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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ch- Ch- Ch Changes!

Phew..... I've finally escaped from the clutches of the blueberry bushes!

I've also finally gotten my Extended Reach internet (not without a passle of problems... was supposed to be hooked up last week... just got it up and running Wednesday afternoon) and am lovin' it! It's nowhere near as fast as real high speed, but compared to dial up... well I feel like I've morphed from the turtle to the hare!

I also decided to go with Mozilla's Thunderbird for my email. I switched browsers to Firefox a couple of months ago (after huge problems that came with an I.E. upgrade) and I love Firefox! After checking out Thunderbird, it looked good, so I downloaded it. Had quite a few problems trying to get the configurations right from my old ISP and Outlook Express and getting email to go straight from Embarqmail (my new ISP email) to Thunderbird without routing emails through Outlook before they went to Thunderbird. A call to tech support at Embarq solved the problem and Thunderbird is running smoothly. Woo Hoo!

Since I wasn't thrilled with any of the homepages I've tried out, I made a custom homepage using iGoogle. Love it!! Besides an assortment of nifty gadgets (including weather, news, literary quote of the day, a note feature, my gmail and other neat stuff) I added a Google Reader and sorted my blogs into folders. Somehow I've ended up subscribed to over 100 blogs and that's been quite difficult for me to keep up with. Some are merely info-type blogs on which I don't leave comments so the folders helped me organize the blogs in the way I read them. So now, instead of over 100 blogs showing up in my Google Reader, they're in folders and I click the folder with the blogs I want to read... and.... Presto! .... there they are! Hopefully I'll be able to stay more current now that I have a faster connection and am a little better organized.

Well, I'm still customizing Thunderbird and sorting emails that are currently in four different locations. I hope all this time and effort in streamlining will pay off in more time for.... ART!

20 comments:

Cathyann said...

Hey, Teresa...I am tired for you...wow!
gotta try that Google reader...sounds like it is just what I need. Hope I can gfigure itout. Organization is good. I am still learning my mac ...have so much to do...
Glad you are back and with a bit more speed!!

Lynne said...

Hi Teresa,
So glad that you're now up to speed. Must be great for you. We've been having problems with both our computers. Only one is working at present, the one I don't usually use, so I've been adding my favourites as I go. I really must spend some time and put them on my page though.
I was thinking of you yesterday as I picked some blackcurrents for jam making. I only picked 4 pounds, a fraction of what you've been picking! Then the jam didn't set! What do you do with all the blueberries?
Enjoy your weekend.

James Oh said...

Teresa,

Glad that you are back to blog after busy with picking and freezing your blueberries.

Have a fruitful day,

True Religion Jeans said...

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Jo Castillo said...

Teresa, congratulations! I used dial-up for a while this vacation. Ouch! I brought my big screen iMac too and how wonderful is that? Welcome to the life of ease.....

Teresa said...

Hi Cathyann: I'm lovin' the Google Reader! When I went to my new homepage this morning, there were the blogs with new entries right in front of me! I can just read them, or can click on the "Go to Original Link" to go to the actual blog and leave a comment. Works great!

Hi Lynne: I love blackcurrants! Yummy! Wonder why the jam didn't set? I've never made jam so I can't offer any help there. I freeze the blueberries. My husband puts them in his cereal every morning and I also make blueberry pies, blueberry crisps and cobblers and use them in any recipe that calls for fruit. I'm glad this blueberry season is over!

Hi James,
Thank you... I'm glad to be back too!

Hi True R. J. Not sure what you meant?

Hi Jo: Ah... the wonderful dial up... bet you were glad to get home to high speed. Not sure this is the "life of ease" ... but it's sure easier than it was!

"JeanneG" said...

Finally a post. LOL I've never heard of Thunderbird. Will have to check it out.

acornmoon said...

In Lancashire we had whimberries which I think may have been similar to your blueberries. We had them cooked into pies in the summer. They had a brief season and were delicious, I must try to find some more this year.

Happy painting!

Laure Ferlita said...

Good to see you posting again! Welcome back.

Teresa said...

Jeanne: Sure do love your droll sense of humor! (keep nudging me... I need it!)

Valerie: I've never heard of whimberries. Shall Google them and see what they look like!

Laure: Thank you. Good to be back!

Krista Meister said...

Isn't Google Reader great! That's how I've been following most of my blogs, including yours! That way, if I only have one day a week to comment on blogs, I know which ones have new posts. Glad you've speeded things up too!

Jan said...

Yaaaaaaay! Welcome back!

Candy said...

Teresa, I'm impressed! I just kind of muddle through things on the computer. If I get totally confused, I track down my husband for assistance.

I'm interested in Acornmoon's comment on whimberries. I've never heard of them, either. I'm going to Google them, too. What a great name - whimberries!

Gary Keimig said...

thanks for commenting on my blog, Teresa and good to have you back. Sounds like you are pretty well organized with this computer science. You lost me on the first sentence. Any time you feel a trip coming on you can teach me this stuff and Oh yes. Don't forget the blueberries. My wife just bought a few pounds of fresh?? which sure beats the frozen

Candy said...

Teresa, I just checked out your Picasa gallery. I like all of your work, but I especially like the pink baby bug, the one with two boats (kayaks?) on shore and the drawing of the cat. I'm looking forward to your next post.

Martina said...

Hi Teresa,
congrats on your nearly high speed connection. It is like changing from a bike to a Ferrari, isn't it?

pencilportraits said...

sounds as though you've been busy without blueberries! The internet is a useful tool but sometimes it's so complicated to get things to run smoothly. I wonder if a pen and paper would be more helpful at times!

Rosie said...

I was thinking of you struggling with your blueberries - our next fruits for picking and making jam are Victoria plums and blackberries. We have been struggling with our internet service over the last couple of weeks but hope all is back to normal now - it feels good to get tidied up and more streamlined doesn't it?

Felicity said...

Theresa, so sorry, I realised I hadn't actually answered your question and thought I had ages ago! Oops! Anyway, yes, I think the Luminance white pencil has better coverage, at least of the brands I've tried. It's quite waxy and thick but I'm still looking for something better!

Oh, I envy you getting organised online - I haven't a clue about these things but I'm sure I could make life easier for myself if only I knew how!

sim only deals said...

good one to see you here.

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