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Friday, June 10, 2011

I surrender!

It should be an easy thing to do.... sending a quick email a few minutes before I start my day.  Well, let me tell ya, nothing is ever easy or quick for me.  Yesterday I had sent a message to a couple of people just to confirm that emails are getting through at last.  I've had trouble for several days and I wanted to be sure. 

Ok the test emails go through and I get a reply from them.  I believe that means I can send the emails again.  So I start sending the messages I had spent time typing a few days before.  One is an online interview for a newsletter.  It has attachments of photos of my work to go along with the interview part.  Shouldn't be that difficult.... right?  Attach the photos and send.  An easy process.

No such luck for me!  Just look at all the bounced emails.  I'm glad I sent a copy to myself each time.  What's weird is that I got my copy just fine but the ones going out to others didn't go through. 

Becoming more frustrated I think.... maybe an update for the ATT email would help?  I spend a few minutes looking at the information I find.  It looks safe enough.  I can't do anything with my email the way it is right now so why not?  I click to get the update.  So what happens?

My dang computer freezes after several different frames try to open at once.    I can't close it.  I can't go back.  I can't go forward.  I can't turn off the computer either.  I wait for almost an hour for it to unfreeze..... nothing.  I know I'm not supposed to but I pull the plug from the wall.  Wait a couple of minutes then plug it back up.  It would be no different than if the power went out for a few minutes. 

I go through a thirty minute routine of letting my computer boot up and getting to my email.  The new email should work..... right?  Yeah, well, it still bounces back messages to me.  I keep trying..... and keep trying.... but still get stuff bouncing back to me. 

I try several different ways to send the messages.  Forwarding, re-addressing, etc.... still having problems.

I try something different... can you see the box at the bottom?  I get blank pages opening up. 

Ok, I think maybe I must be doing something wrong or else it would work.  I decide to print the instructions so I can have a hard copy in front of me as I go through the steps.  Well gosh dang it!  The printer is low on ink and prints only part of it.  So now I have to spend time figuring out how to refill the ink.  I've never done it for this new printer.  I decide not to do the ink because I have enough occupying my mind right now. 

I keep trying to send the emails.  I open one of them to check to see if the address is right.  Yes, it's right.  So why the heck won't it work????

I'm still getting those darned things from "mailer daemon".  Doesn't that word look like "demon"?  Well, that's what it feels like to me.... like a demon has taken over my computer. 

Ok, now what do I do?  I can't email the people to tell them I can't email them.  A couple of customers are waiting to hear from me.  Margaret is waiting for an interview reply.  People have sent comments on my blog.  And I can't let anyone know I'm trying.... really I am.  So the only thing left for me to do is admit defeat and say


Technology has finally gotten the best of me.  I'm not sure I want to keep trying anymore.  It would not be so bad if sending emails was the only problem I had right now.  Nope, I have trouble with all kinds of things.  I have a camera I know nothing about except to point and click like the old film type cameras.  I have an mp3 player I've never been able to make operate.  I have a fancy new house phone, yet I can't figure out how to make the answering machine in it operate.  When I simply plug up my camera to put photos on the computer, no less than 7 different photo storing software programs all open up at once.  I can't get them to stop fighting with each other.  I'm trying to create patterns for portrait quilts and can't make heads or tails out of my notes to go along with Photoshop Elements software which I don't understand how to use.

Ok, the list of technology problems would take up way too much time for me to describe them all.  I'm at the point of deciding whether or not I should close down my blogs and give up the internet.  Along with getting rid of anything technology based too.  No fancy phone, no mp 3, no tv.... and most of all.... no computer to mess with my mind.  I've spent all my savings on garden stuff so there is no money for taking the computer to the 'puter doctor.

I say it again.... I SURRENDER!  Hmm.... if you are waiting on an email or a comment reply from me and happen to be reading my blog... I'm sorry.  I'm trying, really I am.  Ok, maybe updating to Foxfire or Google or something instead of Internet Explorer would help?  Does anyone know how I can get that?  

I think I'll turn off the computer and go eat a gallon of chocolate ice cream. 


Gail said...

I used Mozilla Firefox for years and had only an occasional problem, most of which were my fault! Download it, it's free and easy to use. Also use your Add/delete software function (at "My Computer") and get rid of those excess photo programs (and any other unused or duplicate programs)! I hate to admit that I, too, can only do the basic stuff with my technology! I should spend way more time with the owner's manuel! Except they are always written in "Geek Speak"! Good luck, I'd hate to see you give up on the internet-love your blog (especially when you write about your "Grandma Mama."

sweet lemonade gal said...

Hi Anita,

Sounds like you may have a bug. Get a security program like Norton. It will to virus scans automatically, or you can do them yourself.

blessings, jilly

Beth in AZ said...

I'm having my own computer troubles! When I read blogs, I sign into Google to get to GoogleReader. But then when I want to comment, it tries to log me in as 'anonymous' and /or makes me sign in again. And then STILL does not recognize me! I had to sign directly on to your blog to comment. Computer HOOPS..hate 'em!

Beeshebags said...

Hi Anita,

I've only just discovered your blog, to read that you maybe deserting the internet....no need to do that....my suggestion is to do away with Internet Explorer and get Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox , for which I've included links for you in the <> brackets.

If you have any further dramas, please stop by my blog and comment....and I'll head back over and try and help you further.


Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

The chocolate ice cream sounds REALLY good!! Yeah, computer problems DO seem to be cropping up everywhere. I've fixed four of them during the past 2-3 wks, the circulation system at work has been giving me fits and a friend just called to have me help her figure out if her computer had a problem or if it was the sites she was needing to get into. Solved that one at least....the college site she needed to get into must be down and the other site failed to renew their domain name. No matter what the problems is, it's still Aggravating with a capital A.