Tuesday, July 12, 2005

My Tech IQ = 50

I am technology-challenged. I love gadgets, don't get me wrong. I'm just a little slow with using them. Case in point: my husband bought me an Ipod for Christmas last year and it took me two months (yes, two months) to realize that you're supposed to run your finger around in a circle around the little menu pad. I'd been trying to flip through song files by going up and down. That's right, I'm a proud Penn graduate.

Unfortunately, part of my problem is that I adhere to my dad's life philosophy that you never, under any circumstances should read the instructions for anything. This do-it-yourself approach helps only when dealing with Ikea furniture instructions (in Swedish) and pretty much nothng else.

So, recently I went wireless at home. This sounded like a good idea. I am fundamentally lazy, so the idea of not only not changing out of my pajamas to check my email but also not even getting out of bed, well, sign me up. I'm all for it.

Unfortunately, my low tech IQ made the whole wireless thing a bit of a challenge. I couldn't get the damn think to work. I knew I was in trouble when I started feeling like maybe if I just knocked my wireless router with a rock, maybe it would work. I think my low point was when even my computer told me "If you are still having trouble, seek the help of your system administrator."

Since I am my own system administrator, I knew I was in trouble. I never thought I'd miss those IT support guys (and girls) from my old office jobs. The people who didn't make eye contact and talked about Quake a lot. I hated asking for their help because I always feared they would discover that part of my computer problems stemmed from the fact that I had months worth of bagel crumbs in my keyboard.

Anyway, I finally did get the wireless router working. I sacrificed a chicken and did a voodoo dance, and I think that worked. Of course, every other day it decides not to work for some reason, so I only get to email in bed half the week. I suppose that's better than nothing.

Now, if I could only figure out how to get an espresso machine hooked up to my alarm clock, I think I would really be set.

7 comments:

Terri B. said...

My keyboard has sunflower seed hulls and shell bits between the keys. See, you're not alone. :o)

I love reading your blogs. It gives me something of yours to read while you're between books.

Speaking of self-promotion..... I told a few of my close friends that I got an e-mail from this famous author (yes, you) and they were so IMPRESSED. They want to borrow my books but I refuse to hand them over. "She's coming to town to sign all three of them so I have to keep them in good condition," I tell them. My best friend finally broke down and bought her own copy of 'Pink Slip Party', which she plans to read after she finishes 'Confessions of a Video Vixen'. :o)

Cara Lockwood said...

Me? Famous! Wow - someone actually using that word without sarcasm. Thanks, Terri!

Cara Lockwood said...

Me? Famous! Wow - someone actually using that word without sarcasm. Thanks, Terri!

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