Under the Skin

22nd February 2020 Weekend Challenge ‘Surface’.

“The surface of things gives enjoyment, their interiority gives life.” – Piet Mondrian.

This weekend over on Weekly Prompts, the weekend challenge from my partner Gerry Charb (GC) and myself is Surface.

Following the purchase of a replacement wireless keyboard for my All-in-One computer I was thrilled to discover that it came with a thin see-through cover with grooves that matched the keys perfectly.

Keyboard 1 copyThe Keyboard Cover

Computer keyboards are notorious for retaining and breeding bacteria, and because I am slightly obsessive about cleanliness , I was delighted that the surface of my keyboard would remain spotless, typing was unaffected and the cover could be washed easily.

Could your toilet be cleaner than your keyboard? Find out here!

Staying on the subject of computers – a few weeks ago I installed a new router, and despite my efforts to reconnect, my wireless printer failed to function wirelessly. Then a second problem surfaced; my PC connected wirelessly to the new router without problems, but when wired to the network, it refused to connect and instead searched for the old one. I had other issues too, my TVs and Skybox were not connecting to broadband.

Eventually, following a series of unsuccessful re-boots of everything I could think of, I sent a request to the cavalry.

My tech guy arrived and very soon had the system crash on the Skybox repaired, next, he reconnected a loose connection in the tech cupboard and fixed the TV broadband problem. The computer and printer problems took a little longer, especially the printer, but he got there in the end.

Tech CupboardA loose connection – where does one begin in this busy tech cupboard?

And, who knew that Windows 10 had a quirk that prevented a network being renamed!

Ah well, all’s well that ends well, especially when technical normality has been resumed.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Weekend Challenge Surface from Weekly Prompts.


42 thoughts on “Under the Skin

  1. Maureen Helen

    Sounds like a terrible mess to me, Sue. I can deal with tech things single, or perhaps in twos. Glad you got a technician to sort it out.


    1. Graham the techie is brilliant, he installed everything here when I moved to this side of the house. I’m just glad the loose wire was in the cupboard because all the cables are out of sight, hidden behind walls and under the floors. Thank you, Maureen.

      I’m pretty technical and was in charge of my school network, so it was with some reluctance that I had to admit defeat at home and get help.


  2. Technically, on the surface I’m all thumbs and toes !!….. when I need help I call upon, my computer engineer brother, he’s a whizz Sue….good to see everything is up and going ok for you…… on the surface, computers are not always smooth sailing

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    1. I remember your brother sorting out your computer problems a couple of years ago.
      It’s all good when it works, but what a nightmare to fix when there are opposing problems!
      Just on my way over to you for a catch up! Thank you, Ivor. 🙂

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  3. Blanketty-blank Windows 10 and its hidden quirks!

    That keyboard cover will let you eat crumbly things with no fear while you work on the computer.

    I think our phone and tablet screens don’t bear thinking about, germ-wise. However, they’re our germs, so as long as others don’t grovel around on them, all is well.

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    1. I frequently eat my sandwich lunch when sitting at the computer, and you are so right about the cover catching all my crumbs. And the times I put down my phone on different surfaces, especially in restaurants and cafes! I think the invention of those dettox wipes are invaluable for disinfecting remote controls, phones and tablets etc. Though I think they will eventually be outlawed along with our plastic bags. Thank you, Yvonne.

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  4. I love the idea behind everything being wireless, but somewhere there are a mass of cables hidden away. Glad you got sorted, Sue. Technology can be and is usually great, but when the Gremlins turn up, that can be a headache.

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    1. Have you ever noticed how open doors affect wireless signals? I thought it was my imagination until my tech guy backed me up. Victoria’s router at her side of our house is under her stairs. I thought it was an odd place to put it, but have since realised how central it is and how the door is never left open. She has the basic BT router and has never had a wireless problem! Thank you, Trev.

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  5. Murphy's Law

    When it comes to technology, I would have to sit in the corner wearing a Dunce cap!! I don’t have a computer, just an iPad, but I think the keyboard cover would be a “must have” for everyone. Seems like a fantastic idea,

    Glad you called in the cavalry to the rescue. I too am a bit OCD about surfaces and germs….but better safe than sorry. I keep pocket-sized, foil-wrapped wipes in my purse and a few in my coat pocket….just in case!
    🐾Ginger 🐾


    1. I’ve seen keyboard dust covers but I’ve never seen one that can be used whilst typing. Such a wonderful idea, I think other manufacturers should follow this example. It’s Chinese made (isn’t everything), and made by Seenoa, not heard of that one before and it also came with a wireless mouse.

      Thank you very much, Ginger 🙂


      1. I wish they’d find a cure for the common cold, though I’m not sure men get the common variety, I think they have a special one that hits harder than the common one and only affects men! 😂

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      2. Bwahaha……..I’m sure you’re right about that one. Anyway, I’ve just been round with the Lysol Max Cover Mist and cleaned four phones, five screens and keyboards as well as hubby’s two mice, so I’ll sleep better tonight knowing I’ve done my bit. 🤣😂

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      3. Peter, as much as it pains me to say this, I do believe I read somewhere that there is a genuine reason why men appear to suffer more than women. Personally, I think it’s Karma! 😂

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    1. I can fix to a certain extent but I have my limits and I am always glad to have someone who knows more than me. The loose wire was annoying because I’d already checked it.
      I was beginning to blame it on the pre-Christmas rats!


    1. Gosh, sparking is not good!
      The cupboard used to be an airing cupboard, and when the house was rewired the techie chose the cupboard as the technical hub. It houses the CTV box and main monitor, the CTV camera cables, plus a host of other stuff not shown.
      Thank you for commenting, it’s appreciated 🙂

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  6. gc

    There is a new Windows 10 program that I had to install on my computer last night. Apparently the life expectancy of the application requires that it be upgraded at a set interval. That means that there could be new bugs, flaws, errors and a host of other coding errors that could force you ( if you download the upgrade) to call for technical assistance. 🙂

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    1. Mine updates automatically. My tech guy told me that Microsoft is not going to inflict any more new Windows (such as Windows 11) so I guess they’ll continue to add upgrades/updates.

      Oh and by the way, just so you know, WordPress put Block editor on our site and just this very minute on here! I keep choosing Classic and I reset the site to classic but it still asks!

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      1. gc

        I had that problem a while ago as I was telling you. I contacted WP gurus and asked them to PLEASE not use the BLOCK for my site. They made the notation and I am currently using the old style of editing. Check that out for yourself. As you know I do NOT like the new block format. Good luck. 🙂

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      2. I don’t like the block editor either. I remember when you contacted them. I disabled in settings, but a message asks me which I want to use.
        Sounds like it’s not popping up for you. 🙂


    1. Oh, I’m glad too, these things eat into you as you try to figure them out!
      I love the cover, what a fantastic idea it is.

      Thank you so much, Carolyn 🙂

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