Okay, so let me clarify... my rant of yesterday, was brought on by a chain of events - all involving frustration with tech. It was an emotional outcry, of sorts.
One day, it was the TV; I couldn't get a picture, couldn't watch the noon news; for whatever reason, my provider chose that time to reboot, or were fixing something somewhere, or whatever it was they did. Then it was the phones. I had absolutely no dial tone on any of my business phones (land lines, upstairs and downstairs). I was all over the provider website, when I checked my email, as Frank had just sent one, from his phone. He was telling me that he was unable to call me. He suggested unplugging the answering machine, for a few minutes. It worked. It rebooted itself. Something that simple.
I spent another afternoon trying to align my printer. On some days, some media works well with the computer, but not the next. Then that same media, on that same computer, works fine the day after. A company wanted to install a remote VPN on my computer... I could get it to work, but it never worked well. Then after months of hit and miss, their IT guys figured out it wasn't me, nor my computer; it was my service provider. The VPN system and my service provider never played well together. The machine at the checkout counter won't take my card - the one I just used at the other store.... the list goes on.
I think I have waded through enough manuals, phone calls, and websites, that I should feel pretty proficient in dealing with hardware and software. I do not. Why? After something happens, and I figure it out; the next 'new thing' is upon us. Everything goes out the window. The learning and figuring out happens all over again. And you have to keep up, your industry demands it.
So, yesterday, I had had enough. As I looked over my machines, I knew my short respite of having things work in a somewhat harmonious way, was coming to an end. I knew another chunk of cash would be coming out of my budget. I could have toured Europe, on what I've spent on computers, tech devices, and tech related items. I knew I would soon be plunged into spending more time at my computer. More manuals, more websites. If you know me, you'd know I'd rather be on my drawing board, or out and about, or doing something creative thing, or... touring Europe!
To be fair, let me say, there are times when I really enjoy it. There have been times that it's made my world a more efficient place. But, I hate being a 'slave' to something. Tech is the way of the world; but I don't feel it has to be my life. It's not like doing something because you have a passion for it - not a 'magnificent obsession' - when all isn't going well, or you find you are spending too much time with it; it's pure drudgery.
I've, nonetheless, resigned myself to it. I "can't stop progress".
Or maybe, I just need to pull a plug.