Technical hitches and what you learn along the way

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Sometimes life gets complicated and this week my computer started to play up. It kept telling me my password was wrong, locked me out until eventually I couldn't get into the darned thing. Apart from the utter frustration, I was worried - did I have a nasty virus residing in my dear old laptop? If you can't get in though, how can you find out? Not only that, but I had the panic of wanting to reply to comments on my blog, visit other bloggers and also put together a post for today. Eeeeek! After a sleepless night last night, the cavalry arrived today in the shape of the business's IT department. A warped keyboard was found to be the issue and here I am, back online. 


But it got me thinking about how much we are now dependant on our computers to run our personal lives: our banking, paying bills, renewing providers of all sorts of services, ordering prescriptions, making appointments, keeping in contact with family and friends and that doesn't even touch on all the things we have to do within the workplace. I have a friend who is going back to writing all her vital contacts and info into a new posh Filofax as security for events like mine. Now that we're all being prompted to becoming paperless it does beg the question as to how to keep track if your computer crashes when you don't have the info on file. My back-up programme is flashing away, transferring and updating as I type away, but imagine if the breakdown was not just my own computer but something further reaching - what happens then?


My point today is not about scaremongering, it's about the relief I felt when the wonderfully talented Tony turned up at my door in his lunchtime to hand me back my fully functioning laptop. All was well, life was back on track and even though I was way behind on lots of computer based chores, the joy outweighed the workload. Sometimes we need things to go wrong to remind us how lucky we are. 


And so in this vein, I've decided to post this (previously rejected) outfit. My high standards had led me to think that my dress and shoes, being too similar to the beach and seaweed in colour, couldn't possibly make the grade. But what the heck, I'm delighted to post something, nay anything for your amusement/entertainment. The dress is pure silk and preloved, coming in at £8.95 last month. Nougat is the brand and is one that seems to fit my shape well. The suede sandals were in the summer sale at Sainsbury's for only £5 and the pretty necklace was another preloved bargain at £3. The rings too are preloved, matching perfectly with my Michael Kors watch and Kate Spade rose gold knot bangle.





Today's lesson for me was to remember the simple act of gratitude. Oh, and maybe the joy of a summer breeze!


Anna x

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10 comments

  1. I worry about this kind of thing too. I have backups however I've had those fail as well. I'm never 100% sure they are doing their thing. I suppose that is where having everything in the cloud is a good idea. Backing up all of my items onto the cloud would be expensive. I have all my design files and they are HUGE. Plus all the photos. I think it would cost me an arm and a leg. Like every kind of insurance we do it just in the possibility of something going wrong and as I write this I'm thinking more and more everything needs to be backed up onto the cloud.

    I hate when technical issues arise. We are put at the mercy of others.

    I'm glad your issue was an easy one to solve.

    This little dress looks very comfy and flirty.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Yes, it's all such a worry, especially if this technical stuff isn't second nature, which it certainly isn't for me. I've got an external hard drive which can at least be unplugged and relocated so that's what I depend on, but still have to manually transfer all my photos. You seem to have quite a lot of data to transfer too. As you say, this is our insurance and not something we can ignore.

      Catch up with you soon!

      Anna x

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  2. When I first saw the dress I thought you'd gone in for a fun, floral camo!! Then upon closer inspection there were the cute little orange bits of embroidery. Conclusion:EVEN MORE FUN!
    Yup, we're totally sucked up into the vortex of technical improvements and glorious embellishments!
    Since that's what brought me you, Samantha,Melanie, Ann K. Greetje, and quite a few other fine women of the world I'm in!!

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    1. Thanks so much for not just your lovely comments, but for your positive reminder of what modern technology provides us with. This has indeed brought us all together with our common interest that has blossomed into good friendships too. Hurrah for that!

      Have a lovely day.

      Anna x

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  3. Oh my goodness, every time I have lost my Memory stick for school work I want to die! Yes, it certainly is a worry and yes, I should probably print my plans out somewhere!
    Glad your computer was 'saved' and you got it back! Well done Tony!
    Oh and I love your dress photos- I like the prettiness of it!x

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    1. Those little memory sticks are a lifesaver too, aren't they Kezzie? I think I may start to have an old fashioned diary as my backup for my backup as well. Hurrah for Tony, as you say!

      The silk dress feels lovely to wear, but would look better against another colour of backdrop. Hey ho, you live and learn.

      Anna x

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  4. I had my computer die this summer and all of a sudden life was over! So ridiculously dependent on them. Yes, I'm commenting on everything today but while I'm doing this I'm listening to the long version (songs and everything!) of your radio interview!

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  5. Dear Julia, I can't imagine how you coped with that massive crisis. So much of our lives is tied into these wonderful machines, but dang, when they go wrong it's a nightmare!
    How kind of you to take the time to listen to the full show - it's wonderful to have this happen (I can say this now it's over) and to have had the huge, and more importantly, positive response that I did. My blog benefitted from an extra 10,500 hits that day which totally blows my mind. I'm very humbled by the whole thing.

    Have a lovely weekend
    Anna x

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  6. Hi Anna it is a worry this tech stuff reliance I totally agree. Then there are printed pics vs online images the former I have lots of in a big box that we had lots of fun looking through the other day, can't really say the same for the latter?
    best wishes
    Ashley x

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    1. I know Daisy, somehow you don't get the same satisfaction out of searching through albums online as you do from passing round photos from hand to hand so that you can all have a giggle. Modern technology is great and surely has it's place, but some things are irreplaceable.

      Enjoy your weekend!
      Anna x

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