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Hit The Button – You Made A Mistake, No, It's A Bug
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Hit the Button – You Made A Mistake, No, It\'s A Bug

How complacent one becomes, when using a computer? A marvellous piece of technology, with all sorts of buttons, tricks, programs, even one that tells you when your grammar is wrong. The grammar check spoke to me the other day, told me I had written something wrong. “Right click” give me an answer then, what must I replace it with? A milky white screen the answer.

Did this mean it gave up, waving a white flag at my bad grammar, was I over working the program? Windows seven flashed at me, “the program has stopped working do you want to wait for it to recover?” of course, what a question. Then it struck me had I hit Ctrl+S at any-time in the last hour or two? I couldn't remember, “you better recover” I said quietly, not wanting to scare the program. I waited a fair length in time and then hit the red x in the corner, the screen went blank, my mouth fell open and just when I was ready to backhand the screen, “document recovery in process”.

Relax, all will be OK, haven't lost a thing. The document opens at the top of the page, scroll down eight pages, “where's my work from today” I scream at the screen, nothing, gone, all that work, two thousand words, gone. No matter where we searched, it'd been gobbled up in the inner workings of some circuitry within the laptop. To start again, to find the words, when I write it flows or not, when it flows its out my head, I'm no computer that stores all these words, (of course when you remember to hit Ctrl+S.) “Where's my words” I shout at my son-in-law, not his fault I forgot to hit save.

I started again with great difficulty and managed to get things right. Now every second line I write I hit save, not here, if this gobbled up I’ll start anew, it'll just be a different article that's all. I was testing my program the other day, well not the complete program, but the portions finished, and in the middle of the test I get this very message, “there is a bug” a bug? a bug? what happened to the virus? Have we now progressed beyond the virus and the bugs are now attacking us? I know how to get rid of bugs on my plants, washing up soap, I'm just not sure that an electronic device would like a soapy soaking.

Not to worry though, the programmers explained it's a message they get, a quick analysis, a small change and all was back on track.


Street Talk

Ohh, I know those moments of frustration on the computer, often wishing I could shoot it, but then all passes...cheers

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks for the look in and comment...

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  about 8 years ago
C4rmen  

Now Rob sometimes I have an addictive personality (I know silly to admit that) but one thing I am grateful I am addicted to is hitting Ctrl+S every minute or whenever I finish a paragraph. Has 'saved' my behind more than a few occassions I am sure!

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  about 8 years ago

Now how did this comment get by me with no notification... you should see how often I do the same now myself.. sometimes just needs a kick in the pants to remind one these things aren't fool proof...

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  about 8 years ago

My mother board on my mainframe decided to take a leave of absence last week. I can relate

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  about 8 years ago

Did it fill in a leave form, hold a disciplinary hearing if it didn't. lol

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  about 8 years ago

Glad you didn't get told it was redefined as a feature so you can benefit as an author! 'tis frustrating to use computers still...

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks Cynthia.

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  about 8 years ago

Just last week I turned off a breaker to do some electrical work. You could hear her scream across the building. A gal had lost two hours of spreadsheet work because I hit the wrong breaker. She still glares a me :))

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  about 8 years ago

Good one John, that will teach her to save......

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  about 8 years ago
C. Hughes  

We've all been there at one time or another. Back-ups and Auto-Save are small things that make a huge difference at times. Computer going belly up is the one I've experienced a couple of times. I still have a disc around here somewhere that will get restored when I have a bit of disposable income. Last I checked the fee is 3K to do this. Expensive loss. I would definitely make a point of finding out where that auto-save file is stored.

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  about 8 years ago

I've had Lemuel trying to aid me below and I know its saving because it says so, if it will just tell me where.

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  about 8 years ago
Lemuel  

Hi Rob. Looks like you were using MS Word - it doesn't have auto-save feature since 1980. hehe... That's why you have to save every now and then. But in the event of crash, MS Word saves its auto recovery files in the folder configured at File > Options > Advanced > File Locations. Nice picture interpretation there about the bug you encountered in your program. Your program has still errors but it looks like you have good programmers there who can fix them right away.

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  about 8 years ago

I use open office not MS word, they hide things. The programmers working for me are the very best, they have even improved my idea beyond belief, can't wait for it to be finished this is going to revolutionize the Green Keeping industry. Something no one else has thought of and being in the trade as well as all the rest I've done in my life it is not likely to be discovered by anyone else soon.

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  about 8 years ago
Lemuel  

The new Open office has an auto-save feature. It's ON by default and saves every after 15 minutes. But previous versions have auto-save feature turned off. Perhaps you are using an old version - you should update to the latest. Try open the "Tools" menu and select "Options." From there, expand the "Load/Save" section and click on "General." Placing a check mark next to "Save AutoRecovery Every" allows you to increase or decrease from the default interval. If your auto-save feature is ON, then your back-up is just there somewhere.

  
  about 8 years ago

Got the latest open office have the back up every min, it still hides it from me.

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  about 8 years ago
Lemuel  

Yeah, manual recovery of document in Open Office is somewhat technical and the instructions may depend on what type of Operating System your laptop is using.

  
  about 8 years ago
C4rmen  

good point Lemuel. Using google docs they automatically save so you dont have to keep remembering too

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  about 8 years ago
Lemuel  

Hi Carmen. Yeah, Google docs is an amazing new tool. But I can send Rob step-by-step instructions to recover his 2000 words if he still wants it, but he has to do the actual recovery himself. His back-up is just there hiding in his laptop. Although, he has probably recovered it already.

  
  about 8 years ago
Golfspice  

Hi Rob, do you want to borrow my quill, ink and parchment to finish your book? - No IT knowledge required.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks Bud, sometimes I wonder if I still know how to use a pen.

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  about 8 years ago
C4rmen  

lol ahhh beautiful times of long ago

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  about 8 years ago

I get a shiver just by reading for the 2000 words! A day's work... I am sorry, hope you managed to write it again. And I think maybe you did it even better the second time! It has happened to me in the past too, I know how it feels like, Then I discovered back up disks. I put it on and it automatically backs everything up. So even if I have not pushed the save button I don' t lose the work. Although I must admit that ever since I have never forgotten the save button again!

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  about 8 years ago

Hi Maria, I have what is known as auto save, it is meant to save the document every minute or so, The problem was we couldn't find where it had hidden it. Damn computers set just to give us grey hairs in my case no hair.

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  about 8 years ago
AJ  

:( Sorry to hear about the loss, but know it all turned out okay.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks AJ, I'm convinced these things are actually the alien attack everyone keeps talking about.

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  about 8 years ago
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