A couple of days ago, I was looking through Blogger and found that one can now email a post directly to the blog. When I was last staying with Wink, I went down to her local library and found that I couldn’t write on the blog, not even a comment – they were blocked. So I was just checking that it worked. I was going to take it down again, but several keen people sent in comments, so it didn’t seem polite. Anyway, it’s of limited use, but if you’re using a hospital network or a school one or anywhere where usage of some sites is blocked, it’s a good thing to know.
I’m a slow learner when it comes to this sort of thing, and it takes me ages to work anything out. I sometimes think back nostalgically to when I bought my first computer, which came with a surprisingly helpful manual which told me stuff. Now, it’s all about clicking on ‘help’ and asking questions, which usually give nil returns, or looking through a list of topics which don’t seem very relevant.
A few months ago, I was struggling to change a document which had been written by Excel by someone else and sent to me – the trouble was, previous people in her job had set it up and then altered it, and it was a complete mish-mash – I was having to change each thing individually and then it kept wanting to revert back to the original. Weeza happened to visit while I was still complaining about it, and she showed me that if I removed all formatting, I could then redo it how I wanted. How was I to know? The person who now writes that document does it in Word, which is just as annoying. Actually, it’s worse. For instance, when it arrives in a font I hate and which won’t fit anyway once I’ve done my alterations, why, when I’ve selected all and changed it, does it keep putting any new writing in the original font? I’ve tried everything. I don’t understand it (btw, I’ve got an elderly version of Word, because I’m not buying anything new and it doesn’t come with a Mac). Another thing I look back nostalgically to is my first computer, when I used Clarisworks. Lovely Clarisworks. It was brilliant. It did exactly what I wanted to and I only had to ask once and it remembered but it never imposed anything. Honestly, it was even better than a husband, in many respects.
No, of course not in every way. In nearly ten years, it never once took out the bins or brought in a bucket of coal.