping to stare at the computer. I hate computer problems, and I have this overwhelming need to solve them. I’d put my book down and try something else suggested by some poor computer illiterate with the same problem. I went from forum to forum. I felt like Diogenes wandering with my lamp looking not for an honest man but for a solution. I actually found one. It was five steps, and the woman who posted it had gotten the solution from Apple. The comments after the steps were from people thanking her which gave me encouragement and also let me know the problem was not the machine. It was a glitch from an Apple system automatic update that never quite got past the login screen. When my desktop appeared, I was Rocky running up the stairs of the art museum in triumph: computer 0,  me 1.

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12 Comments on ““The information age is so psychotic – without the cell phone and Internet, I would be drama free right now.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I think we might get frost tonight, I wasn’t going to lit any fire today but changed my mind when I opened to let the dogs in from the garden. I guess there’s a risk I have to scarpe the car windows tomorrow morning.

    Orvar knows he’s not allowed on the sofa but he too sleeps there every night 🙂 Sometimes he sleeps so heavy that he doesn’t wake up when I enter the room but I can’t get angry at that dog 🙂

    I once had a laptop that had a tiny button that locked the key board. It was impossible to write and it took me forever to find it 🙂 Why on earth do they even think of creating such a button 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We are supposed to get warmer by Saturday. Right now it is raining, and we really need it. We aren’t in drought conditions but the designation just before it. The summer was rainless for the most part.

      All my own dogs sleep on the couch in this room and my bed. They do’n sleep on the couch in the living room. They know not to go and try it. Fern sleeps on one of the pillows, and she is the only one on that couch.

      That is strange. Why would you even want to lock the key board? My button on the linksys router is so small I have to use a pen point if I need to reset it. It is also in a weird spot.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Glad to hear that you are back to normal with just the usual aches and pains. Swooning on the couch has great restorative powers.

    Do you still have the link to that solution? My old Mac laptop does the same thing. Many repeated bootings in rapid succession will eventually result in a screen that does not go black right away. As soon as it sleeps, the problem begins again. I’ve taken it to the Genius Bar but no solution was found at the time.

    My dogs sleep wherever. Rocky sometimes will sleep in the laundry bag as long as there are clothes in it. Piki Dog tries to sleep on Rocky whenever he can.
    They both know that if I say, “everybody on the couch,” it means I’m going out without them and they are not to follow me to the door or insist on going with me. I’m always surprised that the command usually works the first time.

    It’s cold here. It’s 61 but no sun and a fair amount of damp make it a nasty 61. I’m debating closing the front door and turning on the heat just to get the dampness out. I’ve given in once already this month so I can’t claim being stoic. If I look at the inside thermostat, that will probably settle the matter. Depending on the number, I’ll either think OMG! COLD! or I’ll think it’s not so bad and tough it out.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Swooning is a mighty remedy for whatever ails you. I also find sloth days have a similar effect.

      This is the url: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5994694
      Scroll down to Jesseinma as her solution worked. I hope it works for you.

      My command is Gracie, please get into your crate, and she knows she isn’t coming. I can’t leave her loose in the house as she gets anxious. She is very good about getting right in but that may have something to do with the treat she gets every time.

      It is raining and has been all afternoon. It is, however, warm. My house is at 70˚. I have the back door opened for the dog to come in and out.

      It will be 70˚ or even higher by the weekend.

  3. MT C Says:

    Congrats on your success with the fix. There otta be a law saying something about easy and frequent computer fixes. which is itself easy to find. But we both know the odds of that happening.

    We are into the second day of predicted 90’s, with great hope that tomorrow does reach its 77F high. Yesterday was near, if not actually tying the old record of 93 and today is projected to be ‘cooler’ at 91F. We will see how these predictors do.


    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Carl.

      I hate to have to pay to have my computer fixed, and the Apple store is over an hour away.

      We never even saw 90˚ at all this summer. We only hit 80˚ around 5 times. It was all in all a cool summer but I loved it.

      I know your weather from living in Ghana. I got used to it. That’s the best I could do.

  4. flyboybob Says:

    Glad to hear that you are physically well again. Unfortunately, we have become dependent on computers both big and small. I don’t know how I ever got along before buying my iPad and before that without my iMac. Now the iMac basically has become the storage hub for the iPad and the iPad is my information Swiss Army knife. When I bought my iMac a few years ago I didn’t think I would ever fill up it’s one terabyte of internal storage. This weekend I’m going to buy another external hard drive to off load my media files since the internal drive is within 600 gigabytes of being full. The other external hard drive is the Time Machine backup disc. When I bought my first Mac in 1985 I thought a box of 400k floppy discs could contain everything digitally that I could ever need. A couple of years later I bought an Apple 20 megabyte external hard drive. BTW both the first 512 Mac and the hard drive still work. There’s not much that I can do with them but start them up and wonder how I ever was able to write a few illustrated training manuals and print them out on a dot matrix printer. Another beautiful sunny day with a high temperature in the 80s. Perfect weather for the start of the State Fair of Texas on Friday.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Bob
      I like that description, “the iPad is my information Swiss Army knife.” I would have been in trouble without it yesterday as I would have had no way to do any research on my Mac black-out. Also, I love loading the iPad up with books for when I travel.

      I haven’t had the need for an external hard drive but I do have a couple from before, my pre Mac computer. I also have one filled with music and pictures, the back up for the computer which died. I am glad I had it.

      Enjoy the beautiful weather.

  5. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Still warm here, muggy awful warm..I think we even had a little rain. Cookie knows she go any place she wants, but she is avoiding my bedroom, which hurts my feelings.
    I’m hoping to go to the awful y tomorrow and swim some. It won’t help the pain, but my body needs to move around for an hour and it can only do so in a pool.
    I freak out if I can’t get on my computer. Total breakdown. I hate to admit I am so dependent on it.
    Take Care,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      It has been pouring rain all evening. I have been standing at the back door listening. It is a great sound.

      I had my iPad which had to do until I fixed the Mac. I was happy when the desktop broke through the blackness.

      Tomorrow night is the first Amazing Race so we’;; play games and eat appies. watch the program then have dessert. That is our tradition.

      Kat and the kids

  6. splendidone Says:

    So glad you are feeling better! Thank you for the reminder of approaching cold, I have a few duties that cannot wait. I agree finding an answer becomes all consuming when we know it is out there! Have a great weekend! xoxoxox

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, splendid

      I was determined to find that answer!

      Just as it gets cold, summer shows up for a couple of days. The weekend will be summer warm! Hope yours is too!!

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