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Computer craziness

Last weekend I spent several hours switching systems for viewing email.  I had myself set up with a system that left me confused about what I’d read, what I’d responded to, and what still needed to be dealt with.  I was missing and losing important emails far too often.

I did some research and came up with a new option – RoundCube (great name, yes?)  I switched to the new system and within a few hours had fixed a bunch of problems at once.  Could I have fixed them individually on the old system one at a time?  Probably.  But when I set myself the task of revamping the whole system, it gave me a chance to look at it from the ground up and take care of everything much more quickly than had I done it piece-meal.

When I got to work on Tuesday morning, I was excited to try out my new system for the first time from the office.  Technically it was going great, but I found myself getting really agitated using it.  I figured it was because it was a crazy busy day, so I thought nothing of it.

But when Wednesday came around and I was still feeling REALLY agitated – but only when I accessed my email screens – I realized something wasn’t right.  But I had no idea what.

I decided that one thing I could probably change was the color of the highlighting – perhaps if it weren’t all in red I wouldn’t be so crazy, right?

So I went looking in the settings for an easy way to switch that color.  I couldn’t find a “highlight color” setting, but guess what I found instead??  A whole different template!  I switched it, not daring to hope for much and got this:

It’s like a cool breeze on a warm summer day!  One click of the mouse and all that anxiety completely drained away.

I was amazed.  I know that I’m sensitive to some odd things, but this one surprised even me.  Now all is well in my email world!  I have a system that works exceptionally well and it is lovely to my eyes.  :-)

In related computer news, some of my friends know that I was looking for a laptop to borrow next week for a project.  The laptop I have is from 2004 and has been slowing down to the point that it’s been hard to use.  With no luck on borrowing or renting a laptop, I was thinking aloud to my co-worker Andrew yesterday.

Let me preface this by saying that Andrew (who I mentioned once before in “The sign of a good place to be”) is amazing with technology.  He gave me a couple of suggestions and then told me to bring it in today so he could look at it.

24 hours later, it’s like I have a brand new laptop!  Andrew to the rescue!

The craziest thing is that he doesn’t recognize that he’s done something extraordinary for me – in fact, he barely even wants to accept my thanks.  So I’ll just tell you all how grateful I am…’cuz I gotta tell SOMEBODY!  :-)

I’m so grateful.  Thanks Andrew!  And thanks to the gods and fairies and wizards of the email realm who helped me get set up with a new system with a minimum of fuss.

About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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