For people of my age, or older, can you remember the days when we were kids. Computers existed, but were not the household item that they are today. Back in our day, only a very big office would have a computer, like major corporations and such. As we became older, “home computers” became more common, though. The thinking was back then that there would be a day when computers would take over the daily jobs that had to be done to keep our lives moving. I can remember thinking that when we hit the 21st Century, computers would be handling many of the mundane tasks in our lives.
Have we arrived at that day?
I think not!
This past weekend was a real work weekend for me, computer-wise. I had tons of jobs to do, and they were mostly computer related. First, on Friday, I decided to do a few things with Feyma’s computer and with mine. The results were not too good, and took me two days to repair. Yes, I ended up crashing Feyma’s computer. I don’t do things like this often, usually I am pretty good at handling computer stuff. This time, though, it came to the point where I needed to just wipe the disk clean and re-install Windows and get her PC back up and running. Installing Windows turned into a major hassle. I kept running into different hardware issues, and I must have re-installed Windows a dozen times (seriously) before I finally got everything working as it should. It was already Sunday, mid-morning, before I had Feyma back up and running with her PC. All the while, I had problems, although more minor, with my own computer, requiring attention. I did not attack mine until I got her computer up and running, though.
All along, at the same time, I had purchased a new computer for my niece, who works in our business. So, I had to get her new PC up and running too!
By the time I got my own computer back online, it was Sunday. Yesterday. Sunday was my birthday. So, I was happy to get back online for my birthday. I opened up my e-mail program and started downloading all of my e-mails and I had over 300 e-mails from Facebook. Hmm… I thought, why so many notifications from Facebook? Well, I quickly realized that it was Facebook friends posting “Happy Birthday” messages on my Facebook Wall, and also sending me private messages on Facebook wishing me a Happy Birthday. Wow! As the day progressed, I got more and more notifications of greetings on Facebook! I suppose in all, I got nearly 500 greetings on Facebook between public postings on my wall and private messages from friends!
My policy both here on LiP and on Facebook is that I respond to all of the messages I receive. So, can you imagine, I had about 500 greetings on Facebook to respond to!
Well, I realized yesterday that the computers in my house are not taking over my work, they are creating more work for me! Ha ha… yes, it’s true. Between fixing various computer problems over the weekend, and then responding to hundreds of birthday greetings, it was a busy weekend for me!
For all of you who wished me a Happy Birthday, thank you very much, I appreciate it. I hit 49 this year, so next year is the big one! I am not sure whether I am looking forward to that milestone or not, though!