• I Hate Technology!

    I hate technology! Now, I know you find that hard to believe since Stacy and I own a very busy website that we are constantly trying to make bigger and better for you. However, I stand by my statement that at least some of the time I am completely and totally overwhelmed to the point of simply hating technology.

    The problem came in a couple of weeks ago when I just had to make too many changes too fast in the way I do things.

    First of all, Rickey has wanted me to upgrade my iPhone for a very long time. I’m not sure why since I liked my phone just fine the way it was, but he finally made me do it.

    I’m sure I’ve gained something from the whole painful experience, but right now all I can see is that I lost most of my contacts (probably yours, by the way); I lost my pictures (don’t use it for personal pictures, all snaps of something I needed for business); my email account was deleted, and my text messages (which had info that I desperately need) are gone forever.

    As my mom would say, “Strike One!”

    And just for the record, if you ask me why I don’t backup my phone, one of us is probably going off of the bridge.

    Now, in the middle of my phone chaos, we decided to finally bite the proverbial bullet (Yes, I know I split that infinitive to pieces!) on the internal camera battle I’d been waging with myself for months.

    We’ve needed a new camera for certain shots for a while now and, of course, that meant we also needed a new lens. Knowing how I hate change, I visited with two different people who have the exact same camera and lens that I was considering and who assured me that they pretty much just point and shoot.

    Soooooo……I took the plunge and ordered the camera. It arrived before my heart had quit racing from the phone escapade, and I put it together. OF COURSE it does nothing that even resembles point and shoot for me.

    Luckily our local photographer is a great friend (He’d have to be to put up with my ranting!) and he worked with the camera for hours before determining that he didn’t have a clue.

    Of course, you can picture me in the background screaming something to the effect that when one pays the kind of money the camera shop had the nerve to charge me, he should get a camera that can go take the danged pictures by itself!

    “Strike Two!”

    Okay, so at this point I have a phone that runs slower than before and no way to contact most of the people with whom I do business. We also have agreed to do a job that requires the new camera, and it simply does not work. Nothing else can go wrong, right?

    WRONG!

    Texansunited.com has been very, very hard on my laptop that is never far from my side these days. I beat the keys way more hours a week than most people are even awake, and I guess it decided that to get any rest at all it was going to have to just give up and die!

    The only problem was that it did not let me in on that decision and it died with all of my files inside.

    I thought I was going to have to call “Strike Three” right here, but thankfully, Ric can do most anything and with a paperclip and scotch tape (I am not making this up!), he resurrected the thing long enough for me to grab my files and run. However, I now have a phone that texts slower than our dog could type and a camera that has no clue how to set its ISO (I’ve had initials thrown at me until I just want to scream!). I also have a dead computer.

    Luckily, I have a Mac that I do audio/visual work on, and I decided I might as well learn to use it for everything until the store gets my new computer. Of course, my old computer was insensitive enough to die right during a freak snowstorm on the northeast coast and shipping was delayed.

    So, not to lose time, which would mean losing a week on United, I pulled out the Mac and just sat down and cried. It doesn’t have Word on it, and I just don’t want to learn anything else. But, determined not to be dissuaded, I knew what I could do…yep, I wrote everything in email, sent it all to myself, and had Rickey pull out another paper clip and scotch tape and help me hold the old computer together until we managed to get another week up on Texans United.

    Today, my phone is still slow and the camera is still a mess; however, I do have a new laptop that is as big as a desktop. The internal settings have yet to be figured out by me or the help I have solicited. At the moment it takes me way too long to even send an email, but I’m heading out the door once more to solicit the help of an expert.

    I will say that what few pictures I’ve managed to take with the new camera (that are worth anything at all) are actually great. My very slow phone did gain a couple of cool features, and I am amazed at how gorgeous things look on my new computer screen.

    Okay, so maybe I don’t hate technology, but I do positively, absolutely HATE change!…Fredda Davis Jones

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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