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Colors That Soothe

Yesterday I uploaded the new software for my iMac called Mountain Lion OS X version 10.8.  I’m loving the running notifications on my desktop, voice activation for email plus the many other options.  But today in trying to figure out how to boost my font size for my browser of choice – Chrome – I really discovered something GREAT!

Google Chrome has MANY themes to play with.  LOTS AND LOTS of color and fun things!  I played with the LOUD PINK and other BOLD colors but oddly enough I have chosen a more subdued one – called “Pooh and Friends” which has lavender for my bookmarks tab and pale pink and blue for my tabs.  It’s SO PRETTY!  Take a look:

I have always loved Disney characters – and have had an Eeyore on my desktop for as long as I’ve had a computer – so this fits me perfectly 🙂

There’s something about color in our lives – especially the right colors.  People are like colors – bringing sunshine or heaviness – laughter and sparkle to an otherwise dull existence.  And sometimes we feel great when surrounded by the BRIGHT ones – a little lost and bewildered by the dull and faded – and just right with the soothing and friendly pastels of pink, lavender and blue.

Which color are you?  What do you like to surround yourself with?  What colors bring a soothing calm to your soul?

Have a great weekend –

God Bless

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Doing Simple Maintenance

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I’ve had a fruitful – and frustrating morning.  My blogging friend, Keri Welch of Pop Parables wrote a very good article yesterday, Facebook for Bloggers: A Short Guide.  I read it and dismissed it, thinking – do I really need another page on facebook to keep track of?   I already have a personal page and a page for my music students and parents.  But as I read the many benefits – I was slowly won over.

So I started to build my page – only to discover that my banner did not fit as a normal picture on my facebook fan page.  I tried everything – no luck.  I finally gave up and put a picture of myself instead.    I started adding other pictures and then my iMac started acting sluggish.  It was very frustrating as I was right in the middle of building my new page.  I cleaned my trash – did a software update – NOTHING.  So I finally called Apple and a very nice guy walked me through a simple maintenance for my iMac.  Things that no one EVER tells you when you get your computer.  Well maybe they do – but no one told me – even when I installed the new software and had Apple Care.  He was very nice and I took notes 🙂

Long story short:  I have a new “fan page” for my blog.  If you are a loyal reader and would like to have more interaction and dialog about blogging 0r anything in general – please add my page to your “fan pages” by visiting here: Cindy Holman’s Blog and clicking “Like”. I would really appreciate it.

Hugs to all of you – and thanks so much Keri – for making me see the light 🙂

God Bless

Are You An Early Adopter?

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My husband likes to say this about me, “Cindy is an ‘early adopter’ and an ‘early embracer'”  I like new ideas – can move well into new concepts, even if they are somewhat difficult to wrap my brain around.  I love a challenge.  I love new technology.  I will usually be one of the first to jump in.  I will learn it if it KILLS ME!

But I also have a really practical side.  Some would call it “cheap” – but I like practical and careful.  I do my research – am an avid reader and learn all I can about new things.  I love the latest gadget and you don’t have to convince me of anything – except the price.  For example:  I have a free wordpress.com account for my blog, I have a 3G iPhone that I got for $99 a couple of years ago when the latest iPhone came out that summer.  I have two free music accounts on my computer, Pandora and Spotify.  Sure the ads are annoying – but pay for a monthly subscription when I can get it for free?  Never!  I live on Ebay and NEVER pay retail for anything.  And I would LOVE to have an iPad – and I’m looking for a used one for $99 and then I’m IN!!

My husband Greg is a late adopter, and a “late embracer”.  Although I think he embraces things and new people faster than he thinks he does.  He is what I would call a slow processer.  Nothing wrong with that – it’s just another way of  looking at things.  He does not jump on the latest technology right away.  He has to think about it and process things before he decides.  I bought him his first iPhone a few years ago and he has the one that is the 3GS – one step better than mine – so it will do video where mine won’t – a feature that he has used quite a bit.

And he is also very practical – even more so than I am.  So paying for things like computers, cell phones, web pages and music subscriptions do not sit well with him at all.   But being a practical man – who also has a small business, he has had to have two web pages and he pays a monthly fee to maintain both of them.  Because this is for “work” and not “play” he can easily justify it – as it brings him monthly business and that means money.  But I remember this being hard for him – he didn’t jump right on.

I am aware of the “early adopters” – they are all on google+ – the techno geeks and those who are interested in the latest trends in social media.  I was one of the first ones on there as well – and it’s been fun to connect with all the “movers and shakers” of technology.  Some are impractical and have the latest phones and computers – some are practical like me and do not – but we are all in the same vehicle – moving forward and seeing if this generation will be changed by what google is doing right now.

I am aware of the “late adopters”.  I have some in my family and in my circle of friends.  Some are on the internet via facebook and twitter – some are not on either one and use email as their only source of connecting with the outside world.  Believe it or not – some of these people don’t even have a cell phone.  I know it’s hard to believe – but there it is.

So my question is:

Which one are you?  Early or late adopter?  Practical or impractical?  Do you easily embrace new ideas and try to incorporate them into your lifestyle – or do you tend to think about things first and see if it will be useful?  I’d love to hear your story!

God Bless

Patience Is A Virtue. Yeah Right.

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Yesterday my husband bought me my very first iMac as an early Christmas present.  Everyone said I needed it – especially because I am a music teacher and have a lot of video and music on my computer – and because my PC is very tired and old.  And since music is so much a part of my life it is the natural choice – especially because  a Mac is said to be far superior to a PC for editing music and video.

So our friend John found us a great deal on a used iMac – about 2 years young and hardly used except for playing music in a home office.  It’s in incredible shape and for all practical purposes it is JUST LIKE BRAND NEW to me.

But I am not a patient person by nature.  Oh I can eventually figure things out – and I have figured many things out with software programs and issues in regards to my PC – that go YEARS back.  But initially I am a total wreck.  And although the previous owner wiped the computer clean of his ownership – it still has some stubborn default items that will not allow me to install new software without a stupid administrative password – which he doesn’t even KNOW anymore.  And I know that because he tried right in front of us and it would take NOTHING.  So he rebooted and it disappeared – so we thought we were in the clear – Until…yeah – well you get the picture.  It’s been a frustrating couple of days.  I do not have Apple support for this computer and I can’t talk to anyone for free – and I REFUSE to pay $49 to talk about a ‘one-time’ issue  – so…I’m trying my best to figure it out.

About a half hour ago – I finally just had to WALK AWAY.  Greg is not here – but even if he was – he’s no help in this department (bless his sweet little heart) – so I’m on my own.  (Oh he knows some things – but unlike me – he has NO INTEREST in computers AT ALL.  Except for returning emails and seeing what everyone is up to on facebook – and looking at the weather and news online – he’s really not that active online.  And that leaves him to prepare for weddings and funerals – using his laptop as a word-processor and type away – he does!)

At the suggestion of our friend, John – I also purchased an external drive and it should be here today – to store all 14 years of recitals – and even tons of pictures too.  I’ve never had anything like this either – so it is another thing I must learn.

And I don’t have ANY idea how to transfer my music from iTunes onto my Mac either.  I tried doing the old ‘reversal’ from my iPhone to my new Mac – but don’t know how to do that without TOTALLY erasing everything.  Oh I’ve googled it – and even gone to iTunes and iMac support – but I just got a headache and nothing more.  Things like this put me in a VERY BAD MOOD – and my husband does not like me very much when I can’t SOLVE SOMETHING.

Ahhh – such is life.  Computers and technology.  They are like people.  And Life.  And I don’t like it.

But I SHALL SURVIVE and even be a better, more knowledgeable and wiser person for it!

This morning I was greeted  with a sweet and loving message in my inbox from someone who has never met me in person – but who has gained encouragement and strength from this blog.  It was lovely to hear those words of  support – and just when I needed them too.  She said I look at problems as opportunities – and it was so nice to hear her say that.  Especially today.

May every problem you encounter – either with people in your world – or computers and technology – bring you one step closer patience, grace and resignation. And may you FIGURE everything out!!  I’m still looking for a bit of patience.  Maybe that can be another early Christmas present 🙂

 

God Bless

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