Thursday Inspiration — Getting Started

For Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt this week, we can use the prompt word start, or by going with the above picture. I’m bypassing a musical response this week to focus on technology.

The landscape in today’s world of operating systems can be confusing. For laptop and desktop computers, there’s Windows, Linux, Mac OS, and Chrome OS, to name the major players. And for smartphones, it’s mainly Apple’s iOS and Android OS.

Each operating system has its own idiosyncrasies, but their common job is to manages all of the software apps and hardware on the computer, tablet, or smartphone. They perform basic tasks such as file, memory, and process management, handling input and output, and controlling peripheral devices such as disk drives and printers.

But having devices with different operating systems can be a hardship when you use multiple devices. For example, my almost seven-year-old Dell laptop runs on Windows 10, whereas my smartphone runs on Apple iOS. My wife’s Macbook uses the latest Apple’s Mac OS, but her smartphone is an Android OS device. And these device-specific operating systems behave differently.

So why am I telling you this? It’s because my wife’s five-year-old Macbook has seen better days and she was thinking about replacing it with a new one. But our son, who is a brazen Google fan — he persuaded my wife and daughter to abandon their iPhones in favor of Google’s Pixel Android smartphones — advised my wife to get a Chromebook, which uses the Google Chrome OS, instead of a new Macbook. He ordered one for her as a Christmas present and it arrived yesterday.

So my task today, which I’m about to start, and, hopefully finish, is to help my wife set up her new Chromebook and migrate her data files from her Macbook to her Chromebook. Our son assured us that if we run into problems, we can call him and he, as an expert in all things Google, will serve as our trainer if we run into any snags.

We’ll see how it goes. Wish me luck

Written for these Daily prompts (in addition to Jim’s Thursday Inspiration prompt): Word of the Day Challenge (landscape), Ragtag Daily Prompt (chrome), My Vivid Blog (idiosyncrasies), Fandango’s One Word Challenge (hardship), Your Daily Word Prompt (brazen), and The Daily Spur (trainer).

The Unexpected Encounter

Tom took a shortcut, just over the rise, when something totally unforeseen happened. He was staring straight into the eyes of a huge woolly mammoth.

Upon seeing that ugly beast, Tom was anything but a paragon of bravery. He immediately wet himself, turned around, and ran back down the rise and toward his home as fast as he could. Once there, he ran to his room, jumped into bed, and pulled the comforter up over his head.

He must have fallen asleep because he woke up to his mother shaking him. “Oh Tommy,” she said, “you’re nine years old. I think you should have stopped wetting your bed by now. No more drinking any water after dinner anymore.”

“But, Mom,” Tommy whined, “I didn’t wet the bed. It happened when I first saw that scary, giant, hairy elephant that started chasing me.”

“And no more sweet treats right before bedtime, either, young man,” Tommy’s mother said. “They’re giving you nightmares.”

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (shortcut), Ragtag Daily Prompt (rise), Your Daily Word Prompt (foresee), The Daily Spur (huge), Word of the Day (wooly), and Fandango’s One Word Challenge (paragon). Photo credit: Darryl Brooks at Dreamstime.

FOWC with Fandango — Hardship


It’s December 22, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “hardship.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.