Bluetooth, that is. As I wrote in a blog post a few days ago, my iMac was on a rampage again, the screen freezing up, and both the wireless track pad and keyboard seemed to have taken on minds of their own. It seemed like all I had to do was look at the track pad and the cursor would jump all over the place; if I moved it anywhere it opened everything it passed over, or else deleted them. If I was typing, the cursor would jump up or down a few lines, suddenly delete everything I had just typed, or land in the middle of a line I had already typed and insert random characters. I tried the mouse that came with my iMac, as well as Terry’s track pad, all with the same results.
A couple of people said the problem might be the Bluetooth on the iMac acting up, and I tried several things they suggested, as well as things I found online on the Mac forums. Nothing worked and it was getting worse by the moment. I could actually sit here and watch the cursor moving around with my hands in my lap, like it was possessed. And that may not be far from the truth.
One of my author friends has a sister who works at the Genius Bar at an Apple store, and after hearing my description of the problem, she said she thought it was the Bluetooth receiver in the iMac, and that I was looking at over $500 to replace it. (By the way, she told me that none of her personal computers are Macs.)
Friday night I went to WalMart and bought a cheap Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard, plugged the little receiver that came with them into a USB port on the back of my iMac, and turned off the computer’s Bluetooth. Both the new mouse and keyboard worked fine, the computer did not lock up all day long, and I was back in business. All for a lot less money than Apple charges to fix the problem! I’m with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to Apple’s Tim Cook: Screw you!
Today is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Speaking of books and authors, my friend Ella Medler just added a new romantic suspense book titled Trial Run to her popular Addicted To Love Romance Collection. After reading it, I think you’ll understand why most of Ella’s book have solid 5 star ratings from the folks who leave reviews online.
Another book that has the critics and reviewers talking is USA Today bestselling author R.E. Blake’s Less Than Nothing, the story of a young street musician in San Francisco who suddenly finds herself in a cross-country race against time. Check it out and leave a review.
Thought For The Day – I’m not short, I’m a people McNugget