Most things in our lives work. It is when they don’t, that we notice.
I now am the proud owner of three devices – an iMac, iPhone and now an iPad 2 (thanks to a very generous gift from my son for Mother’s Day). It can be triple trouble when things go wrong – not to mention having triple the junk mail to delete every day 🙂
Because I also run a business and manage personal appointments, my calendar is very important to me. The nice man at the Apple store told me I needed iCloud to sync my devices together wirelessly – and he turned the feature on – on both my iPhone and iPad. Unfortunately, he did not realize that at home I have an older Mac, which does not support iCloud – and by turning on this feature, I received duplicates on everything on my calendars. So while coming home, I deleted all the duplicate entries on my iPhone. But when I arrived home to check this with iCal on my iMac I found to my despair – EVERYTHING had been erased! Just vanished into thin air! I remember having this problem when I first got my iPhone and the only fix was to turn off iCloud – I just couldn’t remember why! Now I know.
While trying to rebuild the information from both my iPhone and iPad 2 – I found that many things were gone and there were significant holes in my schedule. This was a disaster because I have 25 music lessons every week and some of those appointments had to reschedule or change and I now had to rely on my faulty memory – not good. It was a panicky situation for me.
I read every forum I could get my hands on talking about syncing my calendars so I would never have this problem again – but came up empty every time. There was a way around iCloud on iCal – but I could not understand it – even though it was supposed to be easy. I called my techie son who works for Apple and it was discovered that I don’t have enough memory and would need to buy more memory and then do an upgrade to Lion before I could get iCloud on my Mac. It was discouraging and expensive. All I wanted was to sync my calendars and for it to work.
So I slept on it – and the next morning I tried again. I came across another forum talking about the same problem as mine. This time the “fix” was so easy I felt almost ridiculous trying it. In the process I was on hold for an Apple techie to see if I had done everything I could. By the time a young man came on the line I was well into solving the problem by syncing the three calendars on iTunes with a special iCloud code that was given in the forum I was reading. The Apple tech – (bless his heart) said that it basically couldn’t be done and that I needed the upgrade. Period.
So when this simple “fix” WORKED – I was AMAZED and ELATED!!
We often take things for granted when they work.
Do you have a problem you’re trying to solve? Don’t give up. There is always an answer. It may not be the answer you’re wanting or thinking needs to happen – but there is always an answer.
Look for another way – think outside the box and find out what works.