Wednesday, June 02, 2010

dance, dance, dance this mess around

I shoulda just paid the fifty bucks or whatever and brought the desk top in to be reconfigured for the new router. I really should know by now that when it comes to the battle of will and brains between the computer and me, one of us will always end up in tears. I have learned something this week, though - to take it with a grain of salt when a computer tech guy tells you that it's not all that hard to do yourself.

Because it may not be all that hard for him, but I am an idiot, and I will keep trying to fix something until I succeed in fucking it up irreparably.

18 comments:

Westcoast Walker said...

The damn machines are taking over and the techies are their hapless minions. When Skynet finally goes online later this decade they will develop a centralized sentient A.I. and finalize their nefarious plot to destroy humanity. Until that time they will continue to taunt us with capricious routers, operating system meltdowns and incessant upgrades that they tell us are "necessary".

Verification word = "staet", which we all know is an acronym for a covert group of computer techies hell bent on assisting their masters take over the world - S.T.A.E.T (Surreptitious Techies Advancing Evil Technology)

URBAN BLONDE said...

You should have phoned up my resident computer expert for help. I'd hire the boy out for a price-- say coffee? Ha!

Sean Wraight said...

I must still give you kudos for at least trying... You are a brave woman for traversing 'router' terrain. It can be a complex and mysterious world at best.

Better luck next time though Grasshopper... Your next task, should you choose to accept it- filling your own cavities.

Hey sometimes, you just gotta know when to ask for help... Thankfully you do.

Verification word = "manpat" We all know is that little tap on the back that males will impart when hugging their own species.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Singularity approaches, Matthew, and I am so not ready. I fear I will be one of the first sacrificed to the mother machine and mined for my electrical impulses. It was good run though.

I should have, UB! You pimp out your loved ones for way less than the Duchess of York does.

Oh yes, the manpat, that subtle signal that the hug has gone on long enough already.
I do appreciate the kudos, Sean. Your moral support will give me the strength to face the mental eyerolling that I am going to face when I lug my tower into the computer store today. Then I am headed to the dentist to borrow a drill.

Allison said...

I do not envy you with the router woes. I bet you know more than you think though. Having spent most of my day yesterday teaching a student how to use Word I wanted to bang my head against the wall. I hope taking it in to get fixed isn't too much of a hassle for you.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What person under the age of 30 is not born knowing how to use Word, Al? That is mindboggling. I think your task is infinitely more frustrating than mine, actually.

Jas B said...

The router stuff can be a breeze and mind boggling at other times!

Wandering Coyote said...

Tech guys WOULD say something like that!

umbrellalady said...

Don't feel bad Barb - I just discovered how to unplug the damn router...speaks for itself...lol

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This effort definitely fell into the boggling of the mind category, Jas. Or at least my mind.

When I brought the computer into the shop, he told me you gotta try (tech guys also will say that), but it's good you stopped when you did.

Paper and pencil look pretty good sometimes, don't they, Kathy?

Charlie said...

I have never seen a computer in tears, even as many times as I've kicked mine.

And what the hell is a router?

Take comfort in knowing that you aren't the only idiot on the planet. As a matter of fact, if they ever take idiot roll call, maybe we can stand together.

Johnny Rojo said...

That's one of the reason our home is filled with Macs-- they connect with the router themselves, leaving us non-techies happy.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We can hold each other's hands in the idiot roll call line, Charlie, so that neither of us wander off and get hit by a car.
(the router is the wireless thingy)

These notebooks will usually connect themselves as well, Johnny. Except they have an ongoing feud with the internet in our house.

Gledwood said...

O you've got to be so careful of technical wizzardry, Barbs. You remind me of another technical boffin who advised me and a friend that a certain "self-assembly" wardrobe was "easy" to put up. Two hours later with screws everywhere and no patience left we just left said "wardrobe" (actually it was random pieces of wood. Hardly a wardrobe by any stretch of the imagination) with said technician who put it together then ... WAHEY!!!!! A wardrobe appeared!!

Then my friend, who was peculiar this way, decided she didn't WANT said gigantic, largest-in-range wardrobe in her not-that-spacious bedroom after all. And poor Carpentry Technician had to take all his handiwork apart and return the now random pieces of wood and bagged up screws back to the catalogue company they came from!!

<<%-/....

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oi, what a tale of wasted effort, Gledwood. That is almost as frustrating as DIY computer fixing!

Johnny Rojo said...

I'd suggest you set yourselves down with them and a big bottle of bourbon until the conflict is over. Okay, the conflict may not end, but you and your husband will have a great time..

Deb said...

I am thankful that I have Ty in my life...when things go wrong I simply say "Ty, fix it please" and it magically gets done by the end of the day (our latest addition - a new router...apparently, the old one was creating problems).

I can lend him to you.

I am a killer of all things electronic.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's actually a great plan, Johnny and as good as any of the advice that I have received from the cable company thus far.

Oh man, I wish I had a Ty in my house, Deb! Unfortunately,I am the Ty around here and frankly, I suck at it.