Take this one, for example. I’ve tried repeatedly to throw money at Adobe for some very expensive software. They either don’t like money, or they just don’t like MY money, because I’m having an awful time. If you care to read that saga, go right ahead.
After numerous phone calls, I finally had part of what I ordered. Then the system wouldn’t recognize the disc. <bangs head on desk>
I am not a techie. In fact, I have an awful time just toggling between the dvd player and satellite tv. Troubleshooting installation issues is a touch beyond my scope, but I do know how to restart and run maintenance. Did that–didn’t help. Next up–System Restore. (Oh yeah. I cringed, too.)
By fate, bad luck or just plain stupidity, I chose a random restore point. Turned out to be a bad restore point. Ugh. One more time–Sing it! The next time was better, but it messed up all my Outlook settings. Unfortunately, I have 4 email addies and fussy rules about folder designation for each. Pffft! Gone.
Got that all reset, (mostly, anyway), and still the disc was invisible to my puter. After hours of muttering under my breath, I called up my favorite guru. He had the audacity to understand my problem in seconds.
“Uh, Kelly…? Do you remember when I built your computer, and I told you to fork over the extra bucks for a DVD drive?” “Yeah, but we don’t watch DVDs on the computer.” “Yes, but remember how I told you that you NEEDED one, and you insisted you didn’t?” “Yeah, well building a computer is expensive.” “Look at the box the disc came in. What do the requirements say?” <Sheepishly> “A DVD-ROM drive.” I could hear him grinning all the way through the phone line. He’s lucky I need him to install the new DVD drive or I might’ve sent a horny raccoon his way.
Trying to console myself, I decided to install my snazzy new wireless ergonomic mouse and split keyboard. Oooooh yeaaahhh. No more sore wrists for me! It got halfway through the installation and my computer froze. Really froze. Can’t Ctrl-Alt-Delete froze. Can’t hit the Reset button froze! CAN’T SHUT OFF, FROZE!!! In a panic, I pulled the power. Somebody pick that techie up off the floor, willya? He’ll get stepped on down there.
Crossed my fingers, toes and eyes and restarted. So far, nothing appears fried. Whew!
Finally got my new keyboard and mouse up and running and discovered something. My formerly 85wpm flying fingers are now working at a snail’s pace. This thing is gonna take some getting used to.
My whole week has been like this. Everything I touch turns to caca soup. I’m afraid to hug my children–one of their little arms might pop off or something. If you’re reading this blog, SAVE YOURSELF! Exit out of this window and I mean NOW.
I’ll let you know when the coast is clear again.