November was the month that technology and I battled it out. Not exactly to the death, but it came to blows.
The fieriest dogfight was over my OS or operating system. When I bought my Aspire All-In-One, I thought this one looks good enough and it’s cheap. (It’s how I chose my men…)
But as soon as I saw Windows 10, I screamed as if the very thing was out to get me (it is pure evil, no?) and hastily installed Ubuntu 18.04. Sadly, I had been plagued by either hardware or software problems ever since.
After I mentioned this in my very excellent newsletter, which you should totally subscribe to, a couple of lovely readers suggested I try Linux Mint (aka Ubuntu for the technically less-inclined). And you know, I liked it but my machine couldn’t handle it because it doesn’t have much RAM.
I spent two days (which is like 2 years in computer time) trying to make Mint work on my PC. I tried everything within reason and did more backdoor terminal commands than I should as a novice user. In the end, I needed functionality and sanity back (too late!) and created another USB with Ubuntu 18.04, as I was not interested in trying Ubuntu 20 – yet.
You could argue that those days were wasted, and old Lani would have enthusiastically agreed, but I surprised myself. Not only was I thrilled to have my previous OS back, I realized I gained more confidence in tooling around my computer. Fingers crossed that this time I got a clean install and my past problems have been resolved.
And hey, while I have you here, would you mind settling a bet for me? Have you ever heard of the band Pentangle?
As I’ve mentioned on the blog, I’ve been engrossed in putting out a semimonthly newsletter. For the past year, I was using TinyLetter until they ceased to be helpful. Making the switch to MailerLite was another tech jungle that I’m bushwhacking my way through as the apps are very different. Although, this gave me an opportunity to redo my newsletter’s about and update it in general. So far, so good, but it’s a work in progress! I’m so obsessed…
“Quit the news feed. Embrace the newsletter.”
–Stoop, a newsletter app
This month I was also occupied by Positively Present’s 30 day gratitude challenge on IG. Previously, I enjoyed participating. It’s how I’ve made new friends, but this year it simply felt like one more thing to do. Isn’t that horrible? I think it just turned out to be one of those months, but hey, it’s over!
About The Changing Seasons
The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge, hosted by the talented photographer Su, where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month. Please visit her post on the recently updated guidelines.
How was your November? And you do enjoy any newsletters? Which ones?