I once heard someone say that technology is wonderful….until it isnt!!! I can say a hearty AMEN to that one!!
This past month has been one of technology changes in our family including new I-phones, new computer for my husband, new software for my business, new television setups, etc.
For the most part, I can embrace these changes and have actually used my new phone to make my blogging a bit easier….
One great thing about my new phone is the camera. It takes wonderful quality photos and videos and I like that it is almost always with me. The thing that I didn’t like about using it for photos was that I had to physically connect it to my computer to download the photos. However, I recently discovered that I can purchase extra space on I-Cloud (for 99 cents per month) and have set my phone so it automatically moves the photos from my phone to my computer.
The other change that I have made is using Siri to dictate my blog posts, or at least my ideas. I find that when I am working on something I will often think of a phrase that I want to use when I am writing the blog but wont take the time to find pen and paper to write it down. Instead, I send myself an email (dictated by me) to remember the thought.
The next step is to open a draft blog post (using Open Live Writer) and cut and past the thoughts so that they are there when I am ready to write the final post.
That has been working well, until suddenly Open Live Writer has quit working!!! I have uninstalled, reinstalled and clicked open a million times and it simply wont work. At one point it would open for about 2 seconds and then close down again. I have NO idea what is causing this but it has been a frustrating experience and because this is an “open” software, there is basically no one to ask for help. The biggest frustration is that I lost one LONG blog post that was finished except for one photo and also THIS blog post.
So, I have reverted to using the online Blogger editor and it is working fine for now. If any of you have suggestions of other offline editors, I would love to hear them.
I also had an issue with my new sewing machine, or so I thought!! I was working with a friend to help her make a quilt for her new Granddaughter and all of a sudden the wheel stuck. In reading about this machine I was convinced that there was some piece of thread stuck in the bobbin assembly. So, after a 1.5 hour drive to Atlanta, the guy looked at it, flipped one switch and it started working again!! After I moaned a long “NOOOOO!” he showed me that the Bobbin Winder switch had been hit and that was blocking the wheel. OK….that wont happen again!!
Ok…enough complaining…..back to fun stuff!!!!