It’s A Wonder…

Sometimes, I amaze myself at how brilliant I can be and other times, it’s a wonder I can walk and chew gum at the same time. Seriously. I’ll explain.

I can fix most every problem I have ever had with my computer, laptop, printer, etc., with little to no help. Sometimes I have enlisted the help of my brilliant, tech-savvy brother in law, but most times I’ve not had any help, other than my own research and troubleshooting skills. Since we got our very first internet-capable computer back in 1993, I can count on one hand how many times we’ve taken the computer to a computer repair shop. That was in the early days of my computer experience and I have learned a LOT since then!

Over the years, I’ve had to call tech support for one thing or another… More times than not, they’ve been of no help. I normally end up fixing the problem myself because they can’t. I’ve done hundreds of hours researching one issue or another. Last week, I had a problem with my wireless printer, and I thought it would be quicker for them to help me fix it but…after 45 minutes the problem still wasn’t solved and they referred me to someone else. I ended up fixing the problem myself. I should have done that in the first place but I was trying to save some time, since they’re supposed to be the experts. Snort!ย 

Moving along… A couple of weeks ago my Android tablet stopped working. It turned on but it wouldn’t connect to the internet. No matter what I did, it wouldn’t connect. My WiFi was working, other devices connected, and it had just been used less than 12 hours prior. I couldn’t figure it out so I decided to reset to factory settings. One of the first things you do when you reset is to set up your internet connection, but it wouldn’t/couldn’t cooperate. I tried and tried and tried again…for days. I couldn’t find any information online that actually applied to this issue. The tablet is several years old…10 years maybe…so I figured it’s time for a new tablet.

After a 2 week wait, my new 10″ Android tablet arrived and along with being WiFi capable (aren’t they all these days?), you can also insert a SIM card and use it to make phone calls. That’s probably the norm with tablets these days, I don’t know. I don’t really need to use my tablet as a phone unless my phone decides to take a dump, but I thought I’d be brave and check it out. Well, check it out I did without any research – IF they had included a decent instruction manual then I would have at least read that – but I didn’t read anything. I don’t know anything about SIM cards, never really thought much about them before, so the fact that I didn’t research or read or ask anyone anything was UNBELIEVABLY STUPID of me! I didn’t think about the SIM card in my phone being a micro card. I put that micro card in the tablet’s SIM card slot and LOST it. FOREVER. It was stuck in there and nothing I did could retrieve it. The new tablet does not take a micro SIM card. STUPID ME.

So, I had to buy a new SIM card for my phone which I am waiting for FedEx to bring at this very moment.

For someone who can troubleshoot, research, and fix many computer issues, and normally does research on somethingย every damn day…I was incredibly stupid and my brother in law is probably still laughing at me.

Sometimes it’s a wonder I can walk and chew gum at the same time.

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PS

Last night I decided to turn on my old tablet and see one last time if it would cooperate. Well, guess what?!? I was able to set the connection and I was online in less than a minute. I was LIVID!

9 thoughts on “It’s A Wonder…

  1. Okay we all have those moments Deb, but…..are you going to be able to get that micro-SIM card out of your new tablet?
    I was trying to find the camera on my new desktop at work, because I had a Webex call I needed to get on. I couldn’t find it, because my old computer had it built in and I could see the lens right in front of me. As I looked and looked, and getting more and more frustrated I found the CD rom disk insert thingy, and I kept pushing it down because I didn’t want that, I wanted the damned camera!!!
    Well guess what? I didn’t look hard enough at the what I thought was the CD rom disk thingy, I just kept pushing it down because I needed to find the stupid camera. The IT guy came in, and popped open the “CD” thingy, and low and behold it was the fucking camera! Yes, I had a moment of stupidity because I thought the camera on my desktop computer was built into it somehow. I mean it is, but it pops out when you need it, and here I thought it was the CD disk thing-a-ma-fuck…..Ugh.

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    • Nope, the SIM card is stuck forever, I’m afraid. No worries. I purchased a new card. It should arrive today. It was supposed to be here yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I guess we do all have those moments. Mine are becoming more frequent. Lol. It sucks! I’m glad you finally found the camera! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sure it was pissing you off! BUT give yourself a break! It was a NEW desktop, right? It takes time to familiarize yourself with new electronics! โค

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  2. seems to me that technology grows faster than we age. Sounds like we share the dial up thingies from 2 decades ago . Never had the need for computers or cell phones until it became a life saving necessity. Driving a taxi on the grave yard shift…when the “pay phones” were beginning to fade out of existence. Been doing most of everything on my smart phone the past 10 years, now back to doing things here on my laptop (has more space) I do believe I am catching up …sooner than later

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    • Oh, technology needs to slow down! I can’t keep up. There was a time when I was knee deep into everything new that came out. I taught myself code and built my own website, and a few for other people. I had all kinds of gadgets and was so very proud of myself for learning all this awesome stuff BUT NOW it drives me insane! I guess my brain is getting to old for such complicated BS. Lol. I can still do it…but it take me longer to figure things out. Ugh. Too bad we can’t go back in time to when things were much simpler. โค Thanks for reading!

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  3. I feel for you! I’ve done something similar, I put the sd card in upside down and backwards! I have been that frustrated before and please forgive me my dear friend, since we hang out from time to time, when I finished reading and got to the clip at the bottom I could picture you making a face and shaking devices! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ I laugh because I have been there and if we can’t laugh at ourselves, and our friends, family and pets, who would we laugh at, being stuck at home and all?!!! I pray all the rest works out well soon! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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    • Yes, my face was probably just like that with many swear words coming out of my mouth! Yes, we have to laugh at ourselves and each other from time to time. No forgiveness necessary, my friend! I guess everyone has those moments where they just want to shake something and maybe even throw it out of the damn window! Thanks for reading! โค โค

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