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do any part of it you do understand; then look at it again."
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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

NOT dead YET!!!

-- or WHY I haven't posted anything since early July.

Part of it is a few things on my plate I have to deal with.

But, MOST of it is because my ancient computer is having more and more trouble dealing with certain websites.

My computer is an HP Pavilion 061 desktop unit, with a tower and a separate monitor, bought near the end of 2003 when I learned that the entire IT division of SCI (Service Corporation International) would be outsourced to InfoSys (in Bangalore, India) the following March.

It has 256 megabytes of memory, running Windows XP, which is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Some websites (facebook and linkedin, for example) hog so much memory that visiting them (I have accounts on both) fall into the "life's too short" category.

Blogger.com's editor (which I have to use when posting here, has become flaky. While editing a post, it automatically (periodically) saves a draft of the post. Normally, each save would overwrite the earlier version, but the "flaky" part results in each save creating a new draft, so when I finally publish the post, I have DOZENS of drafts to have to dispose of. Other functions (such as text centering for captions under images) no longer seem to work. Posting has become a pain under these circumstances.

I need a new computer with a later operating system and as much memory as I can afford to dump into it.

In a few months, I should have a very nice income tax refund, which will allow me to find something better.

The LAST time I went for months without putting anything up, an Air Force buddy in Montana called the store at where I work to find out if I was still ALIVE. Thought maybe I should put THIS up to make a repeat of that unnecessary.

I have NOT become bored with blogging. I just hope that getting a better computer in a few months will put me back into the game. :-)



Foxfier said...

Glad you're alive, hope things improve.

Paul Gordon said...

Thanks, Foxfier.

It's been a rough year, mostly because of the financial fallout from last year's accident (see "A Scream of Pain" - http://paulinhouston.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-scream-of-pain.html ), but I STILL HERE.

I've had ups and downs before. After a major depressive one in Michigan, almost 30 years ago, a lady shrink I had to see told me that she "saw a survivor. You pulled up stakes and moved halfway across the country to start a new career. Wimps don't do that!".

Ok. She was just doing her job, to make me feel better and improve my attitude. But, I cherished that and want very much NOT to make a liar of her.

So, I'll be Ok, and things WILL improve. :-)


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