20 thoughts on “Technology Blues”

  1. Linda, I can image you rushing from computer to computer as ideas tumble through your mind for the different stories you are writing. This techie stuff is a darned nuisance when all you want to do is a simple thing like deleting an online account. A 19th century short story writer, forget his name, had four typewriters set up in four different room and wrote stories on them. He said that each rom had a different atmosphere (we’d call i a vibe today) conducive to his writing. I take my laptop to my local Staples for repair, they are less expensive than Geek Squad, or to my library where they have techie interns always on hand in a special studio. As for Zoom, it is a wonderful break from writing but I prefer one-on-one or the telephone. A couple of our book club members use Zoom but it can cause over-talking and I find it irritating. Thanks, Linda, for admitting your techie faults, the kind most of us share!
    jill

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    1. I suppose we all find ways to handle our issues with writing, Jill, including the technological ones. I just wish that was easier! And Zoom is okay with me but I wish I could use it better.

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  2. My first experience in the tech world was learning DOS. That was when computers were in the infant stage. I retired from the banking business before computers really took over, but I got one and taught myself enough to get a book or two written. I still think some of the older versions were far friendlier to learn, but I have slowly upgraded my computers. It would be nice if the people who designed them knew something more than just computers because other jobs require special knowledge. When the bank where I had worked put in computers the techs didn’t know what a spreadsheet really did and they couldn’t make it work. We got another bunch of computer guys to give us what we needed. Perhaps a little cross-training from all parties would help.

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    1. I agree that older versions seemed easier to learn, Gayle, since the newer ones seem to contain things that might be more helpful if you know how to use them, but learning what I need to know, if I can figure it out, is time-consuming! Yes, it helped me to be around others who knew computers and could teach me. Now, my two sons are wonderful resources, but they’re seldom easily accessible.

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  3. Terrible about your account being hacked! I’m old, one of the first in my “work” and friend circles to get a computer (8K I think!), now know nothing, use dated software, dated desk top and laptop, and can’t zoom because phone and wifi systems not robust enough out here in the desert. Great post, made me think about a lot of interesting things–a funny one being, how people who drove/rode in horse carriages, the model-t must have been gobsmacking!

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    1. Yes, technology of all kinds is always changing and people, whenever they are or were, have to learn what’s necessary for them. And in addition to the hacking, I just learned that some of the social media sites are going to be making changes soon–including Facebook, which I use a lot. I hope they make it easy–and that the changes don’t ruin the current fun of using it.

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  4. I find that googling my problems and questions gives me a solution most of the time. I’ve used the Geek Squad when we had a service plan with them. If needed, I’ll try Staples or check my neighborhood networking site. It’s all very frustrating, especially when it comes to the hacking epidemic. Best wishes, Linda, for success in dealing with those problems.

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    1. I’m always googling too, and it often helps, but not always with technology, and it didn’t help with my hacking issues. Thanks for your good wishes!

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    2. Maggie and Linda, that reminds me, that just recently I had to Google the support code on my printer because it refused to make more than 1/4 of a copy I wanted. (I copy checks on the bottom or backside Lynn’s statements to prove the person has paid. Occasionally I copy cash if that is what is paid.)
      Well, anyway, the 2700 support code number said I could NOT copy cash. Huh! (Done it before on my previous printer.) It was not like I was “printing” money, just copying a payment. But my new Canon printer says, “No, no.”

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      1. Another frustrating technological inconsistency. Ugh! It’s not like you could easily use a photocopy as actual money!

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  5. Oh Linda – you’re singing my song! I still use my old Toshiba with Windows 7 for writing, as it is the most reliable (!) and easiest for me to use – although very slow… But I, too, bought a MAC that I’m still learning to use. So glad I’m not alone in the techie world! Great post!

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    1. I admire your working on learning a new tech system, Rosie! Best of luck with it. I wound up having to upgrade my Word system because some of my editors said that I was harming their computer system when they attempted to make changes in my manuscripts!

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  6. I have been inserting long emailed comments that people have sent me to be included in the memoir I just finished and I think one or two of those may have corrupted my laptop as weird things began happening such as text jumping around and lines of text squishing together. Back to Staples….

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  7. If there is an issue, an user manual is best source of advise. You can read documentation, file a bug report or suggest new features.

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