As I mentioned earlier, a post about my personal reflections on visiting Hiroshima on the 25th anniversary of the bomb didn’t show up (and I haven’t redone it yet).
Then yesterday, I ran into problems with Dropbox preparing a work document. I wrote another blog post about it, but it disappeared, but I had taken a screenshot so can easily resurrect it. Before doing that, I will mention in passing that for most of the week, neither Chrome nor Firefox has allowed me to go online, although Internet Explorer (my least favourite, by far) did.
Now for yesterday’s adventures:
I use a shared folder on Dropbox as part of one of my jobs. There is a template that resides elsewhere (in multiple places, actually), and once I’ve done a first edit on it, I copy it to that Dropbox folder, so that people who want a sneak preview can have one, whilst I await others’ input.
Most weeks there are no issues. But that was not the case this week. Wednesday, I entered and updated info on the copy of the template that I keep on my PlayBook. I saved it and copied it to the Dropbox folder. When I got home and turned on my laptop, the popup told me I’d added a file to that folder. Last night, I checked and the last file I needed hadn’t yet been added, so I watched a movie (Lee Daniels’ The Butler — highly recommended). By the time the movie was over, checking on my phone showed me that the PDF I wanted was now uploaded, and I opened it on my phone. There was more information than I wanted to copy-type, so I decided to use my laptop and do the copy and paste/edit routine.
So far, so good, except that the Word file had been corrupted; none of Wednesday’s updates had survived, and the PDF file didn’t show in the Dropbox directory. I pulled out my PlayBook and edited the local copy, doing the copy-typing, deleted the corrupt file from Dropbox, sent a soft copy of the file by email to those who were expecting it, and then when I went to copy the updated file to the Dropbox directory, I had to again delete the corrupt copy. And at that point, easily 90 minutes later (I was multi-tasking), the PDF still didn’t show. (Although I did get pop-up notification of it being there this morning.)
Here’s hoping that this much trouble in preparation means there will be no issues in execution. We’ll find out tomorrow.
Thus ends my tale of woes, First World Edition.