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Anybody is welcome to read this, but this post is primarily for my DN fans & friends.


Hi Everybody...

I\'ve been meeting great people ever since I got started on DN. I\'m meeting more & more & more... I\'m starting to forget whose birthday is when, and what country or state some people are from... and sometimes whose wallpapers I commented on and whose site I keep forgetting to visit! :P As I mentioned to somebody a couple of days ago, one of these days I\'ll probably end up making somebody from Spain a Happy Birthday Wallpaper with an American theme, and I\'ll post it on the profile of somebody from India...:P

On top of all that, my "offline life" is getting a busier. I\'ve had to cut my computer time down. I\'ve been checking my DN mail regularly, but I don\'t always have time to answer it right away. I\'m spending chunks of time on DN every other day instead of every day like I used too.

I want to make the best use of the DN time that I do have. Therefore, I am beginning to get my fan/friends list in better order. I want to see the wallpapers people are creating on a regular basis, instead of hop,skip, & Oops I forgot to look! Also I want to get your birthdays organized calendar order style.

I love sending birthday greetings to everybody, I\'m sure a lot of us do...So I will be asking some of you more shy DN members if you will let me know when your birthdays are...but NOT the year! The year isn\'t important on DN. All of us are eternally young--- or if we do admit to being older, we are filled with wisdom!

(To those of you who have no hang ups about telling your age, I salute you. I\'m more the type of person who likes to say that I am 39, just like Jack Benny.)

In Summary,

1. I have less time to spend on DN than I used to. I\'m determined to keep connecting with everybody, anyway!

2. If your birthday is not on your profile I\'ll be asking you for it, no year necessary, so I can send some joy in your direction on your special day. If you really would rather not share it, you will leave me in Wonderland, just like Alice. You just might be getting a Merry UnBirthday Card from me instead of a Birthday Card. lol

If you notice or have noticed that I\'m answering your profile and wallpaper comments more slowly, now you know why. Don\'t worry about me, and please be patient with me. I\'ll do my best to get back to you eventually.

One thing for certain---It will be easier for me to connect with you all more quickly once my Construction Phase is over! Can anybody lend me a hard hat? :D

PS. Does anybody out there know why I get weird slash marks before each apostrophe in all of my posts? Just wondering...

PPS. While I am trying to get things like birthdays straightened out on DN, I have just realized that I missed one of my sister\'s birthdays, and I am 2 days late on the other. It looks like I need all of the help getting organized that I can get! Wish me Luck..... :P

Hi Claire,

I love the fractal designs you are making. Keep up the beautiful work! :D

Also I wanted to tell you that I\'m glad you learned how to paste wallpapers onto profiles with that journal entry that I made. It\'s great to know that is helping somebody out. Thanks for letting me know. :D

Have a great weekend!

Elaine :)

I\'ve have had a strange year as far as Internet Connections go....

A year ago, a straight line windstorm took out a tree in our back yard. The tree fell straight on to the power line in our back yard, unplugging us instantly. A repair crew tried to stabilize the wire 2 days later. Suddenly huge white sparks went crackling through the air. One man narrowly escaped being electrocuted. Half of our block lost it\'s power. Needless to say, we weren\'t very popular neighbors for a couple of days. :P

Throughout this entire year, my family has kept losing our internet connection. Several times (throughout the year) it was thunderstorms that did it. One night in early spring, I think, high winds knocked out our internet. The repair team that came out told us that someone had made a mess of our internet connection, and that it was a miracle that we had any internet at all for the past few months.

In August our internet modem burned out. My husband did not want to buy another one. Instead he started looking for other options. He finally worked out a good deal with A t&T. We had to wait 2 weeks for an appointment so we could get hooked up again.

The day they finally came out and installed everything was a great day. I thought all our problems were solved and that we would live happily ever after. Nope....

Tuesday evening Sept 11, we lost our on line connection again. I immediately I notified my husband.

This sums up the rest of our "fun":

9/12/12 - Repair people were supposed to be at our house anywhere from 4 to 8PM. We were stood up. At 10PM , after holding for 20 minutes, A T&T said someone would be out the next day anywhere from 8AM to 8PM

Thurs Sept 13 - While I was at a doctor appointment, a repairman showed up and worked on our outside lines where they said the problem was. My son was home and let the man in the house. He discovered there were also inside problems-- that he couldn\'t fix. He promised to schedule an "inside repairman."

At 8PM that evening, we called A T&T only to discover that nobody had been scheduled at all. We were told that someone would be out on the 14th somewhere between 12 and 4 PM.

9/14 Happily, we were not stood up again. A friendly repairman came out about noon and finally got us back on line.

I would love to say that all of our internet problems are finished and that now we will live happily ever after...But of course that is what I thought the last time! lol

So that\'s my story, and I\'m sticking to it... I am curious, however. Has anyone out in Desktop Nexus Land had ongoing internet connection problems like this? I\'d be interested in what you went through... Or are all of these problems staying on line normal???

Well, I hope our year of trouble is finally over. We shall see.

Okay, here is part 2 of my message....

Anyway, he\'s a good guy. He knocked the socks off me by getting me a new computer monitor for my birthday. Not just any monitor either, it is flat screen and it is Huge, at least to me. I had a resolution of 1024 x 768. I was hoping to get a 1680 x 1050. He got me a 1920 x 1080 flat screen. I was totally stunned.

He said this is my Christmas present also. No arguments from me! None whatsoever! Thank goodness I have an offline graphic arts program... I have been sitting around making wallpaper and thinking of all you guys....

We will be getting new Internet Service installed at our home on Tuesday August 21st. Whew! I will be SO glad...

I will be on line a little longer today and I should be back "completely" next Tuesday. :D :D :D

Elaine :)

Part One:

Hi everybody!

I am writing this from a public library computer lab... Now I can finally catch you up on why I haven\'t been able to be on line!

My family\'s Internet Modem box kept going in and out the entire week of August 5th thru the 11th.

On Sunday the 12th, I was on line and my husband was about to log onto his computer. I had a bad feeling about it. I said "No, no, don\'t! Use my computer instead!" But he turned his on anyway. We lost our internet, and this time it was permanent. In hindsight, it was probably just as well that he did that. The Internet Modem box was dying anyway, and he simply put it out of it\'s misery.... :P

Part 2 to follow....I hope.
Thanks Abinandan! That is so nice of you to say! :D

One thing for sure, the more problems I have with my computer, the more that I\'m learning about them. I\'m really fortunate to have a computer savvy husband, and a son who just graduated with a Software Engineering Degree.

There are some big holes in my computer knowledge, but they keep getting filled in. I guess that you could call me a student in the Computer School of Hard Knocks. :)


Hello anybody & everybody----

I am having Hard Drive Problems. My hard drive is incredibly small as this is a homemade computer....

I knew that this would have to be fixed soon....... But not today! NOT READY!

But is has to be done.

I don\'t have time to get into it here. I may be off line for awhile, I don\'t know how long, and I have to go somewhere right now.

As soon as I leave, my son is going to start doing some virtual surgery.

I\'ll be back in touch ASAP. It could be as early as tomorrow, but I can\'t count on that.

Gotta dash, and wish I didn\'t have to.....

Collie Elaine Smile :P :) :P (lots of mixed emotions here..... lol


The Good News is that my husband added an old 40 gig hard drive to the 30 gig hard drive that was in my computer! So I am back on line a lot quicker than I thought I would be. :D

The Uncertain News is I\'m not sure what will happen next.... but I\'m so happy to be back on DN that I am not worried about it at the moment. My hard drive area just got more than doubled, after all... I bet some of you are amazed that I only had a 30 gig hard drive! I know I was when I found out!:O

PS. Be sure to check out my 2 memo walls that I have made for everybody on DN to use. If you have ever had computer problems, or needed to post a message in a hurry, you may find these very handy!

I had a lots going on this past week. I guess you can tell, since I was barely on DN at all.

I was involved with 2 funerals. One of my friends lost her mother. It wasn\'t unexpected, but that didn\'t make it any easier for her.

Then I got the news that the husband of a friend I sing with in a choir had passed away. That wasn\'t unexpected either, but very tough on my friend.

Our choir, which is out for the summer, sang at the funeral. Then almost everyone at the funeral remained for the lunch. It was good to see everybody again, but I wish the occassion had been a happier one for my friend. It was draining for me, and of course it was much harder for her.

Between the funerals and some other stuff I was dealing with, I didn\'t get nearly as much computer time as usual. I hope and think that I can start showing up here daily again, or near to it. It is great to be back! :D

PS. My son was on my computer this week and he kept complaining at how slowly it was running. He and my husband figured out why. My hard drive is 98 percent full! But that isn\'t very surprising, since I only have 30 gig on my hard drive. I have a computer from everywhere-- my husband put it together many years ago, and my harddrive is old--and very small.

They hope to do something about that within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I am not supposed to download anything, which includes wallpaper! :( Sigh. I can download some-- but only ifI can find something of the same size to delete. :P Thank goodness for my Favorites File! At least I can store anything I want to download there and not lose it. :D

Hello everybody, whoever you are! :)

It has been brought to my attention that my website link to getpersonnas.com is non functional. This is definitely true. Moreover, another Personas designer named Moyra1 has the same problem! The trouble is, I don\'t think she knows that. She lives in France. If I explain the problem to her in English, she\'ll have trouble understanding me. I know some French, but not enough to explain the problem very well. If there is someone reading this who is fluent in French, maybe they can help me out with this problem. Feel free to answer this journal entry or PM me if you can help with this.

I am going to post the link to my Personas website in this Journal entry and hopefully that will work. Boy, what a way to let people know that I have started using the journal. lol

Here it is, and it works! I know because I tested it! :D


PS. At this time, getpersonas is being migrated over to a new website. It isn\'t finished yet. When it is, I will give a new link to my Personas. It will still be a lead in to the Personas that I\'ve made but the "gallery" set up will look different.

At this time, I am planning to put a link into my website for every journal post I make from here on in.
That way it will be easy for people to find. :) UPDATE: The Website link on my Profile does work now!!! Thank you to Daxe09 for helping me with that. I have passed that info on to 2 friends on DN and they have fixed theirs.
Can ANYBODY on DN post in this thing? I thought this was sort of to help you keep track of things you learn, i.e. Today I figured out how to upload a wallpaper in 7 seconds or less! or Maybe, today figured out how to turn an orange pumpkin purple with my graphic arts program....

I don\'t know what I am getting myself into here! I have noticed that very few DN members seem to use these journal thingies....

Well, I\'m done writing in here for now anyway. I have to get off line for awhile \'cause somebody is vaccumming......
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