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The Art of Ineptitude

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

I'm going to instruct the first course in ineptitude. People ought to pay me well for this! Consider how often they would be able to laugh at themselves! And think of how much they would have to share as each one reported his/her blunders! <br /><br />I do understand that for some it would be a tough course, for not all people are as gifted as I am, in fact some don't seem to have the gift at all! <br /><br />"Ineptitude?" you ask, "What the heck is that supposed to mean?"<br />"Well," I reply, "it's the art of being inept with<strong> attitude! </strong>I have my PhD in it." (Post Haste Disaster)<br /><br />Eventually, as people get used to me, I will be able to edit a post any number of times and type:<br /><br />"Edited because I'm Beth and you won't be able to comprehend anything I type if I don't edit this thing."<br /><br />Later I won't even have to explain. Hopefully I will just grow on you to the point that someone will read a post from me and not see edit at the bottom and wonder if someone else is using my TR ID to get into this place! <br /><br />

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Deep Space

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

"When you come to the end of all the light you know,and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught to fly." <br />---- Edward Teller<br /><br />That came in my email today. I have no idea who the man is, but I know that has been my experience, and it was pleasant to see it worded by someone else.<br /><br />Over 25years ago when I felt that the Natives were right behind me shooting flaming arrows and I was at the edge of a cliff, I made a leap of faith. It was the most illogical and inspiring thing I ever did, and it restored my life as nothing ever had. <br /><br />I don't believe. I know.<br /><br />A man said to me once, "If three frogs were sitting on a log, and one decided to jump off, how many would be left on the log."<br /><br />I replied, "Two."<br /><br />"No," he said. "One only decided. He didn't act."<br /><br />I jumped.. <br />

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Start Bailing! The Ship Is Sinking!

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

I just checked a post I made and saw #98 of the top 100 after my name! You had all better gather around me or get me employed as a janitor in the field because this site's reputation could disappear if I'm one of the ones to call upon for help! I could do PR for TR at this point but that's about it! <br /><br />I spend a large part of my day here reading and I <strong>know</strong> I haven't entered that many discussions. You people did me in today! I had a wonderful time at my "induction party" but I thought my name would be a light(bulb) and never considered my name in lights! I'm just here to make the rest of you look good.<br /><br />Oh! I forgot! I'm with geeks! You people <strong>would</strong> consider reading an activity, unlike the rest of the world around us! <br />You mean you actually <strong>count </strong>all of those clicks as I read? If I work my way up the list do you send me a new mouse in case I wear this one out? <br /><br />I feel like a little girl who got caught trying on her mother's lipstick! <br />I KNOW! It was all of the times I had to edit for typo's!! <br />You see? My blunders <strong>will</strong> make me famous! <br /><br />Your poor but notorious,<br />Beth<br />

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Start Bailing! The Ship Is Sinking!

by Jaqui In reply to Start Bailing! The Ship I ...

I doubt it would be a new mouse, but if you are really nice Jay or Smorty might send you a "can't buy one cause we don't sell them" TR coffee mug.

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Start Bailing! The Ship Is Sinking!

by oneamazingwriter In reply to Start Bailing! The Ship I ...

I'll take it! I ain't easy, but I can be had! 

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Navigating TechRepublic with FireFox through My Workspace

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

Because I use FireFox as my browser TechRepublic has it's own button on my Bookmarks Toolbar. One click to open FireFox, and one click on the toolbar and I'm at the front page. Unless something quickly catches my eye, my next click is to<strong> My Workspace</strong>, and my morning begins. I scroll the page, checking mostly for <strong>Updates</strong>, to see what <strong>Suggestions</strong> are listed for me to follow, and to see which of my <strong>Contacts</strong> is presently online.<br /><br />Surfing though the updates is usually first on my agenda. As I catch up on each discussion I pull up the profile of any member who has posted something that interests me. I read profiles, check for <strong>Recent blog entries</strong> and <strong>Discussions</strong>, and then scan the <strong>History</strong> listed for that member, which often leads me to a discussion I haven't read in the past.<br /><br />Since members often place links in their posts, I click on each one, knowing that it will open in a new tab on my browser, without taking me away from the discussion. I read those links immediately if they are pertinent to my comprehending what the poster is referring to. If not, I read them at my leisure once I have finished reading the discussion.<br /><br />I return to My Workspace often, using it as many would use a home page when surfing the Net. <br /><br />Once I have completed the list of updates I then choose one of two courses, I either run down the list of suggestions, or click on the <strong>Profile</strong> tab and then click on "<strong>Posts from my contacts</strong>" beneath the<strong> Contacts</strong> section of that page. I then scan the discussions there and read those that interest me. When I use suggestions I either save them to <strong>Links</strong> or delete them as soon as they are read. <br /><br />If I have reason to start a discussion I do that by clicking on <strong>Discussions </strong>at the top of the page strong>Start Thread</strong> > <strong>Topic</strong> <strong>for this thread </strong>and then type in a <strong>Title </strong>and <strong>Message. </strong> I type in an approprite<strong> Tag</strong>(s), check the <strong>Notify me </strong>box and then <strong>Submit My Comments. </strong>When I return to My Workspace the discussion will be listed in <strong>History</strong>. (In my case, as many have learned, I wind up clicking on that discussion and editing it...again!) <br /><br />Once caught up on suggestions and discussions, I check the front page of TechRepublic and follow links from there.<br /><br />If I have time I use the <strong>People</strong> and <strong>Blogs</strong> buttons that appear at the top of each page. While <strong>Contacts</strong> and <strong>Posts from</strong> <strong>my contacts</strong> appear on the People page, I prefer to use the link on the Profile page because it's less distracting. I already know my own profile, etc., and am better able to focus on why I am at that particular page.<br /><br />As I am writing this blog entry, there are five tabs in use on my browser. <br /><br />1. An article: Consultant caught between customer and placement agency (and a discussion beneath it which I intend to read as soon as I finish this entry).<br />2. Workspace<br />3.Tech Republic New Blog Entry<br />4.Tech Republic front page<br />5.Tech Republic Blogs<br /><br />And now, in case you are asking why some words are in bold more than once, and others aren't: I have put those in bold that are mentioned for the first time for whatever page I am referring to. The results for History on My Workspace are far different than History on your profile. <br /><br />I have only one project listed in <strong>Projects, </strong>and it's there to remind me why I joined this site. I have 14 <strong>Project links </strong>and an abundance of <strong>Project suggestions </strong>which I intend to go through this weekend. My project? <strong>Become a Home-schooled Geek.<br /><br /></strong><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> 

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A Challenge to All TechRepublic Pros

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

Well, now I've "gone and done it". I offered a suggestion to a woman about a problem she was having with Windows XP. No computers were harmed in the making of my post, but I felt like the cook wiping her hands on her apron as she answered the door on the maid's day off. <br /><br />I also entered one of the Great (Save the Earth) Debates to give a tongue-in-cheek answer to a tongue-in-cheek question. I gave you people a number of days to do so, and decided that the heat in the discussion was probably going to generate another degree in the temperature of the earth, so I did something to cool it down a bit.<br /><br />Having done my part to supply tech support and help the environment, I thought I'd add to my blog. The last I knew I was #88 of the top 100 active members. PEOPLE! You need to get more active here! This is YOUR site! If a nitwit like me can stumble in off the street looking for guidance and wind up going up the chart, you need to look at yourselves and ask, "Am I supporting the site that I use?" <br /><br />Now I KNOW you all like to read, and, yes, reading is an activity. I know you are stuck at your keyboard often...but there are 26 letters on some of those keys. If you hit them, they form words, and you can communicate your knowledge to other members by doing so. <br /><br />You don't really want an end user climbing any further up your chart, do you? All of you know more than I do, and trust me, there are other OTHERS at this site just like me, waiting to hear from you. <br /><br />If you think the planet is in rough shape now, consider what it would be like if we replaced you. Don't let us take over! <br /><br />

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A Challenge to All TechRepublic Pros

by Jaqui In reply to A Challenge to All TechRe ...

~chuckle~<br />The top 100 index isn't a big issue.<br />We pay far more attention to what people say than a ranking in a list that we know has been manipulated in the past.<br /><br />As odd as it seems, I do sometimes go for days or weeks without posting anything on here, yet I'm still in the top 100.<br /><br />I just wish it was lower down, as the top 10 gets lots of people using the peer contact to send messages thinking we will drop everything, fly to where they are in r/t and solve their problems for them.<br /><br /><br />Though as Jelli's discussion indicates, being in position 69 is a goal ~evil grin~

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A Challenge to All TechRepublic Pros

by oneamazingwriter In reply to A Challenge to All TechRe ...

In fear and trepidation I tell you I am presently # 70. You wanna see prayer? "Lord! Please! Let me skip to 68 or drop down the list!!!" <br /><br />If anyone sends me a message for help that involves tech support he/she will learn quickly that the list is just a list! I'm all over the place here, learning as fast as I can, and trying to figure out how I can do that in stealth mode...but you guys/gals are so much fun that I wind up pounding on my keyboard in discussions and the next thing I know I've risen hgher on the list. <br /><br />Jaqui! don't you dare take time off! Who's gonna cover for my blunders? <br /><br />

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Emotional Economy

by oneamazingwriter In reply to The Blunders of Beth

In an email today a man spoke to me about popularity. I've been thinking about that off and on throughout the day. A wise man told me years ago that if I was true to myself there would be people who don't like me. I am true to myself. He was right. <br /><br />While it's nice to be thought well of by some people, I look around me to see what's popular and find that it doesn't often appeal to me. Popularity relies on pleasing a lot of people, and people in general are fickle creatures who go with a mood. I'd never make it as a politician. Pretending to be someone that I am not in order to please the majority is just too much work! <br /><br />On my own I have found that many people like me for what I will do for them, but don't like me for who I am. That's OK, as long as I feel like doing something for them. It relieves me of any obligation to sustain a long term relationship, and I benefit from being able to use my gifts. I'm in no rush to share who I am with the majority. Who I am changes as I learn new things. Who has time to keep a lot of people up to date? Not me.<br /><br />I have enough varied interests to be able to share bits and pieces with a lot of people. I enjoy doing that as time allows. I find that I prefer, though, to spend most of my time pursuing those interests. Writing is, of necessity, a solitary endeavor, and it's high on the list of my interests. When away from my computer, I am usually smiling and people find me approachable, so I have interesting conversations often. I like to listen. I like to tell stories about my own life. Stories allow people to relax, both the story teller, and the listeners. I can be very direct, if there is a need, but I don't often see a need. I'm a poet, not a drill sergeant. <br /><br />True to self. It took me a long time, and it cost me everything I owned. It would be a good deal at twice the price.

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