CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Still Sick. Marilyn and Jeff Go Hiking...

There's very LITTLE for me to report on today. I stayed home. I stayed down. I feel crappy. I feel fatigued. I still have laryngitis.

On top of this, TeamViewer won't let me use it anymore. I wouldn't mind having a paid account, but I can't begin to AFFORD it. The 1 user profile price is $809 (!!!). The multiple user profiles (on unlimited devices) is $1,689 (!!!). Those are 'one time' costs, but for a non-profit organization, it might as well be a million dollars. And, NO, they do not give a non-profit discount. Donn actually talked to them at one point and tried to explain our financial situation, but they frankly do not give a damn. I get that they are out to make money (like our 'friends' Microsoft and Adobe), but it reminds me how things used to be in the early computer days, when there were companies that really tried hard for affordable softwares and services that average people and small companies and non-profits could actually afford. Is everything about the bottom line?

Anyway, now Donn and I are looking for other options. There are many, but we'll have to vet them out and figure out what makes the most sense for our purposes. Remote Utilities sounds like it might be more affordable. It's $838.50 for 30 account licenses. But that's STILL a lot of money. (sigh)

The annoying part is that Microsoft has a Remote Desktop service built in -- but we haven't been able to get that to work well EVER, really. Marilyn was just speculating that Microsoft might be tied in to one of these other services, considering they don't try very hard to make it possible to use the built in service. Surprise, huh? Everybody knows what it's like dealing with Microsoft.

We don't even want anything fancy -- just the ability to work from home when necessary. We're using Microsoft Office 2007 and are satisfied with that. And Adobe Suite 2 (talk about old). Nobody complains. We just plug away. Oh well. There's no point in letting it bother me. We just have to muddle through, as always. (But I don't know that I'll ever get over the fact that our festival is located right here in the Pacific Northwest -- and makes a huge impact on the finances of our community. But we're not supported by any of the many computer-related companies also based here in the Pacific Northwest...)

Marilyn and Jeff took a drive up the Columbia River Gorge to go hiking today. Marilyn took him to the Mosier Twin Tunnels trail, as he's never been there. Actually, he's never gone anywhere in the Gorge, as amazing as that seems to us.

Jeff and Marilyn are discussing upcoming staffing changes, which is interesting stuff. But I can't really go into any details.

Marilyn and I just ran to Freddies to pick up a few things we didn't get last night. We couldn't get our cat food, as they were out of it at Walmart. And they don't carry our kitty litter. So we got those. And a few other quick purchases...

I'm home again tomorrow. Donn and I plan that he'll go to his doctor appointment Wednesday morning, then the lunch on Wednesday for the staff. Wednesday morning I'll create the new Profile -- and after lunch in the afternoon Donn will set it up. Then I'll do the training on Thursday, as planned...

Marilyn did the treadmill while we were watching American Ninja Warrior (which we LOVE), so she could get her 10,000 steps. Good for her. It's been AGES since I got my 4,000 steps a day. (sigh)

You know, I really thought I'd have my VOICE BACK by now, but no such luck. (sigh)

Marilyn says we need to go back to the doctor next week. I'm fine with that, to tell you the truth. I'd like to be OVER THIS BUG any time now. It's hard not to be depressed by this long illness! I'm trying very hard not to feel sorry for myself, but it's not easy.

On that note, goodnight everyone...
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