‘Plus ça change’ – I could do with some of the ‘même chose’. This week my life is full of change, and it’s wearying!
Increased gridlock on central city streets, because of more than 40 roadwork crews in the area. When walking to work, with all the extra traffic, and motorists blocking intersections I have to cross on pedestrian crossings rather than my usual jaywalking. On Tuesday I needed to take the car to work. Getting to a Council Car Park was too difficult with new road closures, so I parked in South City Mall and moved after two hours.
In addition to traffic woes I had my home computer updated from Windows XP. The work ones had already been done, and it’s useful to be using the same system as at work, except there are little differences, and I use other programmes at home. Thank Goddess for my patient IT support man who spent more than two hours transferring my data to the new hard drive and ensuring things worked.
After he’d gone I turned to a relaxing game of Wordscraper, and found it wouldn’t ‘populate’ on Firefox. Luckily it did work on Internet Explorer, and last night with advice from aforementioned IT support I downloaded Adobe Shockwave Player which has enabled Wordscraper on Firefox. (I wonder if that would also work on my tablet? Hmmm….) My other relaxation is Freecell, and, shock, horror, it wasn’t there on Windows 7. Dr Google told me how I could find it by typing the name into the startup bar, but it’s a different version that’s very hard on the eyes. While it’s good for me to be limited to only one game at a time, I prefer to set my own limits, and am wary of following any of Dr Google’s suggestions for restoring the XP version.
At work today I needed to make a grant application online through the Department of Internal Affairs. This entailed phoning their help desk twice. The first time they explained their system doesn’t work on Firefox and I needed to use Internet Explorer. The second time they explained that it doesn’t work on IE 10 and I needed to downgrade to IE9. I would have thought that a government department would be able to cope with several browsers! With so many people upgrading computer systems at present I won’t be the only one feeling frustrated about this.
Earlier in the week I was at a Facebook workshop where we were introduced to a number of exciting internet tools, but I don’t have the time or energy to explore them. Maybe at the weekend . . . . .
I hope, dear reader, you are managing to cope with any changes in your life today.
“Sometimes it all seems rearranged
as though the whole of life has changed.”