I lost my best friend, and I was bereft. It was my computer!


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I heard President Clinton talking to Sanja Gupta on CNN. One comment I found interesting was when he discussed social networking, and the young people of today. He was afraid that they won’t be able to engage people in the present here and now.

I do happen to agree that socializing is changing. But, I’m not sure if things are different, it means that they’re worse.

 

I have news for President Clinton, social networking just doesn’t affect young people. It affects people like me. As you know from the title of this blog, I am no spring chicken.

 

My Mac computer’s hard drive gave up the ghost this past week. It just slowed to a crawl, and then it stopped. I was beside myself. It was like a friend or child was sick.

 

So, I hurried over to the Apple store where the poor thing was misdiagnosed. The apple genius thought all I had to do was take off a few pictures. When that didn’t work, I knew it was a more serious case. Just like one of my children, I made another doctor’s appointment, and found out my poor little computer had a definite problem with its guts. (We have something in common because my guts don’t work so good anymore either.)

 

So, I took  the poor patient to a better doctor who correctly diagnosed my little friend as having to get a hard drive transplant.

 

I finally found a reasonably priced place on the other side of town, and took her (my computer is a girl). The hard part is I had to part with her for three days.

 

I was so morose that I had to go to the library and borrow their computer to write my post from yesterday.

 

Seriously, what I realized is that I am addicted to social networking. I like to go on Facebook, and see what everyone is doing. I like to write my thoughts for the day on my blog.

 

When I got to the store, and greeted my little girl with great warmth the receptionist at the store said, “Everyone does that, it’s too funny.” Apparently, she isn’t so attached to social networking.

 

Hopefully, my computer will last at least another year or two. (Just like me!)

What do you think about social networking. Is it a good or bad thing?

 

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My Top 10 Apple Questions: Warning I’m past 60.


These are some questions I have after spending 3 hours trying to get my computer to speed up. My poor Apple genius is going to have to answer these questions when I go in Monday.

1. Why do computers only have a life of several years? We kept our TV’s and stereos for eons. If you’re under 30, you’re probably asking “What’s a stereo?”

2. Why do they tell you to upload software, and then tell you, “Oh,  you don’t have enough gigabytes? So, why didn’t you tell me that before I bought new programs for $50.00 and downloaded them.

3. What is a gigabyte exactly. Where is it, and what does it look like?

4. Why don’t these computers come as a self-cleaning devices, like say an oven?

5. Are there little people inside the computer, fixing it up when you clean it? Okay, I know there aren’t any, but I feel like there are.

6. Who reads the messages I send to apple?

7. What’s the best way to co-ordinate all this stuff on the computer. I have bookmarks, but I’m not sure how to get to them. Or RSS?

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Apple Inc. (Photo credit: marcopako )

8. Why do the apple genius’ look at me like I’m 105? Well, actually, I understand that one.

9. Why is wireless complicated? I can’t seem to connect my computer to my printer. Oh yeah, those go out of date too. They’re old after 2 years.

10. What is an air printer? Is it transmitting messages mysteriously in the air?

The Case of the disappearing post


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I wrote a post on my views on reality television, however, I lost it when I used Zemanta. I ended up with a picture instead of a post!

I have a Mac, and have religiously gone to some of the classes. I’ve even gotten one-to-one instruction. They young genius helpers are patient. They seem to understand that some people of my generation are just not tuned into the technology age.

They find it strange that I ask for a paper and pencil to write things down. It’s something from the 20th century. Don’t I realize it’s now a paperless world? (Which is a good thing because I hate hunting down little pieces of paper).

When I walked into a Best Buy several years ago, I realized things had drastically changed. Fancy cell phones, answering machines, recording devices, and on and on.  What happened to knobs that you turned? What happened to high and low volume switches? What was going on?

When I went into the Apple store to figure out how to use my new computer,  I looked over at the children at the kiddie computers.  It was especially disturbing to see the little boy sitting in the chair with the pacifier hanging out of his mouth expertly playing a game.  These days they must be  born with a computer chip in their brains.

I finally have realized that I need to back up my posts.Because when they’re gone, I don’t have the patience to reconstruct them.

I realized that it can be generational when I sat down with my uncle several years ago, and tried to show him how to use a mouse. He just couldn’t get it. I just didn’t have the patience to wait till he caught on. I suddenly understood why my son looked like he was going to explode when he’d agree to help me every once in a while.

In the meantime, I’ll renew my one-to-one at the Apple Store and keep at it. It’s a good way to meet other people my own age. They’re sitting at the projects table with me.

I have to clarify that there are plenty of people my age who are fantastic at technology. Some of them have been leaders in the field. I guess, some of us are born to adapt to this stuff, and others just have to keep taking classes.

Dare I try to add a picture to this post?  Will it disappear?

Anybody with some simple tips you can give me about word-press? Put it in the comments section.

I’ll reconstruct my reality TV  post tomorrow. I thought it was one of my best.

If you’ve had the same experience, feel free to comment. If you have advice, make it as simple as possible!

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Book Review: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


by Barbara A. Topolosky (hoping4astory)

I’d always surmised that Steve Jobs was a difficult personality to deal with, but after reading his biography, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, I realized I didn’t know the half of it. It was disappointing to learn Jobs was the ultimate control freak, and not that nice to people he considered inferior to him.

It was enough to make me want to sell my MacBook, and ipod and forget about buying a brand new iphone and ipad.

Why Jobs would want anyone to honestly document his life when he was such a spoiled, demanding person is difficult to fathom.

He gave free rein to Isaacson to write an objective biography and Isaacson delivered.

Life didn’t start out easily for Jobs. His biological mother put him up for adoption. Luckily, he was adopted by people who adored him and he developed a close relationship with his father who taught him about quality and craftsmanship.

After his parents sacrificed money so he could attend a pricey private university in Portland Oregon, Reed College, he doesn’t even allow them to accompany him on campus.

What is strange about Jobs is that he adopted Eastern Spirituality and identified with the Hippie Movement in the 60’s although he was hardly for ‘ peace, love, and happiness’―unless it benefited him.

Oddly enough he marketed brilliantly, and he motivated people to meet challenges and accomplish almost impossible goals. He used  and manipulated people. One day you were his best buddy, and the next were out the door.

He worked at an early age to perfect a stare to intimidate people. He insisted that a picture of his stare was on the cover of the book. (His only demand).

I almost wanted to cheer when he got thrown out of Apple. He didn’t  go without a fight.

He wasn’t completely malevolent. He seemed regretful about some of the people he hurt along the way.

His wife was devoted to him. His children respected and loved him. They understood why he didn’t spend a lot of  time with them.

I felt regretful when he didn’t get surgery when his cancer was first diagnosed. It seemed like his own arrogance ended his life prematurely. He wanted to use homeopathic means to control his cancer, but it didn’t work. He finally gave in to the surgery, but it was too late.

Jobs did create useful elegant products and was successful.  He co-founded Apple, and came up with one fantastic product after another. He put Pixar Studios on the map.  You wonder what great things he would’ve masterminded if he didn’t die an untimely death.

I recommend reading this book. You get the behind the scenes look at how Apple and Pixar evolved and the personalities involved. It is the story of a complicated genius.

Although the book is long, it does hold your interest, and is an easy read.

However, I am still wondering if I should ditch my computer.