The Bane of My Existence!

Jan 17, 2024 | 7 comments

Dorcas Lane in Larkrise to Candleford

If you remember the character Dorcas Lane in the BBC TV series,  Lark Rise to Candleford, you know that her favorite fallback “reason” for misbehavior was “It’s my one weakness!”  Definitely my kind of woman and, for a short period of time (when I was still misbehaving), I used those self-same words — when I wasn’t quoting Flip Wilson’s “The Devil made me do it!”

Though I hesitate to admit it, these days I’m less likely to blame myself for any shortcomings.  I think I’m comfortably into a “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks” phase and I tend to look outward for the reasons for difficulties and failures.  Yesterday it was technology — as in aaauuuuughhhrrrr!! and the expression(s) which came to mind had little to do with my own shortcomings and everything to do with my computer and all of its assorted companions.  “The bane of my existence!” covered most of my expletives and thank goodness for a kind and patient Computer Guru.

Don’t I wish!

Not that my techie troubles are over, mind you.  But at least I can vent a bit by accessing my blog AND I am joyously looking forward to a new computer — maybe even tomorrow!  “Is it time?” I asked the Guru.  We agreed that it was and so I’m soon to receive a new laptop — wider screen so when I have to increase the font size to accommodate my failing eyes, the words don’t fall beyond the edges.  And an increase in memory to 1.5 terabytes!  Wow!  I have not a clue what a terabyte is, of course, but if I could increase my own memory by half-again as much, I wouldn’t hesitate for a nano-second (which is also a term I don’t completely understand.)  And since I consider this computer to be an extension of my mind, it’s the only way I know to upgrade my own personal RAM.  Which, of course is Random-access Memory — a term I understand very well, especially the random part.

Fingers crossed that the transition goes smoothly.  Mostly, fingers crossed that there aren’t too many steep learning curves involved.  They are undoubtedly my one weakness.

7 Comments

  1. Fred Carter

    Megabyte. = 1 million bytes
    Gigabyte = 1 billion bytes
    Terabyte = 1 trillion bytes

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    • sydney

      And your point is????
      That’s like saying to me:
      Megagoomba – 1 goomba
      Gigagoomba- 1 gillion goombas
      Teragoomba – 1 billion goombas
      What the hell is a byte and why do I care? Just make the damned thing work, I say!

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    • sydney

      As Bill Grennan suggested: Byte me!
      L&K, Sydney

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  2. barbarabbennett parsons

    You even look rather like her! We had a technological issue which lasts for several months. By the time it finally was solved I was ready to dance around a bonfire naked, tossing whatever might propitiate the angry gods of techdom. Thank heaven I wasn’t pushed that far- salvation finally arrived after 2 months. And then I go a new computer. The transition was fairly smooth and I didn’t resort to my full panoply of swear words. It was worth it. I am now bonded with the new machine and pat it fondly as I boot up each day.

    May your road to sanity be smooth!!

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    • sydney

      Good to hear from you Barbara, despite our mutual “issue” under discussion! I’m not out of the woods yet, but am making a bit of progress..
      Sydney

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  3. Bill Grennan

    Or as Alan Turing would’ve said – Byte me!

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    • sydney

      Love it! Wish I’d thought of that response,myself!!!
      Sydney

      Reply

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