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Taking lame to whole new levels

Caroline was trying to print a paper for school on my computer yesterday.  She tried and tried but there was an error that she couldn’t figure out (which is saying something because she fixes all things computer related around here).  So I told her to fire up our old computer (which takes FOREVER).  She didn’t really like that idea at all.

After muttering under her breath about having to use the “slowest computer in the world” she said “Mom, I’ll just save it to a flash drive and print it out before school tomorrow in the library.  It’s way easier.”  (Which, of course,  meant I’d have to get up even earlier … not that I’m complaining or anything … I’m just sayin’).

She made uploading it to a flash drive sound so simple …. so effortless.  In other words, SO beyond anything I know how to do.

I didn’t feel like this was a good time to mention to her that HBU had given me a flash drive so I could store my lectures.  They assumed much … first, that I’d know how to use it and second, that I’d think it unusual to not have notes written on the back of a printed out recipe or something.

And, as much as I LOVE reading your comments, please don’t email me about how simple it really is to store something on the flash drive.  Don’t ask me if I’ve backed up my hard drive either (I haven’t and I don’t know how).  In addition, don’t ask me about my zip drive (is that the same as a flash? The only thing I know about drives is that  it is DRIVING me crazy that I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing.

I mean the very fact that this blog posts as often as it does is the equivalent of a modern day miracle.

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  The first day of class at HBU we do class introductions.  Whoever says they are an I.T. major or that they enjoy computers…well, I make them my “official technology person” for the class.  It’s kind of like a kindergarten teacher assigning someone to be line leader.  It instills a sense of purpose and pride I think.  Even if it doesn’t, it works for me.  My sister would call this delegating my responsibilities, I call it genius.

Oh, and just a word about comments.  As I said, I do love them.  Not many people make them and that’s either because approximately two people read this blog or they are blog lurkers who read and don’t comment.  Lurkers are welcome, but this week I got comments on about nine different posts and all the comments were in Chinese.  And as much as I like Kung Pao Chicken, I had no idea what they said.

More than likely it was a spammer and I’m telling you all this because I had to change the blog back to the old way of posting comments whereby you now need a password or google id to comment.  That pretty much means if you are technologically illiterate like me, you’ll never, ever comment.  It’s really not that hard, but I totally understand if you don’t want to even try.

Because it’s the same for me with the flash drive.

Comments: #

Deanne - Feb 5, 2010

I won’t tell you that flash drives are easy. I totally understand - there are some aspects of all of this technology that still get the best of me.

rootsandrings - Feb 5, 2010

I won’t tell you that flash drives are easy… even though they are. And I’m computer retarded! :)

I hate spam comments. HATE THEM. But Wordpress does a good job of sending them to my spam folder.

HoustonGurly - Feb 5, 2010

Ha, ha! I won’t mention the WORD ‘fd’ to you. Ever. (Although I heart mine.)

Spam comments are no fun. However, did you try to google translate them? Maybe it’s a legitimate reader from China or Japan or something…

Katie - Feb 5, 2010

You just make me laugh every day! Listen, my husband is CTO of a software company, and I wouldn’t know how to back something up if he walked me through it. My talents lie elsewhere, and I’m fine with that.

Deb - Feb 6, 2010

Sorry about the Chinese posts. I thought you could read them!

I am NOT joking about this. As I received the email notification of the blog post I had LITERALLY just transferred something from my old “slow as Christmas” computer to my “fast as lighting, gotta love it” Mac on a FLASH DRIVE! In fact, the FD is still sticking out of my Mac keyboard (did you know there is a USB port on the side of it?) Hilarious! Tell you what, if you’ll bring your FD and your computer next weekend, we’ll have a brief lesson. I’d even show you how to set up automatic backups using Time Machine on your Mac (but you’ll need an external hard drive for that and that might send you over the edge!) OR you could just continue to rope in a gullible IT student to do it for you and we can spend our time eating smush cookies!

The other funny thing is that I rarely comment here because even though I am not that technologically illiterate, I always seem to have trouble posting a comment. Usually has something to do with me forgetting my password, etc! I read every post and love them all!

Can’t wait to see you next weekend!

Debbie - Feb 0, 2010

So funny! And I really won’t make any sarcastic comments about the flash drive or back ups! I’ve had issues with the Chinese…or whatever other hieroglyphic it is…lately myself. All my comments are now moderated which I hate, but it is out of necessity. Anyway, I wanted to thank you for linking up with Arkansas Bloggers. Kathy Beaumont is working on our web page design, but she has had computer virus issues herself lately. The new logo is up on my page if you want to post it. If you don’t mind, I need to know the name of your town. We will be posting links by area at some point. You can either email that to me or just leave a comment :) on my blog. Thanks a bunch.