Archives for March 2013

“A” for Effort

While I was dealing with that whole enrollment disaster a few weeks ago, one of my professors stated rather matter-of-factly that given all the trouble I’d been having I should just get an “A” for the class for all the work I’d put in to actually be in the class. I don’t disagree with him. In fact, I sort of feel that way about my entire degree at this point, but that’s an entirely other story.

Today, in fact, I really feel deserving of an “A” because I have spent quite literally the last two days trying to get my retrieve my schoolwork from my old desktop PC. I can only think that it is feeling the pangs of rejection and wants any excuse left to keep itself attached. Even if that requires testing my stress levels with the most extreme examples in frustration imaginable.

See, the thing is, I’ve become really good about backing up my data. It only took twice loosing everything to get that way. But the point is, I’m now a diligent backer-upper to the point that I got a bit neurotic last year when one of my two external hard drives up and died on me and I was left with no extra storage. (One of the hard drives is dedicated to my iTunes library, photos, and other assorted goodies; like the backup of my websites.) And even though I was transitioning from a PC to a Mac, I had made sure that everything was theoretically accessible for the Big Move. I checked and double-checked even to make sure that the latest synced backup was the one I was transferring.

And yet for some reason the folder with all my schoolwork was not the most recent version. Which meant that none of the work from this semester was in it. And, as luck would have it, I only discovered this after disassembling the PC. After setting it all back up again, though, the problem was not so easily resolved because before moving them to the iMac, I had to do a bunch of random things to allow access through OS X, which I never did because I didn’t have the correct version. The PC, however, didn’t care and very stubbornly refused to load the files at all because it was determined to sync with a different computer to get the “latest version.”

Eventually, I managed to get it all straightened out, though, I couldn’t possibly tell you how.

I Blame Math

It would seem that the number of devices upon which I could be on the Internet and/or regularly posting here with is directly proportional to the frequency of those activities. As in, the more there are the LESS I seem to actually be around. I would apologize, but the lack of activity has been taken up by the frustrating task of setting up the new computer.

You would think the advancement of technology would make this process very simple but this has proven untrue. I suppose it’s the whole moving to a Mac, though, the actual transferring of data and settings went fairly smoothly. I’m still finding myself rather baffled by the new iMac at times. One thing that has been really throwing me has been using the trackpad because while it’s not complicated — and I’m finding gestures to be very useful when browsing the Web — it’s just different enough that it’s not the movements I am used to so half the time things are doing totally unexpected (read: backwards) things. I am definitely not helped by still having to use a PC for the time being. For now I’ve switched the mouse to left-handed, which has helped me keep things a bit more straight in my head.

The office has been the most time-consuming effort, which I expected. It’s been two-and-a-half years since everything in there was set up and so the dust accumulation under and behind furniture is ludicrous. Also, it tends to be the catch all space for assorted miscellany, like boxes from holiday gifts. So all that had to be cleared out before anything could be done. The dust is really bothering me, though, and so any effort I make is basically in 30 minute increments because that’s about the time it takes for my allergies to go berserk, sending me into a sneezing fit that seems to cause the dog great concern.

The rest of my time has basically been eaten up by school work I feel it’s an endless task presently and I am very much looking forward to the break next week.

In Review

As you might have guessed from the silence around here: I’ve been busy. Mostly I’ve been concentrating on midterms, but in the time spent blatantly procrastinating not doing that I’ve been dealing with computer frustration.

The iMac continues to be a fun new toy if a bit mystifying at times. I’m still trying to convince myself that even though I feel like I spent a small fortune, it was actually the cheaper and easier route to switch. I’ll expect about three months from now is when I’ll have truly confirmed this one way or the other.

My goal for the weekend is to get the office squared away. I think a good portion of my frustration stems from the inconvenient location the computer is currently in coupled with the continuing malfunction of my old desktop PC. Of note, JAWS is no longer working which is making the file transfer that much more difficult. Because, you know, PC to Mac transfers didn’t have enough issues.

On the nontechnical side of things, there is mostly a desire for the weather to decide it really wants to be Spring and have less of this pussyfooting about it. I would take it as a personal kindness if it could stop snowing!

Douglas Adams

I’m pretty chuffed about today’s Google Doodle! The first science fiction book I ever read was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and it remains, along with its sequels, one of my very favorites.

March 10, 2013

When not gallivanting around the Capital District with friends, I’ve spent the last several days practically glued to my new iMac, so it seems kind of odd that I haven’t bothered to post. (I did start a few reviews that I’ll likely end up backdating once I actually finish writing them.)

Even though I wouldn’t say the transition from Mac to PC is difficult, it is different and just enough so that it’s sometimes quite a process to do what is in actuality quite a simple task. And, of course, since all the Apple products in the house are constantly talking to one another, I’m forever being distracted by notifications for email and text messages and various social media accounts.

And through all that, I’ve been working on school stuff. Well, trying to at least. I’m finding something of a chore to be on the PC at this point, which is partly because I want to play with my new computer and partly because it feels oddly foreign after trying to get used to using the Mac.

Hopefully once I get the new computer moved into my office I’ll be a bit more reliably around once again.