Saturday, February 10, 2007

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"

Yep, that pretty well describes me today!

The long-awaited new computer arrived yesterday -about 6 p.m. (EST) as a matter of fact. The Computer Guy (Dave) had been down here early in the morning with plans to remove the data from the old computer that I want and NEED too (all my research is on there!!!) but as so often happens, things didn't quite work out that way.

He hooked up a unit to pull the information off, inserted a disc and my computer would only read a portion of the disc so he had to scotch those plans. For the time being, anyway.

He brought the new one down, got it installed and such and took my old computer away with him (the harddrive) to take the harddrive out, put it into another machine and thus extract the data in My Documents, My Briefcase, my family tree files along with the data stored in the D-drive, consisting of lots more information in My Documents and My Pictures files there. He figures by probably Tuesday he will have it all removed and saved to cds for me!

So now, I've been playing here - got most of my address book re-set up. I now have three bookmarks saved too! Whoopy Ding! Moving along ever so quickly. HAH!

Last night, with the internet search screen from my provider in place, it took me forever it seemed to figure out where the "copy" Button is located on that page. There was no header there with the Edit button as I am accustomed to using.

After that, it was a long time before I figured out where the "favorites" and the button to "add to favorites" was as well. Ok, finally found that so I'm working much better with this now.

Got a "google pack" downloaded so now I can view things either with Internet Explorer or Firefox. And that's nice because now I can finally read Skittle's blogs once again! The old computer wouldn't open her blog in IE, so I had downloaded Firefox - just so I could read her blog - but then, the old computer decided it didn't always like to deal with Firefox and would often freeze up while I'd be reading her blog! Go figure!

But today, I opened her blog and it was all fine. And what's more, I was even able to view a YouTube video she had posted there! Neat one, at that!

I still have some programs I need to download here - my family tree for one. I have some cd's my neighbors son had burned for me last year from various floppies I had here with a lot of my research data on them so, I can still access some of that stuff.

Plus, I have a kazillion e-mail messages that I forwarded to myself at my g-mail account so I would then be able to glean e-mail addresses I want to re-install in my address book. Only problem there is I forwarded about 10-12 of those e-mails to my regular e-mail address yesterday, but so far only about 3-4 of them have managed to make the trip! What gives with that, I wonder?

So, it looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me today - and for a good while after that too as I get acclimated to using Windows Xp - it is a big switch for me from Windows 98 to this system -confusing yes, but also fun!

Now, I suppose I need to go buy a Windows XP Book For Dummies or Idiots so I can try to figure out all that I really NEED to know about this system and maybe even learn some stuff I just WANT to know in the process! Here's hoping they have a book like that which has been written in what I call "easy-speak" computerese! None of the real -or very little anyway - of the computer jargon that tends to confuse me - a lot - sometimes!

My parting thoughts for the day - from someone else who often seems to be "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" - I give you the Bushism for today and tomorrow - one, for both days, aren't you just ever so lucky now!

"So thank you for reminding me about the importance of being a good mom and a great volunteer as well." St. Louis, Missouri; January 5, 2004.

Who knows how much of this I will have mastered by tomorrow! Now, there's a laugh for you!


Debo Blue said...

Sounds like you're going to busy for a few weeks!

How wonderful to get a new toy:-)

TomCat said...

Jeni, I can help with one problem. I see your new computer has IE7 that does not normally display the menus. If you click your right mouse button just to the left of the house icon on the lowest tool bar and then select 'menu bar' your familiar menus like 'edit' will come back.

Jeni said...

Thanks for the information Tomcat! Wish you were in PA and could help me configure a lot more than how my IE displays stuff!

Vic Grace said...

I'll be doing the same sometime next week. I don't think I have ever seen Windows XP so it will be all new to me too. I have to get up to snuff pretty quick because I have someone in town who wants a website created (only about 4 pages) I plan to use Nvu which is an open source Html editor but I have not spent much time on it, but my old Claris Homepage 2 will not work on XP. I prefer Firefox although they say IE7 is pretty good. Let me know how it goes.

Tiphanie said...

Hi Jeni!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. :D
You seem like you've got a cool thing going as well. I'll be reading!

TomCat said...

You're welcome Jeni. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask.