We are half way through the first month of the new year and already I want to toss technology out on its ear. Now, before you label me a rebel or freak, hear me out please.
At work, I am ‘the one’ who is most challenged and most frustrated by technology. Naturally we have several members on the team that embrace technology and can make computer programs stand up and dance. Sometimes just getting the blasted machines turned on is a feat worthy of singing for me.
Needless to say, all new programs have to go through the ‘Ryan test’. If I can succeed in the ultimate objective, then anyone can get the job done.
They seem to delight in anything that will force me, kicking and protesting and whining, into the current century. I about had a coronary when they pulled all the paper out of our office and went ‘paperless’.
All this negativity can sometimes give me a complex– as if someone is trying to imply my computer and technology skills are below par. I might not be up there with computer programmers and game players, but I seriously beg to differ.
Just in the last year and a half, I have constructed and designed a website—all by myself. Hello??? Major accomplishment. I have maintained and added new social media sites–all by myself. I have learned more computer skills just by way of blogging then most first year computer students do. I have produced my own book trailer videos. My list could go on. I am proud of what I can do, because most of it I learned on my own and through lots of trial and error–mostly error. However, in the end, I get it done.
But, yes, computers and technology still manage to frustrate me on at least a daily level. Sometimes it might be a phone– a device I happen to think was designed by satan himself. Sometimes it’s automobiles or electricity– things that surely can only be temporary foolishness–right? But usually it’s the computer that makes me grind my teeth.
And it’s the dumbest darn things that do it to. Like links. Someone can send me a link to somewhere. I can click it and bingo–off I go like it was planned time travel. Cool. Great. But when I do the old copy and paste thing to place same link into the body of something else, well, it ceases to work altogether. No click and bingo. Nothing. What is the difference? Or take the program Excel. Why does Excel sometimes decide to corrupt a cell or cells in one line, but leave neighboring cells alone? It’s just enough to ruin the integrity of the document. Why do programs sometimes stop responding on one browser, but once you upload them to another browser, they work just fine and dandy? And why do we bother telling websites to remember our user name and password when it really won’t?
It’s the little things like that which happen to drive me insane. And earn me a reputation of a technology hater. Well, hate is a strong word, let’s go with technology disliker. That’s more applicable.
I cuss, pound the desk, yell and moan, tinker with the problem, until I ultimately solve the problem. Until the next one comes along. It just seems to me things should be easier on these modern contraptions then they appear to be. But maybe I am just old-fashioned.