Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Ever have one of those days?
Yesterday, my nephew who was writing a senior thesis, called and asked if I could scan him, some old pictures, and I said I would. I use an application called PaperPort to store all my scanned documents. It has an icon at the bottom of the application where I can drag whatever I want to Microsoft Outlook. I have an older version of Outlook (2007) and the newer version of PaperPort all running on Windows 7. I don't know if all that information is important, but it might be all connected. When I dragged those pictures, it seemed to be working fine, but then it hung there for about 3 or4 minutes. I had to use the" control+alt+delete to get out of the program. I then tried to start up Outlook several times, but it wouldn't respond.
My nephew called and said it would be easier to come get the pictures, which he did, but I still had those saved emails in Outlook, and I wouldn't be able to use the software to write or receive emails. I called Microsoft, but that was more like a sales pitch to buy the new Outlook 10. I went to Sam's to buy the student version which costs $229.
Now I had three problems. The first problem was the lost information. The second was that god-awful price, and the third was a non techie wife offering her advice of rebooting. I kept looking at the receipt for the unopened software box and went over to my laptop and looked at the settings for a working Microsoft Outlook. I went back to my desktops but the settings were the same as those on the laptop, so I said, " what could it hurt" and shut the desktop down. When it booted up, I had a working copy of Microsoft Outlook and a wife humming away all proud. I guess I cleared the cache and memory when I shut the computer down.
I took the software back to Sam's but held my composure when she asked me, what was wrong with the software, I smiled showed her the unopened box and said," it's not what I wanted" but that was the wrong answer because then she said I could trade in for something else. That's the second time in the last three months that they seemed reluctant to credit my debit card but rather do a merchandise exchange. She called her manager who properly gave me my money back.
I felt good about the exchange, but as I was turning into the driveway,I noticed and I had to bring in the trash can. You don't distract people who are prone to senior moments like myself because this morning, I was hunting all over the house for my keys and after about 45 minutes, I decided to go look for them in the truck. There they were; I left them in the ignition with the door unlocked all night long. I guess I was safe because the truck is too old and ugly for anyone to consider stealing besides crime rate is down in Victoria. It might have been a different story if I parked the truck alongside the Tanglewood Recycling Center;on second thought, maybe not.