Tuesday, September 12, 2006

floppies are going out?!?

Okay, this is proof that I keep my nose too tight to the grindstone! I did not know until last weekend that floppies are going out.

My old laptop worked just fine for six years. Then the hinge broke, and my tech-guy said, "Can't be fixed." So I broke down and bought a new laptop [ooo, real sleek too: a Sony VAIO], only: "Where's the floppy go?" --I ask the salesman. He laughed in my face.

O-kay, so. This was a real challenge. Windows 98 on the old laptop couldn't identify the tiny new 2GB stick I bought, so I had to take the floppies to work and used the work computer to transfer all my old files, then took the 2GB home to get the old files onto the new laptop. Huh! What a world...:)


Blogger Tracy said...

I know what you mean, when we bought our new computer I had to have a seperate external floppy drive put in. Since I gat the laptop though all my stuff is saved on DVD-RW, thank goodness hubby understands all this stuff. I liked my floppy's, I understood my floppy's.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Constance said...

If you pay more money, you can have a floppy drive in your laptop. Kinda like paying extra to have an automatic transmission, when 90% of US cars (Excluding sports cars) use automatic transmissions.

Better question, how do you like Windows XP over Windows 98? It's like going from a woodburning stove to a microwave...

6:07 PM  
Blogger KC Heath said...

Love Windows XP --have that on the work computer. Problems with transferring WORD.docs that were made on WORD 2000 per Windows 98, from floppy, through the work computer and the Internet. Some of the files don't transfer well and make me look stupid when submitting manuscripts per e-mail. Glad it's all one software system now.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Constance said...

Have you tried some of the freeware out there? I've used Rough Draft and liked it. It saves everything as an RTF, none of those weird smart quotes to deal with either. Open Office wasn't all it was cracked up to be in my opinion. I suppose we could go back to clay tablets, but yeesh, even my fantasy protag writes on vellum or parchment. You'd think there would be something out there for writers that actually works.

I like Word once I get things arranged and templated and macro-ed the way I like it. Of course, about then, they come out with a new version that doesn't play nice with the other versions. Stupid anti-social software... *grumbles*

6:06 PM  
Blogger Shaun CG said...

Heh! The march of technology eh. Yeah, floppies have been on their way out for some time. They were always fairly shoddy technology, prone to error and failure, not to mention low storage space and slow access speeds. Flash/SD cards via USB are a lot better!

Windows 98! I used it for many years. I only upgraded a bit over a year ago. I'm using Windows 2000 now, which I like more than XP. This is mainly because of the tinkering aspect, and the fact that 2000 was and still is in some respects better for gaming. XP is more user-friendly, though.

Say, have you set up RSS for your blog? This is a nifty technology that lets people "subscribe" to your blog. Using an RSS subscription website (like bloglines.com, or netvibes.com) lets you subscribe to multiple blogs and tells you when they're updated, and even gives you a direct link to the new post(s). It's very handy for keeping up with multiple blogs.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

KC, I do know how you felt about moving from floppies to CD's and flash drives. Duh! I still feel like such a dummy with so much of this computer stuff. Hope you enjoy the new laptop--sounds like a wonderful one. I get up when I can't sleep and go into the den to write.
Hey, I've been trying to use a new digital (my first camera) and haven't even found the time to see how to file these off onto my computer or print them off! LOL

11:12 PM  
Blogger KC Heath said...

Free ware? RTF? Connie, you're making me dizzy! You and Shaun both. RSS? ug--did I ever tell you guys that I'm just a simple little old lady?

okay, that RSS thing sounds interesting. Mabye, if it isn't too hard to set up?

1:29 PM  
Blogger Constance said...

KC dear, it's a checkbox on blogger. You can do it! No technology needed.

Freeware- you don't have to pay for the software.

RTF. Rich Text File. Instead of being formatted in WORD as a .doc, a .rtf file can be read by dang near everyone, especially those that don't have the dreaded MS Word...

5:03 PM  
Blogger KC Heath said...

O-kay, so. Do you happen to know what section of the bogger the RSS checkbox is located? Do I want to do that? Or will people not really want their email junked up with yet something else?

I like the idea of RTF--but I have no idea how to find it or use it. Can you point me in the right direction there too?

Sorry I don't go scouting these things out for myself, but on overload here at work and that means Delegation Time! --heehee

1:25 PM  
Blogger Shaun CG said...

Howdy KC-

You can save a document in RTF format simply by selecting 'save as' in your word processor, and then finding the drop-down list which has the default format in it (so if you're using Word, this will be 'Microsoft Word document format (.doc)' or something like that). Just change .doc to .rtf. Simple as. Editors tend to prefer RTF files as they're more universal and they're also smaller files.

As for RSS, if you go to blogger.com, select 'change settings' for your blog, select the 'site feed' link which will be in the upper middle area of the screen, then you're on the page to set this up. You should just have to select 'Yes' for 'Publish Site Feed' and then save settings. The 'Site Feed URL' is the one that people can use to syndicate your blog. :)

6:16 AM  
Blogger KC Heath said...

Cool! Thanks!

That still doesn't answer the question of Who Wants It? --heehee--

8:09 PM  
Blogger Shaun CG said...

KC - RSS won't clog up people's inboxes unless they set it up that way. It's offering an option, not forcing something on people - so it can only be a good thing to set up.

2:39 PM  
Blogger KC Heath said...

Okay--who EXACTLY wants it? If enough of ya'll ask, I'll set it up.

1:31 PM  

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