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I have three laptops in my house. One is a small one that I only use when traveling. The second is my main one, which I am using right now. The third is my old laptop which I have connected to my television via USB cable. I keep them all updated and have never run into a problem (although my old one takes quite a while to update).

All three were manufactured by Lenovo. Have you tried a Lenovo computer and, if so, have you had the same problems?
 

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@Gardencook, I'm sorry it's happening to you. I know it's been going on for years. Mine has slowed down dramatically in the last few months because of updating issues. It's super frustrating. I use my phone or tablet most of the time now but it's hard to type a long reply on the phone, at least for me. Do you at least have a smartphone that you can get your email on?

DH mostly uses the smartphone. I ordered one about a year and a half ago, thinking we'd both have phones, but then one morning he woke up and didn't have cell phone coverage because Tracfone forced everyone to upgrade. He needed a phone fast, but none of the stores in town had really good Tracfones -- just cheap $20 to $30 ones.

Rather than go a couple weeks without his phone, I just gave him the one I was going to use. We're generally together and can share one 99 percent of the time.

He's tried to bring up my email on the phone to pull up promo codes for stores and he can access his two email accounts, but the phone won't let him into mine. If I don't get a print-out, I've got to remember to forward the email to him or we don't have access to them. Technology never ceases to frustrate. :rolleyes:

I doubt I'd use one much anyway, because even though the screen is a decent size for a phone, it is still too small for my taste when I need to check something on an app.

I've always had good vision and just had to go to dollar store reading glasses the past few years, but the fine print on packaging is getting SO small, I've now got to carry two pairs of reading glasses in my purse. I need them off to see at a distance, need a single pair for general reading and must put on a second pair to read labels. Then I usually forget I'm wearing two pair and scare myself to death when I look up and my vision has suddenly gone completely blurry and I can't even get a decent view of the products on the shelf in front of me.

Eventually I remember I need to take off a pair to navigate the store, but not before I panic a bit. lol! It is definitely a love/hate relationship when you've never needed glasses before.

Speaking of glasses, I've got another new experience ahead of me. DH had his first cataract removed today. The doctor claimed the surgery went well. The second surgery will come next week.

In addition to adding a stent the doctor was able to adjust his vision. He gave DH a choice. He could improve his distance vision so he'd probably only need drug store reading glasses or he could choose to wear glasses for distance and wouldn't need them to read.

He's actually been taking off his glasses to read fine print for years now. We've had a running joke, because I have to put my glasses ON to try and read fine print and if it is too fine I'll hand it to him only to watch him take his glasses OFF to read it.

Anyway, DH chose reading glasses. He already paid for two pairs of prescription lenses at the optical place a year ago when this whole process began -- It was one of two for the price of one with a free exam deals. That doctor figured his prescription would change, so didn't want to give him new glasses then. Someone dropped the ball and the specialist never contacted him as was supposed to happen. It was the middle of Covid so he had been warned it would take awhile, but when months went by he finally called the regular eye doctor's office because the reason he went in the first place was because his glasses were on the verge of breaking.

Out of desperation, he eventually took three broken pair to Walmart and they were able to fix them, so he's been getting by with them while awaiting the process to work through.

Now, after seeing the man with glasses on a daily basis for nearly 40 years, I'll have to get used to seeing him without -- but probably not before paying for another eye exam. Apparently, the surgeon wants him to go back for an exam to the doctor who sent him to the specialist.

At least maybe we won't have to waste so much time looking for glasses anymore, because he's really great at laying them down and then forgetting where he put them. Since he's paid for two pair, he can keep one pair by his computer and another pair in his pocket. ;)
 

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All three were manufactured by Lenovo. Have you tried a Lenovo computer and, if so, have you had the same problems?

We've been through so many lemon computers the past several years it is hard to keep track @Fillies Fan . We shared home computers for the first 20 years we had them and I think we only went through about three or four computers in all those years -- those were basically all HP or predecessors including our first which was a Packard Bell Windows 95. We skipped right over most Windows versions, because our old ones were running so well.

Of course, I worked on IBM equipment in accounting and Macs teaching nutrition before PCs were even available and DH started working on Macs when newspapers first started going high tech. He started out on a typewriter as you no doubt did.

My husband's newspaper was one of the first in the nation to begin computer pagination when the technology first arrived. He was the one sent to Chicago to learn the system and return to teach it to the newsroom. He's a good teacher and ended up instructing everyone in the newsroom including the typists how to paginate. When he dragged me (kicking and screaming) into a newsroom, he even taught me.

It isn't like both of us don't have a bit of experience under our belts. We were using computers before most of these technicians were born! It all begins to blur together after several decades.

I believe Lenova may have been the brand DH had before his lemon Acer, but I may have those two computers reversed. I think both of them were Windows 7. He had Quark (pagination software) loaded on both of those computers and at $600 a pop for that software on each computer we could only breathe a sigh of relief that he was reimbursed by the publications he needed the software for each time we had to buy it. Neither computer lasted all that long, but Quark and Word both required a lot of space/power so we thought at the time that might be the explanation.

He was using one of those computers when I bought my lemon Windows 7 Toshiba from Best Buy. By the time the hard drive on my Toshiba burned out after only one year, Windows 10 had come out and was pretty much all that was available. People had raved about how good Dell computers were, so I bought one of those.

My Dell seemed to be running well, so DH bought an identical Dell when his computer bit the dust. As soon as he bought his, Microsoft started systematically destroying my computer with updates and his wasn't far behind. Even though we bought what appeared to be identical Dell computers with the same stock numbers, when they began to fail the technicians told us the components within them were entirely different and that was why they were both failing in slightly different ways -- always immediately after Microsoft updates.

We decided perhaps our mistake had been getting away from HP after having so many years of success with them. The screens on early laptops weren't nearly as good and they failed on both our first and second laptops even though the computers kept running. We hooked a monitor up to the first one and used it that way for quite a while. We just kept using the second one while we watched a big black blob start as a pin prick size and get bigger, and bigger and bigger.

As long as we worked around the blob, the computer worked fine, but two bad screens were why we started looking at other brands -- and we haven't had a screen go bad since.

We generally try to purchase upper, mid-range computers -- something that isn't ready for the antique pile before you even get it home. When my Dell bit the dust there was hardly anything available for purchase at any of our stores. I really wanted a one terabyte hard drive, but all that was available was 500 GB. The low-end computers were still 250 GB and less, however, so I bought a 500 GB HP and it seemed to run well.

DH's Dell bit the dust shortly after, and there still wasn't much available locally, so we ended up ordering him an HP and went with Amazon for the first time. I was actually rather envious at the time, because he got the one terabyte hard drive I had wanted and he also got about twice as much RAM -- but we wanted a good computer -- not another piece of junk.

At least after one early update wouldn't install on his computer, the technicians were able to get his to the point it will install updates and not endlessly loop like they do on mine. However, shortly after the technicians fixed the installation problem on his, Microsoft did another update on his the machine became as slow as molasses and he now has to turn it on and allow it to warm up for at least 30, to 45 minutes before he can use it. If he turns it off and then remembers he needed something, he's got to wait an additional 30 to 45 minutes to access whatever he forgot.

When his USB ports went out with another Microsoft update, he took it to Walmart to see if they could figure out why suddenly no one could hear him on conference calls. The fellow who helped him was a certified Microsoft technician and said he had NEVER seen a Windows 10 with that much power as slow as his when it should be lightning fast. However, DH has had it to technicians and while everyone agrees it is ridiculously slow, no one can figure out WHY it is slow -- even on their fast Internet.

So at this point we've tried a large number of manufacturers, purchased from a number of vendors and have tried -- and failed -- at three different computer repair shops. We still own junk computers. All the evidence seems to point back to Microsoft and the technicians say we are far from the only ones having these problems.

When researching what to buy the past several times, I checked into different driver chips. The "experts" claimed that Intel and AMD chips were both equally good, but AMD was faster for gaming. Since I do a lot of work with Photoshop and gaming entails a lot of graphics, my last two computers have had AMD chips. DH's latest computer has Intel and since Intel is a Microsoft product I began to suspect perhaps Microsoft was sabotaging the competition with its updates.

The basic conclusion all of the technicians we speak to in person seem to reach is that Windows 10 (and now Windows 11) is a nightmare and if you get a computer that can't install updates, there is nothing you can do about it -- the type of driver chip you have in your computer probably wouldn't make a bit of difference when it comes to update installations.

I was seriously considering buying an Apple/Mac next time, however, I was disappointed with a 500 GB hard drive on my Microsoft last time around, but you pay hundreds more for a Mac with only a 250 GB hard drive and a fraction of the RAM. Some of them even have Intel chips -- and the reason for considering Apple was because I'm fed up with Microsoft.

When we spoke to a Best Buy salesman in person in Utah, he almost had us sold on the Best Buy subscription service plan for $200 a year, but then we wanted to talk to someone at the store an hour away to see if it was worth driving up for an appointment on this latest update installation failure. The Best Buy phone system wouldn't even allow us to speak with someone at the store!

If you want an appointment, you have to go through a national phone system to make an appointment to drive an hour to the store to learn that IF you could have spoken to someone locally by phone like you wanted, you would have learned it wasn't worth the gas to go there. But FIRST you must fight with a computer which wants to "fix" your computer remotely without allowing you to speak to a human at all. That sunk Best Buy's service plan and Apple sale right then and there!

So, for the moment I'm just getting angrier with Microsoft by the day. The weekend was a total nightmare with the update trying to install over and over again, constant freezing and unresponsiveness. Then we returned from DH's appointment with morning and the computer has been running without a single problem for somewhere around three hours straight. As I keep saying, as long as Microsoft leaves it alone, my computer behaves just like a brand new machine. It is just that Microsoft seems to install updates 20 hours a day.

I've even tried moving my "active hours" all around the clock, but Microsoft couldn't care less what is convenient for you. They will install updates 24 hours day no matter what hours you tell them you want them installed. If it is not convenient for you, tough luck!

And as I write this, the garbage update failed to install once more and the computer is ready to shut down again!
 

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After the shutdown I mentioned above, I left the computer for a few hours.

When I signed back on, the updates started again and the computer shut down again after less than an hour, but not before ruining my Firefox browser.

So after letting the computer rest again I have spent most of this reboot deleting the ruined Firefox browser and reinstalling it, despite the fact I rarely use Firefox anyway.

After years of using Word Perfect without incident, last month Microsoft decided all my saved Word Perfect documents were "dangerous" and wouldn't allow me to open any of them. I keep rotating lists with shopping lists from grocery stores we shop and I had to start new lists entirely from scratch. I've now got to remember to save everything in Word format, hoping that someday Microsoft will allow me to open up the documents I've had saved on my computer for ages in Word Perfect format without incident.

Meanwhile, I've had to start converting some for DH, because his computer usually won't let him and at the moment I can't even remember how I was working around the issue.

This is how much time we waste on a daily/weekly/monthly basis trying to clean up messes that Microsoft creates.

When we spoke to the Best Buy technician, he wanted to reset my computer to the factory defaults which would have required me to reinstall all the software on my computer, as well as reload all my photos and documents after backing them up. For $200 Best Buy would have done all the back-up for me, but I still would have been responsible for reinstalling all my software and resetting all my preferences.

The local technicians already made me do that last autumn when they concluded the constant overheat messages Microsoft sends were real and they charged us for replacing the fan on a computer that was less than one year old. The overheat messages were gone for less than two weeks and then returned as soon as Microsoft did another big update.

When the computer claimed to be "overheating" constantly last spring, the technicians installed a special software that was supposed to keep the overheating under control. Instead of testing the software before we got it back, the computer was worse than ever and was shutting down every 10 or 15 minutes due to the new software.

When the technician who did sloppy work got snarky with us, the owner of the shop was called in and reset the new software so that it wasn't quite so sensitive and didn't "overheat" quite so often. It was better -- "only" shutting down once or twice most days and getting "unresponsive" a few times a day -- until this latest update wouldn't install. Had I allowed Best Buy to reset my computer, they would have eliminated that software "fix" and I would have been back to square one and forced to find a technician somewhere who could get the "fix" reinstalled properly so it didn't shut down my computer every few minutes.

Microsoft used to send me frequent surveys asking "On a scale of one to 10, how likely are you to recommend Microsoft products to a friend or relative?"

They didn't take the hint when the scores kept going down, down, down with each survey. Finally, I was so frustrated I gave them a score of "ONE" only because I couldn't give them a ZERO. For some reason, Microsoft hasn't sent me a similar survey since that time. I wonder why? :rolleyes:

But within the past two or three minutes, DH has now gotten five to 10 instant messages from friends letting him know his Facebook account has been hacked and is sending out "friend requests" like crazy. That was followed by a message from Facebook that his account is now under review as a fake, so it looks like he may be the latest among the latest FB purges.

Ain't technology wonderful?
 

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So apparently the reason both of our computers were such a mess over the weekend was because Microsoft had a BUNCH of huge updates to install at once this week again.

Yesterday, it wiped out the history of 20 or so previous failed installs on the previous junk update again. It has done that at least three times now, only to replace it with another junk update number that won't install. It spent hours failing to install that one, as well, but did manage to get the other three huge updates that were in the queue installed. That meant my computer shut down repeatedly without warning again -- many times after only 15 or 30 minutes. Why Microsoft feels it has the right to abscond with my computer for four huge updates in a single day is beyond me! :mad:

Although the history only lists one failed installation of the junk update under the new number, it has actually tried to install it at least twice already and it is currently in the "pending install" list again so will be shutting down my computer again before too long.
 

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I spent the afternoon with Marina, first having lunch and then destroying our diets with sufganiyot (Hanukkah donuts).'

Traditionally, these are very simple jelly-filled donuts that are available only during Hanukkah (which starts, this year, on Nov. 28).

However, for the past few years gourmet bakeries have been making them in a variety of flavors and are now selling them from one month before the holiday until its last day.

My favorite place to get them is at a chain called Roladin, which now has stores in a large number of cities. They offer 12 different types, which can be seen at Roladin's sufganiyot.

I took Marina there and bought a box containing all 12 types. I also bought two for myself to take home. Then, to top it off, we both ordered a donut to eat in the shop.

She phoned me after I got home and told me that the girls are in 7th Heaven and she expects that her husband, when he gets home from work, will join them there. Personally, I can go through 3 or 4 Dunkin Donuts, but these are so big and rich that one is my limit for at least 2 hours.
 
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I have a view of the afterlife that is more philosophical than religious. I feel that a person is still "alive" as long as at least one person will remember him/her.

My ex-wife (named "Chaya") died a few years ago. Perhaps the greatest disappointment in her life was that she never had a grandchild. In August of this year, my daughter gave birth. Of course, my new granddaughter will have no actual memories of Chaya. This Hanukka will be the first one in my granddaughter's life. I decided today to give her a memory of her grandmother. I found a shop (actually a chain of shops) that has beautiful sterling silver menorahs.

I liked one particular one but could not buy it in person or online because almost all businesses in Israel are closed on Saturdays. This is a good time to buy a menorah as Hanukkah is only two weeks away and almost everyone already has one, so the prices have dropped. Instead of the usual price of 4439 shekels ($1427), it is now on sale for 3108 shekels ($999). I want it inscribed "From Grandma Chaya with love", and while my daughter is free to use it every Hanukkah until my granddaughter is grown and moves out, the menorah will go with her.

I don't know if that particular menorah is in stock in the store closest to me, but I can buy it online. I am just hoping that the inscription can be put on it and it will be delivered before Hanukkah begins on Nov 28th. I expect to find that out tomorrow. In the meantime, I called Visa today and alerted them to the possibility that I will be making this unusual purchase this week -- just to be certain that my charge will not be rejected by Security.
 

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On Sunday, I ordered the menorah. It will be delivered by a courier service before Hanukkah.

My daughter knows that I have arranged for something to be delivered to her house but does not know what. I told her not to open the package when it arrives, but instead to phone me and I will either drive there or else give a full explanation. This menorah is extremely old-fashioned and I doubt she has ever seen one like it. For that matter, even in the most extremely Ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, the majority of people would not be familiar with it.

Why? Because it is used without candles, which is rare for any candelabra, much less a religious one. Instead, each of the 9 branches will be topped by a glass cup filled with olive oil, have a wick inserted, and will be lit. For the past few hundred years, people have been using candles instead of olive oil but before then olive oil was traditional. After all, the miracle of Hanukkah was that when the Temple in Jerusalem was re-captured by the Maccabees, they were supposed to light the Eternal Flame but only had enough oil for one day -- but the flame kept burning for 8 days until more olive oil could be prepared.

I am going to have to explain to my daughter how to prepare the menorah and also let her know there are special cups that can be fitted into it which would allow her to use candles.

If you are curious about what this menorah looks like, you can see it by clicking on this link:

https://hazorfim.co.il/hen/shop-by-...e-design-silver-menorah.html?___from_store=en
 

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We've got a cold front blowing in so had a day of wretchedly cold, high wind gusts. We've had a high in the low 60s the past couple days and are supposed to drop into the low 20s tonight hovering just above freezing for the next several days. BRRR!

Couldn't help but chuckle when we drove into a mall parking lot today and noticed the wind had done a bit of "rearranging." There was a Porta-Potty right in the center of the two lanes on the side entrance -- just like it had been set there intentionally for the "convenience" of those driving into the lot.

Apparently the wind blew it there, but we still aren't clear on where exactly it came from as it wasn't on wheels. The closest option was the park-and ride, but there wasn't one there when DH parked in that lot several years ago.

The most logical spot for it to have originated is the empty store that is under remodel at the far end of the lot. Construction crews have been working there for a few months now, however, that is a LONG way for the thing to have blown.

Anyway, at least it stayed upright in its travels. It would have been a terrible mess had it not.
 

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This is the time of the year that I can brag. I haven't turned on a heater in my house since the beginning of April had no need for my air conditioner for the past two months. If the usual weather pattern holds true, the rains will start in December and, as I live on top of a mountain, will be accompanied by cold, strong, winds. That is when my house will need to be heated.
 

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This is the time of the year that I can brag. I haven't turned on a heater in my house since the beginning of April had no need for my air conditioner for the past two months. If the usual weather pattern holds true, the rains will start in December and, as I live on top of a mountain, will be accompanied by cold, strong, winds. That is when my house will need to be heated.

I spoke too soon and jinxed myself. There is now a thunderstorm hitting me and the temperature is 55 F, meaning that I have the heat turned on.:(
 

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The black walnut harvest is over!!! Last week we took our 5th load to the hulling station. We got just over $310 total for the loads and spent just over $400 on a set of tires for the farm truck. I had looked at used tires for a couple weeks, they were overpriced, old and dry rotted (like mine) or just too far away. We got a set of 4 from Walmart, free installation and $25 off each tire. We will never run down the tread, they will just dry rot after a decade or the truck will fall apart.

This is the first year we have had a pecan harvest. After about 20 years, one of the 2 trees planted produced edible pecans, and about 2 gallons of them. For the past few years, we have had unfinished and spongy nuts fall from the trees. This year one of them was finally ready. Although we had to fight the crows for them. I don't eat any tree nuts, so no big deal. I don't know what my mom is doing with her bag of pecans.

Today was shoebox filling day. I almost forgot again. Throughout the year I buy the small items when on sale or clearance. Now I am looking for the labels I picked up at Hobby Lobby (or will print new ones as I can't find them) and will take them a few miles away to a church in the morning. I also activated a handful of rebate cards that have $.50, $1, $2, or $5. Since Kentucky got moved into a beer purchase required state (although I don't know how it's legal), the rebates are drying up. I have to remember to take them in Kroger and use them up, otherwise they just stay in my bag for months.

I am working on a bag for the drug rehab place in town with women's personal items. I need to clean out my storage area and those packages take up a lot of space. I have way too much shampoo and toothpaste, so will part that out to them or family members. I did have to search around for a toothbrush for the shoeboxes, so need to get those when they are free instead of more toothpaste.
 

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Recovering from the past Fri-Sat. craft fair (Kriskindlmarkt @ the Clifton Forge School of the Arts for those interested), the first one outside. Well, a lesson learned indeed or rather resurrected from the memory rubble 'what it's like to be a vendor outdoors in -C temps'. I was so focused on technicalities that I never registered there were 2,500+ visitors (entrance fee $2 and children under 12 free) while the last one in-person in 2019 had 3,000. The very first one had 250 visitors and now there's a waiting list of vendors, after all how many soap/lotion/potion vendors can there be?

Folks kept asking me about an online shop, etc. and I am lousy at marketing myself as my MO is 'here's what I made, happy to show it for your consideration' instead of 'here are the details of my life and how I came up with a story of how I came up/down with an idea of how to make it and what I ate, who I saw and it felt like when I went through making it.' Yeah ... that's been going sooo well for me.
 

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Yesterday, I took Marina and Polina to buy Polina some warm flannel pajamas. The store was plastered with signs that read "BLACK FRIDAY SALE -- 40% discount on the entire store".

I told them that given the misleading advertising that is very common in Israeli clothing chains, the sign means that in order to get the discount you have to buy the entire store and, even then, we won't get it because it was Sunday and it only applies on Friday nights when all the lights in the store are turned off.
 
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