Sure, you’re a writer, but you have to have some technological savvy, too. I’ve taken pride in being more tech savvy than most writers in my age group. You know what “they” say about pride going before a fall. This week has been stressful because of the technological adventures I’ve been forced to endure. I felt like a first-timer rafting through the whitewater. I’m so glad I didn’t have any deadlines, or I would have been even more stressed out.
Internet Service Outage Adventure
It’s never happened before—at least not for such a long time. My Charter internet service went down Sunday afternoon and did not come back until Monday night. Still, our wi-fi did not work even after service was restored. I tried everything.
- Reset the modem.
- Reset the router.
- Plugged my computer directly to the modem (and it worked).
- Plugged another computer into the modem, and it didn’t work. Go figure.
- Called Computers Direct Consulting to come fix it.
All told, our normal internet set-up was out from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday afternoon.
Involuntary Windows 10 Adventure
As mentioned in last week’s post, I inadvertently upgraded my computer from Window 7 Professional to Windows 10. I decided to try it for a while, since I had 30 days to revert to Windows 7. Most of my software worked fine. The menus, however, were a bit different, and I had to spend some time finding the commands I wanted. Since I was annoyed with the involuntary upgrade, these “little things” annoyed me further.
I decided, unless Windows 10 caused me to spend money on other updates, I might keep it. But, I went back to Windows 7 after one week. The deciding factor was my Seagate external hard drive where I back up my files. I do not leave the drive plugged in all the time. Periodically, I attach it, and it automatically backs up new material. The software that does the automatic update was not compatible with Windows 10.
To revert to Windows 7, I went to the Microsoft site and followed directions. There were some questions to answer, and it scared me a little when it said I might have to re-install some of my apps. The restoration did not take as long as the Windows 10 installation. The only problem? My Windows Live Mail program lost all my messages. But, once I opened the program, I discovered I could right-click on each e-mail account and import them all again. It took a while, but it’s all restored now.
Online Backup Evaluation Adventure
In the process of deciding whether to keep Windows 10, I researched other backup methods so that I would no longer need my external drive. But it was going to cost me. I already have the free version of Dropbox for files that I’m actively working on. When I’m done with these files, I transfer them out of Dropbox into my computer. If I do away with the external drive, I need to upgrade Dropbox ($99.99 per year) so that I can back up everything there. Or, I might find another (cheaper) service. Looking at the PC Mag article I referenced last week, I’ve decided, if I go to all online backup, I’m going with iDrive.com. It costs a bit less than Dropbox. The move back to Windows 7 has solved the compatibility problem with the drive, but I’m still considering making the change to online backup eventually.
Hopefully, my technology adventures are over for the time being. I’m ready for some smooth sailing—and getting back to writing.
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