Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Here comes the rain...

Fresh when it gets here from Julie Barrett
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The forecast calls for bumpy weather this afternoon - right about the time I expect the A/C technician to show up for the spring tune-up.

Along with the gray day: a gray mood to match. Yesterday's bout of creativity has left me feeling sapped today. As if that wasn't enough my USB reader/hub died a horrible death this morning. I tire of battling hardware issues. And don't tell me to get a Mac - unless you come bearing a huge book advance that will cover the cost of the new computer, hardware, and software. Even then I'm not convinced that swapping platforms is a panacea. Hardware dies, no matter who makes it.

If you want to come bearing the large book advance, let's talk. ;-)

Back to hardware. I dug up a USB cable for the camera so I can at least pull images off for editing.

I really, really like the idea of a USB hub/card reader. Obviously I shouldn't fall for that all-my-eggs-in-one-basket approach. I do have an all-in-one machine for my fax, but it's also my backup scanner/printer/card reader . . . SLAP! Well, it sits on the network. I've never tried that. I've also got a photo printer that will work as a card reader. Beats running down my camera batteries. Hmm. My all-in-one will scan from the network, but apparently not read cards. Okay, off to the other printer and Plan B . . . Ding Ding! Ding! See, just by reading this journal you've had a part in the creative problem solving process. I can tell you're impressed. ;-)

Well, that does make me feel a little better. Now I can at least process some pictures. Perhaps that will get the creative juices flowing.

Off to work!

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