Monday, September 28, 2015

The Awesome Power of Technology

Technology is wonderful.  Until it isn't. 

I am thrilled to be a crafter in the age of Pinterest and Facebook.  I love all the recipe sites I use.  I learn so much online and have improved my skills and been inspired in a thousand ways.

But the truth is, it is also my greatest enemy.  It steals my time, splinters my attention, and distracts me from getting things done.

I'm working on this, and I think finding the right balance is a challenge for a lot of people.  I would love to hear what you do to keep your online time in check.

Today my problem wasn't about being distracted though.  After working perfectly for years, my printer just stopped.  The laptop couldn't find it.  My print jobs got stuck somewhere in Neverland.  I did what I always do and googled the problem.  Ouch.  It seems this is a common problem these days with Windows 10.

I tried things.  Then walked down the hall to the printer - which currently lives in Jungle Boy's room - to see that it was sitting there serenely, not printing a thing.  Back to my laptop.  Back down the hall.  Back to the laptop.  Called down the hall to Jungle Boy to tell me if it printed.  Back to the laptop (why didn't I just take the laptop to Jungle Boy's room?  Have you seen Jungle Boy's room?)

This went on for a solid two days.  My googling skills improved as I found new ways to frame the problem.  I sifted through so many message boards and web sites and help pages (always the least helpful) until finally I found a page written by someone who had my exact problem who could explain in a clear step-by-step way how to fix it.

I feel like a technology goddess now.  Only don't ask me how I did it. 

NASA found water on Mars today, and I got my printer to work.  Technology is awesome.

2 people stopped folding laundry to write:

FlashinScissors said...

Ha! LOL This confused me! I'm new to your blog, and was searching for you, wondering if I had the address right and then I saw that blue box! I nearly went away again.

We are like you, in one room and trying to print in another. Such fun!

Yes, I totally agree with you, the internet is a time stealer, I should be eating my breakfast but I've fallen down the black hole again! Loved your article.

See you again soon! Barbara xx

Laura Chaney said...

I have this same feeling of elation every time I manage to print on letterhead the right way the first time I try.

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