Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Technology Angst

It's one of those days...or weeks...in this case.  Why oh why did I ever become so dependent on technology!!!

I love using the computer...I spend hours every day checking blogs, emails, facebook, surfing the net, shopping, etc.  and I like doing it effortlessly.  This week, however, my desktop PC with it's large screen, wireless keyboard and mouse and built-in operating system, is in it's final death throes - and we've only had it for 3 years!.  Every morning I turn it on and after maybe an hour ...sometimes...I'm able to access  a program or two.  Most times I get the black screen with white printing saying that "the hard drive is in imminent danger of failing.  There are corrupted files. Back up your files and get it fixed or replaced".  So I backed everything up to an external hard drive and am waiting for it to be 'fixed or replaced' - hopefully in the next week or so.

In the meantime I'm doing all my computing on my handy dandy MacBook, which I love, but not for long term use - the screen is so much smaller than my pc.  And it's a different operating platform so not everything is easily shared.  I have used it mostly when I travel and don't want to miss anything.  Now it's my primary unit.

And another thing,  neither my HP all-in-one printer nor my Epson 1900 photo printer are working - probably because of some network glitch having to do with the crash of the desktop computer.  Aarrgh!

When did I  become so dependent on technology in my daily life?  I can clearly remember how excited we were to get our first telephone back in 1954 when I was 6 years old.  It was amazing that we could talk to people without being in front of them.  Then when we got our first black and white television a couple of years later, complete with rabbit ears, we thought we had a magic world at our fingertips.  We didn't have to worry about having to get up and walk to the tv to change the channel because there was only one channel we could get.  Those were such innocent years.

Now we have two televisions in our home here, two in our home in Lethbridge, and two in Arizona - all complete with remote controls, cable boxes, pvr capabilities and who knows what else.  Our television system here has five remotes.  It makes me crazy!  Sometimes I walk to the set and press the 'off' button with my finger...actually touching the button!!   Shhh - don't tell anyone.

I try to stay technologically current...I really do...but how much do I really need to know?  I have an iPad, iPod, smart phone, GPS system, and they all have many applications and capabilities.  And somehow I've come to believe that I can't exist without them.

Thanks for letting me rant.  I have to go now and watch a tv show I pvr'd yesterday, play Scrabble on my iPad and text Lloyd on my smart phone.

Have a good day.



Holly said...

These things drive me nuts too. I start to think I want a simpler life, without all the hoopla but then there are things I would miss. I'm still holding out on upgrading my phone for now though.

Thisisme. said...

Love this post Pat. You and I are of a similar age (I was born in 1947) so can relate to everything you said! Like you, I try to keep pace with modern technology and enjoy it. BUT when things go wrong - Grrrr! I've just put myself on your map by the way. What a great idea!!

just call me jo said...

You are way past me in the technology world. I don't even know how to back up the files, etc. Good luck getting everything cleaned up. (I wanted to type clensed but didn't think it look as if it were spelled correctly...;o) Anyway, I go nutso when the basic tools of technology I do use go rogue on me. Everything must work "properly" as the Dyson guy says. Good luck.

Lucy said...

Excedrin! It works every time. I know totally what you are saying. I try and try to keep up because - you know --- we HAVE TO!!! That's the frustrating part. It's coming and going so fast it will leave those who don't try in the dust. My thing is why can't these computers last longer. They are 1000 dollars for crying out loud. I can't pay that every two years. It indeed has become a mad house that we have no choice in.

Bouncin' Barb said...

Sounds like you got a bad virus, trojan or worm like thingy in your PC. I have a friend who fixes pc's and can remotely fix yours from CT. Now isn't that a hoot? If you're interested send me an email.

Michael and Hanne said...

You have to be thankful for what you have and not what you don't have! At least you can still post your blog! Let us know soon the correct diagnosis and treatment from your trusty computer doctor!

Mickey said...

It seems to be getting more and more frustrating as I struggle to keep up! I know when I am not in touch I feel somewhat lost. I hate it when the computer fails but then look at all the alternates that you now have ie iPad and Mac book! Hope it gets fixed soon!

My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Pat.....thanks so much for stopping by to say hi. Ahhhhhh.....technology....I believe it causes most of us to get the "heebie jeebies" sometimes. I call myself a "technoslug" since I'm really only able to do the basic stuff on my IMac....but I do enjoy it so....only problem is that it can "take over your life."

PS. I'm from AZ as well......nice to meet you.


Kath said...

Out here in WY living in a construction zone we have limited everything. Sketchy cell tower. NO tv here at all. This laptop that gets a little use each day. Radio stations are only when we go to a town.
So on Sunday in church the guys learned about the devastaion that happened in Norway.
Most days we dont miss the technology we have at home. BUT we sure do enjoy it when we are home!!

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