CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,
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Windows 7? Thank Heaven for Compatibility Mode!

The love/hate thing with Windows 7 continues.

I'm grateful for the compatibility mode option, which seem pretty much (but not entirely) to let you use software applications in a Windows XP environment...

Still, it's frustrating. My 'I heart (love) Windows 7' icon may have been made a bit too soon. (smile) I might also need an 'I hate Windows 7' icon for days when I do. (grin)

Anyway, I'm getting used to it. And actually surprised when using WinXP computers -- expecting to see the Win7 options there!

I started out hating no Quick Launch and the change to 'Pin to Taskbar' thing. But now that I've doubled the width of my Taskbar (which I always like, anyway) -- and changed to small icons, I think I like pinning. It does mean that when you open a given application, it STAYS wherever you've pinned it.

Of course, it's now possible to MOVE items on the Taskbar (!!!), thanks Microsoft (about time). I used to use a software that allowed that, but I'm glad that built in the function at long last.

Watching Australian Open tennis and taking it easy. Marilyn and I did take a drive up the Columbia River Gorge today -- it was lovely!

I've been reading my Kindle (I read it every single day without fail), and continue to love it to pieces! Jeff told me that Alicia (his wife) wants one, and I advised him to go with the less expensive model. I also told him I'd gladly help her with it, if she wanted me to.

I mailed back the 'old' (frozen) Kindle this week. Marilyn, Rich and I walked it over to an UPS location to drop it off. I wanted to make sure it went right away, so I didn't get charged for the replacement Kindle!

I went over this evening to help June with her computer, after she phoned while I was taking a nap. I seem to have a sinus infection (maybe???), because I've got pain in my left sinus cavity. (ouch) I was trying to lie down so it might get better, but I got up when she called.

I wasn't much help, really. I'm no expert with Microsoft Word, which I barely ever use, personally. June asked me what I used, and I told her I didn't. I don't know when I last mentioned it, but I use NoteTab Pro for coding websites -- an application I use many, many times a day. I can also use it to type up any sort of text (ASCII) document, which is what I tend to need for websites and IT.

Yeah, I used to know WordPerfect inside-out. I even taught it at one point. But I've never had a reason to really learn Word that well. I know enough to keep others up and running at work. If they need help, I send them to others in the festival office who know it better than I do (which is most people). Marilyn knows the software much, much, much better than me, by the way!

And that's only one example of a software application I don't know that well. I'd never even opened MS Access until this week! And I don't use QuickBooks (used by several people in our office).

I can often reason out the back-end of applications. How to install, how to set up where the data resides, plus various settings. That's what I'm good at. Using these things is another story, entirely.

There was a day when I used to feel challenged to learn these things better. I wanted to be able to help everyone with everything, I guess. But that's a losing battle. You can only be good at so many things, and I've tried to be more realistic about it. People value my knowledge and help, which is really gratifying. But they also seem willing to accept it when I say, "I don't know." And I'm fine admitting when I don't know.

In many instances I'll make a major effort to learn. But sometimes I need to just let it go. There are only so many hours in a day, after all.

And spending all my free time on more IT? Well, it's not the fun it used to be back in the day. (smile) I've got plenty of that at work and at home, seeing as I've yet to finish setting up Marilyn's and my new computers! So I really prefer to let it go.

By the way, when it comes to printers, I'm not (and never have been) the expert. Printers don't much like me, frankly. So I always leave that to others...

Well, time to eat something, now that Marilyn's done working out. So I'm off to fix some food...

Tags: 2011, australian-open, books, compatibility-mode, food, january-2011, june, kindle, marilyn, microsoft, note-tab-pro, reading, software, tennis, windows-7, word
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