Winging It

I hate change.

I used to like change, but I don’t now. I hate it. With all my being, I hate it.

What I really hate is change in the way my computer is working. Or not working, as the case may be.

A while ago, years ? – I can’t remember how long – I switched from IE browser over to Firefox. I was happily going along with FF all this time until recently, and now my whole internet world has been turned upside down. I will sit here searching for an answer and find nothing… it’s taking up all my waking hours – thinking about it and trying to do things to change it.

Images aren’t loading in… I go to places I’ve always visited and there is only text down the left-hand column, no images… but other places load images OK, so there is no rhyme or reason to it.

My brain needs rhyme AND reason to solve problems, random happenings don’t work for me.

I am only a week away from setting up my new tablet – and although I am dreading the “learning curve” that will go with that, (I am slow lately in learning new tech stuff), I am hoping and praying that these problems I’m having with my browsers just won’t exist anymore on a tablet.

I know typing won’t be as easy there. I tend to type fast and even my laptop keyboard is insufficient for me, but the tablet does come with a keyboard, although I haven’t inspected it yet and I suspect it will be even more insufficient for me, a typist by trade. I can’t even fathom how people can type out stuff using the one finger method… it just boggles my mind. I know a lot of people do it, but for me, typing is like talking – my fingers do the talking and I never look at the keyboard… just at the screen… but I think this will be one of those “changes” I will be forced to learn how to do.

So right now I am using IE as my browser only because FF just was so horrible to me lately, and now it keeps wanting to upgrade or update or whatever… and I won’t let it if a pop-up happens… MS also recently updated… and I had to go back and reset my computer to a previous time period!

I am slowly going mad. I feel like Ingrid Bergman in “Gaslight” – s-l-o-w-l-y g-o-i-n-g m-a-d!!!

There are dog furs everywhere in here and I hurt so much that the thought of hefting around the Dyson vac to clean this sty of the furs is nauseating to me.

Paul is in the basement working on his traps. Building traps from kits. Which means he has the air-compressor going, and the clip-gun which fastens the clips onto the metal trap wire… and it’s very noisy… and Kip just HATES it all! He is frantic the whole time this noise is going on. But there is nothing I can do about it. I let him out just now but I can’t just leave him out there…

Oh, the other day a coyote was moseying up the middle of our street, in broad daylight, right in front of Paul, looked him right in the eye, he did, and kept on walking… checking out the yards – looking for some future meal? God, I cannot leave the dogs out there unwatched any more at all. They go out, I sit in the door and watch them the whole time, always on the lookout for coyotes or badgers or skunks, bucks (yes!) or foxes… we have ’em all! I read where people let their pets out in their yards and they lose them to these critters! In a flash! Granted, the pets are smaller than my dogs, but still, it would send me right over the edge if that happened here. I am teetering on the edge as it is now… I don’t need a push!

Jeers for Firefox (if you are reading this FF, you sucque!) and Happy Holidays to everyone else.


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~~ Charlotte Bronte ~~

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11 Responses to Winging It

  1. Bex says:

    Actually I am hating this tablet. My emails are s5uck in the outbox & I can’t get them to send!


  2. Dia says:

    Bex –

    Sorry you’re having FF problems. I’ve had a few issues as they’ve rolled out some new updates but I am SO leery of IE that I just swap FF for Chrome until FF settles down, and then go back to FF.

    Oh coyotes…yes. We had a female (not sure why but both of us are sure it was a female), cross the North-South street onto our East/West street at 10 on a Sunday morning. Seeing us she decided to use the other side of the street. In actuality she used the other bloody sidewalk – and went trotting down the sidewalk into the neighbourhood. Oy! Our little dogs NEVER go out without us or the big dogs, and the four big dogs aren’t allowed outside when the coyotes are singing across the street. Nature, schmature…

    Hope you love your tablet –


  3. Eric Mayer says:

    I can sympathize with the computer problems. They drive me wild too. I am so dependent on the computer but have so little understanding of it. To me it sounds as if your Firefox program is fouled up. Did you try downloading a whole new program to replace the old one?

    I sure wouldn’t want coyotes prancing down the middle of the street. They say we have a few around here but they aren’t seen in towns.

    As for typing — I am also a two finger typist. My thumbs do get involved with the space bar and shift key at times! I had typing classes in school but I never learned. How I passed I can’t recall.

    I wouldn’t mind change so much except that, in my experience, at least as we get older, it always seems to be for the worse.


  4. WendyNC says:

    Bex, I see that your tablet uses the Android operating system–so welcome to GoogleLand. It can be your friend, but it is different from Windows. Hope you have fun learning what and how it does.


  5. I am tech challenged so I can empathize. Not meaning you are tech challenged just meaning change can be challenging.

    I type with two fingers. I am one of ‘them’. I took a typing course two times and still type with two fingers.

    A coyote! Yes, would have to keep an eye on things there. Love them dearly but not in my yard if I had critters to keep safe.

    I hope the tablet brings a lot of happiness to your communications! x0x0x


  6. Bex says:

    Oh yes, Bonnie, I do get it! My fingers go a little slower than my brain when typing… and older age gets in the way, too.


  7. TopsyTurvy says:

    It’s possible that the entire page was just loading slow or didn’t completely load and that’s why you had the unformatted pages. Or it could be that you just have a very old version of Firefox and the programming has changed. I use Chrome now, myself, as I didn’t like the way the browser was set up in the new IE.

    Yes, having to type with index fingers is much slower but I’m still grateful that I know where all my keys are. Fortunately, typing this way on my tablet hasn’t affected the way I type when I’m back on the computer.

    Sorry that Kip is having a hard time with the noise. Our dogs hate the vacuum cleaner. When we can, we let them out on the deck during vacuuming.


  8. Bonnie says:

    I have a desktop Bex and the new keyboard that came with it has the keys so close together I am constantly backspacing to correct. Making matters worse as I age my fingers get ahead of me on words. I know I didn’t explain that well, you will recognize it when you get there. LOL


  9. Bex says:

    Since I’ve been using IE all morning, nothing has gone wrong. I may keep using it. But I thought I’d read that it wasn’t that great to be using IE? Anyway, thanks for the encouragement.

    I did watch a video about this tablet but that was before I bought it. I think I’ll find it and re-watch it – maybe now that I’ve been overthinking it, I will pick up some answers.

    This is the video of the tablet I have now…


    love you guys!


  10. l'empress says:

    I know how you feel. The first computer I ever used was part of a mainframe (the actual computer was in another room, the whole room), and I too am a professional typist.

    There’s a lot of “my way” here. I still prefer my standard desktop computer, with the monitor separate from the keyboard. Despite advice to the contrary, I did not change to Firefox or Safire, but continue with Explorer. It’s not perfect, but I don’t have the problems you do.

    Good luck! Let us know how the tablet works out.


  11. Your frustration comes through loud and clear Bex! Very expressive. I don’t do Windows, so I can offer no words of wisdom on that score. I have had issues at times with pages loading without the formatting, as you describe, but usually that was when the browser was old and hadn’t been updated.

    When you get your tablet, you could join a forum for the that make of tablet. The forums are usually very helpful, in finding previous solutions to problems, and in asking questions. There also might be an introductory video that comes with the tablet, or one on youtube. I would watch those before starting if it was me, so that the things I can understand I already know about, and the things I don’t understand are fewer.

    Youtube has helped me sort out a few sticky problems, caused by a false initial assumption on my part, which I caught by watching the step-by-step.

    Hang in there Bex!


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