Microsoft Mayhem

Two days ago…

07668051-photo-windows-10-logo1I finally received the message my copy of Windows 10 was ready for download. I was already annoyed with the process, and I hadn’t even pressed the button yet. We have four laptops in our household. My children have had their updates installed for several weeks already, while the wife got hers about fifteen days ago. The real kick in the nuts for me is the fact I’m fairly certain at least two of them never even registered for their copy, while I have been on the waiting list pretty much since the reservation notice went out. I was on the verge of trying their more techie alternative to install my version. I’m computer savvy enough to be reasonably sure I could have pulled it off, but using the more reliable method is always advised.

It was a pleasant surprise when the download and installation went through without a hitch. My wife had hit a snag during her first attempt to get her copy. I was expecting the same. This is the history this family has with Windows. I have considered switching platforms, but that leap may well land me in waters I cannot tread.

Two days ago…

I switched my operating system to the latest, apparently “greatest” version. In the past 48 hours, I have not opened my Scrivener software once to do any editing.
The fans of Knightfall have waited years for the next book to come out, and I am trudging away to finalize the editing stages. I strive to put in a couple of hours each
day to get Trials of the Chosen  Book One:
A ms-logo-site-shareWoman’s Scorn
 ready for the readers. But these hours have disappeared, now that I have to fix what Microsoft decided to overlook.

True to its track record, the software tycoon hurry to get the next “breakthrough in technology” out to the masses, they forgot to make sure to exorcise all the gremlins  first. Instead of working on my fiction, I have slaved away to figure out how to make our laptops work like they should. I won’t list all our issues here, but there have been enough that things still don’t function as intended. And it’s not just my computer, so no one can blame it on my laptop’s manufacturer.

What I now need to deal with are issues voiced by many on the Internet. On the bright side, all these complaining about these issues makes it easy for me to find troubleshooting tips. But I shouldn’t have to make these searches, downloading drivers that were already correctly installed. I shouldn’t have to enter the sensitive folders Windows warns you to be careful opening and delete files just to set up networks that were previously connected just fine.

Windows-7-logoAs I write this entry, two more glitches have robbed me of features I should never have to worry about. I am trying to resist the temptation to return to Windows 7.  At least that was working for me.

But as I make my way through the helpful tips that have saved my family so far, I keep getting reminded Microsoft has plans on patching up all their mistakes in the near future. I also learned the giant in the software industry skipped a few steps to get their baby out to the world. It seems they forgot to consult with computer companies, the ones who create the PCs and laptops that house the program, to make sure the software would correctly run all the hardware. I don’t know about you, but I feel this is one of the most crucial steps in developing an operating system. You need to make sure it will operate the system!

Two days…

I have struggled. And I can see I will continue to fight to get the gremlins out. But there are features I like in this version, things I would like to keep. So I now straddle a fence, leaning one way then the next. Will I keep Windows 10, or revert to Windows 7? I’m not sure yet. Maybe I should wait to see how well the patches bridge the gaping holes.

Have you made the switch? How many problems are you having? Will you keep it?

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A New Beginning

Back in the Saddle Again

I’ve been away from blogging for awhile. Too many things going on to distract me. That, and I’m a constant sucker who falls for the wiles of procrastination. But I have an urge, and I will indulge it. Let’s see how long that lasts.

This sudden resurgence came with my desire to update my website. The creative juices started flowing, now that I was focussing on something else. For the past few weeks, I have been mired in the editing process of my second novel. Add to that a challenge from a friend to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, it was a nice change to move away from the creation of a story.

The “Joys” of Simple Tasks 

So with renewed fervour, I finish polishing the new version of MarcLabelle.com, and that’s when the frustration starts. My hosting provider proved to be as unreliable as it’s ever been. The months since my last attempt to alter my site were not enough to temper my disappointment in their inadequacies. I did what any sensible disgruntled customer would do: I kicked them to the curb.

FrustratedOf course, they had to kick me in the shins as a last goodbye. They were courteous and  prompt with their replies, but I had to drag the work out of them. A simple transfer of a domain name turned into four days of me acting as the middle man between the two companies, getting the information for the new provider while demanding the needed information from the old one. All I wanted was one email stated everything was done. But that clearly was too much to ask.

I know my limitations, and I know what I am capable of. I am confident enough in my knowledge to create and upload my own websites. I’ve done it before. I also added my old blog without too much trouble. But it seems transferring said blog is beyond my skills. The old version somehow got lost in the shuffle. I know it’s out there somewhere, but I have already spent two days trying to get it done. I’m not attached enough to it to worry about it any longer. My last post was over a year ago. I’m sure no one will miss it.

So What Now?

Basically, here I am, starting over from scratch. I had a few pages and features I liked, so I will be adding them to this version. The rest will be new, however.

I geared my first blog toward the topic of writing. Despite not having a degree in English, or any formal training, I could convey what I have learned during my journey to publishing my first novel, Knightfall. I will still relay those nuggets I have unearthed, but they will not be the focus of Version 2.0. You will read about other trials and tribulations of mine, which may not necessarily have to do with the writing process. I might voice my opinion on how funny it is to see all these people reacting to what happened to Jon Snow (read the books and you won’t be so taken aback!). I might say something about wishing writers in Hollywood going back to actually writing a plot, instead of hashing out a movie that has already been done a couple of times. But if you’re looking for a theme, there will be one. I’m a fantasy and supernatural nut, so I will most likely gear my posts toward those genres.

I have also read a few articles on how these entries should be written. The content need to be engaging…it needs to be fairly short to more easily keep readers’ interest…and don’t forget to add pictures…and headings…and always ask the readers for their input…things like that.

I will turn this site into somewhat of a personal journal for me. I needed to vent my frustration regarding the transfer of my website, so I did.

Will the entries remain short so the readers can move on to something else fairly quickly? Just look at this post. I will write as long as I need to. If I feel like posting a novella, I will. Actually, I won’t. I’ll keep those for publication. But I won’t restrict my ranting to conform to proper blog etiquette, or mere guidelines. You can lift your chin up, though. Most of what I’ll post won’t be this long.

Will this be considered engaging content? Maybe. I’m sure someone out there has gone through a similar situation and will be gratified in knowing they’re not alone.

Will I keep adding pictures and headings? The pictures, probably, but the headings might be less of a staple. I won’t make either of them a focus, however. I reserve the right to not use any.

And asking for people’s comments, well, that might be something that falls to the wayside. I value the opinion of others, but I’m the type of person that doesn’t like asking for it. I will end my posts the way that feels right to me. That might mean there won’t be an invitation for you to weigh in. But know that I always accept comments, or even criticism. So, if I happen to not direct you to fill in those fields at the bottom of the post, do remember you are free to do so. Call me out on anything I say, or elaborate on a point I made. That’s what these blogs are for–to engage the reader.

Welcome Back!

So here is the beginning of the next stage of this site. I can’t promise when I’ll be seeing you again, but I have enough of an itch it won’t be too long.

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