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Yay! iPad fixed!

Well, the inability to delete the app turned out to be user error. Just before starting to back everything up and reset the iPad to factory settings, I checked one more time for any way to delete Docs, and I found it. It was in the place where I was told it was (General > Usage > Manage Usage), so I guess I either went to the wrong place originally or just didn't find it. So yay, I don't need to wipe my iPad!

I'm still pretty horked about the new Docs update not working on previous versions of iOS (I tried using it on my old iPad, which runs iOS 7, and it had the same crash issue), and about iOS borking the installation of Docs when I updated it to iOS 9, but at least I can move on and get back to my writing.

I actually spent a couple of hours on Saturday night resurrecting my old laptop (I think I bought it in 2007) so that I'd have something to work on. I wasn't sure at first if it was going to boot up at all, as it took three tries to get past the POST. Then I found that the only installed browser was Firefox 3 (well, other than IE), which, no matter which website I went to, would pop up a "This website is suspicious. It's going to infect your computer and torture your dog. You shouldn't go there. Are you really sure you want to proceed?" message which, if you said, "Yes, dork, I really do want to go to google.com", would then make me have to add the site to exception lists and asks what level of security I wanted on it. I finally managed to download Chrome and uninstalled Firefox. Of course, since the computer is running Windows XP, every time I open Chrome, it pops up a message saying, "We won't be updating this software because we no longer support Windows XP." Yes. I get it. You can shut up now.

The laptop also seems to constantly grind the hard drive for no apparent reason. (I'm in Google Docs, which saves to the cloud. Why in the world are you still accessing the hard drive after thirty minutes?) So, I spent some time uninstalling software. (Bye-bye, QuickTime! And iTunes, installed for the iPod Mini I bought eight years ago.) It didn't help, but maybe next time I use this computer, it won't be quite so slow. :)

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dm12
May. 9th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
Glad to know it was fixed.

You still have an XP? That was the best version they had; it all started to go downhill after that, so now I've got a Mac at home, because there was no way I was getting Win 8 or 10. Actually, we still have a Vista in the house. In spite of the cruddy OS (turned off updates because of blue screen of death), it's still going!

Grinding hard drives usually is a sign of beginning physical failure of the drive. Make sure you back up... but you know that, and you do work in the cloud anyway. I had that at work and needed to replace the computer (Win 7, won't do 8 or 10 there, and they don't want a Mac).
shivver13
May. 9th, 2016 06:52 pm (UTC)
Well, to be honest, I still have all the computers I've ever owned, so I do in fact have a 386 with DOS 6.2... ;) Actually, I've been pretty happy with Win 7 and have clung desperately to it. I was pretty elated to start this new job with a brand new spiffy laptop that the company had put Win 7 on. So happy not to be on Win 8 or Win 10.

(Side story: My husband's been playing this Steam game which saves locally, and the developer accidentally released the most recent update with test save games, which overwrote the local save games. Turns out, Win 7 has a very simple "revert file" functionality, so he was able to get his overwritten save games back. MS took that out of Win 8 and Win 10, so anyone who has the newer OSes were screwed.)

Yeah, I'm not too worried about that laptop. There's very little on it that needs to be saved, so when it goes, it goes. Thanks though!
dm12
May. 9th, 2016 07:08 pm (UTC)
Wow! We had actually sold our 386 to a small business that had a lightning strike attack that took out their computer right before holiday season. It was a great machine.... I loved DOS.

And your husband's story is why I won't touch Win 8 or 10. Win 10 actually won't let you shut off updates. I never thought I'd see an OS worse than Vista, but there you go!

Right... I back up physically and on cloud to make sure I've got everything. When my Win 7 started to really fail, I backed up all of my documents to an external drive (and the cloud), bought my Mac and was up and running in only a couple of hours. I was lucky because I had some warning before the crash; others don't.
shivver13
May. 9th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
I live in fear of the time when I need a new computer and can't get Win 7 on it. :P

I still have a pile of old computers that I've never gotten the stuff from. It's not really that important - mostly screenshots and stuff from video games; all the stuff that's important to me, namely my writing, is backed up on the cloud and physically. Maybe old Turbo Tax files are the most important things I should retrieve.
shyfoxling
May. 10th, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
The laptop also seems to constantly grind the hard drive for no apparent reason.

Define "grind". If you actually mean a grinding noise there could be a physical problem. If you just mean it seems to be accessing it constantly, maybe constant file indexing, perhaps? http://lifehacker.com/031440/turn-off-indexing-and-speed-up-windows-xp
dm12
May. 10th, 2016 05:05 am (UTC)
Ah, good point there! I know mine was actually grinding and literally thunking.
shivver13
May. 10th, 2016 06:59 am (UTC)
Just a constant access. I'll look into that, thanks!
a_phoenixdragon
May. 11th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
Hee! Glad it is working!! And yay for old laptops...take a licking and eventually start ticking again.

*HUGS*
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