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Frustrated Technically

 

The question seemed simple “Can I send a PDF file to my Kindle?” Of course my first course of action was to ask the great oracle that is Google. The first page of potential answers contained those comforting words “easy” and “simple”, that should have sent the klaxons of doom going off at ear splitting decibels.

Apparently it’s just three manageable steps. 1 make sure your email is added to the accepted list  in ‘manage devices & settings’ [done]   2 find your kindle’s email [done].  3 send email with attachment from your accepted email to your kindle email [done] …… Aaaaand ta-da, all done.

But it didn’t.

Of course, it didn’t, any “easy and simple” instructions aren’t.

Back to Google, read through another dozen articles all giving the same three instructions. Try them again, still no document appearing on kindle screen.  Scroll through the archive list on Amazon (all two hundred and twenty titles) incase it gets put there [nope].  Read through another few articles, consider an online chat to find out the all important vital fourth step that’s missing.  Turn over and sleep on it.

Next day, look for answers on Google again, find a little added extra some add to step 3 put ‘convert’ into email subject line.  Step 4 Check ‘Doc’s’ on archive lists on Amazon ‘Manage devices & settings”. Step 5 send from archive to required device.

Guess what………………………..It worked!!!

It’s not just me, Is its? Not because I’m getting older and technology is getting younger? 

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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in General, Grumble, Tech

 

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When Enuff Is Enough


It doesn’t have to be a Friday thirteenth for a day to test, frustrate or just get the better of me. Major Murphy, Sargent Sod and Field-Marshall Fate must have had a conference and decided to wage war on my patience, resilience and strength.

Last weekend I sat with note pad and pencil and went through every page, paragraph and sentence of the website, noting down edits, amendments, corrections and general tidying that needed doing; I made notes about what to do for a whole new page, a significant addition to a page and a complete reconfigure of the site menu and presentation of the music bio. That came to seven pages, and I haven’t even touched the photos and videos (may not sound like it, but I enjoyed it, I was making headway and planning).  Tuesday morning I sat at the desk and worked through one page of straight forward corrections, about an hour and a half.  The cost for doing that, I couldn’t get up from the desk, no amount of umph-ing, trying, willing, wishing or expletive resulted in a successful up, so I did the chair shuffle to the sofa and get up from there.  In the afternoon I worked on my crochet project and the price for that was struggling up-ness from the sofa, loo and bed. My reserves were flat, I’d had enough, I get angry, I am not wanting to dance on tippy toes across a high wire, just stand up, not rocket science is it, but boy do I have to work at it, every, single, time. Count how many times a day you stand up, imagine having to run up strains every time, you’ll quickly start thinking “Do I need to get up and do that, can it wait and then do two or three things together”.

Wednesday I created some new graphics, another hour or so at the desk, but I cheated, Big Sis was here so she could lift me, when she arrived. Yesterday, I began the task of creating an eye catching new page sub menu, making sure the HTML I write is correct to every . > and “.  After a little more than an hour I sat back, looked hard and hit the delete button, it was crap. Great. I am sure my frame of mind is clouding my vision for this new page, so I cannot see what I want to work towards.  Again, I couldn’t get up. Again the chair shuffle to the sofa, an afternoon spent on the crochet project, and again difficulty getting upright, but hey, on the bright side it only took me an hour to get from sofa to kitchen with loo stop rather than the two hours on Tuesday.  They say finding the positive is a good thing, I hate that kind of thinking, because it does nothing to get my arse off the wooden toilet seat. I am all about the practical, it’s ingrained. 

For some time getting upright from the desk has been an issue, and I do not see a way around it. I’ve tried tweeking my method, restricting the duration at the desk (I’d prefer to be there two or three hours), it makes no difference. I think the desk height is a tad higher than the draws I use beside the bed or the sink beside the loo. Can’t change any physical aspect but I need to be able to sit at my desk, there is enjoyable work to be done, I can occupy myself and feel some satisfaction. I cannot use a laptop as I cannot hold my hands/arms over the keyboard to type. I need my desk. 

I know there are battery powered toilet seat risers. I know there are seats that rise and tilt, we see the tv ad often enough, but things that tilt will throw me to the ground. But easily useable desk chair that behaves like a dining chair, is there such a thing.

Historically I have known the work-a-rounds to manage, how equipment can help, but in this day and age, with my level of deterioration, is there an answer other than ‘you cannot do it anymore’?

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2017 in Grumble, Life, Projects, Tech, Website

 

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Wind Changed


Just a sec, I’m adjusting my draws ….. Not those draws *rolleyes* get your minds out of my Bridget Jones’s, I am referring to my bedroom draws (this sounds worse), the clothing draws, time to put the summer attire towards the back and bring the jumpers to the front. It seems to have come about all of a sudden, to think that on the 1st of the month I woke up in an unheated room, under just a sheet and the window was open – okay so this was in London but still. Last night I was under my 13.5 tog duvet and brushed cotton sheets, my arms encased in my thermal sleeves as I read my kindle.  For some reason I am coldest in the afternoon, right now (1pm) I have my cardigan on over my jumper and will shortly turn on my craft lamp but my hands are still freezing blocks.

So, what’s been occurring ……. Not much really. I have a to-do list for the weekend centred around the website, mostly picture editing and new album uploading, as well as a couple of page edits.  Trying to get my head into Christmas shopping, the mini-monsters are sort of sorted, it is the adults that are drawing a blank. I have one thing on my own list and that was a struggle.

My old HP printer decided it no longer wanted to oblige, so I spent days sourcing a new printer. Would never have believed it would be so complicated. Amazon in window one, my ink cartridge site in another window so I could check refills costs, then in the third window the user manual so I could see if it had basic functions to comply with my needs, such as print various paper sizes and was it a front loader or rear loaded for paper. Really the single photo showing an a4 sized printed photo in the tray tells you nothing. Settled on a cannon, so far so good, although I am yet to print a photo.

The year seems to be hurtling to a close, I am sure time has gone metric, 5 day weeks and 2week months, yesterday was just August, wasn’t it?  

It can be quite difficult coming up with creative, entertaining blogs when your general day to day is incredibly mundane and solitary, I sort of understand why some blog about their pet lives.

Decimate is on, time to tax the little grey cells, and warm my hands on the iPad (by holding it), lol it’s a glamorous life!

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2016 in General, Grumble, Life, Projects, Tech, Website

 

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OpenReach? More like ClosedFist!

pc-hammered

I am stuck in the middle of a futile tug of war.  I am a Sky customer, OpenReach say I have an ‘unstable’ phone line which means from time to time it will exhibit a confusing range of symptoms.  The internet will drop off and takes ages to reconnect, it may remain connected for micro seconds or day long hours.  The phone might crackle, it might not, it might at the beginning of a call or during the call, it might kick the internet off. There is no consistency.

Reporting it to Sky is a tedious faff, because you cannot report it online, you have to telephone them [on the dodgy phone line], then you go through a series of unplug this plug it back, unplug this plug it back scenario – each one meaning terminating the call and waiting for them to call back. This results in a report Sky send to OpenReach, which they take their sweet sweet time doing anything about and never ever call me back to say its been done [probably because I might blast them a new one!].  Seemingly my system behaves and a month later we start the merry-go-round again.

*sigh*

All I can do is keep reporting the fault to Sky, all they can do is report it to OpenReach and all OpenReach do is change the bit of sticky tape and not truly ‘fix’ the issue.  No point switching providers as whomever I am with still relies on the same infrastructure, which results in reporting things for OpenReach to botch.

In the grand scheme of things it is trivial, but like a hangnail or a lash in you eye, it irritates, it rankles, it is unnecessary if only it was fixed right the first time.

Off to call them yet again …….

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Grumble, Tech

 

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One of those days


Of course it’s one of those days! It’s the 26th, double thirteen!! I have a to-do list of fourteen items, thought I was being a tad over optimistic, but it was still doable, I should have known the fates have other ideas.

Easy task one – book wheelchair service. Dial the number, engaged. Try again ten minutes later get through, wind way through automated service, finally a human, who announces “Oh you need to call …..”. Don’t you just love out sources who out source services and forget to inform clients?  Call second number, speak to nice lady, give my details but they cannot find me in the records sent from the service to the out sourcer who passed it to them. *sigh* They are calling me back, which means I cannot get on with anything else, but they rang shortly to say I had been found (probably down the back of the filing cabinet). Couple of thing to bring to their attention. Booked in for next Friday morning, time kinda before 1pm, engineer ‘might’ call before getting here.

Easy task two – call energy supplier – they left a message on my answerphone about switching to a smart meter. Called them back, navigated through another automated system (these are designed to prolong the call thus costing more to call) and got through to a human, nice fellow with an Irish accent. Asked and answered several confusing questions, was then informed that they are not able to put these meters in flats and they were confused why I had been called. Oh well, duty done, call ended.  Two minutes later energy supplier on phone, asking about coming to fit smart meter, explained that already been told they’re not being installed in flats. Hmm, curious, why am I on a call list. Then the penny dropped, they don’t want me, a residential customer, they are calling me as a business customer, doh! Although the bills for the communal electricity are going to our complexe’s agents, they have not updated the contact details to theirs, it still shows mine. Got that removed, told them agents email, now to let agent know, that’s something else they have not done.

Easy task three – install update – after doing the cautionary back up, I went into App Store and clicked “update” and ended up in an eternal loop of “update”, “restart”, “updates list has changed”, “check for available update”, “update”, “restart”, etc etc etc yada yada yada. Search online for help, end up posting to a discussion forum, awaiting helpful reply.

At least the beef in red wine and chicken Provençal haven’t boiled over or stuck to the bottom of the pans.

Must crack on, of the fourteen items (fifteen as I need to now email the agents) five are done. Think it’s going to be a “get done this weekend”. 

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2016 in General, Life, Tech

 

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Listless

I need a list … I need a desk project … I need a sofa project … I need to get myself and my days into some sort of organised routine rather than the “it’s late must get that done” apathy I have slipped into.  I like having a project, I like the feeling of getting it done and crossing it off and forgetting all about it. But as a housebound cripple these things quickly become time fillers, and the momentum is lost. 

So ….. The reminder app on the old iPad has been press ganged into action.

  • Re-catalogue Mac/pad photos
  • Back ups, time machine + general folders
  • Web work list, review all pages
  • Web work, rework all video pages
  • Finish the crochet shawl
  • Declutter desk draws thoroughly
  • Declutter bedside draw
  • Make BFF stay jobs list
  • Bra shopping *shudder*

Right then, that is the grand plan for the next nine weeks. 

Wonder what my reward should be … Hmm … 

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2016 in Life, Projects, Tech

 

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E-ddiction

Kindle

About four weeks ago Amazon were running an offer on Kindles, not the fancy paper-white or Fire tablets, but the simple basic device, and in a moment of big sister egging, I bought one.

BIG MISAKE

Over the past four weeks, I have read not one, not two, not even three books but

The Darling Strumpet – Gillian Bagwell
Cross Bones – Kathy Reichs
Devil Bones – Kathy Reichs
Monday Mourning – Kathy Reichs
Please Don’t Stop The Music – Jane Lovering

I have now started
Dead Broken – Gerard Grey

When I happened to notice on the Kindle Bookstore page on Amazon.co.uk that there is a Top Ten ‘free’ titles, I can feel myself becoming something of a hoarder, lol.

That’s another fine mess my Sister has gotten me in to!

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Books, Tech

 

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