Tuesday, March 15, 2011

International Technology Sucks Day

For those of you who were fortunate enough to have missed it, it was yesterday.


I got the trifecta of tech crises--first, my satellite crapped out.  For some inexplicable reason, I could only get a few channels when I turned the TV on that morning--and not channels I really wanted to watch at that time. It's suffered epic fail before--in fact, we just had it serviced last week--but never anything this weird. It's usually all or nothing. If the weather is bad, expect nothing. We get billed for a full month but usually get about half. I found myself wishing we hadn't paid the bill the day before....



Then, my Android phone decided to be contrary...again. Immediately upon being turned on, it had to reboot. It didn't deliver my e-mail. Text messaging was maddeningly slow. It took five attempts (yep FIVE) to check my voicemail because I couldn't get the keypad to come up so I could enter my passcode. (Needless to say, I don't always check voicemail. If I recognize the number, I just call the person back. If I don't recognize the number, well....  That's how the call ended up in voicemail to start with. After you get stuck paying for a lot of calls from wrong numbers, you wise up (at least I did) and let calls from unrecognized numbers go to voice to prevent wasting your minutes.




More often than not, there will be no message left anyway. I changed my number a few days ago after getting calls every hour from someone in another state who never left a message. Go figure. You'd think after hearing my outgoing message the first time, they would have realized they had the wrong number and stop calling!




And...disasters really do come in triplicate, so my netbook had to have problems, too. One of my e-mail accounts alerted me to a Trojan virus. Do they call them Trojans because when they get into your computer, you get screwed? I wonder. I did manage to get rid of that, but not before a long period of sheer, pull-my-hair-out frustration. 


At least I didn't have to reset all of my passwords. I have enough trouble with that on a good day.

11 comments:

  1. Ah, technology. And to add onto it yesterday, one of the sites I follow decided to have a very inconveniently timed hiccup.

    You'd think someone was behind it or something.

    Hello, Skynet. Ready to start killing us lowly humans yet?

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  2. We recently changed to a dish. Somehow, it seems like my regular channels started airing crap the day after we had the cable removed. Coincidence? I don't think so.

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  3. Our Brighthouse is out on the Hi-Def t.v. Don't know what sweetman is going to do. Mercury goes retro soon. That could be part of the problem. On tomorrow's blog, I'll post the beginning and ending date. It'll be a great time to edit our writings.

    Have great day! Love your sense of humor, Norma.

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  4. Yikes! Passwords, virus...technology? AAAAAAHHHH!

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  5. We're paying for the movie channels up here with Rogers, but, when we got the XBox, it comes with Netflix...so, we decided to go with the Netflix because it was cheaper. So, when Chris went to cancel the movie channels, they won't let him or something...and when he goes to do it online, it says something else. I don't know, but it all points to a conspiracy if you ask me...

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  6. All of this sounds so familiar. Technology - can't live with it; can't live without it. But the corporate bosses - them I can live without.

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  7. Technology is a wonderful thing, except when it's not.

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  8. You know I agree considering my entire blog post disappeared never to return. Then after reposting I couldn't figure out how to reactivate the comments. What a pain in the a&%. And yes passwords are the WORST. They say reset them every 3 weeks, I say that's f-in crazy talk.

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  9. Whevever my six yr old skypes or plays with her virtual pet (the playstation scans our living room and makes it look like the pet is really in the room, on the tv screen) I can't help but think of those cheesy 80's movies where they had fake futuristic technology. It's creepy to me that some of that stuff has actually been made.

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  10. I used to be an I.T. consultant. Underline "used to be".

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  11. Norma, what an awful day! Love your comment regarding Trojans (LOL):). Technology is great--when it works, but when it doesn't, it really does suck!

    BTW, you have an award waiting at my blog;)! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and that your technological gizmos behave themselves!

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