Welcome Wednesday guests for November:
11/05 Maya Corrigan's Five-Ingredient Mystery, By Cook or By Crook.
11/12 Death by Blue Water, a scuba-diving adventure-mystery by scuba-diving author, Kait Carson.
11/19 Susan Van Kirk--Three May Keep A Secret.
11/26 Tagged for Death, a garage sale mystery by Sherry Harris.

Gloria Alden has released the fourth book, The Body in the Goldenrod, in her Catherine Jewel series. It's available in print and in eformat. Here are two links to the book: Amazon and Kobo. Put it on your "TBR" or Christmas list!

Carla Damron's latest project, THE STONE NECKLACE, a literary novel about five lives that intersect, and are forever changed, by a senseless accident, has been picked up by Story River Books for publication in 2016. Story River is an arm of the University of South Carolina Press and is under the leadership of editor-in-chief author Pat Conroy. Congratulations, Carla!


A great stocking stuffer, Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays is available at Wildside Press or Amazon. This anthology includes short stories by WWK bloggers Shari Randall ("Disco Donna") and E. B. Davis ("Compromised Circumstances").

KM Rockwood's short stories will appear in two anthologies. They are: "The Lure of the Owl" in Swamp Mansion and Other Dark Stories, to be released as a ebook, (great cover, KM!) and "Aunt Olga and the Werewolf" will be included in the third Creatures, Crimes and Creativity anthology released by Intrigue Publishing.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

STRESS

Stress—“they” say positive stress is good for people and that negative stress can kill. “They” makes me want to kill them—those who say stupid things like that. Why this discussion of stress?

Sunday challenged my stress levels. We had our next door neighbors over for dinner on Saturday night. The man is my techie guru. I happened to mention how sticky and unresponsive my old Vista system had become. He reminded me that Vista was always a lousy operating system, and that I had a disc of Windows 7. I’ve resisted updating my operating system even knowing that the new one would solve my problems (or so he has claimed).


The fact is that my laptop is 5 years OLD. Many people have told me to buy an Apple next time. I know I should, but I’m reluctant because I’ve always used Windows and Apples are expensive. In an effort to avoid that expense right now and to avoid proving that I’m an old dog, I decided to upgrade to Windows 7.


I awoke Sunday ready to install the new system and put the disc into my PC. My clock said it was 9:30 a.m. The program advised me to check my system’s compatibility to Windows 7. I write. I’m not a techie. Who am I to ignore advice from Microsoft?


The compatibility assessment advised getting rid of my iTunes program at least temporarily just for the install. It also advised me to get rid of an old antivirus program that I wasn’t aware was still on my system. This has happened to me before—pieces of old programs scattered about my system like junk in an unorganized and overfilled junk drawer. I consider this sloppy work by the antivirus company’s programmers and their lacking makes me disinclined to buy their product again, which my guru told me would be unnecessary because Windows 7 comes with its own security and antivirus software. Ha-ha, I thought, serves you right! Who needs you?


Through my control panel, I removed the programs and then, because I’ve done this before, did a search on my “C” drive and found more files associated with the antivirus program, which I deleted. I reran the Windows 7 installations and it still told me to remove the antivirus program. I went to the antivirus company’s website and found three techniques to remove the old programs. When I saw that they actually had three techniques, my stomach soured. Why wouldn’t one work?


None of them worked. I couldn’t find any files on my system even when I checked the registry and found that the company was unlisted in any drawer. After all my failures and reboots later, my clock said it was 3 p.m. I hadn’t intended to spend the entire day on this project. Other projects called. I picked up the phone and called my guru, who was good enough to come over.


He couldn’t get it to upgrade my system either. At least I didn’t feel incompetent. We reinstalled iTunes and the antivirus program—yes the one, which caused all the problems—because in Vista I needed such a program. And then we ordered more RAM. If I couldn’t upgrade the operating system, the only solutions was to make Vista work better and adding RAM would help.


“They” say that money can’t buy happiness. Maybe it can’t, but maybe it can relieve a lot of stress. Next time, I’ll get the Apple.


What increases your stress level?

5 comments:

Warren Bull said...

Computers including this web site at time are stressful.

E. B. Davis said...

As the hours passed on my clock, my frustration and stress levels zoomed. Wasting time is one of my pet peeves, while carving out time to write is my goal. Had I used the time to write, I'd be two weeks a head of schedule. I blame the antivirus company, and yet, why would Windows 7 be so sensitive that it wouldn't install until my system was in perfect harmony. If it was working perfectly, I wouldn't need Windows 7! I feel like I'm chasing my tail, ahhhh....

Pauline Alldred said...

Don't feel bad, Elaine. It took Best Buy Gurus 3 days to upgrade my system to Windows 7. I wonder too, if the fact that the computer doesn't talk back to us in our language, adds to our stress.

Ellis Vidler said...

I'm convinced computers are the work of the devil and Microsoft is Lucifer reincarnated. I have a coninuous love-hate relationship with mine. I'm still sticking with PCs because it's easier when dealing with most of the world. "Seamless translation" is an oxymoron as far as I'm concerned.
Anyway, you have my sympathy and I wish you well. :-)

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks Pauline and Ellis! Usually, I'm the one who is good with computers even though I'm no techie. Perhaps that's why I didn't expect trouble and was doubly exasperated when I did.