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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Windows 8 and The Bible

I have just spent the last two hours of my valuable life seeking help for my newest problem: That problem is Windows 8. So, how do I handle the frustration and anxiety I am feeling right now? The only way I know how is to be creative by putting my thoughts into words through this post. However, that may be a monumental task as it has taken me four minutes already just to type what I have already typed due to the cursor changing on me, the keyboard keys are not typing, and for some unknown reason things appear that I don’t want to appear. I am so frustrated by even typing this paragraph. Does anyone know why in the middle of typing I can’t type and have to hit the lower left bar to be able to type again? And why when typing does it sometimes not work when I hit the space bar to makeaspace (oops) as it did right here.

Yes, I understand that some of this might be user error because I sit in a chair with my laptop on my lap and type. But, SO DO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. Do you hear me Microsoft? The “soft” of what I just typed ended up in first paragraph. I just repositioned it.

I am learning the new basic navigation. But, what was wrong with the old one? If I wanted pictures, I would have bought a Mac. And, I hate going into corners for everything. It is so annoying guys! I really don’t want to learn how to group apps with pics, I just want to put my apps in plain ‘ol alphabetically order. I want to just scroll through my app titles in alphabetical order and with ABC letters. Okay, that might be because I am a former librarian, but please…I hate pictures being forced n – oops, the o didn’t type – being forced on me.


But, I don’t hate pictures. I have over 10,000+/-  of them. But, I can’t figure out how to click on a picture, and open it into Photoshop.* I know, all you pro Window 8 people are thinking what an idiot, but if you know – oops, a screen just popped up saying, “Close programs to prevent loss.” To finish my previous sentence…if you know how to do it, please let me know. And to the “Close programs….” comment, I would be happy to, but, I will have to go to the help screen to figure out how to do that. Oh shoot, I don’t know where the help button is, but I bet if I go through my 65 page print out, I may be able to read something about it.

And here is an interesting thing about my informative print out…I went through it, made a few changes on Windows 8, only to get to the end of the instructions and read, “If you can’t figure something out, updates are available.” Come on folks, updates when I can’t even figure out the simple things, and shouldn't the updates be mentioned first?  And why did the right side bar just come out and show its face?

Now, I will say that I did learn some things in my two hour self-training. I learned that…

-        Windows X is my new best friend.

-        I can click the space bar tolog (oops) to log in.

-        I can click the home and end keys to see from one end of the tile apps to the end of the tile apps. (I am sure a teenager on drugs would love this feature…back and forth, back and forth, back and forth – in color no less.) See the picture above. 

-        The minus sign at the lower left makes the screen zoom in and out, but why does it zoom in and out when I least expect it?

-        Windows Q shows all the apps.

-        Windows I will power off the computer.

-        Windows E opens Explorer.

-        Windows C shows the right side bar.

-        Windows F shows the Search screen.

-        Windows D launches the desktop.

Obviously, you can tell I am not really a shortcut person. But, I will be now. I have survived most of my computer life without shortcuts, but I can learn. 

I do apologize to Microsoft for any misjudging of their product…I realize that my new HP might be part of the problem, but the bottom-line is I am still frustrated and anxious!!!

Yes, I did learn a few things today, and I do realize I have to take more hours out of my valuable future Saturday afternoons to do that, but why is it so difficult?

I cringe when I think about my 85 and 87 year old parents. They want a new computer. They need a new computer, but how in the world can I train THEM on Windows 8? Hmmm….Ah, great idea. I will leave that to my brother. Nothing like revenge!

But, then that leaves me to something else…

The Bible says not to be frustrated, anxious, or revengeful! If I would have stuck with Windows 7, I wouldn’t be facing these trials – Windows 8 trials.

So the second bottom-line is that I am going to memorize these verses before my next Windows 8 self-training, so maybe it isn’t so bad after all. But, God sure has a funny way to get me to memorize scripture, doesn’t He? So, be prepared for Bible training when you purchase Windows 8! It comes with the territory.


Verses to Memorize BEFORE learning Windows 8:

Frustrated with this trial: “Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2

Anxiety: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
-a different version! NLT

Revenge: “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge…” Leviticus 19:18

* By working on this blog, I learned how to put my pics in Photoshop. Actually, it was the same as before, but I was all confused!!!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bible Tidbits

Hi Folks,

Okay, I just can't help it! It is just me being me, but when I read the Bible I like to look for odd things - some may call them fun facts or plain 'ol Bible trivia. I am not necessarily looking for odd things, but they just glare out at me - those neat little tidbits that usually make me chuckle or make me say to myself, "You've got to be kidding!"

So, I thought I would share some of my most recent finds with you. You will need to get out your Bible though, because YOU will need to look up the answers unless you are a Bible scholar and whiz right though the test! And, I know you will be so enlightened that you will want to highlight them in your Bible for further reference. LOL.

1. Name the four items every guest room should have? Read 2 Kings 4:8-9.


2. Why should you never make fun of a bald man? What happened? Read 2 Kings 2:23-24.

3. What things make a woman beautiful? Read Isaiah 3:18-23.

4. Who in the Bible built both a pool and a tunnel. Read 2 Kings 20-20-21.

5. What caused Daniel's face to turn pale? Read Daniel 7:28.

6. What was far whiter than any earthly bleach? Read Mark 9:3.

Feel free to use these in any Bible Trivia games you might play at home or in a class!

Patti Greene
Author, Awaken Me: A Devotional Prayer Journal, c2013.