Date: 24 September 2022. Operator Error re New Computer.
terrible losses during Ian. I was indeed fortunate in that the only
damage to Seaweed was cosmetic. More on Hurricane Ian in the next
As written about in the last article, I received a second new
Dynabook computer. All was well in my world, until it wasn't. As I was
writing the next couple of articles suddenly I had a problem.
FrontPage2002 (yes, I am *that* old, and this is the professional
paid-for version) wasn't cooperating. So I fought Front Page.
with Front Page brought me error messages. Specifically, Error 1919
was the culprit according to the notice displayed onscreen. My Visual FoxPro Database along with the Visual
FoxPro Tables were not working properly. Of course when times are
tough caffeine helps.
I attempted to
repair Front Page from the Control Panel of my new computer. That alas
failed. Finally I pulled out my old hard-drives where I have copies
of the FrontPage2002 installation files and my owner's code. This was not an easy
There is storage under
the dinette bench seats. The one aft contains sewing items, plus
five hard-drives from old
computers. A couple of the hard-drives don't work. I should dispose
of them, plus the three that have old/odd pin sets.
That dinette bench seat is no longer
as empty as it was ↑ a dozen years ago.
On a boat
items not used regularly are stowed in hard-to-access places that
are a pain in the transom to reach. Specifically for the hard-drives
I had to empty out the dinette bench seat across from me. Unlike the
photo above, I have stuff on that seat. Argh!
After retrieving the
hard-drives in that locker I realized that I had left out one... the
whole fiasco of unloading the bench locker was unnecessary. But that wasn't
are not going well, I clean. Specifically I was in my forward cabin
wiping the bulkheads, dusting my books, and doing
general cleanup. I had a stack of cleaning rags and cleansers. As
each rag got dirty, I tossed it behind me. So where did one land?!?
The filthy rag ended up in my
fresh new cup of tea. Some days afloat are not all sunshine and
by now I have started to think more about my computer issues with
Front Page. It
occurred to me that the problem might have been my mouse. It is old,
having been used for at least a few years. Thus I opened the drawer
above the bookcase where I retrieved a spare mouse. Of course the
wheel on that mouse was ajar.
In the meantime Hurricane
Ian continued to head for me. Argh!!!
It had been
a week filled with preparations for Hurricane Ian disturbing
my peaceful existence.
I rather suspected that something might go
wrong with the new mouse and was not surprised to find a problem. The wheel on my
stored mouse was askew. Upon prying open the mouse I managed to lose
the spring that holds the scroll wheel in place. Where the dang
spring went is beyond me. Argh!!!
All I knew for
certain is that the spring was gone and I wanted this rodent (aka
computer mouse) problem solved, yesterday.
Thus, yet another delay while I fiddle with this Dynabook netbook. I
did order a new pair of mice (mouses?) from
https://walmart.com for my computer. Fortunately they arrived
quickly and I am once again able to write. Anyway, that is why the
whole Ian article was delayed. I needed a functional mouse.
box of happiness arrived too on 24 September.
I do want to
say thanks to Cap'n Coen for his lovely note, and to Pam for the
treat box. I am so appreciative. Folks from near and far phoned and
too. It is lovely to know I have friends out here. Thank you all.
Learned: I stowed the
mouse unprotected in a drawer. My new spare remains safely in the
plastic packaging from the manufacturer. Theoretically it should be
undamaged until I need it at some point in the future.
More news and the Ian article will be uploaded shortly. Thanks for
Do you keep a spare mouse in your supplies for when the
And, has your extra mouse ever been damaged during storage?
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