Monday, April 5, 2021

Poetry goes Viral - Literally!

Plugging in... 

When the corona virus came about,

The artist in the Tutor came out.


Remember when the Pandy hit?

The entire world had a hissy fit.

Some took out their needles to knit,

And others found a ball to hit.

Some raised beautiful gardens with flowers,

Others baked goods with caloric powers.

Vegetable seeds became as precious as gold,

Impossible to find, no more being sold.

Some stayed in their houses and stewed,

While others went out protesting, and booed.

Practicing safe six became the new norm,

As PPE and sanitizer took the world by storm.

The Tutor kept remotely plugging away,

Working with clients, keeping Covid at bay.

Many sat down and sewed some masks,

Others were consumed with household tasks.

Amazon and Instacart made deliveries to doors,

Being careful to leave packages on the floors.

People read more far and wide,

Book clubs met on the virtual side.

Cooking became a national obsession,

While some admittedly sank into depression.

Schools closed up all their classrooms,

Teaching took place in the new class-zooms.

The air worldwide became much cleaner,

While all the politics got a little meaner.

Puzzles and games were coveted things,

People shared them, as they did many things.

Stimulus checks gave us a timely reprieve,

Showing us hope and something to believe.

The stock market went on a roller coaster ride,

As every country told people to stay inside.

Some gained the Covid mighty 15,

Others embraced fitness to the extreme.

Countries re-opened in thoughtful phases,

We all walked apart through 6 foot mazes.

One day we will gather more closely to reminisce,

And once again safely greet others with a kiss.

Kindness, generosity and creativity abound,

As a new way of living we have found.

Scientists and others are working day and night,

To vaccinate us from this virus fright.

Heroes are lauded, they come in all types,

Contact-less paying became the new hype.

No words of thanks are enough for our heroes

As they reduce virus numbers back to zeroes.

poet-e, ©2021
 

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, and is it turned on? 

 

Unplugged

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Plugging in... 

Haven't WE all become the ZOOMsters of 2020-2021! It seems that everyone from Kindergartners on up either knows what ZOOM is, has used it or hosted their own ZOOM-room. And although ZOOM fatigue is real, so is isolation.

The Tutor has to credit ZOOM, Microsoft TEAMS and GOOGLE MEET (among others) with keeping the world connected, entertained, creative and educated during our collective pandemic. 

For all the fussing about technology not doing what we want it to, we are fortunate to have these companies dedicated to the proposition that all meetings are created equal, they are inclusive, and work 24/7. Amen to that.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, and is it turned on? 

Unplugged

Monday, October 26, 2020

Plugging in... 

 Apparently during the year of COVID, the Tutor had little to offer in the way of technology levity. Until today...

As we donned our low-level technology masks,

We joined many ZOOM-rooms for online tasks.

We waited for the delivery of our delicious dinners,

And binge-watched Neflix, maybe Oscar winners.

We skipped the waiting for doctor meetings,

And got check-ups through telehealth greetings.

Kayaks, RVs and lumber have all sold out,

Rail trails have everyone safely walking about.

Our yards and homes are looking extra spiffy,

We contactless paid with Venmo or Zelle in a jiffy.

Creativity has created sidewalk outdoor dining,

DIY kits have stopped some of our indoor whining!

 

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, and is it turned on? 

Unplugged

Monday, December 2, 2019

Happy Tutoring Holidays

Plugging in... 


ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, and is it turned on? 

Unplugged

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Best Buy Price Matching

Plugging in... 

For those of you ready to buy another computer because, um, Windows 7 fans should... you know by now Microsoft is ceasing all security updates as of January 2020. They've been saying this for a few years. You Windows 7 diehard fans need to do something soon because internet security is a very big deal.

Best Buy will always match competitors' pricing. And to prove how serious they are about this, they will let you use a computer in their store to look online for a better price. If you find a better price and show them, they will honor the lower price immediately. How's that!

How does the Tutor know all that? The Tutor brought a client shopping for a new MAC at Best Buy and the salesperson suggested we "shop" online to see if we could find the same MAC on sale. We found one on sale, and it was $100 less than the Best Buy price. Instant savings.

Read about their guarantee.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, and is it turned on? 

Unplugged

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

SCAM ME NO MORE

Plugging in... 

Just a reminder to keep you safe while using the Internet: 

  • NO ONE from Microsoft will ever call you on the phone. Microsoft "licenses", their favorite tact, are not expiring. Hang up. Do not listen or respond. Hang up.
  • Do not let ANYONE you didn't CALL yourself take control of your computer. And I don't mean calling the FAKE number that popped up in the middle of your screen. NEVER CALL THAT NUMBER.
  • If a loud message and bells start screeching at you with a phone number to call SHUT OFF THE COMPUTER. Under no circumstances should you call the phone number. This is a scam. The noise and pop ups will stop once you shut off the computer and turn it back on. HOLD DOWN the power button to shut the computer off. Then turn it back on.
  • NEVER give your credit card information to someone who calls you claiming that your computer is full of viruses. Another scam.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, and is it turned on?

Unplugged

Saturday, February 23, 2019

A Simple Fix

Plugging in... 

The Tutor had a client this month (2/19) who was getting a "no IP" address on her desktop computer. In English that means no internet access. BUT, the internet was working on another computer also in the house. So, logic says not the router if one worked and the other didn't. Must be the computer... Hmmm. Both computers were wired, though the Tutor tested connecting to the internet wirelessly and it worked on the computer that returned the "no IP" error message. More head scratching. Could be the network adapter in the computer, though the Windows troubleshooter could not identify ANY hardware problem.

Down to the basement we headed where the Verizon FIOS box was located. Both Ethernet cables were securely plugged into the FIOS router. The Tutor moved the Ethernet cable (those thick cables that look like telephone cords but have a fatter plastic connector on each end) for the "no IP" address computer from one of the FIOS ports to another, again, securely plugged in. There happen to be 4 places to plug in an Ethernet cable on a FIOS router.

Up the stairs we went. The desktop computer was back online! Yes, it can be that simple. But WHY the FIOS port became faulty is a question for VERIZON. The client decided not to call Verizon since we had a solution. So... it WAS a router problem after all.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: before calling for help - is it plugged in, and is it turned on? 

Unplugged