A couple weeks ago, my work computer got some sort of upgrade. After that, every time I opened a new window in our web browser (Microsoft Edge), it brought up this “home screen” of sorts from Microsoft. (It used to bring up some sort of hospital menu page? I don’t know why this changed.)
Anyway, I usually just go straight to the address bar to pull up a website or google something, so I mostly just ignore it anyway.
But it was getting hard to ignore, because this Microsoft home screen basically = a BIG BAD NEWS portal.
It is this sort of ugly, busy page with news headline boxes, from all different sources and apparently, all different places around the world. (Why am I seeing news from local stations in Florida or California??)
The headlines usually are all terrible. Usually most or all include something like “SOMEONE YOUNG DIED OF SOMETHING HORRIBLE”.
Words like “TRAGIC”, “FATAL”, “DEATH”, “CANCER”, “ACCIDENT” kept splaying across my screen when I just wanted to google something quick!!
This was really bothering me!! I am not trying to bury my head in the sand and ignore reality, but seriously, I don’t need to know about all of these bad things. It was quite disturbing! And then it would like, refresh, so that the next time I accessed a page, an hour later, it would be a whole new set of bad news!
So today I took a minute to actually look more closely at the settings. I found that, DUH, with a quick click, I could minimize the screen so that only the “headings” are available. (Headings are just like Money, Sports, Local, Weather, way down at the bottom. I can handle that.) The main screen now shows a lovely mountain range with snow on top. Ahhh. Much better.
A picture of a poor paralyzed woman!! Headline about the way-too-close-to home 4th of July shooting in IL. A father/ son homicide-suicide. A sweet German Shephard K9 dead. Oh, and an ad for Cruises.com. Because maybe while reading about death, I’d also like to book a cruise!
All tragic, very sad, and heartbreaking. Also, none of it actually relevant to my daily life. I think I will PASS on seeing these headlines anymore!
MUCH MUCH BETTER.
I am grateful for this Neutrogena hand cream I picked up last week. I’ve been keeping it at my desk, and it feels and smells really nice.