Thursday, March 31, 2016

I Need a Guide for "Dumber Than Dummies"

                                                  Image result for nascar empty seats

Ugh....I hate those weekends when the track is quiet and the seats are empty. If I was the dictator of the world, NASCAR would race 52 weeks a year. I know teams and drivers would hate me but dictators don't usually care what their subjects think of them or else they wouldn't be dictators.

Be that as it may, NASCAR was off last weekend so that's the way it goes.  Since I didn't have anything to watch on t.v. (except politics and that was too depressing as a steady diet), I turned Easter weekend into Electronics weekend.

I'm not very good with electronic devices but I'm one of those stubborn people who will try and try and try to do things myself before I give in and call Technical Support. I consider having to call Tech Support a moral failing.

My daughter-in-law bought me an Echo for Christmas. My friend has one and I was so envious. I was thrilled when I opened my gift from Lisa and voila, there it was!  That was actually before Christmas because it was the only time off work she had to fly from Florida to Indiana.

It is now the end of March and I've been working on getting it set up ever since but it would never connect. I'd get frustrated and give up. I did this over and over. I was trying to set it up via my desk top computer but I eventually discovered that you can't set up an Echo on any product that isn't Apple. I don't know why because Echo's are made and sold by Amazon. They must have some kind of special relationship with Apple. It was far in the process before I found this out because I usually don't go to Google and look up instructions until I've totally exhausted the trial and error method.

Well, I have both an Ipad and an Iphone. I haven't used the Ipad in so long, it made me start all over with passcodes and usernames and i.d.s., none of which I remembered so I had to laboriously go through the "forgot your password?" actions all over again. I couldn't find my wifi password anywhere. This is the password that goes with my wifi router but it turned out, it didn't matter because it seems that Apple has a special wifi  connection of its very own and that's the one I needed. I finally found it on my Iphone.

During this whole time, I was guiltily lying to my daughter-in-law that I had set up and was happily using my Echo.

So I worked on it again this weekend and had given up in disgust once again when suddenly I heard Alexa (she's the voice inside the Echo) say - "congratulations, you're connected and now ready to use your Echo!" I was so relieved to hear her kind voice, I almost cried.

Once that was done, I confidently moved onto my new Kindle (I lost my old one somehow). Again with the user names and the passcodes and the passwords. Hours later, my Kindle was ready to go.

And finally, the last one: my new phone. Not a cell phone, just a regular old landline phone. I tried to follow the instructions on the graphic map which, when it was spread out, took up the whole dining room table but their example of the phone wasn't exactly the same as my phone. I plugged in wires and phone thingies and punched buttons. I got the time and date set. I got caller i.d. turned on. I got my message recorded. It appeared as if I was good to go until friends started calling me on my cell phone. It seems my new phone was telling everyone that my number was no longer in service. I called it myself just to see and sure enough, it informed me that the number, which has been my number since 1991, was no longer valid.

And that's the way it still is. Ones of these days, I'll steel my backbone and try to figure out what the hell I did wrong. But if I get it working properly, don't try to call me on the weekend because NASCAR is back on track.