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Heidy Ho

We are still having lovely weather these days. The night time low temperature flirts with 32 degrees, but by noon, it's all warm again. People in town are dressing as if it was July, and everyone is out shopping like it's Christmas season.

I keep reading how we should password protect our flash drives. I keep all my business documents on them, and it was invaluable following the flood because the assisting agencies wanted all kinds of information.

There are various programs that can be downloaded, and of course I looked at a free one first. Big mistake - it took over the 8 gigabyte flash drive and reduced the available space to 700 megabytes. And then it wouldn't reformat back to the proper size. Fortunately, I found a YouTube video that illustrated how to use the Command Prompt to clean the drive completely. It's risky, because if not done correctly, the computer's hard drive could get erased instead of the flash drive. Heart in my mouth, fingers crossed, but it worked.

The other day I dropped my Macbook and the screen broke - half of it looked like a mood ring, and the rest was colored lines. I took it in, and they said it'd cost $300 to fix it, and maybe I'd want to consider a new laptop since that one is going on 8 years old. I decided to go that way. They can transfer the information from the hard drive, but I would probably lose my info that's inside applications, such as emails, photos, and movies of the fox and the goose. So I've decided it's only money, and I'll have them fix the screen so I can get in there and get what I need to. And then, I'll have a new, faster, much lighter computer.

Meanwhile, I've been using my Dell business laptop all the time. Under most circumstances, I would be happy with either a Mac or a PC, but there each of them has unique advantages, depending on what I want to do, so I don't want to have just one of them.

I didn't hear from Jeri for several days, and didn't know if she was still among the living. She has told before me not to mourn her when she goes, because she's had a good life, but of course I will miss her every day for a long time. I have other friends, including all of you, but I can always count on Jeri to take things the way I mean them.

Finally, I called her house, and she's fine. Her computer is in the shop. She talks to Fredo and Mike (actually Mike) every day, and she thought Fredo would let us all know she's having computer troubles, but no, didn't happen.

posted on Oct 5, 2014 12:53 PM ()


I meant Fredo.
comment by tealstar on Oct 26, 2014 6:28 AM ()
I wouldn't know how to do what you did. Glad you found a solution. It's scary to click on the wrong thing and screw everything up. I've done it. I was missing posts from Fred and asked Jeri and she said he's fine and I found him on Facebook where he now, apparently, prefers to spend his time.
comment by tealstar on Oct 26, 2014 6:28 AM ()
Are you sure about the Mac Air? I didn't think they had enough computing power. They're great for communicating by skype, though.
comment by drmaus on Oct 8, 2014 10:56 PM ()
It will be mostly for email and manipulating pictures for the websites and Facebook - I don't do much heavy duty computing, so I hope it works for that.
reply by troutbend on Oct 9, 2014 6:16 PM ()
Hope your computer and Jeri's are back on their feet quickly, I love reading both of you. I didn't quite understand if you're getting a whole new computer as well, or just a lighter-weight screen.
comment by drmaus on Oct 6, 2014 10:19 AM ()
Oh, it's all of the above. I am getting a Mac Air, and then replacing the screen on a MacBook, and meanwhile I have my Dell laptop. No shortage of computing at my house. I thought of you when I saw my broken computer screen - it still lights up, and would have made a nice art work for your re-purposed electronics project.
reply by troutbend on Oct 6, 2014 6:06 PM ()
Glad ur weather is great! And thank you for the update on Jeri, I was thinking of her today. I have never met her but I would miss her blogs a lot!!! And I'd wonder about Rex.
comment by kristilyn3 on Oct 5, 2014 5:54 PM ()
There's always something happening at Jeri's house, and Rex is such a nice dog. I worried when they moved him to town because he couldn't roam around the farm any more, but he has adapted to it.
reply by troutbend on Oct 6, 2014 6:56 PM ()
We are having a cold wave--seriously, read our newspaper--we are suppose to go down into the 70s today!!
comment by greatmartin on Oct 5, 2014 4:50 PM ()
It's funny how you notice those cold snaps. In Las Vegas when it goes from 105 to 95, it's noticeably cooler.
reply by troutbend on Oct 6, 2014 6:57 PM ()
I never thought of protecting a thumb drive, but I never take them out of the house. I do have my droid protected with numeric code just in case, but so far I've managed to keep it in my possession. I didn't realize that Jeri hasn't been on in 7 days, but that's what greasy says. Time flies.
comment by jjoohhnn on Oct 5, 2014 4:01 PM ()
Individual Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat documents can also be protected using those applications' security features instead of protecting the whole drive. But if some stranger ended up the my drive, I'd just as soon they not know what all's on there, including the non-classified documents and pictures of my cat.
reply by troutbend on Oct 6, 2014 7:00 PM ()

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