panic on the streets of portland…

I’m pretty tech savvy.  Ish.  I know my way around my laptop.  I can troubleshoot my own problems.  I know how to restart things and back things up and smash them against the wall when need be… but there are some things that I am just not equipped to handle.  At all.  In any way shape or form.

Like when my computer overlord starts to tell me everything I’m doing as I’m doing it.  Announcing each program I access, each file that is selected, reading the little notices to me.  It even announced to me when tweetdeck had a new window pop up.  I don’t need notifications on my twitter notifications!!!

And then… then it wouldn’t stop.  I felt like my computer overlord was monologue-ing trying to keep me distracted while the rest of the computers slowly started sneaking up on the city of Portland.  Okay… maybe that’s not what I thought.  What I really thought was “Shit! What combination of buttons did I accidentally press while attempting to do a screen capture that made my computer start talking in an obnoxious robot voice and what combination of buttons do I press to make it stop… and can I finish what I’m doing before it drives me insane?”

The answer was no.

I started pushing buttons.  I started pushing more buttons.  I tried to turn the sound off.  Yeah.  That didn’t work.  Apparently with the talking comes the inability to change the volume level.  What the hell computer?  What the hell.  So I shut down what I was working on.  Sent a panicked message asking WTF to do to fix this and restarted my darling little macbook thinking that would surely do the job.

Yeah.  No.  It didn’t.

Luckily by the time my computer started back up I’d received instructions on how to make it stop (oh please for the love of technology make it stop).

Which brings me to my point.  While I can find my way around the computer world just fine thank you very much, more importantly I always know when to stop and ask for help.

Which is kind of often.  Maybe.

2 thoughts on “panic on the streets of portland…

  1. Sybil Law says:

    Thank God for google. I google everything, but you know? It works. I’ve fixed more near catastrophes than I can count without having to ask for help.

  2. mielikki says:

    my macbook did that to me when I first got it. Thankfully, Dan was present, and turned that scary voice OFF.
    Now, I have a book that tells me how to do EVERYTHING. I need to remember the name of it for you, though

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