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 🙂