Agenda: 20-20 Hindsight

Posted on March 15, 2012. Filed under: General Interest, Humor | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Getting my feet wet in this little pond (bloggery for penury) has been a bit of fun, even though the first month was spent trying to find a new laptop.  I needed a bit more oomph than my cheapo pc’s 250 mega-hertz processor speed.  Got that (2.2 giga-hertz) and, instead of a 5-minute response time, my mail now loads in a couple of seconds (I know, for some of you that’s way too slow, but, I’m still blown away by the speed of those new Model T Fords — topping out in excess of 25 mph).  But, as I then found out, speed isn’t everything.

Old flame burning in my eyes.  Ten years working with Windows XP.  I was just learning a lot of the hidden tricks to find my way around in that thing.  No way I was going to spend 100+ dollars on a book that moves with the tempo of “Hi, kids…  its…   a…   won-der-ful…   day…   in…   the…   neigh-bor-hod…” when I needed answers NOW.  XP and I were just becoming an item.  Microsoft’s new pain…   I mean pane…   Windows 7, seems to be the (immediate?) future.  I hope it lasts longer than that “Vista” mistake.

New language, new keyboard, and — yep, new problems.  What are all of these keys and symbols on this hp keyboard?  I’m a touch typist, and, I just have no feel for “home” on those keys.  One neat feature, I thought, was the “blog” template in the word processor.  I used it for my first posting, hit publish, and, there for the world to see, was what looked like textual scrambled eggs.  Real quick, I learned about the “trash” option on the WordPress “edit” screen.  My adaptive response has been to type the posting out in XP then copy it via that confusing hp keyboard (because of the faster processor speed which allows me to make mistakes faster) directly onto the WordPress Write a Post work sheet.  Thus, the missing words, letters, and misspells you may be encountering in the final posts.  I’ll fix those later.

Then, there is the WordPress Dashboard.  So many options, so much ignorance (the one thing in all this that I can truly call “mine”).  Back-linking to some of the comments I have received has shown me how others utilize the blog construct, such as more pages.  Working on implementing that now.    …and I really do apologize for those two “OMG” posts.  It wasn’t really my fault;  back-linking made me do it!  (Just say the word, Sydney, and I’ll remove that reference to you — or trash the whole post, if that’s what you want, but, it’s not like more than 6 persons saw it.)

Mysteries, they’re all around us.  The one I am currently trying to fathom is this:  how in the world have you commenters and subscribers even found this blog to read?  I figured this would just be classroom homework (i.e., my shake-down cruise) for a month or so until I found the lever to sound my fog horn — I know there has to be one here somewhere (what is this RSS thingy, anyway?).  There are more things here, methinks, than Horatio ever dreamed.  (That’s just an off-hand remark to demonstrate that I have refinement — of sorts.   Horatio…   from Hamlet…  anything?)

Next up:  Agenda:  Looking Forward

 

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