Thursday, January 05, 2012

A Day of Frustration

Today was a day of frustration. A day to come to terms with just how much there is to know in these fast moving times.
As I mentioned a month or so ago, I bought a MacBook Pro which had the latest software on it. The desktop iMac had the previous version of software. Normally that's OK, especially with Apple products, but the newer PC utilized a new feature called iCloud which allows you to sync up the calendars and contacts of all your devices but there was one hitch. All the devices has to have the latest software.
The last month has been a little aggravating because I'd make a calendar entry or add a contact on my desktop but when I was on the road and needed the updates, they weren't there.
So today was the day I decided to fix that. I won't make you suffer through all the mis-steps that I made, but suffice it to say, I felt like a novice user, when in fact, I'm quite handy with computers.
I pretty much lost a day, but on the upside, all my devices are synced up now which should make life a little easier.
Today also drove home the notion that no matter how much you think you know, there's still a lot to learn. I also realized at the end of the day that if I'd taken advantage of the computer skills I've accumulated over the past 30 years, that I would have saved myself about 6 hours of frustration, and in the end, maybe that's the lesson I should take to heart.
Y'all have a great Friday.


  1. The new iCloud doesn't work with 10.6.8 system, I need Rosetta (for Appleworks) which doesn't work with Lion. I had to replace my desktop but NOT have Lion installed. Frustrating. I like the look and feel of Lion (tried it out at a friends. Frustrating not to use iCloud. I spend hours (and I started with Apples from day 1 of their sales history) figuring out how to make things work (for my dad, my brother, my self, and at my retired from job at work). I thought I was good but the problems are not longer as simple to solve as they were even 10 years ago. Have to keep reading online support groups (well I did that over all the past years, once online support groups were invented that is).

  2. Rick- sorry, I don't speak PC-ese" so I don't know what your blog was about tonight. :) It didn't sound like fun, but that is just a wild guess on my part.

  3. Thought I was all modern when I got my Macbook, but that didn't last too long. Most stuff I try to download doesn't work with Leopard. Sometimes I wish they'd just leave things alone.

  4. Have you opened a Google+ account, yet? All the Apple Geeks hang out there, Rick. I've had a few times when I only needed to pop a concern into my 'stream' and I'd get help. But if you hook up to play City of Wonder through there... you'll find 'em coming to you like a herd of cattle. LOL

  5. You lost me at MacPro..something..anyway, I'm happy I can post on my blog and open my email!

  6. I got the Mac upgraded but I've spent today trying to make our recording software work.
    The difference was that today, I didn't get frustrated....but then the software still isn't working so I guess the jury is still out.
    I don't think it's an Apple problem, I think it's an Avid
    Pro Tools problem.
    I'll chip away tomorrow.

  7. I love learning, except when I'm incapable of understanding what I'm trying to learn.



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