I was in my blog page randomly as I have a pinned tab to it in Chrome. Realized that my last post was about my SSD drive a year ago…
It actually failed another time and I switched brands to Corsair (I think), and it hasn’t failed since. Might be an incompatibility with PNY and my HP system. Possible. It’s been running like a champ since then. Still have minor issues with my second monitor randomly changing resolutions or the system not detecting it. I’m pretty sure that’s because it’s dying and I need to replace it. I’ll just keep using it until it dies completely.
It has been a long year. Understatement.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year. Lots of things have happened. I’ve been working a lot. All the time. I haven’t written much poetry recently. I have been reading. Went to Disney for the first time in 10 years last month. I want to go back. 🙂 I’m an annual passholder so I might do that for a weekend or something.
I’ll be going on a cruise in Feb. First one in more years that I want to think about (high school graduation). To Mexico this time. Never been so this should be fun.
Maybe I’ll go write something. A poem, a story, maybe a novel. Nah, too ambitious. 🙂 Although, #NaNoWriMo is coming up. Maybe. Definitely need to write more here.
Signing off. That pesky thing call work. 🙂
So, I got a new SSD drive from PNY back late October when the drive failed mid-October. Installed Windows 10 from a DVD I had created, and viola! I have an operating system back.
Been slowly loading my applications back on it and it’s working A LOT better than when I had upgraded. Makes me wonder if the drive started failing about the time I upgraded…
Kind of unusual to have an SSD drive fail from talking with hardware friends (first SSD drive). But, it was dead Jim. Thought I had the extended warranty with Microcenter, but didn’t. Luckily, PNY warranty service was good after I figured out how to file.
Ended up with Office 2016 instead of 365 since I have a subscription. So far so good.
I got frustrated enough that I reset my Windows 10 machine. Took three tries but finally got there. It still hasn’t worked properly since the upgrade. Got a few programs reinstalled and it went back to the really slow boot and permissions issues.
I’ve managed to figure out my permissions issues. Make sure your Administrator account is enabled. It’s disabled by default. Those programs that required installation with administrator access actually use the administrator account. Go figure why it was disabled in Windows 10.
Below is what my computer is doing right now. This is what I call the “beach ball of frustration”. You know, the icon the rolls around in a circle while you wait for some process to finish. Yep. It’s back. In spades.
To say that I’m still frustrated is an understatement. When it works, it’s great. Then Windows update comes along and I’m back to square one. While I told it to schedule when to reboot, it still frustrates me that it will auto-reboot my machine. Very unhappy with that.
So, I’ve asked a friend when he gets time to come up and take a look at it. I’ve been out of the loop on hardware/software/OS support long enough that I’m not up-to-speed on the new technology. And my HP Z600 Workstation is close enough to a server that I’m REALLY not up on hardware knowledge.
So. I took the plunge and upgraded my main computer to Windows 10 from Windows 7 the morning of 7/29/2015 – release day.
I’ve done RCs (release candidates for the non-techy), Beta candidates, and previews for a variety of OS and applications. I think this is the first time, ever, in the history of working with Windows (from the beginning folks, I worked in DOS before Windows was it’s own thing) that I had a great experience AND weird issues at the same time…
I post on Facebook about this so some of this repetitive.
I signed up for the upgrade a month or so ago when my HP Z600 Workstation gave me the opportunity. Then the windows icon stayed in the systray for awhile, until the 29th.
Upgraded and things went pretty smoothly. The the problems started.
First, the screen kept flickering like windows was restarting…every 30 secs.
Went to the forums and found the solution: iCloud auto startup. Disabled that and Cortava because it was the one restarting.
Then Quicken wouldn’t launch and a few other programs. It looks like permissions to my Documents folder where everything is housed. Huh? So, one of the errors said it was read only and it looked like some of it was set so I corrected that. Several times. But the programs keep having a problem. Rebuilt my data from Quicken in my Windows drive. Not ideal but doable. Working on rebuilding the other data but it’s not looking good. Sigh. Back to the forums…
Snow covers the ground,
Glow in the light.
Stars twinkle above my eyes,
Fading with the night.
Winter is here:
It’s grip firm and bold
Only to fade to Spring’s might.
A breath of cold air
And Spring awaits,
Waiting for the right.
Soothing forces continue
Through the air,
Leaving Winter without a fight.
Grant us this day
And all the time ahead,
As I look forward toward the sight.
Found it. 🙂
I go onto my blog site and realized that I haven’t posted in over a year. Ooops!
I actually wrote more poetry but I’m not exactly sure where I put it. It was in the middle of the night. I’ll have to find it and post. Probably #Evernote. I love that program.
We are back in the house after the fire. See post here.
Round one of insurance completed, and 2nd and final round will be happening soon. I was laid off, searched for work, and found a new job since my last post. Most know if you follow me on Facebook or G+ as I regularly update there. Well, more often than here obviously.
I was messing around with domains (I have a spare) and so I’ll probably point it to here for the time being: http://www.whaley-design.org.
Perhaps I will post more poetry and such.
In the style of Petrarchan sonnet
Anger and Fear
Hello my friend, who speaks unwittingly,
A telling, nervous look, a peaking glance
To no one in particular. Happenstance,
It seems that I must do it forcefully.
I seek the writing facing me, not free
To leave my friend: I am truly askance.
For it must be a merry little dance.
But finally, as now, I seek your need.
When I see my soul’s piercing, strident eye,
I see not the treachery of thy move
That brought my thoughtless flush of anger;
The brightness swallowing the spacious sky.
It’s coming down but slowly, like a dove,
By flashing not at you, but my Fear.
Originally written March 15, 1991
I seem to be doing this. Just posted some more poetry from my archives. I’ll probably write more later. Maybe.
It’s snowing here in Atlanta. Well, it was snowing this morning. It is supposed to clear up, get a little warmer, then the temps tumble while the rain/freezing rain returns tonight. Tomorrow will be interesting.
Update on the fire: moved into rental house last week. Just got phone but no DSL (sad face) today and Dish satellite yesterday. Running internet through my cell phone. Luckily, it’s not terrible in the data department. Did this while in New York last year and it only up’d my usage to about 1 to 1.5 GB in a week. I expect this week to do about the same. Until we get internet at the house, this is what we’ll have to do.
Now that the internet is back, off to do some more work.
Oh, just realized that it has been exactly one month since the fire. Feels longer…
Talk about a long hiatus between posts. 🙂 And with not so wonderful news either.
Some may or may not know, but my family suffered a fire in our home last Saturday night. We are all ok and everyone got out safely, including the pets. It’s a three-story house and the top floor, where the kids rooms are, are basically a shell. They basically lost everything. It is not a total loss but there is a lot of fire, water, ash and smoke damage through-out the rest of the house. We are insured and that process has started with several adjusters evaluating and sending people over to start the cleanup and repairs. As you all most likely realize this is going to be a long process.
We have our immediate needs met, but there are fun things that we would like the children to have. They are in a small place with lots of people and no computers. So for Galen (8 year old boy) Lego sets would be good. Piper (14 year old girl) crochet needles and yarn. And for Rheanna (16 year old girl) drawing paper, pencils, colored pencils, and erasers. Or anything else that you think would be good distraction for any kid, or family distraction is good too, i.e. board games.
Food is always a welcome things. Since we are staying with family, there are a lot of us in a little itty bitty tiny living space. It’s almost like a lamp. 🙂 So, grocery store gift cards and food donations would be appreciated.
If anyone would like to make a monetary donation, or are outside of the Atlanta area, there is an account set up at Wells Fargo for the family. All you need to do is go to a Wells Fargo branch and the donation can go into the “Christa Segers Serendipity Fire Recovery Fund”.
Thank you for the help we have already received. We appreciate everyone that have donated so far, especially people we don’t know. Thank you. Thank you.
I mentored for 5 years, and will try to get back into it again. They always need Readers. It’s fun, fulfilling, and you get to read. 😉
Everybody Wins! Atlanta.
That is all…