Further Computer Woes



If I drank alcohol these days, I would be drinking it out of this glass in copious amounts until I passed out.

The glass can be purchased from the Avenue Q shop, which you’ll have to google at this juncture.

I will let this missive that I just sent to the folks involved with Ubuntu tell my tale.

While my generally socialist nature abhors the monopoly that Microsoft has over the computing world as a whole, and I have, in fact, donated a small sum to your project. I have a concern that I feel needs to be addressed for many of the potential users of the OS.
When you have an end user such as me, who is self-taught and has never used anything but Windows based software, I don’t understand a lot of the terminology. It seemed to me like it would be safe to install Ubuntu alongside my Windows 8 OS. It was very easy to do, your software walked me through the process. This is where the trouble began.
Reading about all the tweaks and fixes that people who know much more about programming than me were doing did not help because I did not even know how to begin with most of them. I write, create web pages (using a web editor) and do a bit of photo manipulation. I am not a programmer.
I could not even find Windows 8, or bring up the file showing what was on my hard drive, although when I installed the software I was told that I would be able to choose which OS I wanted to run every time the computer booted. This was not the case. Ubuntu took over.
Eventually I found something which would allow me to choose which OS I wanted to delete. I deleted Ubuntu. Then my troubles began anew. When the computer tried to boot back up, it kept trying to boot up. Back to the technician it went. I had it there last week due to virus problems, and it cost me $225. I expect it will cost the same this time. I am far from wealthy, and this is a sum that is hard for me to afford.
My point being that you really, really, REALLY, and I cannot stress this enough, really need to warn end users that they may face big problems if they attempt to run Ubuntu alongside Windows 8. Apparently the problem lies in the fact that Windows 8 does not run using a BIOS. I don’t know anything more about it than that.
I am actually planning to order one of your laptops, and I fully support the idea of giving consumers a wider range of choices with their operating systems, and not having to be stuck with whatever Microsoft decides. Your software is actually very user-friendly in many ways, and I would like the option of using it.
Again, I implore you to warn the less tech-savvy user, such as me, about the potential dangers they face in installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 8. It may install easily enough, but then the troubles begin, and if you aren’t tech savvy, woes betide you and expect that you and your money will soon be parted.

Here’s the upshot, Friends. If you aren’t pretty tech-savvy, do not do what I did. Do not install Ubuntu alongside Windows 8.

Last year ended not so well, and this one has started out not so well. I hope this isn’t a trend.

Me and my Netbook are (I hope) going into sleep mode for a while. I have several alarms set so I won’t be late to work.



Back in the Saddle for the New Year


Colourful 2014 in fiery sparklers

I am climbing back in the saddle here in 2014. I’m bruised (allegorically) but nothing is broken. My computer was badly infected with some sort of nasty, nasty virus which made it unable to “talk” to web pages even though it could talk to the modem.

Thom the Friendly Computer Doctor (Boulder Electronic Repair, if you’re in the area) had to wipe the hard drive. Now it runs smoothly. It is such a relief to have it back. All I had was a little Netbook which really is only useful as a word processor. Doing even basic blog posts was painfully slow.

So I am now installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 8, because there are certain things that I do that aren’t supported by Linux yet, or don’t support Linux, or what have you. I’m not a techie, I’m completely self-taught. So if I’m saying it wrong, apologies.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for storage space, music downloads, and other nifty stuff that I haven’t really explored yet, check out Ubuntu One. This is a “cloud” system, and you get 5 GB of space completely free.

I hope to get back to working on the website soon. Today I’m kind of taking it easy and enjoying having my tower back. It runs better than it did when I first got it!


Pioneering E-Commerce Noob Seeking New Host



The Shop will be seeking a new home, which will likely be with Web Hosting Hub. I should have done more research before going with iPage, which has not been a good experience. Initially, I found them easy to use, but at this point, not so much.

The key elements seem to be this:

Do I have the latest versions of IE or Firefox?

Yes, both.

Do I have the latest version of Adobe Flash?


From what I can discern, their CM4 Web Designer utilizes some sort of unstable Java based tool kit, which Firefox doesn’t like and blocks.

In reading reviews of iPage, they have been mostly negative. One customer said that the techs (who are based in India) couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

So, at the end of the week (when I get what’s left of my paycheck after the gubmint takes its chunk) I’ll be switching hosts.

In the past, I would have taken this as a sign that I’m not meant to be an entrepreneur. At this time I’m saying I want to be, so I shall. We’ve hit a bump, but it’s early. Fix the damn wagon wheel and keep going.

Web Hosting Hub has U.S. based tech support. The fact that iPage outsources their tech support would have stopped me from signing up with them in the first place, if I’d done my research.

The problem with the bipolar brain is it tends to want to leap before it looks. Time and tide have made me more cautious overall, but sometimes I still have a tendency to get into things without checking them out fully first.


Windows 8 is a Nightmare




For possibly very stupid reasons, and the fact that I’m not a computer wizard, I surmised that I needed to upgrade my O.S. because of the problems I was having building my webpage. So yes, now I get the page designer up with no problem, but I’ve had a myriad of other hellish issues.

First of all, many of my programs disappeared. I had to reinstall Office (a trial version, because Windows 8 won’t run my older version) my Adobe CS6, and my Norton.

I also ended up with a a bunch of malware.

I’m still trying to get rid of this monstrosity called Jolly Wallet.

Anybody who creates these malware programs should be strung up by their tenderest of parts and left hung out for a pack of starving wolves and bears to consume. And that’s being nice.

I don’t feel like creating web pages or finding products or writing creatively any more. I feel like curling up in a fetal position.

You may be more computer savvy than I am, so you may not have the troubles I did. But for the rest of us, do yourself a favor and think really, really hard before installing Windows 8. It makes Vista look like the best OS ever!

Site Building Frustrations



Finding and publishing this is not all I got done today, but it’s all the more I can do right now. I found an email marketing system worthy of promotion, and which I plan to try myself. However, I can’t get the site editor to come up on Firefox, and I don’t care which software designers it upsets, Internet Explorer is a steaming pile of crap. It crashes constantly, and it took me over an hour to enter a little bit of text and a picture. Now it won’t even let me log in. For the moment, I give up.

I’m running the latest version of Firefox. I have the latest version of Flash. I’ve upgraded Java. Yet still, the system grinds on and on saying “be patient while loading Javascript files. At this point I can’t even get that far in I.E. Unfortunately, Chrome isn’t supported.

I’ve decided to upgrade my OS to Windows 8. I’m still using P.O.S. Vista. I don’t know if this will help my other problems, but it can’t hurt.

Hopefully I will have better news later.


M – P Is Live


The M – P Page of products and services is now live. I have added a link to my personal proofreading service. If you’re in need of an affordable, honest proofreader, check me out!

For reasons I can’t figure out, one gets the properly updated page typing in cieseverythingshop.com, but if you type in http://www.cieseverythingshop.com, you get the old version of the page.


Web design = not Cie’s strong suit. Which is why I am not advertising my infamously bad web design services!

I’ll leave it alone for now, before my head goes kaboom!


Update: It’s working now on both http://www.cieseverythingshop.com and cieseverythingshop.com. There seems to be some sort of delay. Urgh! I’m not a complete noob at this, but yet, I’m such a noob!

The Homepage is Live


So I have my homepage created, and I hope you will take a look. The CM4 Web Creator software isn’t the worst, but there are aspects which are frustrating. I still haven’t figured out how to add HTML content, or if I can.

After a point you have to step back to avoid overheating!

My next step is to find some affiliate content to get going with!