Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Ever Clicked Something by Mistake?

-And lost an age's worth of thoughts down the plug-hole?
It happens to me all the time. Some of you may have noticed that I seem to do more writing, when I have a comment to make on somebody's blog, than I do in writing my own blog. I used to lose blog posts too, an hour or two's worth of  writing, uploading pics, rewriting, and then Pfssttt! gone.
When that happens, I'm often too demoralised to continue, I think, well, I'll return to that tomorrow. But I don't because my creativity, my indignation, whatever it may have been, has been burned out in that first write.

Which brings me to the point of this post. I use Firefox as my browser.  I was installing the plug-ins and add-ons that I find indispensable and I found one that's just brilliant, the cat's pyjamas, the bee's knees, the dog's b..... er, well. it's very good. No more losing the contents of a comment form, Like when you hit the button to post the comment, and.. it doesn't, it's not posted, but it's gone from the comment form.  This gadget saves everything you type into a comment-box, and should you hit "back", or delete, or go by accident to a different page, returning to a white, empty comment box, a couple of mouse-clicks will restore your typing, bring the dead comment back to life. (it saves on your own computer, not on the web, and will encrypt your musings and password protect them should you be using a shared computer).
That's why it's called Lazarus. No blogger, or blogsurfer, should be without it. Especially the clumsy ones, like me.



  1. whoa....i have had a dram or two of whisky and must admit, you lost me back there somewhere....

  2. You are so right. What was I thinking?

    Savage edit....

    Now, where's my dram?

  3. OMG! I just lost about an hours worth of heavy thinking on a philosophy forum that I frequent. I had a comment about 800 words long. Being in the newspaper business, that is a whole article...& it was brilliant. I'm going to do the Lazarus thing. Thanks!

  4. i have got to intall this... i use firefox so i guess i can. i've lost many a witty retort and then when trying to remember what i said, only managed a poor semblance of the original. i need it for email too. never understood the heuristics of putting the "save copy" button adjacent to the "discard" button and i don't particularly like the "save" directly above the "save as" button. if you hit save it usually just saves, no dialog box to keep you from writing over the original.

  5. Oh Rita, it happens to you too, that box that says you're two hundred and fifty words over the maximum allowed comment length?
    And if you have to redo it, it's never brilliant the second time, is it? You just can't recapture the first-time-around spark.

    Jim, I've had Lazarus running less than a week. I am an absolute convert!


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