Death by a thousand duck bites

Technology – is there anyone who does not have a love/hate relationship with it?

It’s “supposed” to be easier and easier. Sure – windows and the Mac o/s sure are easier than the old “non operating” system of the old days – otherwise known as DOS.

But no matter how it’s touted and sold, I have yet – just once please – to acquire a new piece of technology that does not frustrate me at some point, usually sooner rather than later. I have to breathe deeply, assume a Zen-like approach. It’s either that or throw the damn thing through the window and that would be very harmful to the window.

Here are my two latest – two in one day mind you! It’s almost too much to bear. First, the camera connection kit for my iPad. It just doesn’t work – period – simple as that. I plug it into my iPad and the message is “error – not enough power” Or at least, that’s the gist of the message. Come on – really?

After spending upwards of an hour on the Internet looking at every troubleshooting site including the YouTube hacker who had a workaround with a USB multi connector (which I have and tried and that didn’t work either) I gave up. Called Staples where I bought it and he said it must be defective. Told me to come in and pick up a new one.

Can you imagine if we bought appliances like this? Every second one or so is defective? How do tech companies get away with this?

Sigh – okay – next. You’ll love this one. Last year I bought my Garmin GPS – Love it! Time to update maps – I have a lifetime updater because that’s what I bought. So I plug it into my computer – take all the necessary steps and then it tells me I don’t have enough space for the maps and have to choose what I want to update – US or Canada. Huh? Okay, I think – most of my trip is in the States. I will keep my old maps of Canada. I update. Then I begin to program my trip. I get to a via point in Canada and guess what? Right – Canada no longer exists on my GPS. Do I want to program the Cayman Islands? They are still there. But not Canada. Why????

No answer on the support pages on the Garmin site. I call the help line. I get through. Oh – simple solution, the guy says. I have to buy an expansion card (what happened to my free lifetime updater?) and all will be well.

Yup – technology. Love it. Hate it. Can’t live without it. Or maybe I can.

Maybe one day I will even try. But not yet – no not yet. Later this week I will grit my teeth and head to Staples and Future Shop. Wish me luck.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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