Every day is different...
My browser crashed and failed, of all things. I didn't even know that was a thing that could happen.
When I got it back again, all my bookmarks were gone. Firefox is pristine, clean and virginal again. I knew I had a lot of bookmarks (maybe into four figures), but I had no idea how many sites I had set up the way I like them, or how many passwords Firefox was keeping sorted for me. Lots and lots. Turns out I don't know how to reset many of the settings back to the way they were. And no idea to what degree "muscle memory" and habit had taken over as far as where things were and how to get to what. A great number of website passwords were stored within Firefox too, not in my computer. And of course many of them were passwords I didn't have memorized and don't have any record of.
Hmm. Anyway, I'm surprised at how much it slows me down. I store a lot of information for future posts using bookmarks, for example.
...And people wanted me to switch from Mac to PC. Ha! I can't even switch browsers.
Firefox had been wonky for me for months. Tabs kept crashing, pages were slow to load or loaded incompletely. I was using the latest version and kept the caches clear, but clearly something was wrong. Now I feel kinda foolish, like you feel when your car is acting up and you ignore it and eventually get stranded.
Meanwhile, a book report: I'm making good progress on my books.
Plural: I'm writing both the story of my son's birth, and a book for photographers.
The former is slow going, with many false starts and wrong turnings. And psychologically heavy, because I'm obliged to revisit old times and discover memories lurking that I didn't know were still there. But I'm happy about the way both of them are going and I just love working on them. I really love the work.
I'm rather lazy by nature, and I didn't want to write a book for photographers that...ages too fast. Because I don't want to have to rewrite it every three years. I mean, you wouldn't be interested in reading a book now that was written around 2007-era technology, would you? (What, you don't need to read the latest on uprezzing 8-MP files and fastidious comparisons of shadow noise between the latest 2007 cameras?) I wanted something that would stay fresh and still be useful after ten years, possibly, not just three. So I tried outlines of several ideas or strategies, conceptualizing hard about the best way to help all sorts of people, young and old, new to photography or veterans, serious or casual. After a longish struggle trying to solve the problem I think I lit on an organizing idea that's robust and flexible and gives me great leeway for engaged discussion. I'm very happy with the concept, and since I arrived at it the writing seems to be cruising along quite nicely at a steady airspeed. Which is a good sign. "So far so good" as the old saying goes.
The photography book is all about seeing, self-direction, aesthetic tastes and and working methods, though...not gear and not technique.
Anyway I just thought some of you might be interested in how these projects are proceeding.
They're what I do on the weekends now.
Minimal use of bookmarks needed.
[UPDATE Tuesday morning: All is well. I "refreshed" Firefox several days ago, in an effort to help improve its lagging performance. At that time, Terminal appeared and I was asked to choose between two profiles: "Mike's Firefox" and "Default." Naturally I chose "Mike's Firefox." A couple of days later, when I next restarted the computer (I usually restart every day, but not always), that choice kicked in...only it turns out that "Mike's Firefox" was what Firefox named the clean-sweep, nothing-added re-set profile, and "Default" was what it named, well, my profile. So all I had to do to fix it was select "Default" as my profile and all my information (except extensions and add-ons, which are deleted during a refresh) reappeared.
Oh, and I did one other thing...I renamed "Mike's Firefox" to "Not Mike's Firefox!" So I don't get confused again in the future.
As a point of interest, I also did find the bookmarks backup folder, and I know how to get passwords out of Keychain. The workflow issue is that if your browser resets, you would have to add all those things back into a clean copy of the browser manually, one at a time, which would slow you down for a few days. (On the other hand, it might be good as a housecleaning exercise so to speak.)
In any event, you might want to look into your own browser housekeeping and hygiene—find out where your bookmarks are backed up and how to restore them. If others can learn from my little misadventure and be saved a bit of hassle in the future, then it might even have been worth it.
Thanks to everyone who offered help and advice!
And now, back to work....]
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