The repaired computer is working well, although it will take some time to get things back to normal and to be able to have time and the set up to compose blog posts normally. But it is quite easy to just bang away at the keyboard, so I can write. Absolutely everything was lost between buying the new computer and when it failed not so long after. I back up photos to the cloud, Dropbox, once I have no further use for them for my blog, so not too many photos were lost. I will have to rewalk days 2 and 3 of the Yarra and take photos again. I attend to our finances once a fortnight using a kind of ledger that R made up, initially with Microsoft Publisher, later converted to Open Office. When I use it once a fortnight, I back it up to a memory stick, so that is not lost. It really could have been so much worse. Two lessons learnt really. Buy locally so you have somewhere to take your failed computer (a small computer shop is not so easy to find nowadays). The big stores will have your computer away for weeks if it goes wrong. Funnily I can't badmouth the company who we bought the computer from as all documentation was in emails. I don't even remember its name, but I can easily find out and will contact them and see what sort of response I get and perhaps lambaste them, depending on the company's response.
We are planning to switch to the NBN when our contract with Telstra runs out in three months. TPG has put NBN facilities into our building and I spent some time looking at what it offers and what Telstra offers. It doesn't matter who puts in the NBN facilities, other companies can use the equipment, as far as I know. While initially the prices seemed comparable, and both offered free land line phone calls, TPG offers around 100 mega bytes per second download speed. A friend in Beacon Cove who has joined is getting almost the 100 mbps. I queried Telstra and the reply was, you can pay more for a high download speed, but at the moment you can expect between 25 and 50 mbps. Well, given our current cable internet gives us between 30 and 40 mbps, why would we make the change? I reckon if I got up at 2.30 in the morning and used the existing internet, I might get 50 mbps. Really, our current internet seems quite fast enough, but like Toad of Toad Hall, speed is everything. Our internet/land line phone bill will drop from $120 per month to under $100, with a faster speed.
We have decided to go with TPG. However, we will lose our Big Pond ISP email, which for ease of use, is very good. Well, it was until the computer failure and much was lost. Just before our computer crash, I had set up a joint Gmail account for R and myself. We each already have a personal Gmail account and I have a number of Yahoo email accounts, which can be all aggregated by an app on phone and tablet. I set up Mother's Face Book account and a Gmail address. I occasionally check her FB but not her Gmail. There were around three thousand FB notifications in Gmail. I think I have killed them all now and turned off notifications for her FB.
Victor in Sydney, as we are, is an internet supply customer of our formerly government owned telecommunication company, Telstra. When Victor is travelling, I expect he like I do, finds looking at your emails on you ISP email web email rather clunky, to say the least. If you do use Telstra ISP email, that is your have an address like *****@bigpond.com or *****bigpond.net.au, I have found the best browser to use to read your email is Chrome, but it is still tiresomely slow and clunky.
Now, our Telstra Big Pond email comes into the joint Gmail I set up. It works fine. While I did it two days ago, I can't remember how I did it but I just went through part through the process again and I remembered it was somewhat tricky. This post was supposed to be how to do it, helpful to Victor and perhaps to others, but I will save that for a more precise post soon.
Ah yes, Mother has connected up to the NBN, but that is a whole 'nother story.