Trying to Play Catch-up

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Blog entry by Don posted 03-08-2007 02:33 AM 1202 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my previous blog, I wrote about some of the things that have distracted me from blogging on LumberJocks.

Well, the distraction continues. For the past two days, I’ve been removing wallpaper and painting. I also did a major shop clean-up. But the biggest distraction was my computer system.

I had to send my computer back into the hospital to have a Vista-ectomy.

A warning to those thinking of installing Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista; if you purchase an upgrade package, make sure it is the equivalent of the one you already have. If you don’t, rather than an upgrade, Vista will do a “fresh install’. This means that all of your previous settings and drivers will be lost. I purchased the wrong upgrade, so my system failed to work properly. So now I’m back where I started a few days back.

I logged into my email today and there were literally dozens of LumberJock emails informing me of the activity taking place on my favorite site. In the past, I’ve used these to keep up with the changes, but the activity is becoming so fast-paced, that it becomes very difficult to play catch-up.

So, I’ve decided that there is no use trying. I will simply browse through the recent posts and comment on a few. There have been some terrific new projects posted in the past few days. I am really enjoying viewing these, even though I may not comment on all of them.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 03-08-2007 02:38 AM

Glad to have you back!

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#2 posted 03-08-2007 03:08 AM

Welcome back Don. We’ve missed you.

Other people were saying they were glad you were gone so they could cach up to you. But, not me :>)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-08-2007 03:38 AM


I just bought new a lap top computer on Sunday night. I took it back Monday because the new operating system Vista is NOT compatible with I-TUNES. It locks it up and windows won’t boot up. I was the second lap top in that day with that problem. When the tech logged in to see if any bulletins had been released there was a advisory. It said “not compatible with Vista” that’s it. No patch no other help available.

I went home with out the lap top.

Welcome back Don.

-- Dusty

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#4 posted 03-08-2007 03:58 AM

Oh, but the wonderful world of computers, NOT! Let’s go back to chisels and stone, no wood, yes…wood! I’ve missed seeing your input, Don. Just wait till the new time change kicks in, what a governmental mess. I say,”leave the clocks alone and if you have to, let’s change the time school and work starts and ends.” Don, I don’t know if they make you go through this stupid daylights savings time mess, if they don’t … don’t let them start it!

I know what you mean about the fast pace. I had several of you as buddies, but I couldn’t keep up with all the emails telling me that you’ll had posted something new.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 03-08-2007 05:14 AM

I bought a Sony laptop a week ago Saterday. I worked with it all week.and could never get it to send E-mails. Before I had Incredimail but that would’t work with Vista. Then I changed to the new Microsoft Mail. I still could’t get it to work. I called Roadrunner and they didn’t know about Vista and told me to call Norton and see if they could change anything. All they did was take Norton off and leave my PC unprotected. I had trouble with their Tech. he be talking but I not be understanding, if you know what I mean. Finally I called Sony and they took everthing off an restored it as it came from the box and said I could take it back if I wanted. My Son in Law is a MIcrosoft Certified Tech and he has had it all week. My advice is wait till they work out the bugs before you buy. Morris

-- Morris Wallace Seffner Fl.

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#6 posted 03-08-2007 05:31 AM

Glad to see you back in circulation, to bad they don’t make computers as trouble free as woodworking equipment.
I’ve been having trouble keeping up lately myself, although I’m trying to ween off of my PC anyhow. I’ve been sitting in front of this thing to much this winter.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 03-08-2007 07:25 AM

Yep, more PC time, than tv time, sleep time, food time… and oh no! Shop time!

I’m no luddite, but some days i’d rather just use handtools. So long as we can get our lumberjock updates via smoke signal, telegraph or carrier pigeon. ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 03-08-2007 01:56 PM

yes, LJ is getting so big it’s going to have to change—everything is SO interesting to read, that you just don’t want to miss anything but you just can’t spend the day on here.. I’m predicting that people will start using it a little differently than they have in the past several months.

Time change: I don’t mind switching the clocks, but did they have to go and switch the time of the year that it takes place? now I’m really confused!!

Computers: Love them when they work; hate them when they don’t.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 03-08-2007 02:10 PM

I recommend using the Pulse as the main tool to “play catch-up”. I agree that it is harder to stay in the loop.. but that is just the side effect of our growing popularity. I’m planning to slightly redo email notification system and also I want to add few filters to the Pulse – like show me only those posts originated by my buddies, only those that I’m participating in, only those active in last 24 hours.. etc.

These improvements should help.

Also, let’s not miss RSS feeds. they can be very helpful.

If you have any ideas about this issue let me know.

One tip: when you feel that the site is growing too quickly just think of how many fresh ideas you can get each day just by browsing new projects ;)

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#10 posted 03-08-2007 02:15 PM

My biggest problem right now is trying to catch up in my shop. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 03-08-2007 02:35 PM

Dick, you need to install Pulse Meter in your shop ;)

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#12 posted 03-08-2007 02:58 PM

Dick just needs to go into his shop. EVERYBODY! Shut up. Dick needs to get bored here and get off his…chair and go back to his shop. At least for a while

Don. Harley-Davidson owners of years gone by NEVER bought the newest model. For some reason they knew that Harley-Davidson had to work out the bugs. Microsoft is worse. As Harley-Davidsons have improved over the last 20 years, one can now feel confident in buying a new one, for most of the bugs have been worked out thanks to Willie G.

Microsoft, on the other hand, has not figured this out, yet. But I realized with XP, that driver conflicts are inevitable. And now every 13 year old snot nose with a computer is going to try to hack into Microsoft through the unpatched holes that are in Vista. XP had conflicts during the first 2 years so, you can expect the same or worse with VISTA.

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#13 posted 03-08-2007 04:04 PM

I for one don’t see me being selective about what I look at—you just never know what you will find, where.
It might be a project or it might be some wisdom shared in a reply to a reply to a reply to a reply!!
For me, what I see happening is more scanning, less commenting. But not yet—we haven’t hit the “line” yet. It’s still workable as it is. But then we still have winter up here!!
I have no idea what will happen once spring hits.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 03-08-2007 04:49 PM

Welcome back Don.

Yea, Vista is not ready for prime time. You would think with the multiple delays, etc. they would have had enough time. Strange how most industries will build a product and tweak it before being ready for release. In the software industry, build it, release it, and then tweak it as bugs are found. And they consider this normal!

If Microsoft keeps this up, everyone might end up switching to Apple (oops, did I say that out loud?) As a disclaimer, I have PCs, not MACs.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 03-08-2007 05:37 PM

I have a Grandson that knows just about everything there is to know about computers,he grew up with PC’s he’s 28 now, & he just switched to Mac! He says there’s no such thing as a virus on Mac.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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