Monday, November 23, 2009

Help Wanted: Inquire Within

I am the complete opposite of technologically gifted.  Whatever that would be, I am.  I assure you, the Geek Squad would NOT be calling on me to join their ranks.  Steve Jobs is definitely NOT knocking on my door to offer me a job.  Radio Shack wouldn't even want me working for them, for that matter.  In fact, I barely know what a hard drive is much less how to spell HTML.  

I have a basic cell phone and still only recently figured out how to save photos and send text messages on it.  In February I bought a new Canon Rebel and still have yet to figure out how to use it beyond the "automatic" and "no flash" settings.  My video camera has capabilities way beyond my limited understanding of its functions.  It's all such a waste.

In a world that is so quickly advancing I feel like I'm being left behind.  It stresses me out and frustrates me beyond belief.  I would love to know what I'm doing so I could keep up.  Technology has the ability to make my life EASIER, but instead my lack of knowledge cripples me and has me struggling at every turn. Surely there is an easier way for people like me, to whom an understanding of technology does not come easily.  All I want is to figure out the basics and not feel like I'm missing something or throwing away the possibilities that are available to me.

I am beginning to feel a new sense of understanding for my Grandma who, at 91 never knew how to use a computer, never owned a cell phone, thought cable television was complicated, and never did figure out how to program her VCR even with explicit written instructions.  I could use some explicit written instructions.

I'm not asking for much.  I'd just like to be able to decipher the error code my hard drive that stores my iPhoto library has been giving me.  I'd like to figure out how to get my printer/scanner/copier to work so I could print mapquest directions or an email from time to time.  I want to figure out an easy way to make my Time Machine back up run automatically without having to think about it too much.  I could use a simpler means through which to upload, edit, store and back up my photos.  Not to mention making my blog pretty or figuring out how to make a header for my page or increase my margins so I can use bigger pictures.  I'm struggling here.  Some people need housekeepers or nannies.  I need a resident computer geek.  Anyone looking for work?


Melissa said...

I wish I could help you... but no. I can't. I just leave things until someone else comes along who can fix them. Over the weekend I temporarily deleted my blog by not following the upgrade instructions. The totally simple, "5 minute install" instructions. Yeah. But... at least you're not alone? Doesn't make the printer work, but maybe makes you less irked when you look at the non-functional printer? Maybe?

Sarah said...

Oh deary deary dear....And this is one of the reasons that I feel so incredibly lucky. Because I do, indeed, have that resident techy geek here. Although, when it comes to the blog, I've been able to geek it out myself. But as far as broken laptops, printers, screens, backup? Yup. I pass it all along to my husband, who is ridiculously swamped with his own work already.

Um. If it's an Apple issue can you read the forums? Or go to the genius bar for help in an Apple Store? I would totally say CONSULT GOOGLE FOR EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING. Most answers can be found online.

It's just the time and motivation you need. Those are usually harder to find than the answers. Good LUCK!