My Best Friend, Dave

My time is running out, and I’m beginning to panic. When I bought my most recent computer, I purchased a year’s worth of one-to-one sessions with a techie to help me with things I didn’t understand. You would think that I would require fewer and fewer of these sessions, but  the opposite is true. The closer I get to the end, the more questions I have. Just when I think I’ve got a handle on one of the computer applications, Apple decides to update it. Nothing works the same way anymore, and I can’t figure out what I’m supposed to do.

For example, iPhoto no longer exists. It is now called Photo. How could the removal of a little “i” cause such chaos? I have three separate photo libraries–make that had–which I could switch between at will. The dropdown menu gave me the choice. When I updated to Photo, that option disappeared. With the help of Dave at the Apple Store yesterday morning, I was able to find my three libraries again, but accessing them wasn’t as easy anymore, and my default library had changed without my permission.

I’ve thought of never doing another update, but sometimes you have no choice because something else won’t work until you do. I think this is all a scheme to get me to buy another year with Dave.

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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27 Responses to My Best Friend, Dave

  1. dorannrule says:

    Whatever happened to the old ways when we took the time to learn something well and it stayed that way for years? I am convinced the constant changes in technology for the common man/woman are causing massive insecurity and stress – even among the young. It’s like the world’s new beubonic plague! Keep Dave! He is an invaluable resource who will help you stay sane. 🙂

    • Coming East says:

      I have already determined that I can’t give up Dave if I want to stay sane. You are so right, Dor. Never thought I’d have to pay for a friend. I feel so cheap.

  2. Margie says:

    While I sympathize with your frustration, it is a wee bit comforting to know Apple users have problems too! (I’m struggling with the Windows 8.1 operating system…)

  3. Amy says:

    iMac’s option system is so different. Users have to learn about … I just gave up my iMac and bought Lenovo computer, I didn’t have to learn to operate this one. 🙂

    • Coming East says:

      But I really do like my Mac much better than my husband’s PC. And I love how everything is integrated. I can write something on my computer and work on it on my iPad or my iPhone. Same if I’m reading a book. And if I put a picture on one, it goes on all. Fabulous! I can even answer my phone on my iPad or my computer!

  4. Dianna says:

    Sounds like buying another year with Dave is a good idea!

  5. Lynn says:

    Isn’t technology grand? Just when we think we have it figured out, it changes. I feel your pain!

  6. This is one of the reasons I’ve steered clear of Macs/Apple and stuck with the tried and true (although probably equally frustrating at times) world of Windows/PCs – they are generally far more people ‘qualified’ to help you (and they’re cheaper and easier to fix). I used to teach computer applications at College and my husband teaches programming, so we’ve got most of the programmatic/techie ‘issues’ covered when problems occur. Still, there are times when I could pitch the darn thing right out the window and gleefully go back to using pen and paper and a calculator and coloured pencils with a sketch pad. LOL. As for those updates, they’re coming more frequently than ever on every type of platform and software and few, if any, actually IMPROVE things, no matter WHAT they promise! Personally, I think the people who run the tech world just love to hear us scream!

  7. While I’m not an Apple user, I understand! When I bought my current computer it caused me to have to switch to Windows 8. I had been through every Windows version, no problem. Windows 8 was designed for smart phone users. Well, I’m an old lady who does not feel the need to be at the world’s beckon call, I merely need to be able to call for help should my car break down. I have a dumb trac phone that doesn’t do anything but make a call. I couldn’t even turn the damn thing on! I immediately went to the book store, bought Windows 8 for Dummies (of which I was one) and dug my way out. There will come a time when my choice to be a dinosaur will cause me to be incommunicado with the world. So be it!

  8. I’ve been told these sessions are invaluable— I’m resisting an update– hate going to the Apple Store bc it’s in a huge mall. I probably shouldn’t wait until it all crashes.

    • Coming East says:

      I haven’t had crashing issues. Things just don’t work the way they used to. I’ve been a Mac user for years and it’s always been so easy. Never needed these sessions until a couple of years ago. Of course, it can’t possibly be that I’m getting older and can’t remember a darn thing!

  9. What a dilemma. It all goes back to a statement we pondered in my first English class in college, “The only thing we can be sure of is change.”
    And so the computer ate my first comment to you. Either it ate it, or you have comment moderation on. If I sent two, please delete one. Yes, I have a new computer and am using daughter’s until I pick up the new one this morning from the computer store where they are making a few adjustments. I’m going to push post…fingers crossed.

  10. What a dilemma. It all goes back to my first college class in English when we pondered the statement “The only thing you can be sure of is change.”
    I hate it when I’m in a web meeting and my computer decides to reconfigure. I know I should be able to schedule them, but how?

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