CABS for Reflections From the Fence
I spent just about the entire day Sunday working on computer issues. By the end of the day I had a slight headache, however, between Man and I we had managed to solve some of the issues.
Issue one: one of the word processors I don't particularly care for, but the one that does some of the chores I need and want to do had never been installed on the new Toshiba. First we tried to install Open Office. HUGE mistake, HUGE! I guess it is really supposed to run on 32 bit machines, and Man tells me I have a 64 bit machine. I am not sure why we did this, but we decided to install it anyway. Well, the download and install took up a large hunk of one evening, and it was downhill from there. It was slow, it slowed down the entire computer operation from start up, kept running slow and it froze up on one of the test drives I took it on. Wasn't long and I told Man, take this OFF my computer! And, it was gone!
After going back to a prior restore point (several days back) and a defrag of the hard drive, Sunday morning we installed the really old version of the word processor, and now all is well with that situation.
Issue two: fixing OneNote. When I got the computer, back in mid-May, we installed OneNote and tried to restore the files. It did not go well, NOT WELL at all. Somehow, one click and I was in another huge mess. It took Man several days to figure out how to fix/unfix the mess I had made, and believe me, it was not pretty nor fun to be around either of us for those few days. At that point we got real busy with Yellowstone and the rest of THE Trip, and OneNote and all those problems just kept getting shoved aside. I could not access the files, do the work, mess with stuff, productivity was hindered. Life and stuff kept getting in the way. OneNote was put way back on a back burner.
During the last month or so, I did ask some questions of other bloggers and friends on Facebook and Google +. Friend and blogger Linda of Documenting the Details explained to me how she uses Dropbox to back up her OneNote data base. We discussed the process and I signed up for my very own Dropbox account. Today was the day I decided it was time to try this. It worked. It was not especially smooth, I was in the middle of the process when the air card went down. To fix, I recopied some of the individual files. I moved the files to the main file, and then opened up OneNote to see what I had.
I had - - NOTHING!!! OneNote did not recognize the files. Hmmm, now what?? Gotta say I was a bit leery of trying that 'click on the file' stuff that got me into so much trouble back in May. But, after discussing this with Man, we decided to GO FOR IT! CLICK! Seems to have worked. Turn everything off and reboot the computer, will it still work, will the data still be there? IT IS!! Happy dancing OneNote style. I don't know why it worked this time, but, so far, so good, fingers crossed. And, the capture button works right too. Again, no idea why, but, this gal is NOT looking a gift horse in the mouth.
Issue three: getting the calendar on the Iconia (Android tablet) to sync to Google calendars online. I had been fussing with settings for some time. Today was the time to see what we could find, down and dirty as they say. Can we make it work? Man did a lot of net surfing/searching. We downloaded some software for the Toshiba, but, held off installing same. After several hours we were glad we did not install it, as there are some issues there. Whew! Sometimes it does not pay to jump into something.
After a bunch more surfing/searching/snooping, Man went back to basics, he toggled a choice on and off on the Iconia, buried somewhere deep in the software. And, then he turned off the Iconia and did a reboot. Between the toggle on and off and the cold boot we managed to get the Google calendar online to talk to the Iconia. Wahhoooo, half way there. And, there it stopped. Several more surfing/searching minutes on the net resulted in finding that indeed what I wanted to do is only half possible. The Iconia calendar simply will NOT chat to the cloud, to Google Calendar. RATS!! AND DOUBLE RATS!!
And, that is how my Sunday went. Please note that this post was written with the assistance of two wonderful glasses of white zifandel, thank you very much. Seems there was one more issue, only right now, I cannot remember what it was, and, snicker, nor do I care much! No more work tonight, no more surfing, no more searching for fixes, no input, no research, just chillin' - -
Really, I love my computer, it is my best enemy and my worst friend, really, just saying - - -
* Graphic found somewhere on the internet several years ago, source data long lost.
** The standard disclaimer, OneNote, Iconia, Android, Google, Open Office, Dropbox, Toshiba and any other name of product or web site mentioned in this post belong to the owner, copyright holder, company, manufacturer, etc., etc., etc. I claim no right, I get no income from them for mentioning their services. I use or don't use their products, depending on how they work for me and with my current computer configuration.