A little over year ago, I was having a run of what Fatima called “tech suck”. Happily, the hatred shown to me by my devices seemed to have died down soon after. Lulled into a false sense of security by the lack of overt attacks, I was taken by surprise when it all started happening again! The evidence for your consideration:
- Last month, while walking around the house watching a live webinar (at a little after 5:30 in the morning, no less!), I discovered that my newish work laptop has a battery that lasts 1 hour but takes 2 ½ hours to charge. How does that make sense? Apparently, for other people, this model has a 5-hour battery life.
- Around the same time, I was streaming Urban and the Shed Crew through the Blenheim Films site and trying to feed it to my TV for better viewing. Was my work laptop objecting to its use as an Armitage appreciation facilitator? Apparently the HDMI port transmits video but no audio whatsoever. (It was hard enough to understand the accents without not being able to hear them at all!) Now I have to wipe all the RA photos from my hard drive so I can take the defective thing in to work to get it fixed!
- This last weekend, I had one rare evening where the family was out (watching Avengers: Infinity War, which I decided to give a miss). Perfect opportunity, I naively thought, to borrow the (non-defective) laptop my son uses and to stream Urban and the Shed Crew for the second and final time in the 30-day rental I paid £9.99 for. Relishing the silence in the house, I logged in to my account and was informed that this was actually the final day for me to re-watch the movie! Perfect timing, or so I thought. When I clicked “Play Now”, the only option was to pay an additional £4.99 to watch it for a couple of days! (Shades of the Digital Theatre fiasco?). Good on the Blenheim people, though, that they responded fairly quickly to my request for help through their website. Within 18 hours, I had been supplied with a code to allow me to stream it again for a 72-hour period. Now, all I have to do is get that rare time on my own again!
- Does anyone else have trouble with overhead LED lights? All the new buildings use these energy-efficient lights which pierce into your eyes with blinding brightness. I work in one of these new buildings, and unfortunately for me, the LED lights in the hallways and meeting rooms provoke migraines in susceptible people like me. My friend at work bought me a (gag?) gift and thinks I should wear one of these visors to the office! Um… no.
- Mind you, P!nk seems to rock some pretty similar headgear, so maybe flip it up and add some bling… Which leads me to another thing. I had really, really wanted to go and see P!nk, but the “verified fan” system designed to foil scalpers didn’t work for me, as I shared back in October. Well, ticket sales for her tour have been so successful that a new Vancouver show in April 2019 has been added. So, once again, I signed up for the pre-sale, opened up the app and waited… and waited… and waited… All I got was the screen at right… for hours! Sucks. I found out later that for some reason, the code they gave me works only on my computer and not on my iPhone. Of course now there are only $300++ tickets available. But hope springs eternal! A second April 2019 show has now been added and the pre-sale starts Thursday at 10 a.m. Wish me luck in outwitting the technology and scoring a couple of tickets!
- And finally, it seems that my technology is trying to make sure of my demise in the event of a disaster! This week, there has been testing of the new Canada-wide emergency alert system that will broadcast to “all” cell phones that use an LTE or 4G network for high-speed wireless communication. Apparently, it didn’t work at all in Quebec on Monday and was spotty in Ontario on Tuesday. But today I heard many phones in my office broadcasting the signal at 1:55 p.m. Not mine, though. Apparently, if (like me) you are too lazy to make sure that your IOS is up-to-date with the latest version, you will only survive the disaster if your colleagues take pity on you. (I’d better be nicer to them!)
User error, defective devices, fallible systems, or a conspiracy against me by my technology? Only the techno-demons know for sure!