It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, whether you are a mechanic, a carpenter, or a plumber, you need the best tools you can get your hands on to do your job. Now, anybody who knows me knows that I am not allowed to touch any kind of tool you can buy at a hardware store, but I still have tools to do my job. In my case, those tools just happened to be things that are fun to play, with like computers, software programs, and digital cameras.
A lot of our time yesterday was spent setting up and getting used to some new tools. Until now, both Miss Terry and I have done our bookkeeping, which was a chore I really hated. A while back Terry volunteered to take over the bookkeeping if I would get her a current copy of QuickBooks. Always one to shirk any duty I can, I quickly jumped on that offer. So a lot of Terry’s time yesterday was spent installing the program and getting it set up the way she wants it to be.
As I wrote the other day, I have kept my ancient Dell desktop computer running beside my iMac, because there are some programs that are not available on the iMac. Yes, there are programs like Parallels that are supposed to allow you to switch from one to the other on the iMac, and I have it, but I wasn’t very impressed with the way it worked.
So when we were at Sam’s Club the other day, Terry spotted an Asus laptop running Windows 7 at a good price and we picked it up. I plan to replace the Dell with the new laptop, but use the wireless keyboard and the 21 inch monitor that I use with the Dell, because a laptop screen and keyboard just don’t seem to work well for me. Yesterday evening, our friend Barb Westerfield spent a couple of hours getting the new laptop set up for me, transferring programs and such.
The iMac has made it much easier and much faster in producing the Gypsy Journal. The one hang-up was that, while I was able to upgrade Adobe InDesign, the program I use to lay out the newspaper, my version of Adobe Photoshop was too old to qualify for an upgrade when we switched to the iMacs. A new version of Photoshop cost over $600, so I tried a less expensive version called Adobe Photoshop Elements. There were things I couldn’t do with it that I need to when producing the newspaper, so I was still using the old version on my Dell for the color photos.
Adobe has a new program going whereby I was able to lease Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and all other Adobe products on a monthly basis at a very low price, so I decided to give it a try. Yesterday evening was spent downloading the new programs and getting them set up on my iMac.
There’s one more new tool decision to be made soon. While Terry loves her Panasonic Lumix FZ-40, it has been giving her a lot of problems lately. When she zooms in and out it locks up and she gets an error code, when she turns the camera for a vertical shot the display screen goes black, and the built-in flash has never been all that we would like it to be. So we have been looking online at new cameras, trying to decide what our next step will be. We really don’t want to go to an interchangeable lens SLR, due to weight and a hassle lugging around an extra lens or two. That gets to be quite a load when we’re out all day covering stories for the paper. We have been looking at some Nikon and Canon models, but haven’t found one yet with comparable lens configuration to Terry’s Panasonic and that also has a hot shoe for an external flash. The Canon SX40 comes close and will accept an external flash. We’ll see what our research turns up.
This is our last day in Elkhart, and we plan to leave for Celina on Saturday. We have quite a bit to do before we leave, so it’s going to be another busy day! But aren’t they all?
Thought For The Day – Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art – Marcel Proust