Saturday, April 28, 2012

A change of focus

My computer finally gave up the ghost last weekend.  I knew it was coming but I was hoping to delay the inevitable a little longer.  I've been dropped into the middle of a computer conspiracy.  It's just like that thing that happens when you decide to paint your living room.  You know... the walls look great so now you notice that the drapes are shabby.  You buy new drapes and realize the couch needs replacing.  And so on.

Well, the motherboard went bad.  You can't simply replace the motherboard because they don't make that kind any more.  Of course, the new motherboard isn't compatible with the old processor.  Etc, etc, etc.  In the interest of getting things up and running again, I decided that it would be much quicker to purchase a system that was already built rather than have the computer guy re-build the one I had.  That, of course comes with it's own set of problems.  The new computer has a new operating system.  The old programs won't run on the new system. have to purchase new programs.  Then, you have to find your data and load it into the new programs.  We're all like a bunch of sheep being let to slaughter.  Instead of demanding that the makers of the operating systems (you know who you are) make sure that the changes they're making are in the best interest of the consumer, we all just go out and spend more money.  Seriously, is it just me or are there others out there that like to have a program that runs well and that we're comfortable with?

So, I've had a really rough week.  Not only do I have to learn a new operating system, but I have to re-learn the programs I was forced to upgrade.  I guess I feel like I came home to find that someone had  moved all the furniture while I was away. Every place I look  I don't recognize anything.  It's like walking through the looking glass.  The worst part was when I was trying to read the key code for the new operating system I realized that I just don't have the eyesight of a 20 year old any more.  I guess it's time for magnifying glasses and readers.

I still have not got my e-mail program replaced. ( They've decided not to give it away for free with the operating system any more)  I intend to have a new one up and running by the first of next week.  In the meantime, if I haven't e-mailed you, I have a good excuse.  I promise I'll catch up once I've figured out the new system.

Here's what we got accomplished while we were waiting for the computer to be diagnosed.  I don't expect next week will be nearly so productive, as computers are viscious time suckers.
Wish me luck.


Nancy M said...

Your description of getting a new computer is spot on! Just when I get used to word, or excel at work, we have to upgrade a computer and I have to start all over again! Love all your work. The LK looks so much better with your artistic touch! And I also enjoy seeing pieces I have stitched and how you have come up with amazing mats. Everyone is still in awe when they see my Tuscany Town Mandala hanging in my foyer.

Christina said...

Oh yes, I know exactly what you mean about computers. Went through all of that myself last year.

Another week of beautiful work.

Cassandra H. said...

So sorry about your computer drama!!!! It didn't stunt your creativity though! That last one that you've done, the shimmering mermaid is absolutely amazing!!!!! I can't believe you painted that mat to match her tail! So much work!! Everything looks amazing as usual.

valerie said...

So sorry your computer bit the dust. So frustrating! Hope the learning curve doesn't end up too bad. Another week of pretties, Jill! I am always amazed. I have so many things I need to get to you but I really need to get cranking on the stitching! =)

Juls said...

Sorry about the computer woes.... Another week of have made me fall in love with Shimmering Mermaid!!!!!!

Shaunterria Owens said...

RIP your computer, but once you get going on the new one you will not be able to imagine using anything else, I promise :)

You are a true artist... what I love about your work is that the frames and matts do not detract from the pieces but add so much to their beauty. Thank you for sharing your talent :)

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh I love the rabbits very beautiful stitching,
bisous de FRANCE

Laurylyan said...


There are a ton of software that are available for free out there on the internet:
Mail software: Mozilla Thunderbird (one of the best ones available AND it's free)

I don't know which are the other ones you are using but you can replace your MS Office bundle with either OpenOffice or its twin Libre Office.
In many aspects they are better than the MS Office set as they are all for interoperability and you can use and save all your old files in their native file system.

If your "computer guy" didn't talk to you about these ones then he is there all for the money and not for the customer.

And these are only 3 examples in a sea of free softwares.

MysteryKnitter said...

I am :( for the computer situation.