Okay, I’ll admit I’m not the smartest tool in the shed, and I’m a bit late with gettin’ on the information highway. I can email and do a minimal amount on a word processor and now that I have a blog, I know how to write and make a post, edit it, possibly add a photo or two but it takes me about an hour just to remember how to do it. Oh, and I can text like a pro, but haven’t bothered with twitter. Seriously, who would want to follow me? I spend waaayyy too much time trying to figure out the rest of my life, I don’t need anymore distractions with others’.
My issue lies with fixing snafus, glitches, blunders, problems with all the electronic crap in my life. If it’s not the TV, it’s the computer, or the Wii, or my phone or just recently, my ipod touch. Which I used to love, until it screwed me, or I screwed it or it just plain f*#ked up.
Everything was working great until my son reminded me of the new upgrade for iphones and ipod touches to the new iOS4 (doesn’t that make me look like I know what I’m talkin’ about? The OS4 stands for Operating System 4) which according to everything you read is infinitely better than the 3.2, 3.1, 3.0 version. INFINITELY. Yea, right. I had all my ducks in a row with my current 3.1 version. I could access email, it was my personal and business calendar, I had a bunch of really important apps like Angry Birds, Paper Toss, Itranslate, Sports Tap, you know, things you really can’t do without on a daily basis. Oh, and I guess it was pretty good for music too, but, for me, that didn’t hold a candle to the 3D games. I live in a world where I play the same CD over and over and over until I know the words by heart and the neighbors say, “Hey, either close the windows or change the damn CD!”
Back to the upgrade. I plugged it in, clicked yes on what I thought was the box for upgrading my ipod only to find nothing happened. In reality, all I managed to do was upgrade itunes, which I guess needed to be done too. Plugged it in again, because if in doubt unplug and re-plug as many times as you need to until it works. That’s in a manual somewhere, don’t cha know. Finally, after the third plugging incident, I get a box that says, “Upgrade to the new 4.0 version?” Yes, please. “It might take up to an hour, is that okay?” Yes, please. “It will wipe out all your apps, is that okay?” Yes please. “And screw with your calendar, is that okay?” Yes, please. “Oh and it will do funky things to your emails, is that okay? Yes, please.
I’m so conditioned to click “Yes” on all 37 boxes that pop up when doing anything on my computer that it’s not only annoying it sometimes gets me into trouble. Big trouble. Whoever said, “Go ahead, play around you can’t hurt anything,” should be shot. It’s people like me that keep “Rent a Nerd” in business.
I’ve come to believe that some people are just gifted when it comes to figuring out technology. I’m gifted at crosswords and training my dog to do stupid tricks or writing backwards. Yes, I can write backwards, in cursive, so you have to put it up to a mirror to read it. So was my mom, it must be a genetic thing. But, I want to be the techno-saavy gifted person. Yes, I know what you are thinking, I should enroll in a computer class, read some “do it yourself” books, spend countless more hours trying on my own to “fix” my screw ups.
But, you know what? At the end of the day, I’m still going to call my son, my brother, my ex-husband, my daughter’s boyfriend or the 10-year old neighbor kid to do it for me. I will be too busy trying to make my dog run through a tunnel, walk a 4 inch plank and jump over a 3 foot moat.