#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The Computer Wars

Okay, so this technology stuff has pretty much got me whupped. :) But once in a while, along the way, I win a small victory against one of these darn things.

I’ve probably mentioned how much I love my iPod, and how I use it every day. Well, somehow, during the Great Switcheroo, when I replaced my writing computer with a brand new one–and therefore got myself into the Old Dog Learning New Tricks mess–1)my whole iTunes library headed for the dump and 2)I thought my iPod was fried. Yikes! Turns out, iTunes doesn’t store a person’s library of music and books, etc., out there in Cyberspace, like Audible and the Teaching Company do.

Fortunately, my iPod was okay. It was also the sole repository of my pretty gigantic collection of music (mostly country) and books (mostly history). So yesterday, being home alone and therefore liable to act on just about any kind of crazy idea, I decided it must be possible to transfer the contents of the iPod onto another computer somehow. (Dangerous thinking. If it hadn’t worked, my books and music would have been GONE.)

I did a websearch, downloaded a program, took a deep breath, and plugged in the iPod. (Last time I did that, the little ‘Do Not Disconnect’ sign came on and didn’t go away until the battery ran down and the thing had been recharged. When I switched it on and the contents were still there, there was some Glory-Hallelujah shoutin’ around here, I’ll tell you!)

You’ve probably already figured this out, but it WORKED! It took hours–but it worked!

Lately, I’m surprised when something works. :) Murphy’s Law has been in full swing.

I wrote a full chapter yesterday, in my pajamas.

I might do the same thing today, who knows? (I’m alone again and unsupervised. :))

As for the crazy stuff? I reckon it will keep on happening–I believe they call it ‘life’.

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