Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Venting: Computers! Banks! Computers Some More...

For some reason, one morning this week, I turned on my computer, and my google toolbar was gone. I was mystified. Where did it go? Why did it go? How could it leave me? And why, does the google search box on the google home page not work nearly half as well as the google toolbar search box? Not even a quarter as well, I mean lets face it, I type in the same stuff, I get completely unrelated results. I type in madeit.com.au and instead of the Australian handmade market in the mode of etsy (where I have set up another shop) I get listings for australian strippers, ebay, and all kinds of crap....

So a bit rushed for time, I thought I'd look for my google toolbar under my internet browsers toolbar under tools, under toolbars, and saw google toolbar listed without a ticked box next to it. So I clicked on it, only to be asked if I'd like to disable my google toolbar. No, you demented computer, my toolbar has been disabled though I don't know how, when, or why, or why you seem to think it has not been disabled BUT IT HAS!!!

Being busy, I gave up, and added the fast search toolbar for my chosen internet browser. It worked about as 'well' as the google homepage search box which is to say NOT VERY. However on most ocassions over the next few days the actual site I would be searching for would appear in the top 10 search results so I made do with that.

Today, I had a spare half hour on my hands, so I decided to go back to the toolbars menu and disable the google toolbar officially..... so that I could use the google homepage search box to look for the google toolbar to install from scratch. Not even with the google homepage search box do you find google toolbar in the top 10 results..... all manner of other toolbars beats it in the search!

Anyway, I got it, installed it, and watched in awe as it returned to the top of my page as it should always have been. I don't know where it has been, but it remembers me, it remembers that when I type blogger.com into it that the first suggestion is for me to create a new post on this blog, without signing in, it just takes me straight to the page to start my post! I love you google toolbar, will you have my baby? Don't ever leave me again!

My next computer gripe is about temperamental live links made in my bigblog site.... I have a link to my new madeit store www.madeit.com.au/Starzyia listed on the side of my page there where it says 'favourite links', I also made a link in the post where I first announced to my Aussie blog friends that my shop was opened, and a link yesterday in a post announcing my new store banners (yes! finally I look more professional!). Well what is the big deal? Simply that all three links are typed exactly the same (I have proofread them all) and the favourite link works, the link from the first blog post works, and yesterday's link DOES NOT. Not only that, but this problem arose immediately before I restored my google toolbar so when I typed the link into search box it did not seem to exist on any plane of the cyber world. What is with this inconsistency? Is my computer messing with me? It is isn't it, its some kind of game surely?

Also, you may remember I am trying to save $5000 for out of pocket surgical expenses.... today I went into my bank and deposited $750 only to be given a printed slip stating my new balance was $661. Not only was that amount less than my deposit, but I had already saved at least TWICE that amount in the account. The account is used for saving for my surgery, but is also my Visa debit account which I use online to buy craft supplies and pay my etsy fees... all via Paypal so I feel secure, but still, what was I to think but that somehow I had been the victim of fraud? I was shaking, nearly crying as the teller checked out the situation for me.... He didn't say much, at one point he told me the account had been overdrawn. Impossible! At long last he gave me a slip with my correct balance of over two thousand dollars on it, and the matter was settled, without apology or explaination I might add. I don't ever want them to scare me like that again!

On a happier note, I would love for you to check out my new store banner which you can do at either my etsy or madeit store, I admit I spend too much time looking at it when I'm on site.... how could I not have gone to the designer sooner (wingsdove on etsy if you are curious, she is brilliant!). If you want a 20% discount on completed jewelry type in 'blogbuddy' in message to seller at etsy checkout or paypal checkout for either store, and I will refund your discount ASAP (excludes shipping cost) ends JUNE 20!

How have you been? I must get around and check you all out, I am flitting around like a butterfly on here now I have my google back! Its like getting my mojo back!

7 comments:

Chez said...

Starry it is lovely to be sitting in front of a lovely warm fire, knowing the wind is blowing a gale outside, Iam as snug as a bug in a rug and I get to read this amazing post of yours.
Now, as I know very little of the Google toolbars etc I am unable to offer anything constructive except to say that this mystery comes as no surprise. Seems you have gotten on top of it and, just maybe, I will be able to go to you for help at sometime.
The bank thing is a worry. Give me my passbook that I have updated each time I go in. Why is there no explanation for these things.
My friend, thank you for stopping by my place and leaving me with words so sweet that they brighten both my days and nights. Starry, the gift of your friendship is a treasure I carry with me always. I always remember how I feel when you leave a message.
Love and light Chez xo

ElwoodK_Rank佳玲 said...

噴泉的高度,不會超過它的源頭。一個人的事業也是如此,它的成就絕不會超過自己的信念。..................................................

Wee Cute Treasures said...

First of all Starry - thank you so much for your help regarding my translation issue. I think I have it sorted now. And secondly you have me both laughing and grinding my teeth intermittently....computers and banks.....spare me.....yeuk.

I once lost the ability of minimize windows so they sit patiently in the blue bar at the base of the screen. One day - when I turned on the computer they had gone. Just gone. Hours and hours were spent trying to reinstate them. Grrrrrr.

Love your revamped earrings too in the previous post. Merci encore...

Hugs, Carol xoxo

Starry said...

Hi Chez,
glad to hear you have a nice fire going, my fingers are freezing and its only 4.14 pm....
I look forward to the fire being lit in the next half an hour.

keep finding the joy where you can, you have a gift for it even with all the heavy duty trials you are sent in life.
xoxoxox I will try to give you more comments and surprises, they give me as much joy to write as you to read.

Starry said...

Carol, glad to hear you have come to grips with the French language, it can be so beautiful, but I find it strange the order words are used in!
I hope your order book gets lots of filled pages, but not so much you can't cope!

趙佳治 said...

上班好累哦,看看部落格轉換心情~~~先謝謝啦!!........................................

MinB2139 said...

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. ............................................................