New stuff

Read a post in No More Pencils, about a theme named Editor that I’d missed, so I went ahead and applied it. It’s not bad. They do have another theme, named Apostrophe, where you can do front-end editing in the way of marking posts as ‘featured’.

The major news in my life, though, is that I have a new computer. It’s red and black, it has Windows8 on it, and I’ve named it Esther.

It’s a long story why I went back to Windows. I had options; I could either have waited until the Mac broke down entirely, I could have made the trip up to Fredericton to that Apple authorized store … I did neither. It’s a long story.

hp_redblackAs I mentioned in some older post here, my husband’s computer had a fatal crash so he bought a new one [this one]. He couldn’t stand the keyboard, which is black with red letters on it. I can totally relate, now that I’m sitting here in full daylight, it’s very hard to make out the letters on the keys. I don’t type the same way as he does, though … as long as I’ve place my fingers in the right place from start, I’m good to go. Besides, it has backlit keyboard, but that we didn’t find out until yesterday LOL!

Either way, he wasn’t interested in the touchscreen either, so we got another one for him, and I took over this one. It has double the amount of RAM my other computer had so it feels like I’m flying here, now that we have fibre optics.

I’ve been a Windows user for all my life, except for these two, last, years, but I tell you … it certainly wasn’t like “coming home”. It’s a whole different world. There seems to be two versions of Internet Explorer, for example. I won’t go into the dreary details of it all. I’ll just wait for Windows10, the last of July.

My morning routineΒ was changed today. Normally I start my day by writing a little entry in DayOne, but now that lives only on my phone — there’s no DayOne for Windows.

I’ll be fine with this …




37 thoughts on “New stuff

  1. David Bennett

    Hey! Thank you for the mention πŸ™‚

    I wish you all the best with your new computer. And sorry that your Mac was playing up.

    Do/did you sync DayOne? I have DayOne on my phone and on my computer but I don’t sync them. I just don’t like the idea of syncing private journal thoughts in the Cloud.

    1. tassitus Post author

      My Mac presented all the symptoms as they listed in that recall, but 13″ wasn’t included.

      Oh I synced … had it on the Mac, the iPad and the phone. I have the nice keyboard for the iPad so I’ll just go on writing there…

      1. David Bennett

        Could you write in to Mac and raise it as an issue? You have nothing to lose, have you, by doing that? [Pulls neck back in and tells self to stop being such a busy-body]

        1. tassitus Post author

          I’ll do it … nothing to lose and I’m happy for all advice I can get.

          Just trying to figure out an easy way of moving five thousand raw files off the external HD, as it won’t work with Windows.

          1. David Bennett

            Moving the files – That’s tricky. How many GB is that? Maybe export to Dropbox and then bring them back into Windows? Or Carbonite backup or something like that?

            1. tassitus Post author

              107GB … I’m splitting it up in folders now. I have a 64GB USB flash memory, so … it will have to take the time it takes :

  2. David Bennett

    Hey! I asked the people who make the Editor theme whether it is possible to do something about the search box being ‘hidden’ in the folder etc.

    If you are interested, take a look at

    I did a simpler version on NoMorePencils suggested by the people at Array – they are nice and friendly.

    .toggle-bar .fa-folder:after,
    .toggle-bar .fa-folder-open:after {
    content: “Some wording here”;
    font-size: 16px;
    margin-left: 6px;

    1. tassitus Post author

      Oh, that’s wonderful! I was just sitting here now, pondering whether to take time out and add some left-padding to the yellow highlight in the menu. My OCD-senses are tingling again LOL

      Going to look now …

    2. tassitus Post author

      Ideally, ‘Search’ should appear on the front … same view as Menu.

      It was interesting to read there, in the forum, that wp.COM edits the themes …

  3. Nylabluesmum

    Welcome Esther!!! That is such a pretty name for her!! LOL I think I have started a new trend…there is something endearing about naming a PC like we name cars & boats…. πŸ˜‰

    1. tassitus Post author

      We’ve named them all … ever since I came here! Elmer, Edna … my iPad is Puffin, and the iPhone is Little E. The car is Tom.

      1. Nylabluesmum

        Puffin the iPad πŸ˜‰ COOL name!!!
        LOL the car is Tom>>>too funny…..
        My Tow trucks were TANK & HY-ROLLER…
        Tank was an old Dodge 1 ton dual wheel & she rode like a…you guessed it…tank!!! She could winch out huge trucks better than the big rig tow trucks….I still have her ignition key on keyring….
        Hy-Roller got her name as we were cruising the 403 going towards St. Catherines…..the song “She’s a Roller’ high Roller baby” by April Wine came on the radio an Wes & I were singing & rocking along! Then it hit me!! BAM!! We are on the highway ‘rolling’ along & going into business for ourselves was a gamble & she was christened “Hy-Roller”…
        I never did get her ignition key when she went to the bone yard….sighs
        ( I am a sentimental girl..)

        1. tassitus Post author

          LOL that was too funny about those tow trucks … I can picture you rolling along there on 403. Nice memories to have πŸ™‚

          1. Nylabluesmum

            I used to name everything…ok I still do πŸ˜‰
            I LOVED the tow trucking life. We would work 14 days straight 24 hours a day on call; then have 3-4 days off. It was not easy but it was always interesting an fulfilling.
            Definitely nice memories to have πŸ˜‰

            1. tassitus Post author

              I really liked my first job … I only turned 17 when I started, and stayed for twelve years. It was FUN to go to work! I’ve had one more like that, but it was only fun the first year … then things changed.

              1. Nylabluesmum

                I tired a few things when I was 16 & 17 but working indoors bored me stiff. I was lousy as a waitress & did not enjoy stock work or cashier stuff. Did NOT want to become an Accountant like my Mother wanted or a Secretary either shudders
                I did work n factor for 6 months as a Punch Press Operator & then Brake Press Operator…it was a tough job but I enjoyed it a lot. I did get chance to go into Tow Truck biz & HAD TO GO!!!!! πŸ˜‰
                5 yrs in that biz. then 4 yrs as Professional Nanny…different kind of job but I really enjoyed taking care of children & helping to ‘raise’ them. Then 7 yrs in Nursing…harder in some ways then Tow Trucking….but rewarding…so many memories…..
                5 yrs of College which was best 5 yrs of school ever!!!!
                And then health spiraled down so early ‘retirement’ altho I DID do free-lance counseling for 10 yrs @ Native Centre.
                So NOW really retired & devoted to blogging an contacts thru blogging!!
                I have enjoyed all thee careers I had & I enjoy blogging & cat rescue now πŸ™‚

                1. tassitus Post author

                  I’ve had a few jobs, but they were all secretarial. In the early 90’s I decided to make a little bit of a change, so I went into the medical administration. Loved the course, thanks to the medical terminology … I found that interesting. Then, when I started to work, I often found that was the least I did … everything became so computer network related. And too many women in the workplace πŸ™‚

                  1. Nylabluesmum

                    I did enjoy cataloging medical articles for a Physiotherapist in the Hospital I worked at in the late 80’s. she let me read any articles regarding Quadriplegia & photocopy them for free. I was able to educate myself on all things ‘paralyzed’….Probably the only time I enjoyed a ‘desk’ job πŸ˜‰

                    1. tassitus Post author

                      I worked at a refugee camp for a year and half. That was different … in one way, I enjoyed it immensely, but on the other hand it was emotionally draining. Couldn’t let go of the thoughts when I left in the evening.

                    2. Nylabluesmum

                      Wow Rebby that sounds very interesting. I had no idea people sought asylum in Sweden…..(I have no idea why I never thought of it…)

                    3. tassitus Post author

                      Oh why would you … It’s frightening to think about how little I knew about Canada when I got here!

                      But yes, they receive a great amount of refugees, and have done so for a long time. The integration … isn’t easy.

                    4. Nylabluesmum

                      I can imagine integrating in a country like Sweden would be a unique experience. Canada & the USA are ‘melting pots’ so people can blend in & retain their heritage/culture & find their place in society. I would suspect it is not so easy in a country of one predominant nationality & culture.
                      Right now I have 2 friends visiting Sweden (from USA) & they are ‘in love’ with the country….The pix Linda has posted on FB of Stockholm are lovely πŸ˜‰

                    5. tassitus Post author

                      Well … this has been going on for a very long time, and by now, the three largest cities are hardly predominantly Swedish anymore. They are melting pots, and there are suburbs of, say Stockholm, where it feels like you’re in a different country. For a few years in the 80’s, I lived in a town, not too far from Stockholm, with a large centre for refugees. Many small businesses and industries in this town, so many of them stayed around after they’d received permanent residency. I joined some kind of International club there, and 82 nationalities were represented in this little town!

                    6. Nylabluesmum

                      82 nationalities!!!! That is amazing Rebby!!
                      I had no idea so many people emigrated to Sweden. It was funny the last time I was in Hamilton at a Tim Horton’s I looked around & I was one of only 5 ‘white’ people in the place! It was very cool to see so many different races/cultures of people in one place.

                    7. tassitus Post author

                      Yeah, it’s kind of cool … but in such a small country, it also causes a lot of problems at times.

                      Last year in Stockholm, I often had my coffee outdoors, as I smoke. Was nice sitting around, listening to people around me … how little Swedish I actually heard … but that was in the very downtown area, of course …

                    8. Nylabluesmum

                      I can imagine there can be cross cultural problems in a small country. It is difficult in Canada & USA for some cultures to fit in or find their niche. I do like hearing different languages tho’. I also like learning about different cultures.

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  5. Touch2Touch

    “I was never a real Mac person anyway”
    Outside of that, however, you’ve really very nice indeed, and of (mostly) great good judgement.

  6. daydreamer2011

    Esther?? Must admit that I have never named any of my computers! And now I am starting to think what name would suit my computer LOL I am thinking it will most likely just be called ” the computer ” te he

    1. tassitus Post author

      It’s when you open it for the very first time, and make all your selections [time, language et cetera], you’re told to give it a name. Yours probably already has a name, that was given by the system.

      1. daydreamer2011

        Oh right! I usually call it something boring, like the bedroom computer or home computer or something haha

        1. tassitus Post author

          Yes, that’s it! They have something like that filled in beforehand, and I always change it to something … we’ve had quite a few raccoon-names πŸ™‚

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