No More Electronics, Please!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm drowning in electronics.

A couple of months ago I bought a new computer with Microsoft 8.1. The 8.1 software was so frustrating that my blood pressure skyrocketed. While trying to learn the software, I put my computer to sleep for the night. Yes, you can turn the computer off or you can let it sleep.

The next morning my computer decided to sleep in. It wouldn't wake up no matter what I did. I consulted two of my literate computer friends who tried to help me wake the computer. Nothing worked until a couple of days later when I shut down the whole computer and started over.

Then I had to learn to save some photos and documents. Nothing worked the way my old outdated Explorer XP worked. Everything was new to me.

I still haven't transferred my photos from the old to the new computer.

There were so many things to do on the new computer. I downloaded a security system, an Office for reading documents, set up an email account, and installed a dozen other free programs, including Malware to protect against viruses.

Then while I was learning all this, my television set went out. It was about five years old. While I shopped around for a new one, I watched my ancient 25-inch, 25-year-old, Magnavox that weighs about a hundred pounds.

(The young sales clerk at Walmart had never heard of a Magnavox television set. She was only familiar with Vizio, Samsung, and the new LG.)

Eventually, I bought a 42 inch Vizio. For three weeks, I have changed every setting I can think of because the set does not have a clear picture. It isn't sharp. It's fuzzy and looks like it has a gray film over it on many of the channels. I find myself switching channels and settings constantly trying to perfect the picture. So far no luck.

I have thought about getting a Smartphone but I don't think I can add another electronic to the mix just now. My mind is already boggled, maybe permanently.

I'm continuing to use the first cellular phone I've ever owned, called Simple Freedom. It's as antiquated as a phone gets. I don't have a contract, just a card for adding minutes that I purchase at Fred's or Walmart.

Right now, I can't handle one of those new fangled intricate phones that do everything but wash dishes.

A dishwasher I can handle.