kareina: (stitched)
...used to be a normal thing in my world. Every day I would turn on the computer, check email, read everything in my main in-box folder and either reply, file, or delete it, and then check the various folders the list emails went to. Only after reading all of that did I start my work for the day.

Then I moved to Sweden, life got busy, and my in-box would start filling up with stuff I didn't have time to answer yet, and, sometimes months later, I would go through it and clean it out again, keep it clean for a while, and then get busy again. But at least it did get cleaned semi-regularly. Then I encountered that weird issue with gmail not working on my home computer, and the inbox got really full again. But not anymore! Gmail works again, and I have managed to go through everything in my inbox and reply, file, or delete as appropriate. All of my folders for various email lists and FB groups have also been emptied. It feels wonderful!

Now, how long will I be able to keep it clean this time? Will I go back to my original tidy email habits?
kareina: (me)
I first really started using email regularly when I enrolled as a Master's student at UAF in 1994.long explanation of why I wound up using Eudora and how I organized my mail therein )followed by summary of minor issues that crept in to my use of that program over time, no one of which is a deal-breaker ) But despite my slow down in email, Eduora was still my friend--it has an interface that I was very, very comfortable with, after more than a decade of use, upgrading regularly as it became appropriate, and the filters all did what I wanted them to do. I started hearing others criticize the program as obsolete, and after a time their web page announced that they were abandoning it--there would be no new upgrades or support. But it wasn't broken, so why worry? --it didn't need fixing. followed by other minor issues, no one of which is a deal breaker, but together have convinced me to try weaning myself from Eudora ) Why is this transition scary? Because I don't always have internet access. When I was in France last week I had wireless access, in theory, both at the meeting and in the hotel, but in practice the connection was iffy at best, and when actually traveling outside of Sweden I have no access at all usually, since I am not willing to pay for data roaming unless something really urgent comes up. Now if I have a question and want to look up messages that have come in since I quit downloading them to Eudora I will actually need to have internet access, and I cannot guarantee that it will always be there when I want it.
kareina: (Default)
When I enrolled at UTAS, back in 2005, they assigned me a computer-generated e-mail address, which was comprised of my first name, my last initial, and the numeral 0. At the time I told them that I would much prefer an address without any numbers in it, and I think I have vague memories of the computer tech guy in our department putting in a request for an address that didn't involve any numbers. But I never heard anything more on the subject, and, over time, got used to the address as assigned.

Today I received the following letter from the UTAS computer department:

Because you have a job entry on the HRMS or a student entry on the USRS
and the details there for your birthday, surname, or given names did not
match our existing records you were allocated an additional email account.
The account reiac is now being closed to eliminate the duplication.
Mail held in account reiac is now in a folder called reiac in the mailboxes of account reiac0.
All formal addresses now deliver mail to account reiac0.

This was a surprise to me, so I logged in to the Webmail (which I never use, since my mail is downloaded by Eudora) and checked the new folder. over 3000 messages! Apparently it was *also* subscribed to the various geology department e-mail lists. Paging down through the old messages, I found at least three which had been intended for me, personally, and sent each a reply letting them know why I never saw the message and apologizing for therefore not having replied (one was as recent as May of this year, one of the other personal letters was from as early 2006).

If only they had told me in the first place that the version of my address without the zero existed, I would have happily switched to that one and let them delete the other. Silly computer people...
kareina: (Default)
When I enrolled at UTAS, back in 2005, they assigned me a computer-generated e-mail address, which was comprised of my first name, my last initial, and the numeral 0. At the time I told them that I would much prefer an address without any numbers in it, and I think I have vague memories of the computer tech guy in our department putting in a request for an address that didn't involve any numbers. But I never heard anything more on the subject, and, over time, got used to the address as assigned.

Today I received the following letter from the UTAS computer department:

Because you have a job entry on the HRMS or a student entry on the USRS
and the details there for your birthday, surname, or given names did not
match our existing records you were allocated an additional email account.
The account reiac is now being closed to eliminate the duplication.
Mail held in account reiac is now in a folder called reiac in the mailboxes of account reiac0.
All formal addresses now deliver mail to account reiac0.

This was a surprise to me, so I logged in to the Webmail (which I never use, since my mail is downloaded by Eudora) and checked the new folder. over 3000 messages! Apparently it was *also* subscribed to the various geology department e-mail lists. Paging down through the old messages, I found at least three which had been intended for me, personally, and sent each a reply letting them know why I never saw the message and apologizing for therefore not having replied (one was as recent as May of this year, one of the other personal letters was from as early 2006).

If only they had told me in the first place that the version of my address without the zero existed, I would have happily switched to that one and let them delete the other. Silly computer people...
kareina: (Default)
When one relocates to the southern hemisphere it becomes necessary to adjust one's perceptions of the seasons and how they relate to the calendar. My SCA name includes the phrase "Talvi Tytär" (Finnish for "winter daughter" because I've always loved the winter--my favourite time of they year has always been that time from Thanksgiving to New Years when life is a whirlwind of snow, parties, good friends, good food, good times. The snow part has always been a favourite, and I rather miss it. However, waking up to a breakfast involving fresh raspberries from the garden does go a long way to reconcile myself to the fact that it is summer in December!

Thanks to much effort on the part of [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t we now have internet access in our room! It is slow and unreliable, but it is present! Yay! No more having to carry the computer down the hall, and then restart it there--which means no more having to re-set up my spare monitor! No more having to wait till the others have gone to bed at night to get my internet fix.

So now I can catch up on important greetings:

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] fjorlief, may your next year be full of successful art projects, time spent with friends and loved ones, and much joy.

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] callistotoni may your next year see continued growth of your new love, may you find ways to be together often, and may your joy continue to inspire the rest of us.

and a belated happy birthday to my most wondrous mother, [livejournal.com profile] darttn, I did send you an e-mail on the day, but you are such a great mom, it is worth repeating again here in front of everyone. Hope your day was full of fun, and your next year full of adventures of the good sort!
kareina: (Default)
When one relocates to the southern hemisphere it becomes necessary to adjust one's perceptions of the seasons and how they relate to the calendar. My SCA name includes the phrase "Talvi Tytär" (Finnish for "winter daughter" because I've always loved the winter--my favourite time of they year has always been that time from Thanksgiving to New Years when life is a whirlwind of snow, parties, good friends, good food, good times. The snow part has always been a favourite, and I rather miss it. However, waking up to a breakfast involving fresh raspberries from the garden does go a long way to reconcile myself to the fact that it is summer in December!

Thanks to much effort on the part of [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t we now have internet access in our room! It is slow and unreliable, but it is present! Yay! No more having to carry the computer down the hall, and then restart it there--which means no more having to re-set up my spare monitor! No more having to wait till the others have gone to bed at night to get my internet fix.

So now I can catch up on important greetings:

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] fjorlief, may your next year be full of successful art projects, time spent with friends and loved ones, and much joy.

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] callistotoni may your next year see continued growth of your new love, may you find ways to be together often, and may your joy continue to inspire the rest of us.

and a belated happy birthday to my most wondrous mother, [livejournal.com profile] darttn, I did send you an e-mail on the day, but you are such a great mom, it is worth repeating again here in front of everyone. Hope your day was full of fun, and your next year full of adventures of the good sort!
kareina: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] clovis_t recently sent me a link to an article which claims that of the woman surveyed most would rather do without sex than do without internet. My frustrations with our current internet situation makes me realize that I am firmly in that category. The internet connection here at the house is a satellite connection, which, in theory, is faster than dial up. However, even when pluged directly into the modem (necessary as our router and modem are not acknowledging one another's existence) things are very, very slow to download (please don't send me *anything* as an attachment till this is resolved!) and web pages are far more likely to return an error message than to open. My solution to the problem is to only bring my computer to the modem once or twice a day, down load my mail, open my friends page, and then take the computer away to read it all on line and hope that there is nothing upon which I so wish to comment that I need to spend all of the time necessary to actually get back to that page to comment. We've ordered ADSL, which may or may not work here, but it won't arrive to test for several working days after placing the order, and given the holidays...

Uni work is once again progressing. Yesterday I finished up a section of a chapter (which resulted in a net loss of 175 words as the new stuff permited deleting of some old stuff), and this morning I couldn't sleep and did a couple hours work between 04:00 and 06:30 before going back to sleep. It is now 11:00 and my plan is to return to my comfy chair, read my morning mail, and get back to uni work. Perhaps later the "ute" (Australian for pick-up truck) will be available to take some of our boxes to storage (assuming that the arrangements I've made for a location work out).
kareina: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] clovis_t recently sent me a link to an article which claims that of the woman surveyed most would rather do without sex than do without internet. My frustrations with our current internet situation makes me realize that I am firmly in that category. The internet connection here at the house is a satellite connection, which, in theory, is faster than dial up. However, even when pluged directly into the modem (necessary as our router and modem are not acknowledging one another's existence) things are very, very slow to download (please don't send me *anything* as an attachment till this is resolved!) and web pages are far more likely to return an error message than to open. My solution to the problem is to only bring my computer to the modem once or twice a day, down load my mail, open my friends page, and then take the computer away to read it all on line and hope that there is nothing upon which I so wish to comment that I need to spend all of the time necessary to actually get back to that page to comment. We've ordered ADSL, which may or may not work here, but it won't arrive to test for several working days after placing the order, and given the holidays...

Uni work is once again progressing. Yesterday I finished up a section of a chapter (which resulted in a net loss of 175 words as the new stuff permited deleting of some old stuff), and this morning I couldn't sleep and did a couple hours work between 04:00 and 06:30 before going back to sleep. It is now 11:00 and my plan is to return to my comfy chair, read my morning mail, and get back to uni work. Perhaps later the "ute" (Australian for pick-up truck) will be available to take some of our boxes to storage (assuming that the arrangements I've made for a location work out).
kareina: (BSE garnet)
Despite spending part of the day trying to resolve our internet issues, and part of the day visiting with a friend who had moved to Canbara, but was in town for her graduation, I still managed over 4 hours of uni work today, and the thesis has more than 600 new words since I last reported. Here's hoping this is the start of even more time available for uni work (she said, pretending that the holidays won't be an issue...)

Alas, the router is not working, and it is still necessary for me to physically plug my computer into the modem or use the house computer (either way means waiting for a time no one else needs the house computer). This is frustrating--I hadn't really realized how often I need the internet in the course of uni work, but I am constantly reaching for it, and it isn't there. Sigh. Don't expect many comments from me, these stolen sessions don't leave me feeling like I can spare time to do much more than quickly skim everyone's posts to see if there is anything really important happening...
kareina: (BSE garnet)
Despite spending part of the day trying to resolve our internet issues, and part of the day visiting with a friend who had moved to Canbara, but was in town for her graduation, I still managed over 4 hours of uni work today, and the thesis has more than 600 new words since I last reported. Here's hoping this is the start of even more time available for uni work (she said, pretending that the holidays won't be an issue...)

Alas, the router is not working, and it is still necessary for me to physically plug my computer into the modem or use the house computer (either way means waiting for a time no one else needs the house computer). This is frustrating--I hadn't really realized how often I need the internet in the course of uni work, but I am constantly reaching for it, and it isn't there. Sigh. Don't expect many comments from me, these stolen sessions don't leave me feeling like I can spare time to do much more than quickly skim everyone's posts to see if there is anything really important happening...
kareina: (Default)
We are making progress on settling into the new house--our biggest challenge at the moment is still the internet access. Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t managed to get the router working, sort of. It is now sometimes possible to connect our computers to the network, and even more rarely through the network to the internet, and even more rarely yet the connection is good enough that I can log into the Uni computer. I did manage to log into the uni computer this morning around 06:30 and as a result was able to access ArcMap (the program is only sort of on my computer--unless I'm connected to the uni computer where its licence is stored, I can't use the program, and it is essential for some of the tasks I still need to do for the thesis) and so I managed an hour and a half of uni work. Yay! Then it was time to head out the door to run errands, and I've not managed to get back on line that completely since, though I did manage a bit more uni work this evening despite not being able to access ArcMap. However, I forgot to make a note of how many new words I've written, and I'm not near my computer at the moment (since mine wouldn't log in, I just gave up and walked down the hall to the house computer to check in here), so the rest of the progress report will have to wait.

Today's accomplishments include getting my passport application turned in, picking up a loaner hearing aid (yesterday's errands included dropping one of mine off for repair, and since it won't be ready till after Christmas they called this morning to let me know they had another one available for me to use in the meanwhile), buying more ingredients for my mix-it-myself muesli, finding a decent second-hand suit coat for [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t to use for job interviews now that he's finished his degree, and finding a potential storage option for our boxes of stuff. We also attended the geology department BBQ, which was quite nice (other than the fact that the salad, which was lovely and green, had been poisoned--I will *never* understand how the rest of you can ingest vinegar!) I also determined that the shortest possible loop "around the block" in this neighbourhood takes 20 minutes to pedal around. Given that one of my tires was flat when I went out for the ride, I thought it a good idea to do only a short loop after re-filling it, on the off chance that it has an actual problem.

Today's failure was 1 hour, 20 minutes on the phone getting transferred from one department to another with Telstra/Bigpond (phone/internet company)trying to find out if it is true that the line to this house (which [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's dad says was replaced recently) is really not suitable for ADSL, and if so, what it would take to replace it with something which will work. Every department was very willing to deal with me, until they finally transferred me to someone who could, I'm told, actually help. Then she refused to deal with me because I'm not the person in who's name the phone bill is listed--never mind that if the line does require replacement to work for ADSL I'll be the one paying for the upgrade! So we get to try again tomorrow sometime when the correct person is home to speak to them. Sigh.
kareina: (Default)
We are making progress on settling into the new house--our biggest challenge at the moment is still the internet access. Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t managed to get the router working, sort of. It is now sometimes possible to connect our computers to the network, and even more rarely through the network to the internet, and even more rarely yet the connection is good enough that I can log into the Uni computer. I did manage to log into the uni computer this morning around 06:30 and as a result was able to access ArcMap (the program is only sort of on my computer--unless I'm connected to the uni computer where its licence is stored, I can't use the program, and it is essential for some of the tasks I still need to do for the thesis) and so I managed an hour and a half of uni work. Yay! Then it was time to head out the door to run errands, and I've not managed to get back on line that completely since, though I did manage a bit more uni work this evening despite not being able to access ArcMap. However, I forgot to make a note of how many new words I've written, and I'm not near my computer at the moment (since mine wouldn't log in, I just gave up and walked down the hall to the house computer to check in here), so the rest of the progress report will have to wait.

Today's accomplishments include getting my passport application turned in, picking up a loaner hearing aid (yesterday's errands included dropping one of mine off for repair, and since it won't be ready till after Christmas they called this morning to let me know they had another one available for me to use in the meanwhile), buying more ingredients for my mix-it-myself muesli, finding a decent second-hand suit coat for [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t to use for job interviews now that he's finished his degree, and finding a potential storage option for our boxes of stuff. We also attended the geology department BBQ, which was quite nice (other than the fact that the salad, which was lovely and green, had been poisoned--I will *never* understand how the rest of you can ingest vinegar!) I also determined that the shortest possible loop "around the block" in this neighbourhood takes 20 minutes to pedal around. Given that one of my tires was flat when I went out for the ride, I thought it a good idea to do only a short loop after re-filling it, on the off chance that it has an actual problem.

Today's failure was 1 hour, 20 minutes on the phone getting transferred from one department to another with Telstra/Bigpond (phone/internet company)trying to find out if it is true that the line to this house (which [livejournal.com profile] clovis_t's dad says was replaced recently) is really not suitable for ADSL, and if so, what it would take to replace it with something which will work. Every department was very willing to deal with me, until they finally transferred me to someone who could, I'm told, actually help. Then she refused to deal with me because I'm not the person in who's name the phone bill is listed--never mind that if the line does require replacement to work for ADSL I'll be the one paying for the upgrade! So we get to try again tomorrow sometime when the correct person is home to speak to them. Sigh.
kareina: (Default)
Today's useful task involved finishing cleaning 30 Million (ok, so I exaggerate some) bottles my tall apprentice left behind when he moved out. The boy is a coffee addict and, it turns out, he has gone through a fair bit of peanut butter over the past couple of years. I know this because when he left he left his shelves in the pantry largely full of empty containers of peanut butter and coffee. I think he'd been saving them because he knows that I like to use empty glass or plastic jars to hold my various nuts, grains, and seeds, which I buy in bulk, to keep them from being a temptation for any rodents or insects who happen to check out the house to see if it would make a good home. However, in his months of jar collecting, it never occurred to him to wash them, so I started the process last night, and finished it up this morning, and I now am the happy owner of many jars in a variety of useful shapes and sizes, labels removed and ready to fill with food. Fortunately, I managed to get this largely accomplished, and was in the stage of re-matching lids to clean jars when the rental agency arrived to show some prospective tenants the house.

This afternoon's task involved sending in an application letter and CV for that post-doc position I mentioned yesterday (yes, mom, I e-mailed you the final draft of the cover letter so you can see how it turned out in the expanded version).

In between and after all of that I managed to write another 654 words for the thesis, and add 8 new figures and tables.

And my personal e-mail in-box is still empty. However, in this case I don't think it is a good thing. My SCA e-mail address hasn't had any new mail all day, and I don't think it is because everyone has been enjoying Thanksgiving. I think there is something wrong with the SCA e-mail system again, because I can't send mail out and none is coming in via Eudora, and when I tried logging into webmail instead, the log in page wasn't there, instead I wound up at the SCA stock clerk's page. But I don't want to order publications, I wish to send an e-mail! Hopefully they will have noticed and solved whatever the problem is by the time I wake up in the morning, but in the meantime, if you need to reach me, use my uni e-mail address--I won't see comment notifications here unless I go looking for them, because the e-mail notices all go to the address which isn't working at the moment.
kareina: (Default)
Today's useful task involved finishing cleaning 30 Million (ok, so I exaggerate some) bottles my tall apprentice left behind when he moved out. The boy is a coffee addict and, it turns out, he has gone through a fair bit of peanut butter over the past couple of years. I know this because when he left he left his shelves in the pantry largely full of empty containers of peanut butter and coffee. I think he'd been saving them because he knows that I like to use empty glass or plastic jars to hold my various nuts, grains, and seeds, which I buy in bulk, to keep them from being a temptation for any rodents or insects who happen to check out the house to see if it would make a good home. However, in his months of jar collecting, it never occurred to him to wash them, so I started the process last night, and finished it up this morning, and I now am the happy owner of many jars in a variety of useful shapes and sizes, labels removed and ready to fill with food. Fortunately, I managed to get this largely accomplished, and was in the stage of re-matching lids to clean jars when the rental agency arrived to show some prospective tenants the house.

This afternoon's task involved sending in an application letter and CV for that post-doc position I mentioned yesterday (yes, mom, I e-mailed you the final draft of the cover letter so you can see how it turned out in the expanded version).

In between and after all of that I managed to write another 654 words for the thesis, and add 8 new figures and tables.

And my personal e-mail in-box is still empty. However, in this case I don't think it is a good thing. My SCA e-mail address hasn't had any new mail all day, and I don't think it is because everyone has been enjoying Thanksgiving. I think there is something wrong with the SCA e-mail system again, because I can't send mail out and none is coming in via Eudora, and when I tried logging into webmail instead, the log in page wasn't there, instead I wound up at the SCA stock clerk's page. But I don't want to order publications, I wish to send an e-mail! Hopefully they will have noticed and solved whatever the problem is by the time I wake up in the morning, but in the meantime, if you need to reach me, use my uni e-mail address--I won't see comment notifications here unless I go looking for them, because the e-mail notices all go to the address which isn't working at the moment.

Profile

kareina: (Default)
kareina

September 2017

S M T W T F S
     12
345 6 7 8 9
1011121314 1516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags