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Yesterday my husband bought me my very first iMac as an early Christmas present.  Everyone said I needed it – especially because I am a music teacher and have a lot of video and music on my computer – and because my PC is very tired and old.  And since music is so much a part of my life it is the natural choice – especially because  a Mac is said to be far superior to a PC for editing music and video.

So our friend John found us a great deal on a used iMac – about 2 years young and hardly used except for playing music in a home office.  It’s in incredible shape and for all practical purposes it is JUST LIKE BRAND NEW to me.

But I am not a patient person by nature.  Oh I can eventually figure things out – and I have figured many things out with software programs and issues in regards to my PC – that go YEARS back.  But initially I am a total wreck.  And although the previous owner wiped the computer clean of his ownership – it still has some stubborn default items that will not allow me to install new software without a stupid administrative password – which he doesn’t even KNOW anymore.  And I know that because he tried right in front of us and it would take NOTHING.  So he rebooted and it disappeared – so we thought we were in the clear – Until…yeah – well you get the picture.  It’s been a frustrating couple of days.  I do not have Apple support for this computer and I can’t talk to anyone for free – and I REFUSE to pay $49 to talk about a ‘one-time’ issue  – so…I’m trying my best to figure it out.

About a half hour ago – I finally just had to WALK AWAY.  Greg is not here – but even if he was – he’s no help in this department (bless his sweet little heart) – so I’m on my own.  (Oh he knows some things – but unlike me – he has NO INTEREST in computers AT ALL.  Except for returning emails and seeing what everyone is up to on facebook – and looking at the weather and news online – he’s really not that active online.  And that leaves him to prepare for weddings and funerals – using his laptop as a word-processor and type away – he does!)

At the suggestion of our friend, John – I also purchased an external drive and it should be here today – to store all 14 years of recitals – and even tons of pictures too.  I’ve never had anything like this either – so it is another thing I must learn.

And I don’t have ANY idea how to transfer my music from iTunes onto my Mac either.  I tried doing the old ‘reversal’ from my iPhone to my new Mac – but don’t know how to do that without TOTALLY erasing everything.  Oh I’ve googled it – and even gone to iTunes and iMac support – but I just got a headache and nothing more.  Things like this put me in a VERY BAD MOOD – and my husband does not like me very much when I can’t SOLVE SOMETHING.

Ahhh – such is life.  Computers and technology.  They are like people.  And Life.  And I don’t like it.

But I SHALL SURVIVE and even be a better, more knowledgeable and wiser person for it!

This morning I was greeted  with a sweet and loving message in my inbox from someone who has never met me in person – but who has gained encouragement and strength from this blog.  It was lovely to hear those words of  support – and just when I needed them too.  She said I look at problems as opportunities – and it was so nice to hear her say that.  Especially today.

May every problem you encounter – either with people in your world – or computers and technology – bring you one step closer patience, grace and resignation. And may you FIGURE everything out!!  I’m still looking for a bit of patience.  Maybe that can be another early Christmas present 🙂

 

God Bless

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Comments on: "Patience Is A Virtue. Yeah Right." (6)

  1. You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din! I am terrible at learning new things in technology. They have to drag me kicking and screaming. I have enough trouble remembering what I know. SHEESH I have thought about switching over to MAC, but. . . nahhhhh. I don’t have too many gray hairs left. Don’t want to pull out the last one. LOL

  2. Someone once told me not to pray for patience or you’ll get it! I have none so I just pray that things get done faster. LOL I finally got my new power supply and fan and my computer is so quiet I can actually hear myself think. But I was a mess every day waiting for it because I was afraid it would die. Technology is a wonderful thing…until it isn’t!

  3. I can help you with transferring your old iTunes music. I’ve done it several times. Let me know when that external hard drive comes in and it will be a breeze.

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