Monday, February 09, 2009
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.