Wednesday, July 24, 2013

All Work and No Play Makes Grandma...

I'm not quite sure what all work and no play makes a Grandmother or Grandmother aged woman, because I am not able to sit still long enough to find out.  In fact, I have been busy writing online so much today that I'm about ready for another get up and move about moment.

What is it that you enjoy doing as one who works from home?  I am sure if you have grandchildren, it is finding time to spend time with them.  But what are your leisure activities?  Do you enjoy reading? Crafting?

What is the last book that you have read?  What craft project are you working on?

I do my reading in the evening before bedtime, and most evenings, if I wasn't enjoying time outdoors but sitting indoors with my husband, I crocheted while watching whatever he enjoyed on TV.  There are only a few shows and movies that I really enjoy myself, but I enjoyed keeping him company. At this update some years later, I am a relatively new widow, and still keep pretty much the same schedule.

It is tempting to come in here to my laptop and spend time on my computer during the evening, but I try to make an effort not to do that, as leisure time is so important, as is unwinding during the evening hours before settling down to a good nights sleep.

Updated 11/30/18

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Wayback Machine to the Rescue Again

Have you accidentally deleted a blog post?  I just did this the other day as I was working in a hurry to clean up some old posts on one of my blogs, accidentally deleting a post that I wanted to keep.

A few years ago I learned about the Wayback Machine. All you do to find your old post is click this link and put the url of the blog post you are missing, if you can recall the full url, in the field toward the top of the page and click the "take me back" button.  You will then see a calendar with certain dates highlighted in blue.  Pick the highlighted date that is most current out of these highlighted dates, and you will see an image of your post as it was on that date.

You can "copy" and "paste" your information and re-publish the post as a new post if it is valuable to you. Make sure you check any linked text in your post if you copy and paste as the Wayback site changes the url to include their site.    

If you can't recall the url of the particular post, the archive links in the margins are click-able, and you may be able to find it this way. Of course, it is best to back up your blog regularly, something I am trying to do more consistently, but the Wayback Machine has saved me more times than I like to admit.

Updated 11/30/18

Monday, April 8, 2013

Now I Know Why Backing Up Computer Files is So Important

Today my old faithful laptop that I worked on daily for the past 6+ years crashed.  I tried to recover it, to no avail.  I tried the disk that puts it back to factory setting, that didn't work either.  

I do most of my work on the web, so am able to reach many of my income sources, but hundreds of files are now gone...picture files, my important bookmarks to web pages, documents from some family matters I kept track of, and so much more.  I think I can live without these things in some ways, but won't really know until I go to look for something and it's not there.

So now I do wish I'd backed up my files.  It's going to be interesting to see what the coming days and weeks bring. I will occasionally be able to work on my husbands desktop computer...when he doesn't need right now.

DO back up your files, especially if you are using your computer for your home business, or have important documents stored on it.

Updated 11/30/18

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Simple Tips - Increasing or Decreasing Page and Text Size

Many people already know how to increase the text size or page size on a blog or website, but some of you may not, so I thought I'd let you know what I took too long to discover. In fact, I learned how to do this when someone shared it as an aside during a news report. It had nothing to do with the daily news, but it was news to me.

This tip is for desktop or laptop computers, not tablets.

All you have to do is hold the control (ctrl) key down, and at the same time tap the plus (+) key or minus (-) key depending upon whether you want to increase or decrease the size of the page. The text will usually increase and decrease along with the page. I find this so helpful and a great help in reducing eye strain while reading on the computer. If you have a related tip, please feel free to leave it in a comment.

I will also say that when I return to visit the same page again, it seems that my browser "remembers" the size I want to view the page and text in, and I don't have to increase or decrease the web page size again.  

Updated 11/30/18