It may come as something of a surprise to those who have read this blog to find out that I am essentially a non-technological person. I will admit that does appear to be rather strange, until one realizes that I subscribed to myDL to learn and increase my knowledge. It helps too, that I have a lot of internet and Real Life friends who are quintessential technology geeks.
As far as I am concerned, I’m pretty sure that they all regard me with a certain amount of pity and amusement. It would not surprise me in the least. A typical case in point is the fact that I own a Samsung phone, and yet I haven’t enabled the 3G function, never mind simple MMS’s. I haven’t downloaded a ton of new ring tones. I haven’t used the Bluetooth functionality. In fact, up until a few days ago, I hadn’t even loaded MP3s to the built-in MP3 player. The only functions I had made use of included the phone function, the sms function, and I had taken a few pictures with the camera. That is until I enabled a different camera that only seems to want to take photographs of myself. I haven’t figured out how to switch it back to the other camera yet.
I know you’re all going to say it, so let’s say it together. “Who on earth doesn’t use all the features on her phone?”
Let me tell you a little story that may explain all this a little better. There is one piece of technology that I cannot live without. Two if you count my car. Three if you count my microwave. The piece of technology I’m referring to is, of course, my computer. I own a Mecer laptop. I can’t tell you what the specifications are because I don’t know. I don’t really care either, to be honest. I just know that I can store a lot of music and movies on it, and that I have access to my documents whenever I need them. I can type novellas, novels, short stories, essays, blogs… pretty much whatever strikes my fancy, and I can pull up and design a variety of pretty awesome spreadsheets, complete with interlinks to other documents, charts etc. I am pretty good at using the software that came standard with the computer. Yes, this does include Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2005.
On my laptop I have a number of MP3s that my ex-husband converted for me from CDs I own. (I may have mentioned before that I love and live for music before, right?). I decided that I wanted to load a few of these MP3s to my phone so that I could actually use the MP3 player that I had unknowingly acquired. Of course, I phoned the first and best person I could think of, my little sister who has an MP3 player of her own. I should mention here that my little sister is seven years younger than me and is studying a BSc in Zoology, Geology, Botany and Geography. She is also a true blonde-haired, blue-eyed angel. That point aside though… This was the start of the conversation:
“Hey Sis! I need your help!”
“Sure. What’s up?”
“I want to load MP3s to my phone. Can you help me?”
“Uh… Haven’t you loaded MP3s before?”
“Nope. You know me. I don’t do the technology thing.”
“Michelle! When are you going to learn?”
“When someone teaches me. So. What do I do first.”
“Well… have you got MP3s to load?”
“I’m not entirely out of the loop you know. <Ex Husband> converted a lot of my CDs to MP3s on my laptop for me.”
“Ok. Is your phone connected to your laptop?”
“Yup.” (I had at least managed to get that part done by myself and I had a nice glow of self-satisfaction about that fact.)
“Ok. Open the file on your computer that you want to copy music from.”
“Yup. Got it.”
“Now. Open the file on your phone.”
…there’s a moment’s silence. “My phone has disconnected from my laptop.”
“What did you do?”
“I opened the file on my phone.”
“Did you get a message or anything?”
“Yes. It said the phone is currently in use.”
“You mean you actually went to your phone to open file. You didn’t do it through your computer?”
“Was I supposed to?”
I’m not going to go into further detail other than to say that it took me about two hours to get the MP3s from my computer onto my phone. Of course, now that I know how to do so, I’m getting ready for the next chapter in the saga of my phone… learning how to switch cameras.