Saturday, March 12, 2016

Never Too Old to Live Your Dream (Part 1)

Dan Clark writes in a short story about his experience in college when he met an eighty-year-old student, Rose.  Rose was cheery, humorous, and full of life.  She was also full of wisdom from her life experiences.  Dan Clark and Rose became good friends.

“Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop.  I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me,” wrote Clark.

Rose’s vibrant personality along with her wisdom did not only appeal to Clark, but she was magnetically attracting attention everywhere on campus.  As Clark wrote, “Over the  course of the school year, Rose became a campus icon and easily made friends wherever she went.  She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from other students.  She was living it up.”

One lesson from Rose that stood out the most to Clark was from her speech at a football banquet.  One of the most important point in that speech was: You have to have a dream [especially one tied to a greater purpose].  

“You’ve got to have a dream.  When you lose your dreams, you die.  We have so many people walking around who are dead and they don’t even know it!”  exclaimed Rose with the attention of the whole audience.

Rose also noted a second point:  When you have a dream and purpose you are striving toward, you should also “laugh and find humor each and every day.”

We need to continue playing in this game of life.  This was a third important point in Rose’s speech.  “We do not stop playing because we are old;  we grow old because we stop playing.”  

We need to continue to get better and better every day in this game of life, I like to add.  (Also, it’s more about getting better than yourself (the self yesterday, last month, and last year rather than better than someone else.)  If we want to be happy, we need to have progress and not be stagnant.  

“If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will [just] turn twenty years old.  If I am eight-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.”  This is how you would become more and more miserable.  

Just turning one year older doesn’t do anything.  It’s when you change for the better having progress in some area; that’s what you need to do.  If you just turn one year older year after year, with no improvement, no progress, and nothing to show for that year, you will not just be one year older, but you will be a little bit more miserable.  If that’s the case year after year, the misery will multiply and you will end up a lot more miserable.  

Also, what you do and the progress you make should NOT be in an area determined by society, by anyone else, or by your ego (which is influenced by everyone else).  What you do and your progress should be in an area determined by you and God (and no one else).  

To Be Continued

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Problem Watching Online Video (Simple Troubleshooting)

Technology is a big part of our lives and we often come across technical problems.  The following is a solution for a common problem when you are watching a video on your computer from a website and it doesn't play.  If it's a flash video, the following steps would most likely solve the problem:

1. Go to -

2. Click "Delete Websites"

3. Then go to -

4.  Click "Reset License Files"

5.  That should solve the problem.  If not, just try opening that website in another browser (Firefox, Chrome, or Safari).

Monday, November 16, 2015

Lost Files in Google Drive

A few weeks ago, I went into my Google Drive and opened an important folder (that contains years of my work) only to find that it's completely empty.  I started to panic and tried different things.  The following is what I did before all my files appeared again and I suggest you try this:

1.  Click "Refresh" on the browser.  (You can alternatively press the  "F5" key if on a PC.)  Most likely, this alone will make your files appear again.

2. Log out of Google.  

3. Clear cache and history on your browser.

4. Check your internet connection and make sure your internet connection is not intermittent (on and off).  Test other websites and application requiring internet connection to make sure there's no problem with your internet connection.  [If you suddenly lose connection to the internet, naturally your Google Drive folder will appear empty because your files are stored online and not in your computer.]

5. Restart your computer.

6. Go into your Google Drive again.  

7. If you still don't see your files, click "refresh" on your browser again.

After You Recover Your Files and Folders and Google Drive, Do the Following
For important folders and files that you put on, keep a backup elsewhere such as on your desktop computer or on a USB hard drive.  

Other People's Experience as Posted on Discussions Online
Although my Google Drive is the free 15GB version, this sudden disappearance of files happened also to people with the PAID version of Google Drive, as I've searched them out online.  Therefore, I strongly recommend that you have backup copies of your files elsewhere, even if you have the paid version of Google Drive.

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