I write this at the risk of sounding like a complete ninny because I AM a ninny when it comes to all things technological.
I am just not made for this world, sad but true.
I can barely operate any one of the (seventeen) remotes in our house and you will frequently find me standing screaming (or kicking) at some piece of gadgetry, or machinery in our house because it’s not doing what I tell it to.
I often feel awkward and stupid because everyone else around me (even five year olds) seem to be able to navigate their way around this environment of screens and buttons with fluid ease, whereas I am like an alien who has time traveled from the dark ages.
So, word press appears to have changed things?
I say appeared because I haven’t seen anyone else complain or mention….Probably no big deal to all you other technically savvy people, but to me when something changes (Or if I think something has changed) in my little familiar computer world it is as though someone has walked into a blind persons sitting room and moved a piece of furniture!
When I go to my admin page , where there used to be that top bar saying “reader….notifications….stats…. etc, it seems someone has plucked the “notification” button from its rightful familiar, very handy place.
I don’t know about you, but I became very reliant on that notifications tab because my email inbox at the moment looks like the bottom of my handbag.
I know you’re supposed to DELETE email, but…..I forget.
I belong to freecycle see, so I get hundreds of emails on a regular basis, and there they pile up. The body count is horrendous. Plus now with all the word press stuff coming in….well… For about two weeks now I have simply been afraid to check my email.
Oh I know….join the queue, directly behind my husband who wants to strangle me, frequently for my ninnyness -although that is NOT quite the word he uses.
Also, it seems something has gone awry with my browser, Opera. It’s been playing silly buggers with me whereby if I click somewhere on a page it suddenly ….goes somewhere else.
Man! It’s like there are people in my computer playing practical jokes…sitting there laughing heartily while they watch me having hissy fits here because they’ve gone and done something that they KNOW will make me extremely upset with NO idea of how to fix it.
By the time I approach my husband with the problem there is steam coming out my ears and I am speaking in a tone that sounds as though I’ve inhaled helium, which makes his tone rise and then we argue and have a helium tantrum together.
All in all technology is having a rather negative effect on our marriage.
I didn’t know either that you’re not supposed to ignore that box that pops up with annoying frequency saying something about “Upgrading Opera”.
Why do I want to upgrade it? It’s working FINE. If it ain’t broke why fix it, is my motto.
Well apparently this doesn’t apply to the computer world.
Everything needs to be upgraded ALL THE TIME, I don’t know,, to make people feel hip and cool because life in the technology world is just one long “Let’s look really smart and savvy because we’ve got the latest greatest totally up to date, to the minute, UPGRADE”
Never mind all us blind people who just want to know that the sofa is to the left of the wall near the light switch opposite the TV which is next to the pot plant in front of the window!
I don’t want to feel hip or cool. I just don’t want bruised shins every five seconds!
Anyway, so after a major tantrum last night whereby I enlisted the help of all the other technically savvy people in my house (everyone except me that is) my husband pointed out to me that there is a new icon thingy on word press… a flag-ish looking thingy that changes to a star when you click on it to the right of the top of the admin page that indeed is where all the notifications are hidden.
Why do that?
Please tell me?
Was the word “notifications” there somehow offensive to some?
What was wrong with its position there? Was it cluttering up “the room”?
Was it receiving too much sunlight , so now has been retreated into some dark shadowy corner of the room?
Why the bleeping bleep did you move it word press?
Just to confuse me?
To make me feel fragile and insecure in this nice little world of familiarity I had been feeling so comfortable and safe in?
Is everyone else now sitting back and smiling widely saying “Oh thank GOD word press finally came to their senses and moved that damn notifications button. It was so bloody ugly, and in the way there sitting in the middle of the reader and the stats buttons!”
Actually, if indeed it’s somehow just a glitch on my computer (hey it’s possible, isn’t it? Hell, I don’t know….seems anything is possible when it comes to computers!) and nobody else’s notification button has migrated from its rightful place then this whole post is extremely useless.
Go on, laugh at me. I know you are.
All you whizzes out there who don’t experience extreme anxiety and paranoia when it comes to upgrading browsers or things like Windows bloody 8.
What was wrong with 1 2 3 4 5 6 and bloody 7?
It’s like the Halloween movies.
They don’t change MUCH, same old gore same old bloodshed….so why BOTHER?
I don’t want COOL. I just want things to friggin’ WORK!
::::::banging head on desk:::::::
So, my husband tidied up my email inbox last night. (about time he tidied SOMETHING.)
Wow! What a difference.
I can actually see now ( it’s like having a light in the bottom of your hand bag!)…..Found an email saying my friend wants to stay in Vietnam for another TWO years, would we like to stay on in this house?
Hell yeah….even with the ….ghost. (who by the way visited me last night…..bumping the couch,three times in succession-, yes I slept on the COUCH because I didn’t trust myself to not MURDER my snoring husband by the time 3 am came round!)
Glad I found THAT email anyway.
Don’t care much for all the spam that had accumulated.
My penis is quite fine thankyouverymuch.
By the way, Ralph (sorry, that was an abrupt subject change and in NO way am I inferring that by addressing YOU after having just talked about penis’s that YOURS might need…well….whatever…) – if you happen to read this – you somehow? emailed me a while back very kindly offering to help me with any side bar issues I may be having (Of course I’m having issues….always having issues. Every time I LOOK at a computer there is an issue.)
Thank you for that! I was going to respond….actually ask you how you managed to email me directly, or at least somehow get a message to my email, because for the life of me I can’t figure out how to contact other bloggers more directly, other than replying to their blogs. Your email was so quickly swallowed up into the vortex of my mail hoarding tendencies …and then I ran away crying because it got so frightening in there…..hence why I never responded!
It would be less embarrassing if I could hide my ninnyness by being able to surreptitiously private message or email somebody rather than lay it all out here for everyone to see how technically challenged I am.
On a positive note though -somehow the link thingy fixed itself, as you kind reader people may have noticed recently?
Just goes to show that sometimes if enough weeping and banging of the forehead against the keyboard is done, the universe occasionally feels sorry for me.
You should try it sometime.
So that is the story of my life.
Love technology, want to beat the crap out of technology.
Do you REALLY think it makes life easier?
Sometimes I have to wonder.