The workings of the 21st century are obviously far beyond this dinosaur’s scope of understanding. I prefer the simple things in life. A good cup of coffee. Only took me 14..count em…FOURTEEN coffee makers to find one that made a good cup without having to consult the manual each time and fiddle with a dozen buttons. I’ve had it for about 6 years now, and having said that, the jinx is likely in place and it should crash and burn by the end of the week *snort*
I like to just click a button and have the TV come on. Cool. Interesting concept. I have four converters by my TV chair and two by my bed, none of which work independently from the others. One turns the damned thing on, the other works the damned satellite–which is, in itself fodder for an entire blog. I used to enjoy my subscription to TV Guide. I could open it to a page and instantly see what was on, read up a little blurb or two…click and find the station. Some genius must have thought that was too easy. There are now a thousand satellite stations to wade through, most of them duplicated a few hundred numbers apart to distinguish HD from non-HD. There are packages and pay per view and even if you get it all figured out where to find stuff, they keep changing the channels around to make room for more. Our first TV had three stations. My TV in Florida works off an antenna and gets the major networks and I survived! Well, apart from the fact I could only get NBC in the bedroom, which meant I usually fell asleep halfway through a program.
Won’t even go into DVD’s and Blurays and Wii thingies and surroundsound dufii that have to be hooked up and co-ordinated with the main TV…ergo the third and fourth converter. Get an All-In-One? Sure. And a degree in rocket science to know how to use one.
Then we come to the reason for this vent. My loving family bought me a new E-reader for Mothers Day. I ripped it open, could hardly wait to start playing with it. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on The Fifth Witness since it came out last month and thought AHA…how fitting the first book should be that. Flipped open the *easy* to use instructions and after charging up the battery…I spent TWO FREAKING HOURS trying to decipher the *easy* instructions and was no further ahead than when I started. Did Google searches, did the website searches…loaded something that said it would make it work and spent an hour trying to UNinstall it when it nearly seized up my puter. Why can’t they just be plug and play? Why does my brain have to explode before I can get it to work? It’s sitting here on my desk looking at me in all it’s elegant splendor, waiting for my techie son in law to explode his brain matter getting it to work.
Meanwhile, I discovered Tweetdeck, which is one little marvel that actually WERKS without having to tax any more gray matter.
Augh. Just Augh.
On a brighter note, the boys of summer are back and Austin’s first game is tonight. AND my son cut my grass today so the dog can actually walk out on the lawn and not get lost for days. Caught this pic of my pin cherry tree and a busy bee being busy *g*. Maybe spring really IS here.