Why I Love Technology — Even When It Doesn’t Work

I worked in the information technology field for over 30 years before I retired…

It was always a “love-hate” relationship. Loved technology but hated the folks who needed help. They never listen. They call you for assistance and then they go clicking away while you’re trying to help them. Or, they asking you why you doing what you doing. I’m doing it because something’s not working and you want it fixed! GEEZ!!!

Then there’s the deadly ones….

You know the type: They call you for help and then instead of letting you help, they try to fix it themselves while you stand there. And they’re only working with the knowledge of how to use the program. That’s VERY different from how to troubleshoot and repair what’s gone wrong.

This weekend, technology bit me in the butt. BIG time…

I hold a monthly mixed media art journal livestream (you should join us — it’s free!). It’s held on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Eastern. This month, the first Saturday was the day before Easter. I don’t celebrate that holy day, but I know many do. With the COVID times we are living in, I know it’s more important than ever for people to spend time with their families — even if it is online. So, I postponed our normal meeting day for 1 week, until April 10th.

Side note, but important fact: I recently got a new cell phone.

So April 10th arrives and I go to login to my broadcast center. It won’t login from my phone… It’s fine on the computer, but I need it on the phone so I can point the phone down so folks can see my workspace. Can’t do that with the computer… I’ve got 30 minutes to get it resolved before folks start coming. Nothing I do works.

Nothing…

Finally, after fighting for 40 minutes, I get it done. By that time, no one is logging in. It’s good to note that I did post about the tech difficulties on social media so my folks would know. I talk to myself for 5 minutes just waiting to see if anyone would join, but alas — I missed the attention span window…

No worries though! I recorded a session and posted our monthly livestream as a recorded class. And — they LOVED it! So happy that I was able to provide an alternative when the technology failed! I much rather be in person than just post recordings, but it gave them a chance to be creative this month. That’s what it’s all about!

Here’s the recorded class I provided. It’s a fun dot mandala. Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Why I Love Technology — Even When It Doesn’t Work

  • I remebe those days of IT tech, and yes, they were like that for me too. I don’t miss those days at all!
    I shall bookmark your video to come back to later, I often can’t make lives (UK) but will try to catch replays.

  • Cheryl Turtlemoon

    Wow bonus! You made technology work for you! I am going to come back to this page to watch this, thanks for putting it up!

  • Ugh! Technology is so awesome until it’s not. The livestream looks great! I’m saving that for a little time to play this weekend. Thank you!

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