Still No Working Personal Computer, Laptop Only

While I love my laptop and am grateful as well as thankful and appreciative that I have it – my personal computer that I use for main working days in the office has been down for a while now. My ex husband, thankfully, is taking the time to figure it out but I am not rushing him because he has other things going on that keep him from putting my PC his first priority. That I completely understand. To be honest with you all, he DID fix it, return it to me and somehow it died. Again. We are pretty sure it may be a power supply because the PC was running through all the tests at his house over a weekends time just fine. BUT he is going to investigate it just to be sure.

In the meantime, I am going crazy here without Microsoft Office on my laptop, I am right now trying to get the setup to work but it keeps timing out. Big surprise. It seems lately everything I try to do ends up working after a ridiculously long process, but I keep plugging away.

This week my time to work was here, I had little for appointments and lots of time but I just couldn’t be as productive without my personal computer. I really am hoping to have it back soon.

Luckily I do use Xmarks for bookmarks, therefore no bookmarks have been lost. I also use the Firefox add-on Password Exporter so all my Passwords are transferred from one PC to the others. The only issue I have at the moment is that lack in access to my server computer that stores all pictures, business files and client data. I cannot get my laptop to connect to it at all.

Right now I am just doing the best I can with what I have … which means work isn’t as productive but it can get done and it will.

This too shall pass. So they tell me.


Firefox Sometimes Needs Medication!

I love when I get only the afternoons to work.  Seriously. Especially when I walk into my office to get some work done only to find out that Firefox had not taken it’s medication that day.

For instance, today I spent about an hour of my couple hours work time simply fixing Firefox and removing all of the crud Comcast tech’s put on my PC yesterday! Why do they have to install all of their Comcast crap onto my PC when you can easily access it all on their server over their internet connection when you log into there website? or whatever.

So today I fell out of love with Firefox as I had to remove and install the browser, but in all honesty I am a Firefox gal so I will give Firefox it’s pill and keep on using it because it is by far the only browser choice I have grown accustomed to being in love with.

You may now all move on with your day, I just had to share my rant with you all. Happy Wednesday, xoxo!

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How Do I Export Saved Passwords in Firefox?

My computer hardware decided to die on me over the weekend, RIP my sweet computer.  Although it was able to be rebuilt in no time due to the computer dude residing with me who is also known as my sons’ father.  The computer didn’t actually “die” per say, I was still able to get online and do things from my computer but after a little while the networking card was not being seen by the computer, which meant, no Internet nor network access.

Thankfully I was prepping my computer for a reformat when all of the parts inside of my beautiful computer case decided to go on vacation. The only thing I was uncertain of while working to get my files, pictures and such transferred to our server was how do I export saved passwords in FireFox? This is one thing I always lose during a reformat, saved passwords.  I refused to go through losing my passwords yet again and knew there had to be a solution.

As with most everything in FireFox, I knew there must be an add-on I could use to save my passwords from being lost in thin air during the rebuild and reformat of my computer. I searched online to find the Password Exporter add-on for Firefox and let me tell you what, this is an easy add-on to use if you are looking to save your passwords or transfer passwords from one computer to the next using your home or office network.

Simply install the Password Exporter add-on in FireFox, you probably will be prompted to restart FireFox so that the add-on is available. From there go to Tools –> Options –> Security. You will now see under the saved passwords area in this tab an option to import/export passwords. Click the button to export passwords, but remember to save the file as .csv file so that you may open it in Excel or notepad documents. Then click to export passwords. A file will be saved on your computer, my advice is to save this file somewhere on your secure home network prior to reformatting a computer or trying to transfer it to another computer.

Once you are ready to access the saved passwords again, simply use the Password Exporter add-on in FireFox and use the import option. It’s a couple of clicks and you never have to worry about losing a password again. I would recommend keeping a back up of your passwords every so often on a secure server just in case the unthinkable happens and your computer crashes before you can export the passwords safely.


Technorati, Digg and StumbleUpon

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This goes out to Linda Sellers over at Short Pump Preppy because she had some questions about how I handle my blog posts with Technorati, Digg and similar sites such as StumbleUpon. Thanks Linda for your questions and the idea for this weekly series! Hope you are getting some good tips, and if you have more please feel free to share!

If you are reading this and do not have an account with Technorati, Digg, or StumbleUpon please click on the links above to visit and sign up for free! Also be sure you have your profile complete and on Technorati be certain to set up your blog so you can gain Technorati authority (shows new sites that link back to you).

I update my blog daily, that way I know fresh content is always here for my readers. Not everyone will update daily, but when you do update your content on your blog it is important to share the new content with the world. Whether it be a funny, informative, serious post or a giveaway the content must be shared virtually in order to get your blog seen!

My practice is to share my own posts on Technorati and Digg IF (and here’s the catch), only IF I feel they are a good fit to share. I don’t mind offering my own posts through the websites, even though having someone else do this for you may rank higher, because it has worked to help me reach a wider audience than if I had just written the post, added some SEO to it and waited for the robots to index my site on Google.

If I have a good post I want Stumbled, that’s a different story; I have the StumbleUpon toolbar in my Firefox browser which includes a drop down menu called “share” and I have a few friends there who are all too often happy to stumble a blog post. My two main bloggy friends who will happily stumble any great post are Jessica from It’s My Life and Erin who blogs at From Son Up To Son Down. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t simply ask them to Stumble MY stuff all the time, I visit their site or they send me special links too and I leave a comment and return the favor with a Stumble of their post.

The best way to help promote your blog and use services such as StumbleUpon, Digg and Technorati is to search out some friends on those sites and connect with a few bloggy friends who would be willing to share your blog posts in exchange for you sharing their great posts. This is not to say you can’t do it yourself, but it certainly looks better and accounts for more “points” if you have someone else submit your blog post to these book marking sites.

Next is Delicious, again be sure to sign up for them and add your great blog posts to this, you can do giveaways under that particular tag and others can find your giveaways. Meet friends there and have them add your new blog post to their bookmarks, only if they are your close bloggy buds and are willing to assist you in doing this.

As always remember KARMA … don’t expect others to assist you in promoting your blog if you can’t help them promote theirs. It is a give and take situation in this bloggy world not just take … take … take.

Make it a Happy Day!

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