An insane computer week...

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Marte Cliff Copywriting

Insane computer things have been happening this week…puzzled monkey

On Tuesday morning I turned on the laptop to find that it had gone wild. I tried to write a comment on Active Rain and the page kept closing. Meanwhile other pages were opening and closing and the cursor was bouncing all over. It kept highlighting things for no reason, too.

About then I started wondering if there was any work I hadn’t sent to clients and hadn’t backed up to my external hard drive. (There wasn't, thank goodness.) It sure looked as if the thing was toast. 

Meanwhile, I had told a friend I’d pick her up to go enjoy our annual “Girls day out” of Christmas shopping, so I turned off the laptop and disconnected my WiFi. Then I decided to just forget about it for the day and have a good time – which I did.

When I got home Tuesday night all was well.

Meanwhile, a few days earlier I had ordered new ink cartridges from Amazon and instead of a charge, my Pay Pal account showed a credit. Strange. After about two or three days it switched over to a charge.

On Monday, knowing that I’d be away on Tuesday, I wrote and uploaded the Thursday newsletter so it was ready to go. It always feels good to get that done early.

It’s scheduled to go out at 9:30 on Thursday mornings, so when my copy didn’t arrive this morning I went to look – and it was as if I had never done it at all. It simply wasn’t there. Usually there are 2 or 3 draft copies, because I’ve learned to save often on that program.  

I would have thought maybe I was the one who was crazy, but when I started to enter the subject line it auto-populated with that title. So – I really had done it already.

Fortunately, I did have a copy in Word, so got it uploaded and sent only about 45 minutes late. I’m glad I was sitting in front of the computer and noticed it was missing!

And now, tonight, another oddity. On November 19 I ordered something for my husband - also from Amazon. I’ve been waiting for it to arrive while things I ordered later were already here. Tonight I got a message informing me of a credit for that item. The reason: “Customer returns.”

Then I checked the order and clicked the links to track it. There were no details, but it says it’s on the way and should be here tomorrow. Hopefully, it will show up.

If the odd things were all coming from Amazon I’d think they just had a lot of seasonal help that was getting confused. Strange things can happen when people aren’t sure what they’re doing. But that doesn’t explain the laptop going insane or the newsletter disappearing from the YMLP site.  

Is anyone else having strange computer happenings? 

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I sure hope not! Hope you get yours all resolved.

Dec 01, 2016 10:22 PM #1
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Marte Cliff - last week there were few glitches. Not any more.

Dec 01, 2016 10:49 PM #2
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Marte, I have Bitdefender which tells me everyday my computer is protected and I have Carbonite that backs up every little thing I have or write on my PC... and with that said no I have not had any issues and have been buying on Amazon as well as other sites in the past four days, Endre

Dec 01, 2016 10:58 PM #3
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It may be worth it to do some serious security checks on your computer Marte, and watch your CC's too.

Dec 01, 2016 11:43 PM #4
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Marte Cliff - For most of November, Verizon showed that I had a one new voice message.  No new voice message was there.  Three call later to the tech center, the last one wiped my phone to original factor settings, and not only did I have to re-load everything to the phone, that stupid one new message notification was still there.  When I had a new message it didn't go to two messages, just stayed with one, so I never knew if there was a new message or not.  Very frustrating. Then like magic a few days ago, the new message notification was gone. Yep, there is something strange going on with electronics these days!   Hope your electronic world turns right-side up soon!  : )

Dec 02, 2016 12:23 AM #5
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Good morning Marte. I have come to the conclusion that the only problem with my computer may be the operator! Enjoy your day!

Dec 02, 2016 05:26 AM #6
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Good morning Marte. Fortunately no oddities for me. Glad you had a good day with your friend.

Dec 02, 2016 05:40 AM #7
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Good luck dealing with the Amazon monster, Marte Cliff . We refuse to use them and life is so much simpler!

Dec 02, 2016 06:08 AM #8
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Marte I think you've got an alien in your computor messing with you!  And yes we had one new computer that had a way of taking off and just started typing stuff by itself. It was weird. Turns out is was a defective keyboard - a simple fix.  Good luck on getting your husband gift delivered!

Dec 02, 2016 08:30 AM #9
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Anytime I touch a computer it goes strange...Like a cold hand on a warm body!

Dec 02, 2016 01:37 PM #10
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Marte - Computer glitches are a real energy drain - it sounds like you have a gremlin in there somewhere. I'm still being driven nuts by Windows 10 - there's something I have on both my Windows machines that doesn't play well - I know it's there but I can't find it. Ugh.

Dec 02, 2016 02:13 PM #11
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The strange computer problem I'm having is related to ActiveRain.  Since about Thanksgiving, during the hours of midnight and 4:00 PM PST, I am awarded NO points for posting a blog, commenting on the blogs of others, and for being logged in,   I've put in a couple tickets to the support desk, but the problem still remains!  So now, I'm doing most of my interaction here in the Rain during the eight hours of 4:00 PM to Midnight!

Dec 02, 2016 04:32 PM #12
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Thankfully, my computer (knocking on my wood desk) has been fine for a long time.

Dec 02, 2016 07:49 PM #13
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I hope you got all of your computer problems worked out Marte, I know it was frustrating.

Dec 05, 2016 05:19 PM #14
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