Friday, August 9, 2013

Technology: "I Won't Give Up"


Bear with me, as this post is a little long, and as I cry over some technology woes.

I learned two things this week.
Number One: We are, where we are, when it comes to technology. 
Number Two: Never give up, and sometimes the best remedy is to turn the computer off and back on.
This week I had to deal with “too much new technology,” that I didn’t understand, but I have to admit, I learned a few things.
My challenge involved my laptop, my Kindle Fire, and my cell phone.  
Situation One: I wanted to download a free app to my phone for the conference I am attending at our church (Global Leadership Summit). The app was available on iTunes. I knew what iTunes was, but I haven’t used it, as I don’t download music.
First, I had difficulty opening an account because the form wouldn’t allow me to enter my data. So after contacting customer service, I was able to establish an account, only after waiting overnight (turn computer off and back on). I then downloaded the app to my laptop. 

My next problem was I didn’t know how to get the app from my laptop to my phone. After Googling (not sure if this a word), I downloaded two, no three more apps to get my laptop and phone to sync or transfer files. This involved three apps, because I inadvertently downloaded an inexpensive updated version of the first free syncing app and then had to uninstall the free version (I need to read more closely). But, I still couldn’t download the sought after “free app”, until the next morning. Go figure. Turn computer off and back on.

I later realized that I could gone directly to my Android phone and used the Google Play Store. Ugh. But, I wouldn't have learned as much or that is what I tell myself.
Situation Two: My Kindle Fire. I use my Kindle Fire to look at my personal emails, on my breaks, while at my day job. I couldn’t get the emails to show up. So, I Googled and went to YouTube, something else I don’t explore much. There I found a tutorial (lots of them) for the Kindle Fire and was able to figure out how to get the emails to display!
So, I have touched more technology this week, than I usually do in months, but I have learned some things. I was frustrated, but I’m not giving up. I will continue to ask questions and someday I will laugh at this blog post.

Thanks for the indulgence.
How about you? What frustrates you about technology?



  1. Oh, you gave me a much-needed laugh this morning. I know exactly what you're going through. My problem is that they always change things when they update them. Then, I have to learn it all over again. :-)

    Hang in there, Tammie. And, have a great day.


    1. Glad I made your morning! Thanks for stopping.

  2. I feel your pain, Tammie. :-) My husband is a computer science professor, and his first remedy is to turn the computer off and back on. You're spot on!

    1. I will always do that first now. Thanks for commenting, Meghan.

  3. Tammie, I can so relate. My password for one of my email accounts is dumb dumb. I find it so frustrating to use. I had to set it up for my first android phone and to access groups.I don't use that email for anything else. The pw defines what I think of the whole process.
    Even my husband who is tech savvy gets frustrated with all the extra steps for downloading some stuff.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Cindy; always good to hear from you.

  4. I used to be overwhelmed by programming a VCR, now that sounds simple compared to all the techno toys available! I'm still working on Linked In, maybe Pinterest some day but I am good at Facebook :)


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