Technology

Technology is wonderful – when it works.

Shortly after my last post a while ago, my email stopped working on my 5 year old iMac desktop, which houses all my photos. After 12 hours on the phone with Apple over several days, the plan was to upgrade the outdated operating system to get email working, buy 2TB of space on iCloud, and upload all my photos and documents to the Cloud.

My Apple technician couldn’t have been nicer or more patient! Apple has upped the ante on its customer service by assigning the same tech person to handle my case from start to finish.

However, this well-conceived plan went awry. 

It took two days to download and install the operating system, 6 days to back up to my external drive, and 10 days to upload my extensive photo collection to the Cloud (at 30-60 GB/day). And the task isn’t completely finished. Fortunately, I have an iPad. (I promise not bore you with the details of my broken HP printer and Nikon camera…)

It’s ridiculous how much time this process took. There must be a better way. Until Apple finds it, I’m rethinking my long term digital storage strategy. For now, I’m good.

Admittedly, I have to share the blame. When Jay lost his emails after an Apple update, my motto became, “When it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. However, that’s an antiquated philosophy. My new motto is: “Upgrade” and “Delete”, both of which I can do more often.

This is a roundabout way of explaining how I took 3 trips this summer without blogging. But then it’s never too late, is it?

We went to Montreal for a lovely 50th anniversary celebration with the family, to Maine for my “You CAN Have Your Cake and Eat It Too!” exhibit and talk, and then Toronto for Jay’s bridge tournament where I got reacquainted with my Toronto family. 

During this time, I discovered I missed blogging.

I’m hoping that when I get my 10th Anniversary iPhone with its mega memory, I’ll experience the joy of the latest technology – and having more flexibility to blog on the road.

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