I am of the opinion that "if it's not broke, don't fix" . I wanted to upgrade my workflow and integrate into the modern age with newer equipment. Last year, I don't mean a month ago, I mean 13 months ago during December 2011, I decided to upgrade my computer. Editing AVCHD video takes a lot of computing power so I purchased an i7 4 core fast laptop with a dedicated video card with 2G on board memory. Needless to say I have not been using my new computer and I was still hobbling along using my old Core2 duo . Last week I edited a video which took over half an hour to render. My newer computer would have only taken 6 minutes so I finally decided to not use my old laptop anymore. I spent the past 2 days backing up and deleting the data on it, preparing it for it's new owner.
I am also resistant to change. There is no more Outlook, or Outlook Express. Now I am forced to use Windows Live Mail. This means that when I exported my email addresses I don't know how to import them into the "Live" email program so I exported them to an excel spreadsheet format. I really hope that I don't accidently lose anyone's email address as I have to manually type it in from my worksheet. You can't tell but I am now using my new (but old) i7 computer
Before Christmas I also purchased a new network Drive.
I now have my own 3 TB cloud. I can access this drive from anywhere I can access the 'net. The interface is a little clunky but I can upload my photos if I am away from home
I can also plug a USB printer into this and use as a wireless print server. I plugged this into my wireless router and with the GoFlex software this drive shows up when you start Windows Explorer so when I download photos from my camera's memory card I can just send them over to this drive through "the air". I don't like to clog my laptop drive and in the past I have always plugged in an external pocket drive. I have a pile of external drives and now I can just use this drive instead.
I was also trying to "clean up" my computer at work. I think I have too much personal data on my drive and I have been backing up my stuff and removing it. Then I got the bright idea to just use Google Drive instead. Google gives you 5 Gigs to start. I installed the Google Drive software and when you log into Google+ and open Windows explorer, the Google drive just shows up as a folder. So now when I scan or save .Docs I just select the Google Folder and in it goes. The added benefit is that when I get home I can also access the Google Folder from home. It works seamlessly .
Our outside construction Project is coming along. They removed our trees, leveled the ground and put up wood retaining blocks
We always had a fence to close off our yard and for the past few months we have been wide open with little privacy
Now we have a new fence and gate. It is also unusual for us to get a lot of fog. It has been nearly a week driving around in fog and it was foggy again this morning. Fog and temperatures around freezing means slippery roads
This was my view this morning after having to scrape the ice from my windows. The fog is gone and tomorrow we are back to rain. Hopefully we won't have to scrape our windows for a while