Perhaps Too Much Technology

Why, hello there, friends and readers! I haven’t been quite the blogging fool I usually am for the past few days, and for what I find to be an ironical reason. I got a new laptop.

I admit to putting the IT team off for about two years, because every time I get a new work laptop, things go crazy. I just didn’t have time for crazy, even though now most of my apps and storage are off living on some cloud and not ON the laptop. I didn’t even know if it HAD a hard drive.

My previous little system had served me well, though at some point in 2017 it stopped being able to hold power if it undocked. So, oh darn, I couldn’t present at meetings. </sarcasm> I just had docks everywhere I worked, and it was fine. The poor thing has a brand-new battery in it, but whatever the problem is, it’s not the battery. Okay, so I needed a new computer.

All of this mess actually works.

Finally, last week, the thing started randomly shutting down while I was minding my ow business, typing, mousing, or saving a vitally important Camtasia file. So, I let Josh, the nice young IT dude, swap me out.

I made myself laugh, because I brought three laptops home with me to the ranch last weekend (old laptop, new laptop, and my trusty Surface), so I’d be sure to be able to work anywhere. Ha ha! Silly me.

I have, instead, spent the last three days trying to dredge up passwords for things that live in the cloud, trying to log on to the RIGHT Office 365 account for the right office, finding where my fancy Adobe Creative Cloud licensed things were, and so forth.

I simply have way too many offices, with way too many different monitor setups, types of mouse, and keyboard styles. I’m a USB cord sales person’s dream customer. But, I think I’ve done it, and the new laptop doesn’t require me to own a zillion docking stations to use all my monitors, so it looks somewhat better at the Hermit Haus office, the Hermits’ Rest office, the Bobcat Lair office, and of course, the Planview office. Whew. No wonder it took me so long to get set up!


I thought I was all ready to work today, but no. I had to wait two hours for the files on “Box” synched up. Then I was ready, only PowerPoint refused to talk to Camtasia (what that means, is my pretty pictures disappeared from my fine e-learning video). It took QUITE some time and the efforts of multiple people, including a confused Josh from IT, but we figured out I’d logged on to my two Office 365 accounts in the wrong order, so PP hated Camtasia, or vice versa. A lot of googling was required to get that all done.

But look, here I am typing on a wireless keyboard that was pretty disinclined to pair with the new system, but I got all blue-toothy and made them communicate. I start to feel slightly less than incompetent.

Not to worry, then someone asked me how you access blogs, and I realized it’s all on a continuum. Some of us are the hardware/software types, and some of us have other skills! I’m just glad for IT people to help those who do not have the time or patience to sort all this stuff out.

Our hibiscus cheered me up after all my troubleshooting today.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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