Merry Christmas

I’m currently reloading software and setting up programs on my laptop. It’s not quite a year old but suffered from a hard drive failure. Dell sent me a new hard drive and it was a simple matter to put the new one in. Then the fun begins with installing software.

A lot of software wants you to add free stuff. For example Yahoo Toolbar is a common feature you can load up. No thank you. Whenever I happen to use Yahoo I feel like I’m at a supermarket checkout with tabloid magazines blaring headlines blaring on who is doing something with somebody else. I don’t care that an actress has a new hairstyle, or that an athletic was caught cheating-again. But Yahoo loves giving useless information as they attempt to turn the Internet into a gossip column. My hard drive failure has also brought forth some free advice from people, such as “You should always back up files.” Great advice. This is along the line of after you slip on an icy walk and you’re told to be careful as you lie painfully on your back. Of course I save my work- to the hard drive. Occasionally I save files to an external hard drive and in this case I haven’t lost a lot of my work, mostly because I haven’t done a lot of work lately. It pays to be lazy. 

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Thank you to those who take the time to read my writings and especially to those who buy my books (hey, I have to pay for a new hard drive somehow). Like many authors I appreciate your comments about my writing. So for all the authors out there, may I suggest you send one of your favourite writers a short message. It’ll make their Christmas a bit merrier, even without the eggnog.

Warm wishesJack 

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