Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Great Expectations

I’ve spent the better part of two days trying to work through tech problems – first on my blogger site and then on the several list serves I’m a member of. Here is my story. I expect for some of you this will ring a bell.

We expect things to work. It’s not our fault. We’ve been conditioned to believe this. Technology is our friend. We email and we post and we expect everything to work as planned. Most of the time it does, but sometimes it doesn’t. In an earlier time, we made allowances for human error. Today, however, humans are an add-on. They’re not part of the regular interface. We deal with automation when problems surface and we lack the essential human connection that we need to validate that – at the most fundamental level – we’re not stupid.

This Brave New World that Huxley could never have conceptionalized exists on a daily basis for those of us trying to connect on the internet. What happens when you get an error message? First reaction: I screwed up. Second reaction: Now what?

Today, in an effort to simply reply to an email I uninstalled one virus system and installed another. I installed Firefox to bypass Internet Explorer (IE). Will this help? I truly don’t know. What I do know, however, is that I want to connect with my online compadres and it has become a hit or miss affair.

Tomorrow I’ll resume my food postings and have faith that they’re getting to the people who want to read them. In the meantime, it’s 5:00 and I am going to inhale a very large glass of vino.

7 comments:

  1. Karen, I definitely identify with this post. We keep having trouble with a wireless router so that periodically, in the middle of something important, I lose my internet connection. Not fun. As for Firefox, I've been using it more and more, only occasionally going back to IE to look for bookmarks or check how a website or blog looks. Firefox has been more reliable for me. Good luck getting back to normal.

    Patricia

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  2. Karen, we've all been there. It's frustrating to say the least. Hope everything is running smoothly for you now. Will look for your post tomorrow. Enjoy the wine!

    Nancy, from Just a Thought…

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  3. I so understand what you're going through--we've all experienced it. You're weathered the worst of it and came through a winner.

    Jina
    The Berlin Sex Diary of Lady Eve Marlowe

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  4. Dear Karen,
    I so know how you feel. Hope by the time you get this it is all behind you and the wine relaxed you enough to let go. Technology is the bane of my existence these days. Glad to have you back - missed you!
    Karen
    http://www.karenfollowingthewhispers.blogspot.com

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  5. Poor Karen, I had problem with outlook last week when I was on tight deadline. I was going to smash my computer into pieces. In the end I had to spend some hours to fix it, all because I had too much stuff in outlook. Can't the computer be smart and warned me earlier?

    I hope life gets back to normal for you tomorrow.

    Steamy Darcy

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  6. We've all been there! I finally broke down and bought a new computer last week because I couldn't deal with my old one anymore.

    Hope today's better!

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