Bactrian Conspires

16 Oct

Wednesday, often referred to as hump day, and I have the right ‘ump with this particular Wednesday, it’s not so much a Dromedary and much more a Bactrian of humps.

I mused this morning that today I would upgrade the OS on the iMac to the new Catalina. The timing was right, I’d time-machine backed up after the photo job was done, as well as external drive saved the valuable folders. I clicked the magic button and set it going, just one hour to download, followed by one and half hours to install and a further thirty minutes to set-up. Now that doesn’t sound so bad does it?

Just before Noon a four note trill sounded from the bedroom. Hmm, odd, that’s the sound the phone makes when you place it in the charger. Trill, weird was there a brief power cut, but everything else is working. TrillTrillTrill. Okay that’s more than a power out, it’s going crazy. TrillTrillTrillTrillTrillTrillTrillTrillTrillTrillTrillTrill non-stop and my next care visit would not be until 2:50, three hours of this four note TrillTrillTrillTrill that cannot be drowned out by music because the iMac is updating……… it’s like when the smoke alarm battery fades and you have to wait for a bod with step ladder.

After the install and set-up my computer ever so kindly informed me that some of the apps may not be supported by the upgrade. Hmm, well that all depends which ones. I perused the list and most seemed to be to do with the printer survey and compare list, all good. But oh hang on …. bummage ….. those two apps I use a lot, the one I use to write the HTML for the website and the one I use to organise and upload the photo albums to the web site. Whilst finding another HTML editor is not exactly difficult the photo albums one is, because it is essentially discarding all the work done over the past sixteen years and starting from scratch, again. Put that on the “projects” list. *sigh*

Carer came to the rescue taking the phone out of the cradle, whoohoo, bliss. We scuttle through to the kitchen to fire up the slow cooker, she went to open a draw and it wouldn’t budge ‘something’ was stopping it, I could barely get my fingers between the draw front and the work top. I teased out a plastic bag but there was something solidly jamming it, most likely the foil or cling film boxes. Grrr, between the two of us and the handle of the wooden spoon we managed to get it open, another to-do job, reorder that draw (there’s not a lot in it).

Not sure if today is the wisest day to try a new slow cooker recipe.

Is it bed time yet?


Posted by on October 16, 2019 in General, Grumble, Life, Tech


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13 responses to “Bactrian Conspires

  1. menhir1

    October 16, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve only recently updated with Mojave. It seems very stable. I can’t have it on my elderly desktop. It’s not quite heritage status yet, however, it has been updated as far as I can currently take it. Start- up is slower than it was, the processor is working for its living.

    The thing you downloaded, (was it Catalina or some such name?) is a 64-bit OS. I found a way to check what apps etc I had that would probably run on it even though most are ostensibly 32-bit. I can’t remember what I did now. It did involve going into System Report, but that is as far as I can remember. Some of the app developers may update their own apps to match system requirements, if they can, or wish to. I’m not in a rush to do more updating just now. The phone has got its new system as has the iPad. It offers new gizmos and a revamp of some of the in-house apps.

    If Wednesdays are your day to metamorphose into a Bactrian, have a go at sussing out how the other six days of the week behave…..perhaps a bit of behavioural therapy may be in order. 🙂

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    • AnneMarie

      October 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      My days of the week fall into three categories, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 🤣

      Upgrading the iPad to the newest OS meant that the mutual apps like reminders and notes would no longer automatically update on the iMac. Hence the upgrade to Catalina from Mojave. In truth the HTML editor was a free one that has served its excellent purpose these past 10 years if not longer. The photo album software I used was iWeb which is no longer supported by Apple, not sure if they have replaced it with anything.


      • menhir1

        October 17, 2019 at 4:08 pm

        My notes and reminders and calendar are synched between weird and wonderful devices….no communication problems yet, not even with the ‘elder stateswoman’ on my desk. You’ve provided me with another reason to tip-toe gradually towards changes. I am always concerned about my peripherals becoming defunct with upgrades, having experienced this in the past. xxx

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      • AnneMarie

        October 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm

        As soon as I get the notification that there’s a major upgrade I think, back up, back up the back up, just in case, lol. Belt and braces approach to keeping my work tidy 👍

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  2. deacongillgill

    October 17, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Sometimes I wonder if the new updates are worth the hassle!

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    • AnneMarie

      October 17, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      If it was not for my need for my devices to talk to each other, I would completely agree with you. Whenever there is a major OS upgrade I always seem to ‘lose’ something that I frequently use. Anyway, a quick search had provided me with an alternative, another app to download, configure and learn. I never had this trouble with pen and paper 🤣


      • menhir1

        October 17, 2019 at 4:13 pm

        I back up in two ways, time machine is always on, and my other system creates a bootable system. I am ready for another back up with it. Then, there are the other external drives within which other digital stuff resides.


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      • AnneMarie

        October 17, 2019 at 4:17 pm

        I use time machine regularly, and I use external drives and USB’s to keep important files and folders, like the website files, photo albums, business archives.


      • menhir1

        October 17, 2019 at 10:10 pm

        Bro confirmed that Catalina does have a number of issues to be resolved, including the synchronisations you mention. There’s a link I will send you Tomorrow to an App that reliably defines what is 64 bit and what cannot adapt without update. Bro advises that Apple’s own system report doesn’t update information.


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  3. menhir1

    October 18, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    The two apps are ArchiChect, which checks single apps when you drop them
    on the dock icon, and 32-bitCheck which will check whole folders of apps

    They’re both at;

    Hope this is of interest to you Anne-Marie. You could well find the odd 32-bit thingy has possibilities hidden from us mere mortals. I understand that these apps are approved ones. xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      October 18, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you for those, I’ll check it out 👍


  4. snowbird

    October 22, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Oh my, what a day! The phone would have driven me crackers and as for that drawer….talk about the icing on the cake! Hope the slow cooker recipe went

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    • AnneMarie

      October 23, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Oh indeed it did, it was gorgeous!



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