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Updated on July 26, 2010

BYGONE TIMES

Please don’t misunderstand my cries of misunderstanding. I bought my first computer in 1997 and I’ve used them long before I ever bought one. I used to understand how they worked pretty well. I could program in Fortran IV and Expanded Basic. I even programmed in machine language in 1981 on an Intel SBC (single board computer) the processor was an 8080A and I could blast programs with a UV blaster. I considered myself a “Computer stud”, but that was in bygone times.

MODERNIZATION

I kept up to date with all computer advances and I was still “King of The Hill”. I learned the language of PLC’s (programmable logic controllers) specialized computers for industrial applications. They are very fine for real time automation control. I modernized at least 25 processes using my newfound knowledge.  This was furnace control, slitting lines, leveling lines, and casting control, ect, ect. This brought a huge boost in productivity to these processes!!!!!!!!!!

TODAY I’M LOST

Just a few short years later and I’m lost like a sailor who lost all his charts and his compass!!!!!! I’m becoming clueless!!! I mostly use pre-installed applications now a days and I still thought I was a stud, but last week I got my comeuppance. I was running my Norton Security Suite and it advised me to uninstall my unused applications. I did as I was advised and uninstalled my Corel Wordperfect. I never used it anyway since I use Microsoft Word, but once done all my Microsoft Word documents had been changed to WordPad. Why would uninstalling Corel Wordperfect have anything to do with Microsoft Word document format???????

Please help me I’m lost in a world that has passed me by technologically!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anybody please give me answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m begging and pleading!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      James,

      Luckily I reinstalled my Word and all is well in my computerland once again!!!! Thanks for the sentiment.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      I don't know how to help you my brother or I surely would. I am sorry. :(

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Harvey,

      That's OK. I don't know what I'm saying anyway anymore!!!!!!!

    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Tom,

      I do not understand your words.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Harvey,

      I used to think I knew something but those days are gone long, long ago. I'm at the mercy of Microsoft, Google, Apple, or whoever peddles software. I hopelessly clueless now!!!!!!!!!

    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Tom, Being computer ignorant, I can hardly understand you.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop,

      There are times I think I would be better off if I couldn't turn mine on at all. The frustration factor can become overwhelming.

      Then again I would never have met HUBBER friends like you if I never turned mine on at all and the reward is worth the frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Dear Tom,

      I wish I could help but I'm lucky I know how to turn my computer on!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Sheri,

      Thank you anyway after all it's the thought that counts. I know you would help me if you could. Don't have any regrets I'll carry on somehow.

    • SheriSapp profile image

      SheriSapp 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Tom,

      Hope you get some help, you already know how terrible my techie skills are!!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pamela,

      These contraptions can be frustrating at many times. I still don't know what we would do without them in modern times.

      Thank you for your desire to help. Also thank you for your comment.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Tom, I wish I could help but it seems like I am learning something everyday that I should have already known also. Not growing up with computers like the younger set makes it more difficult for us but I keep working. I hope someone can help solve your problem.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      dahoglund,

      Sounds like a plan to me but I'm not sure if it would made any difference in this case.

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      eovery,

      Thanks for the advice I'll give it a try. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Since when I click on the Word icon I seem to open Word but the doc. files are Wordpad. This is true even if I view the files by opening My Documents.

      I sure hope this works. Thanks again for the tip.

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      You seem to already know more than I do. I usually save my files on something other than my hard drive.

    • eovery profile image

      eovery 

      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Tom, depending on which operating version you have, you can set up the default program what a file belongs to...When uninstalling Word Perfect, it must have changed the default to wordpad, thinking now it is gone, wordpad would be the next program to run .doc files. Just set the default of .doc files to word. If they are not .doc, but rather .rtf, or another text formant, change its default to Word. This is if Word still works, which you can find out by clinking on Word itself. If Word does not work, this explains a lot.

      The pc world is a lot different from the mainframe and computer were learned to program on, but when we were not introduced much to the os system when we porgrammed in Fortran and Assembly Language.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Linda Myshrall,

      I went to the link that nicomp provided and I'm still clueless. I have to try reinstalling Word from disc. Thank you for your concern. I appreciate your thoughtfullness.

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      Linda Myshrall 

      8 years ago

      lol. Wish I could help you, but I, too, am completely compass-less. I was an IBM midrange girl writing in multiple generations of RPG until 10 years ago (an eternity in dataland, I know)... now, I just stare in fixated awe at the postings from the likes of nicomp. Good luck, and let us know what you find out ;)

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      nicomp,

      Thanks for the tip Word still works but it saves everything as Wordpad so I wil try your link. If that doesn't work I'll reininstall Word from disc.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Hi Tom,

      I need more info:

      1. Does Word still work? If so, then the only thing that's changed is the file association that Windows makes with files that end in .doc. You can fix that here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307859

      If Word doesn't work at all, or if you are seeing other problems, I suggest reinstalling Word from the distribution CD that same with the software.

      Contact me directly through my profile if you need more guidance.

      On a another note, it's a shame that Norton suggests to anyone that they uninstall anything, unless a security threat has been detected. The side-effects are not deterministic.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      msoremsson,

      Thank you for the advice. I'll check with Billy, I also may check with Nicomp.

    • msorensson profile image

      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      Tom, maybe ask Billyaustindillon. I am not sure but ask him anyway.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      msoremsson,

      I have my Microsoft Office 2001 discs available but I'm not sure if reinstalling Microsoft Word will help or cause more damage!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your consideration over my problem you are a true lady.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Hmrjmr1

      It has been a truely humbling experience for me. I now know I clueless about todays comuter apps!!!!!

      I surely need any help I can get!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for referring my problem to anyone who may help!!!!!!!!

    • msorensson profile image

      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      Dearest Tom,

      You are not alone. Do not worry. None of us is as computer savvy as the programmers.

      I am sorry, but the same thing happened to one of my friends and I could not help him.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image

      Hmrjmr1 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Tom I empathize and will see who I know that might be able to help, your problem is 'above my paygrade' so to speak.. Good Luck!!

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