The BT engineer has just left, after restoring my wi fi signal!
The last three days have been miserable, even though I determined to stay busy. I have caught up with a pile of editing, and parts of my house have never been this clean.
I haven’t looked to see how many emails have arrived in my absence. I am saving that little surprise until I’ve had a celebratory coffee!
I don’t expect anyone missed me… but I missed being here and there, it was like being exiled!
Last year, when my old PC kept breaking down, I invested in a laptop so I could continue blogging/writing.
It was a good plan I thought at the time, despite the fact that said laptop came with Windows 8 installed on it. Learning that was a nightmare, but I stubbornly persevered and business continued more or less as normal.
When the main PC finally shuffled off, I replaced it and stopped using the laptop as much, just in the evenings when I was curled up on the couch.
Two weeks ago, the laptop refused to charge and after investigation, it would seem the battery had died. All I had to do was change it.
I couldn’t really afford to have a professional do it, and had heard that it was possible to do it yourself, even though my laptop was one of the harder ones to handle.
I made sure to order the right battery and even found a site online with illustrated step-by-step instructions, so I was confident I could do it. Secretly, I was scared stiff, I mean, anything could go wrong. It usually did.
When the battery arrived, my stomach turned over and I didn’t want to open the box. The thought of what I intended to do was making me feel sick, but it was time to put my courage to the test.
First, I had to remove eleven screws from the base of the laptop. Then I had to carefully lever the laptop apart, being careful not to yank the connecting cable, but to pull it gently out of its connection.
Four more screws held the battery in place, and there were two more connecting cables. My confidence was building. I was actually doing it!
All I had to do now, was reverse the process. Sounded simple, didn’t it?
But it wasn’t plain sailing. The screws were all different sizes and the instructions hadn’t indicated which ones went where. I hadn’t thought to make a note of it either. But the hardest part was joining the new connectors, stupid strips of plastic with a set of metal teeth on one side that you had to shove into even weirder looking places.
After ten agonising minutes, when I thought I would have to give up, I managed to do it and the laptop looked the same as before. Nothing left over or sticking out so I took a very deep breath and plugged in the charger.
I didn’t have a clue how long it would need. So gave it an hour and then I switched the laptop on. Hard to do with all my fingers crossed by the way, but as I watched, the screen flickered into life and my screensaver appeared.
I couldn’t believe it, I had successfully managed to do one of the most complicated procedures I have ever come across. My ego doubled in size, and I was unbearably boring for the rest of the day, patting myself on the back.
On Monday my new Android Tablet arrived. Plugged it in to charge, and instantly the screen was full of Chinese writing! Don’t say I had made yet another mistake! I’m still reeling from trying to master Windows 10 on that other tablet.
Finished reading and editing the book review for Rosie Amber and emailed it.
Gardening is out, as a storm is forecast, and as much as I love a good storm, I draw the line at gardening in the pouring rain…
The weather was horrible on Tuesday, gales and lashing rain, so guess where I was all day!
I had a brave moment and switched on the new tablet for the first time. The Chinese characters had gone, and within minutes, I was up and running, connecting to everything with one HUGE smile on my face. There are just a few wrinkles to sort out, but so far, so good! For me, that is…
The weather couldn’t be more different by the middle of the week, beautiful blue skies and sunshine. The garden beckons!
Still cannot believe my luck with the new Tablet, it’s so easy to use! The technology demons must be having a day off!
Thursday was freezing cold today, so guess what I had decided to do today? Defrost the freezer!
But it had to be done, or I won’t be able to close the door soon, due to the ice buildup.
The new broadband hub arrived on Friday. They say all I have to do, is unplug the old one and then plug in the new. But there has to be more to it than that…
I have been putting this upgrade off for ages, for all hell usually breaks loose whenever I touch it, so I am expecting trouble.
I want to try and install the new Hub on Saturday. But before I do this, ever pessimistic, I am scheduling several days work, just in case everything crashes around my ears. But if you hear screams …
There were no screams, just an all-pervading sense of doom when I had to use a wi-fi hotspot as the hub refused to connect. Mind you, they did say something about an activation date. I seem to recall that was tomorrow…
What am I like? (don’t all rush to answer…)
We were looking at our website the other day, as you do… and it was decided that the small sliding show of all our book covers looked a bit puny. We decided to remove the offending article and reinstate our book covers down the sidebar, complete with clickable links to Amazon.
Should be easy, I thought. I had done it before and remembered how to do it. A little fiddly, but not too difficult. We have eleven books between us so it would take me a while.
I managed to upload four of the covers before the trouble started. The fifth cover uploaded okay, but somehow it removed cover number four. How was this even possible, I thought?
I tried again, and the same thing happened. I kept on trying, because I’m stubborn, but couldn’t get it to work. I swear something happens whenever I try to do the simplest of jobs but thought I would retreat and see what happens tomorrow, before I lost it completely.
The following day, it seemed worse, so I decided to have a word with WP ‘happiness engineers’, and it makes interesting reading!
Me: “I am trying to add some images to my sidebar, but they just don’t appear…is there a limit to how many images you can have?”
WP: “Hi there, let me take a look…”
WP: “Is this the site you’re referring to? https://jenanita01.com/”
Me: “Yes.” (we only have the one…)
WP: “And you are trying to customise it here, is that correct?” https://wordpress.com/customise/jenanita01.com
Me: “I get an image from media and then go to widgets and images, I fill in the boxes and save, but then they just vanish…”
WP: “I see that one of the images is not displaying. The URL appears to be incorrect.”
Me: “but I get the URL from the media screen…”
WP: “Is this the image?” https://jenanita01.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/nl-kindle-x1.jpg
Me: “That one was successful, so was the Simple cover, and Bad Moon. I would like to add more.”
WP: “I don’t think ‘The Ninth Life’ is added correctly. I don’t see it on your page. Do you see it at https://jenanita01.com/ ?”
WP: “I see a broken image, like this: https://cloudup.com/cLWUMnMMqRV “
Me: “I don’t understand, it looks all right to me. Why am I having a problem adding new images? I just clicked on the previous link and the image is not there. This happened a lot yesterday too.”
WP: “You should be able to add more images. I’m unaware of a limit. I’m testing right now and don’t see any problems. Can you tell me the steps you’re going through when you have problems?”
Me: “Something is wrong. Images that do appear suddenly vanish and others won’t upload at all. I choose an image from media (haven’t I said this already?) then I go to widgets and image, add the URL from the media page, fill in the boxes and save. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes it works but removes an image already there in the sidebar.”
WP: “Are you using the media browser at https://wordpress.com/media/jenanita01.com ?”
Me: “Yes.” (Slowly losing the will to live round about now…)
WP: “It’s important that you open the image and by selecting the image and clicking ‘Edit’. From the image editor, you can copy the URL (gosh I would never have thought of that…) Is this the process you follow?”
Me: (trying very hard to keep my patience and my sense of humour) “I don’t usually have to click on ‘edit’ as the URL is in the box already, so I just copy and paste. Is this wrong?”
WP: “The image for ‘The Last Life’ didn’t have the correct URL. You may need to change how you get the URL. This is how I get the correct URL: https://cloudup.com/clX8WY03S8V “
Me: “That one didn’t upload at all. I will try this, and thank you for your help. Going now…”
WP: “Ok. If you have any more difficulty, we’re here to help. Have a great day!”
I love using these new ‘live chat’ thingies, so much better than an email, especially for a thick head like me. You see, not only do I hate technology (because I swear it hated me first) I have trouble understanding it too, even when someone tries to explain it to me. So having someone on the end of the line is usually better. I can keep asking the same question until something clicks into place.
I have to add, that WP is normally very helpful, often hitting the nail on the head when I have made a stupid mistake, so not exactly sure why it was different this time. But if anyone knows what I am doing wrong, or has a better way of explaining it, I am all ears!