60 years young today..
I'm late posting because I overslept. This is partly due to the fact that I was up very late last night trying to recapture some of my lost posts. While a sizeable percentage are indeed lost forever, I was able to find at least the text to many. I have saved these into Word documents in order to recreate the entries as I have the time. The most difficult part is that when you copy from Word to Blogger and there is an image involved, it doesn't always appear. As I have all of the original images on my external drive it is more of a time consuming issue than anything. Last night I played around with my Adoption post from this past January, and linked it once again to the sidebar. I also reinstated my blogroll, which for obvious reasons I had been reluctant to do for the past two days. Still tweaking the template to get it back exactly as it was Thursday and that's coming along well, might even create a new Banner tonight, the orange is starting to irritate my eyes.
Yesterday was spent first with my mother in the morning and then afterward we picked up lunch and headed to grams where we were met by my Aunt. The topic of discussion focused around a trip my son and Aunt are taking on Wednesday to D.C. While this is his second trip (his mother took him about a year or so ago) , it will be a completely different experience, as this is school sponsored with chaperones. The highlight will be my son placing something (I forget what exactly) on the tomb of the unknown soldier. He earned this honor by writing an amazing essay on his family's (immediate and ancestral) contribution to military service starting with the American Revolution right up to and including WWII and it's aftermath. I had a chance to work with him (a little) on this in terms of supplying the names and dates for some of the service records so that he could make a chart. He is quite the talented little writer, and I would suspect could surpass a great many twice his age. I can't wait to see the video and pictures and even more importantly, hear him describe the experience.
WHY would anyone still use the cumbersome pc-freezing monster that is the America Online software? I understand that there are those people (like myself) who's introduction to Windows based Internet revolved around and required this monster back in like '94, and may (unlike me) be afraid to abandon this crap for raw surfing using a web browser and free chat software like Aim/Yahoo/MSN or better yet Trillian (which is a mess in my opinion and until the bugs are worked out I'll stick with the other three). Still, every time I hear someone actually turns on their PC, logs on to AOL and never leaves the "security" of that monstrosity I just am in shock. I mean sure, my mother is like 60 and since her internet surfing skills came late and as well the simplicity of AOL in terms of Keywords, pop up reminders and an easily managed mailbox naturally make her feel safe and secure. I can understand her refusal to abandon it even given her recent switch to DSL. But what about the younger people? Why on earth would you use AOL exclusively and go through the whole slow start up PC lock crap every time you power up?
Word of advice, dump AOL, start using AIM for your buddy list (or Trillian if you dare), start using a browser such as Internet Explorer and see how much easier and more quickly pages load and your pc moves WITHOUT That monster running in the background. Yes I realize this is a ridiculous issue to post about but I keep running across people who need to read this and it's frustrating!!
anyway....I am blogging from work, not a good idea.
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