>WHAT technology?

>So this week, on Tuesday evening, the guestbook fell over AGAIN. I started to get text messages from people with other guestbooks from the same organisation and they were asking ME what was up with them. Eh? How should I know? On Wednesday, AOL webmail started to play up. Then on Thursday, Webshots fell over – well, it was taken down for maintenance.

Why is this happening? Have they got too big for their own good? I can understand free services being taken down when they can’t cope, but I pay for some of these and I expect them to have in place some kind of disaster recovery, or at least everything staying where it is while they work on it and just updates not being available. Or something.

If you see “temporarily unavailable” where a photograph should be, this is what’s happened. I stopped uploading to Photobucket because it doesn’t work very well from work. But I may go back to having backups on there too.

Do I expect too much?

Yesterday was a quiet day, in comparison to recent weeks. At work. It gave me the chance to catch up on a lot of stuff.

I finished reading my latest Stephen Booth on Wednesday evening, and have started on a market research novel for my NaNoWriMo project. Is anyone else going to do NaNo this year? I was too busy last year to do it, and still getting back into the swing of things. But I want to give it a shot this year. I should have at least one activity annual on the go at the same time, and deadline for the December magazine is on 5 November. But if I plan my diary carefully I should be able to manage.

The Ramblers are trying to get me to go on a longer, easy walk with them. They understand the injuries I’ve had and that I’m trying to build up fitness and stamina again gradually, but they want me to go with them and I think it may be better to at least be with a crowd of people if something goes wrong than be on my own. So I may change one of my short walks and go along on one of their easy ones one of the weekends. There’s an easy 6-miler this Sunday, in fact. I may give them a call …

No gigs planned for this weekend, just chores, walking and writing. Have a good one.

EDIT: I’ve decided to go for it and join the Ramblers on Sunday. It’s the Anston Stones Wood walk and I have to meet everyone at 10am in a layby just outside Worksop. I’d best give the walk leader a call … (10:40am)

8 thoughts on “>WHAT technology?

  1. carolwarham 17 September 2010 / 9:57 am

    >I thought you and technology were going to be ok after the 12th? Not sure about NaNoWriMo. I'm tempted and had a look at the website. Is there are charge, I couldn't find one?Have a very good weekend and enjoy the walk.


  2. Diane 17 September 2010 / 10:11 am

    >Ah, but this isn't my magnetic field that's affected it – this time. And it didn't wind me up. I think it's if you BUY something technological while Mercury is in retrograde it's likely to play up … and I bought a cordless phone and a new laptop … Hmm.There's no charge for NaNo, but they do ask for donations from those that want to or can for some student bursary they fund. I've already asked fave techie at work to do it with me, it'll be good if there are a few of us … we can form our own little online support group.Thank you, you too.


  3. Devon Ellington 17 September 2010 / 12:51 pm

    >If you pay for service, you should get service. period. Don't let them off.I need to focus on moving, so I'm going to skip Nano again this year. If I try to do it along with everything else, I'll have a melt down.Good for you on the walk!


  4. Diane 17 September 2010 / 12:56 pm

    >To be honest, I don't think I'd do NaNo this year if I was you either. I'd be wanting to devote what time I had to earning extra money for the escape fund, aside from not being able to concentrate on it very much this time either.I spoke to the walk leader, she's aware I currently have a knee problem as well as the longer term back issue – she said we could hobble together …


  5. Colin Galbraith 18 September 2010 / 8:33 am

    >After a 2-year lay off It hink I'll do NaNo again this year. Not got any real thoughts as to what to write yet – all my ideas seem to be short stories just now – but I want to do it again. See you there! 🙂


  6. Jarmara Falconer 18 September 2010 / 9:51 am

    >Have a great walk! My friend, husband and I have just got back into walking around our village. It's a wonderful way of enjoying the peace of the countryside while thinking up ideas for storyplots.


  7. Diane 18 September 2010 / 2:53 pm

    >Great stuff, Colin.


  8. Diane 18 September 2010 / 2:53 pm

    >I've always been a walker, Jarmara – I've always used it for "thinking time" for writing too.


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