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Restart

Posted: September 24, 2017 in belief, computing, life, mobile phone, music, quotes, religion
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When we have problems with our laptops/tablets/phones we restart them to try to fix the problem. How about life, what do we do when we face problems in life?

Well, just as when we restart our devices when they fail, we can restart our lives by letting God into our lives and making us new.

A few months ago I did a series of posts called ‘Slogans’. Today it’s time for another one!

In my previous “Slogans” posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Taste the rainbow
  2. Get more out of now
  3. Bread wi’ nowt taken out
  4. Think different
  5. The world’s local bank
  6. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers
  7. Beyond precision
  8. Power style
  9. Let’s make excellent happen
  10. What’s in your wallet?

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. Skittles
  2. Dell
  3. Allinson’s bread
  4. Apple
  5. HSBC
  6. Radio shack
  7. Citizen
  8. Fila
  9. New balance
  10. Capital One

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

That moment when you get into work in the morning, you press in the button on your computer to turn it on, and then realise you left it on the previous day because a job you were running on it, hadn’t finished when you left the office and you needed to let it finish successfully.

I assume you realise what the problem is with what I’ve described? Yes, I’d pressed the on/off button on my pc to allegedly turn it on, but instead, because it was on, as soon as I released the button, my pc was going to shut down before I could see whether the job I’d left running on it the day before had finished, and if it had finished successfully.

So realising what was about to happen, I then proceeded to do a bit of a conjuring act, as with one finger I continued to hold in the on/off button so my pc didn’t turn off, while with my other hand, tried to turn on my monitors and type in my login/password information so I could then see the results of the job that I’d left running.

After getting the details I needed, I obviously then had to release the on/off button and shut down my pc, as I certainly could be a contortionist all day!

I’ve actually done this a few times, and ended up having to stick post-it notes over the on/off button of my pc reminding me not to turn it off, to try to stop me having repeat of this ‘moment when’.

These days, most ‘jobs’ run on remote servers which our pcs are simply connecting to, so turning off your pc/laptop isn’t the same issue it once was.

The other day when I was using my laptop, a reminder popped up to remind me to respond to a request I’d received last week. The reminder popped up when I was in the middle of doing something else, so I simple clicked the button to ask to be reminded again later.

How many times has a reminder come up on your phone, tablet or laptop reminding you of a task that you need to undertake, but, like me, you’re to busy to deal with it at that time and just hit remind me later or snooze?

As I sat later on and thought about how easy it was for me to click a button to dismiss a request and indicate I should be reminded later, it got me thinking about how I respond when God asks me to do something. Sadly I think I respond in much the same way to God at times, by telling Him “now isn’t good for me“, “I’m too busy just now” or “I don’t want to do this just now“.

While “remind me later” may be an acceptable response to reminders that come up on my mobile, tablet or laptop, it’s not a response I should be giving God!

This year why not join me in pledging to respond positively to God when he asks me to do something, rather than saying “remind me later“.

remind-me-later

I was just looking around for some poems for Christmas, and came across he following poem which I thought I’d share with you tonight – I hope you enjoy it!

T’was the Internet Night Before Christmas by Author Unknown

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the Net,
There were hacker’s a surfing. Nerds? Yeah, you bet.
The e-mails were stacked by the modem with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The newbies were nestled all snug by their screens,
While visions of Java danced in their dreams.
My wife on the sofa and me with a snack,
We just settled down at my rig (it’s a Mac).

When out in the Web there arose such a clatter,
I jumped to the site to see what was the matter.
To a new page my Mac flew like a flash,
Then made a slight gurgle. It started to crash!!

I gasped at the thought and started to grouse,
Then turned my head sideways and clicked on my mouse.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear?
My Mac jumped to a page that wasn’t quite clear.

When the image resolved, so bright and so quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick!
More rapid than mainframes, more graphics they came,
Then Nick glanced toward my screen, my Mac called them by name;

“Now Compaq! Now Acer!”, my speaker did reel;
“On Apple! On Gateway!” Santa started to squeal!
“Jump onto the circuits! And into the chip!
Now speed it up! Speed it up! Make this thing hip!”

The screen gave a flicker, he was into my “Ram”,
Then into my room rose a full hologram!
He was dressed in all red, from his head to his shoes,
Which were black (the white socks he really should lose).

He pulled out some discs he had stored in his backpack.
Santa looked like a dude who was rarin’ to hack!
His eyes, how they twinkled! His glasses, how techno!
This ain’t the same Santa that I used to know!

With a wink of his eye and a nod of his head,
Santa soon let me know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, gave my Mac a quick poke,
And accessed my C drive with only a stroke.

He defragged my hard drive, and added a “Dimm”,
Then threw in some cool games, just on a whim!
He worked without noise, his fingers they flew!
He distorted some pictures with Kai’s Power Goo!

He updated Office, Excel and Quicken,
Then added a screensaver with a red clucking chicken!
My eyes widened a bit, my mouth stood agape,
As he added the latest version of Netscape.

The drive gave a whirl, as if it were pleased,
St. Nick coyly smiled, the computer appeased.
Then placing his finger on the bridge of his nose,
Santa turned into nothing but ones and zeros!

He flew back into my screen and through my uplink,
Back into the net with barely a blink.
But I heard his sweet voice as he flew from my sight,
“Happy surfing to all, and to all a good byte!”

Must buys

Posted: July 19, 2016 in clothing, computing, friendship, Shopping
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If you’re out at the shops or browsing on-line, is there anything that you would buy “just because” it’s available rather than because you actually need it?

For me it’s pens! I have loads of pens of varying shapes, colours and sizes, at least half of which I never use…and I suspect half of them don’t even work!

pens

Thankfully for me my “must haves” are relatively inexpensive, but I do have some friends who are much less fortunate than me, as their “just because” impulse buys are somewhat more expensive as they range from sports equipment to shoes and handbags.

I am not even sure how I became so keen to buy pens, and I don’t really remember when this started either, but I don’t think it started that long ago. What about your “just because” buys, when and how did it start?

I was reminded by someone this week that only a few years ago in 2000, we didn’t have such things as iPods…how did we survive!

This got me thinking about some of the other things which are now part of modern life these days, but which have only been available in recent years. So let’s see if you can remember life before the following items were available:

  1. Wifi
  2. Satellite tv
  3. Internet
  4. Keyless entry cars
  5. Satnav
  6. Smart phones
  7. credit cards
  8. DVDs
  9. 24/7 shops
  10. Cordless vacuum cleaners

It’s hard to remember how life was before some of the above items now isn’t it? But is life better or worse now?

Are you looking for simple ways to encourage your heart and nourish your soul?

In the last while I’ve given you some ideas which will hopefully inspire you to implement them in your own life, and over the coming weeks I’ll share some others with you.

So here’s today’s suggestion:

Treat yourself

Sometimes we just need to give ourselves a treat to life our spirits, so whether it’s buying yourself a piece of clothing you’ve had your eye on, or a new laptop you’ve wanted for ages, or just an afternoon out for coffee – whatever a treat is for you, go on, treat yourself!

treat yourself

 

 

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsComa
  2. Fountain
  3. Wheel
  4. History
  5. Tree
  6. Laptop
  7. Clock
  8. Cushion
  9. Sign
  10. Bridge

 

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Waiting
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Wheel
  4. Learn
  5. Christmas
  6. Fibre
  7. Ticking
  8. Multiple
  9. Directions
  10. Closed

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsShoe
  2. Headphones
  3. Hairdresser
  4. Spreadsheet
  5. Love
  6. Heater
  7. Dishes
  8. Remote
  9. Paper
  10. Black

 

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Small
  2. Music
  3. Style
  4. Format
  5. Family
  6. Winter
  7. Food
  8. Control
  9. Plane
  10. Bag

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!