messages, photos, and file folders online. Of course
I could send them up to iCloud (whatever that does) and clean
up my bulging computer memory.
After a lifetime of making bucket lists, new years
resolutions and trying to floss, I have finally relegated them
the trash heap. I didnt tell anyone as I was ashamed to
be giving up on achieving world peace, deleting some 1,400 (round
number) old emails, plus identifying and organizing 15,368 photos
(stored on my desktop computer) and learning to use dental floss.
But I am still trying to keep a promise to my family to
clean out the basement and prepare for the inevitable (the only
sure things in life are death and taxes).
Suffering from a bad cold for 10 days now, I had plenty
of down time to examine my computer files, emails and photos.
I am still pondering what to do with all the excess and how far
back to delete my
After emptying his medicine cabinet searching for
a cure to the common cold, the columnist had little time to spare
getting something written for this week. (Schrader photo for
Maybe when I am feeling better I can make some decisions.
I really should, because I cant imagine my family going
to my computer(s) after my demise and saying Lets go through
all his files, photos and emails to see which ones should be
saved for posterity. Then there is the matter of passwords
and how to access accounts that may be automatically withdrawing
money from my checking account each month for subscriptions,
dues, ongoing services, insurance, medications, and who knows
I have learned to click on UNSUBSCRIBE/SPAM for a lot of
unwanted messages from places I purchased something as well as
newsletters I never have time to open. My Facebook account has
been hacked so many times I have run out of space in my password
book under the letter F to add a new one. Spam is
a part of daily life now as I go through the ritual each morning
of sorting through fake email messages that want you to open
them and share your most private information like bank account
numbers and your mothers maiden name.
I wish there was a law or way to get even with these scammers
and charlatans so they would end up in jail or have their computers
confiscated. Isnt there a software program I could install
to identify the source of this spam and disable their computers?
Send me the contact information if you know of one.
When I complained about my predicament(s) to an old friend,
she said she has a solution: Only use the computer for internal
work like writing a letter or column and then go online for a
few minutes to send something of importance (like my column to
the Daily Chronicle). Better yet, a friend Sally has the perfect
solution: Dont even own a computer. Use the phone and US
mail to communicate with others. Now that would be the ultimate
in snubbing the digital world!
I almost forgot to mention flossing. I gave up that resolution
years ago. Instead, I am waiting for a retired dental hygienist
who will make house calls.