September 13, 2004
Sure, technology is great but the problem with it is if it breaks, and it always does, it takes time to fix. I am experiencing the fun of dealing with ever-braking technology. I have a Dell laptop at home and it has two problems,. The first is that it overheats and shuts off from time to time. I raised it up off the desk and this has helped but not cured the problem. More recently, the internal WiFi card (802.11b) disconnects from the network randomly. Furthermore, my Optimum Online cable modem has a problem with upload speed. It is very slow.This past weekend was a blast, trying to upload photos to ofoto. I had a few hundred megabytes to send and once the transfer started I would do something else, only to find out that the transfer abruptly stopped in the middle. Pretty frustrating I tell you. I have a 3 year extended warranty on the laptop but sending it back to get get fixed means that the laptop wont be usable for a number of days and it is used as a business laptop (not TMC BTW) and I can't spare it. I decided that since the WiFi access point is near the laptop, I could just connect a cable. That worked well and one problem is now solved., Next i need to call the good people from Optimum Online and try to rearrange my life into one of those famous 4-hour windows.Isnt technology supposed to make our lives easier? When technology gets to the point that it takes more time to fix than it saves, you have to reevaluate your gadgets and your life.