I’m thankful I didn’t kill someone.
Two and a half months ago, my computer black-screened. I turned it on and got nothing. So I took it into a tech guy. He spent a day checking it out and then said he could save all my data, clean up the computer, and put the data back on – or, since my computer would probably die within a year, he could get me a new laptop and put everything on it. I opted for the new computer. During that time, I called him during office hours several times and he didn’t pick up. I left messages and he never called me back. He called me one time. The only way I could get him to talk to me was to show up in his office and stand in front of his desk.
I’m thankful I didn’t go kung-fu on his behind. (And am thinking I should possibly learn some kung-fu.)
He loaded some, but not all of my data. He put Palm on my computer, but none of the years of info I had input. And now I can’t sync the Palm on my computer with my handheld Palm because my handheld is so old it’s not compatible with the new laptop. So, I’m now putting it all on Microsoft Outlook, one contact at a time. That’s approximately 1000 entries.
I’m thankful I didn’t bop him over the head when he started his one and only phone call to me with “As I told you last time I called…”
He did not load my Microsoft Suite, but instead loaded Microsoft Starter, which only works in compatibility mode and expires in 30 days, and when I try to open a document, just whirs and whirs and won’t open unless I first open the program then ask it to open the document.
I’m thankful for my iPhone and iPad, which I used to try to keep up with email and my weekly newsletter. I’m thankful for my husband’s computer, which I could use when he was out of town. I’m thankful for friends who sympathized with me and called to remind me of meetings or appointments. And I’m even thankful for the tech guy being still alive. And me being not in jail.
What are you thankful for?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Helen Ginger is an author, blogger, freelance editor and writing coach. She teaches public speaking as well as writing and marketing workshops. In addition, her free ezine, Doing It Write, which goes out to subscribers around the globe, is now in its twelfth year of publication. You can follow Helen on Twitter or connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Helen is the author of 3 books in TSTC Publishing’s TechCareers series.