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 don't enjoy time outdoors and sit indoors with my husband, I crochet while watching whatever he enjoys on TV.  There are only a few shows and movies that I really enjoy myself, but I enjoy keeping him company.

It is tempting to come in here 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.

Share your favorite leisure time activity in a comment if you like.

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.  

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.

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.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Is it Honest to Have Someone Write For You?

I don't think we're ever too old to go to College. I have a few friends who are in their 40's - 60's who are still taking courses, either to finish degrees started before raising children, to take refresher courses, or just because they enjoy learning. Something that never existed when I was going to college back in the 1970's, at least as far as I can remember, were services that would write an essay or other papers for you. It seems that something like this might be considered dishonest or unethical. I am still trying to determine whether this is so. Maybe you can share your opinion in a comment.

My thinking on the matter is that your professors expect you to write from knowledge that you have obtained while taking their course. Writing a paper is an educational experience in itself, as you are learning to gather information, think it through, and express it in writing.

The services that would write for you claim that there is a lot more pressure than there used to be in the lives of students, in society, and in the expectations placed on students by their school and professors. The reasoning is that because of this, it is helpful to have a service help you with writing now and then.

If you have a thought to share, or have ever used such a service, I'd love to hear from you.

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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.  

Monday, January 7, 2013

Do You Sell on eBay or Amazon?

Which service do you prefer, eBay or Amazon as a selling platform?

Both eBay and Amazon are steadily improving their selling features for those who want to sell online. I have used both services, each has it's advantages and disadvantages, and each is better for selling certain types of items.

I have written another article that you will find helpful if you are trying to sort out which is best for you. Many have left comments on the site with their opinions as to which service is better and why. You may even have an opinion to share.

If you have an opinion about selling on eBay as opposed to Amazon, or want to know more, please do take a moment to stop by and visit Selling on eBay -vs- Amazon Marketplace.