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Sorry, excuse the language in my title! I just spent 30 minutes typing what I thought was an interesting, compelling blog entry and in some random, inexplicable glitch on my stone-age computer the entry was irretreiveably erased. Arrrgghhh! There is no worse feeling than that.  It makes the old tried and true Amish way of pen and paper seem very efficient, at least when you hand-write something, it's there forever. Of course that, I suppose, also has its dangers and drawbacks.  So instead of reprising what I just wrote and lost I'm venting about technology.  At the marriage license office last week the receptionist typed up the license on an electric typewriter. I hadn't seen one of those in use in years.  At Rachel's Dad's garden and feed store they still type up monthly invoices using an old manual typewriter.  Most of the true Mom and Pop Amish stores still use old manual cash registers and, of course, they wouldn't dream of accepting plastic.  Some Amish do use manual typewriters.  Lovina's sister, Liz, uses a manual typewriter to type her annual "Christmas letter" to family and friends. There is a very large Amish-run store in Shipshewana, Indiana that doesn't accept credit cards: cash or check only.  But they conveniently have a Mennonite Federal Credit Union ATM by the exit, so that is handy.  So anyone else ever really get burned by typing stuff on their computer, losing it and not having a back-up?  Ugh...well, I guess tomorrow I'll rewrite what I lost tonight, so stay tuned.....

Re: Z@#$&*(@#

I know how you feel Kevin.

I used to lose stuff I was typing all the time but now that I'm in nursing school I can't afford any time lost since we (nursing students) type a lot and have so many things going on at the same time.

I use a thumb drive and I save as I go. I also upgraded my microsoft word to the current version using my student discount (I paid $84. 00 for a $499.00 program through a particular store that has a deal with my school) It has a recovery feature that works well even with unexpected power surges and things.

Between that feature and the thumb drive I am good to go. I remember those electric typewriters!!! I learned to type on one. I also remember my cousins typing on the version before those. Boy those fingers could fly on the old ones, they went much faster back then than anyone can now with these sensitive keyboards.

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Yes, I think the dissapearing act has happened to all of us.  I'm not quite sure what it is, but I think it has to do with the keys below the shift key.  I was trying to get it to happen intentionally and finally it did, and I also installed "Google" unintentionally. I think your right, a Higher Power is controling our computers more then we know.  So dont worry Kevin, it happens to the best of us...Happy Wedding Day !


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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

All the time!  Especially when typing a post on a blog, screwing up the captcha, and then somehow losing it all!  I am so glad you got rid of that painful captcha on this site... it was the worst :p

On my blog, it automatically saves what I am typing every 5 seconds or so.  So, if something happens (power goes off, computer freezes up, etc), everything I did is automatically saved as a draft.  I LOVE that feature.

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Re: Z@#$&*(@#

 You mean the post I made yesterday and then had to re-write when it vanished?  :)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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Yep!  Sometimes if I wish to type something legnthy I will type it in Word, then copy and paste it to the website or into an email, sometimes I think it is God keeping me humble (or out of hot water!!), He does control the technological world too!!  

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:5