Anyone else ever watch James Burke’s wonderful series “Connections” on PBS, or read the accompanying books? Burke made grand entertainment out of the simple premise that because this happened, then that happened, and because that happened, something else happened, and lo and behold we ended up with something completely unrelated to the event that set the chain in motion.
Well, that’s what life has been like for me lately. I think my motto ought to be “It’s a good thing I LIKE doing this stuff,” because so often I have simply had to out-stubborn something till it worked. (Not to mention that it is also a very good thing that I like learning something new every day.)
So here’s a typical recent chain of connections.
On Twitter, I get into a casual discussion about Twitter apps. Someone suggests a particular app, but it runs on equipment I don’t own. I make a casual comment about not owning the equipment. Another commenter offers me an older version of the item, which commenter recently replaced with a new one. Ooo. Lovely.
For whatever reason, however, the item never arrives. I chalk it up to “Well, it was sure nice to think about while it lasted” and move on.
However, as I think it over, it is clear that yes, I actually did want the item, which is simply too expensive for me to go out and purchase new or even used on eBay. There is, however, a lesser-featured similar item which does most of the same things and costs noticeably less.
I mull this over. And realize I’ve had a small inheritance just sitting around gathering dust (and about dust’s worth of interest) for many years, and I could for once in my life quit being the Queen of Older Versions and treat myself to something shiny and new. I spot the item on sale and I buy it.
In the course of checking out assorted Twitter apps, I idly browse to my blogs and my main web page. Ye gods. My main web page has been totally wiped out and replaced with the very first placeholder version I put there when I first established the domain. I hustle to replace the page, but it won’t replace. I then copy the code directly from my web page software and upload that and it still isn’t right–all the custom elements provided by the software are missing.
I go back to the software and browse for my theme and… it’s gone. I can only conclude that the theme was old and the company discontinued it. None of my other web sites were affected.
I endure pointed (and absolutely correct) comments from my daughter about people who rely on web page software instead of writing their own HTML. Knowing that my HTML skills are rudimentary at best (but enough to create a placeholder while I figure out what to do next) I still opt for web page software, but no more NetObjects Fusion, thank you very much. Relying on good reviews on Amazon, a reasonable price and a rebate offer, I choose Serif WebPlus X4.
The software arrives and, be still my beating heart, actually contains a printed manual in the box! I’m in love. This is my kind of software no matter how well it might work. As it turns out, the software is easy to use, but the templates that come with it are nothing to write home about. I therefore take my daughter’s advice and start creating my own page, using the software to ease the process along.
I have to create my own graphics, and in the process discover that the font I wanted to use, something I’ve had kicking around since the Windows for Workgroups days, crashes Photoshop Elements 4 like nobody’s business.
I discover that I don’t remember the ftp password to my site, and therefore have to go create a new one. Then I discover that I’ve left one digit out of the username. Then I discover I’m trying to upload to the wrong folder. (See “It’s a good thing I LIKE doing this stuff,” above.)
Finally, the first working version of the new web page is in place. It looks a lot better than the placeholder even though there is still obviously work to be done. I have learned new software. I have bought myself something shiny and new for the first time since I can’t remember when.
And it all started with a discussion about Twitter apps.Hope you'll recommend my posts via your favorite social media. Just don't copy the material as your own.