Monday, February 09, 2009

Electronic Transfer

I hate the change that comes with any kind of electronic shake-up, so I’d been dreading our proposed transfer to a new internet and cable provider last week. I had a good reason to want to put it off. When we moved last year, I found myself without internet service for over a week. My personal idea of h*ll, as you can well imagine.

Dreading a repeat of the week-long outage (because we know nothing ever goes smoothly with these situations), we planned ahead. We didn’t cut off our old service until the changeover occurred, which helped a lot, but there was still an abundance of things to deal with.

For instance, I’m amazed at how many accounts I have with my email address on them. All my Yahoo groups had to be changed over individually (“You have HOW MANY?” my husband asked.). Then there are the accounts I made for my children, using my email address so I could police them. I still haven't gotten around to changing those over. Sigh…

And before the advice starts flowing in, yes, I changed everything over to a gmail account so I don’t have to do this again. Then I had to wait for my husband to help me integrate gmail with my Outlook program. Aaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!

It’s just all so tedious and takes up copious amounts of time I could be doing something important, like, say, writing. And like with most computer troubles—if it works right the first time, great. If something goes wrong, well, heaven help us. I’ve spent time on the phone several times with the Help Line and the hubby has yet to figure out why the wireless network won’t connect. Thank heaven for him, though, because I would have given up relatively quickly. He’s an electronics nut, so he isn’t going to stop until his Xbox is properly downloading from the wireless network. Heaven bless him.

So, tell me about your latest or greatest electronic troubles. And don’t even get me started on Mercury Retrograde… something always goes wrong around here then.



Playground Monitor said...

I typed up a long comment about my car battery that died last week in the doctor's office parking lot. And my computer that froze late Thursday night and still needs some minor tweaking to make it right. And my DH's monitor that died on Saturday.

But Blogger ate it.

Will freakin' Mercury please give me a break?

Anonymous said...

God bless you ladies. I am clueless regarding what you had to change over and how it relates to gmail - what is this?
clueless aka robertsonreads
word verification - diseer (kinda relates to comments above)

Linda Winstead Jones said...

Mercury has been direct since Feb 1, so we can't blame that any more. :-) Sorry.

I got a laptop a few months ago, a Mac instead of a PC, and I'm still learning how to do things. It's great for getting online, but now and then I need to do something simple and I can't figure out HOW. Drives me crazy. I considered dropping one e-mail account, but decided it was too much of a hassle. One day it'll have to be done, but I'm putting it off as log as I possibly can!


Playground Monitor said...

I think Mercury decided to extend retrograde a week on me since I was out of the country the last week of January. At least, that's what I'm blaming it on.

Darling Geek said...

I'm always available for tech support. And I just had to get my router working after a switch to AT&T, so I may have some useful experience...

Angel said...

Hmmm... you may be getting a call tonight, DG.

PM, it is kind of funny that Blogger ate your post on technical difficulties. :)

Robertsonreads, I changed to gmail because it is an internet based email, like yahoo or hotmail. Only much better and more secure. That way, no matter who my internet provider is, I'll always have the same email address. Thus, if we ever have to change internet providers again, I won't have to change all my accounts over to a new email. Much simply. Plus a lot of writers use it for off site storage for their stories, in case their computers go down.


word--skiers, now that's just funny...

Instigator said...

When I bought my mac book (LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!) I had problems with our wireless network that we've had for...4 or 5 years. I ended up just upgrading us to a new one. Took me awhile - and a phone call to India - for me to get it working but it is at the moment.

Maven LJ, what are you trying to do? Have you been to the classes the local store offers? I'm thinking about going...just don't know when I'll fit it into the schedule.


Problem Child said...

I'm still reeling from my long-overdue and much-needed computer update DG gave me over the holidays. Especially the new word processing program. *Nothing* is where I think it should be... grrr.
(It's not like I need word processing or anything, ya know.)

Oh, and don't even get me started about the new satellite TV. Don't know the station numbers, can't quite figure out the DVR... Sigh.

I fear change. Especially anything electronic.

M.V.Freeman said...

Angel, I feel your pain. I have no glorious advice.

I'm trying to get Facebook up and running...simple, easy, user friendly?

Yeah right. So's contracting the plague.

Hang in there Angel and the rest of you. The way this month is going, I want a "do over!"

Sherry Werth said...

No internet connection problems at my house or "Larry the cable guy" will be sleeping on the couch! :)

I had trouble this morning logging on to the internet and I was assured very quickly it was not an internet provider problem. The quickness was due to the fact I was holding his coffee hostage until he checked it. ;D

Sherry Werth said...

Oh MV, don't get me started on Facebook! The thing needs to send a start up manual when you sign up.
And if anyone sent me a cute little icon thingy and it didn't get accepted it was because I didn't know what the hell I was doing!

Lynn Raye Harris said...

No electronic problems lately. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Macs. I've had ONE blue screen of death in over a year (and it was totally my fault). LJ, I never attended the classes that Kira's talking about, but I think they would be a good idea. The biggest thing someone taught me was that the Command key is just like the Control key on a PC. So, you can do Command + S to save, Command + C to copy, Command + V to paste. Command + T in your web browser brings up another tab. :)

My newest electronic toy is an iPhone. I am in love. LOVE I say. But yeah, anything to do with switching my Internet makes me a nervous wreck. Something always gets messed up -- I leave it to the hubby, and I get really hyper when it doesn't go right. So hugs.

Smarty Pants said...

I have enough going on right now without an electronics transfer issue. Went for almost 3 weeks without internet when I moved. Bleh.

PM's Mother said...

Being computer illiterate may be a blessing...I know nothing about your troubles!

Liza said...

I really love my new Blackberry Storm, except when it won't let me receive phone calls or emails. At that time I can call out or text out, but do nothing else. Still learning more about the phone, but I really wanted to throw it at the wall on Friday night.

Misty Wright said...

I just upgraded my cable package, which meant a new modem. That equaled problems with my wireless router. I'm pretty good with computers and it wasn't my not knowing what to do. My old router needed upgrading.

I need to close some email accounts as well, LJ. UGH. That means going through them and all that jazz. Sounds like hours of work. But this year I'm going to finsh organizing everything around here. I had to stop with the addition I built. Now, I'm getting it all done. One thing at a time. :)

Hang in there Angel!

Linda Winstead Jones said...

I took one of the classes at the apple store. Me and one other guy, so there was lots of opportunity to ask questions. The teacher had no sense of humor. I asked him if the writing program, Pages, automatically saved or could be set to automatically save, and he said no. I said "Aha, a flaw." He didn't think it was funny at all.

My most recent problem was with printing. I haven't done much printing off the laptop, but needed to print a few pages. Then there was a change, and I needed to print one page. I could NOT find any way to get to a page that let me do anything other than print the whole document all over again. With some help from Maven Linda, expert in all things Mac, I found the way.

There are many things I love about the Mc, but when I get a new office desktop, it'll be a PC. Change is not my friend. :-/


Lynn Raye Harris said...

LJ, that's why I bought Office for Mac. I still use Word because I hate change too, and it's what I'm used to. I know Maven Linda uses Pages just fine -- but I had to have Word. I think I paid $150 for the Student/Teacher edition. It's all I needed, and I'm happy. :)

Angel said...

I'm right there with you on the iPhone, Lynn. Congrats on your new toy!


Christine said...

love my iphone, but no voice recognition. other than that... cool toy...

worst electronic issue: lost my entire mss in a weird way. took me three days to recover it... seriously, i thought I'd have to rewrite it onto the computer using my hardcopy printout from a week or so prior.

But I found it as mysteriously as I lost it... and I am not a computer guru... dh couldn't even find it.

I save save save save religiously and have three backups now.