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The Monday Peeve 28

Monday Peeve cat

Apologies for late peevery! This whole staying at home thing has got my sense of time all confuzzled. 😢

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

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My laptop phone camera… why won’t it work in Zoom? Whyyyyyyyyyyyy? This is to blame for my late peevery also. Well, partly. I was all set to do my isolation and peevery posting yesterday when new side work came in. Yay work! By the time I was done, it was time to play online Taboo with 5 friends on a video conference call via the Messenger app. That went really well. You can use your own Taboo cards and a timer actually because the ones on the site repeat frequently. Anyway. That was over by 9:00 and we decided to test Zoom for our big virtual game night next week (16 people).

Everything went well except I was a black square with no face. They suggested I reboot, which took forever, and by the time I rejoined the meeting everyone was gone but Cathy. Where’d they go? It’s not like anyone has to go to work today! Anyway, Cathy helped me do a million different things to try to get my stupid camera to work, but it wouldn’t. The green light was on, the settings were correct, everything was fine (I even switched from Safari to Chrome, which I’ve been meaning to do for some time). But nope nope and more nope.

We finally just settled for turning it off so my default photo would appear; at least then I wouldn’t be a black square. Sad that next week I’ll be the only one without real video… unless my daughter can help me. I can bug her today. There’s a good idea!

Anyway, Cathy and I jabbered until like 12:30am and I was falling asleep… and I got into bed and thought oh crap I never did my posts! But I had the sleepy tireds… 😴

Damn camera. Boo.

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Image originally from Pixabay.

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The Monday Peeve 23

Monday Peeve cat

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

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So the freaking phone company amirite? It doesn’t matter which one cuz they all suck. You think yours doesn’t? Just wait. Anyway, I had to contact mine last week regarding misdirected email.

This has been a recurring issue. Some other Paula purchased Direct TV using my email address (or someone mistyped it). I didn’t confirm delivery, but it was installed. I am not paying (obviously) and now it will be shut off. I don’t really care, but it would be great if the annoying emails would stop.

The first bozo on the phone connected me to an outside vendor who tried to get me to purchase a security plan. WTF? Idiots.

The second guy “Tim” seemed much more helpful. At first. He had a southern accent and was super friendly. I felt I could trust Tim to take care of the problem. He kept me on the line a long time, but I figured he was just taking care of biz. Finally, Tim said he could save me a whole bunch of money on my plan and upgrade me to a “free” iPhone 8. 🙄

When I told Tim I didn’t want to change my plan or get an OLD MODEL PHONE, he completely lost interest in helping me with my actual issue! 😡😡😡

I called back a third time and got Krista who supposedly fixed the problem without sending me to a vendor or trying to sell me an obsolete phone, but I don’t trust them. I switched to a different email to solve the problem myself, even though I didn’t want to. As it turns out, it was the only solution because I’m still getting emails from Direct TV, which I’ve now filtered into the trash so I never have to see another one.

Gahhh!

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Image originally from Pixabay.

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PFF33: Who, Her?

Friday Flashback

Welcome to Paula’s Friday Flashback! This is a challenge begun by Fandango and it’s fun to see what we posted back when (as well as the comments). The below is a reblog of a post I made on January 19, 2014. It’s another review ~ the reason why so many of my PFF’s are reviews is because I did several hosings of old whiny posts about dating etc.

Note my ongoing issue with how writers are so oddly out of touch with financial realities. 🙄

Her

I saw Her last night. (Who’s on first?)

Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as I thought I would. Joaquin did a nice job and there were some interesting moments, a few laffs, but overall? I had a major problem with the film (besides it being a big batch of romantic downersauce).

And my problem was not with the premise. I can totally understand falling in love with an operating system as opposed to a real person. People are annoying. My problem was as follows. We are to buy a time in the nearish future when an OS has advanced to the point of being like a real person in there, only better. This is not that hard to accept. However!

My problem was with Theodore’s job. In this time of the conscious/empathetic OS that anyone can haz, we are to simultaneously believe there is a need for a company full of apparently well-paid people writing thank-you and other letters for peeps who need help with such things. Are you fucking kidding me? Why can’t a software program do this? But no… we have a whole company full of these writers. And Theo lives in some fancy-schmancy apartment in Los Angeles with an incredible view of the city. I’m so sure.

I’ll buy a time when Scarlett Johansson lives inside your puter and wakes you up in the middle of the night just to say hai, but I can’t buy a time when a writer makes enough money churning out Hallmark schmaltz to live in a posh condo off Wilshire Boulevard.

Give me a break.

/end reblog

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Image from Pexels.

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The Monday Peeve 17

Monday Peeve cat

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

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So, Apple emails me to warn me I have only a lil bit of cloud left. Hey, get off my cloud! I kicked some crap off, but it didn’t help much. I saw that I could buy a bigger piece of cloud for only 99 cents a month. Good deal. I will do this!

Ha ha ha ha. First, I tried to sign in on my phone. Nupe. It didn’t like my password. Go reset it in iTunes, it said. Okies. I went to my laptop and tried to find iTunes. Where’d it go? There was only Apple Music. I spent a few minutes obsessing over the fact that most of the songs were downloaded by my daughters when they were 10/12 and I never heard of these songs. I received permission to delete them. (Songs not daughters.)

But back to the cloud. Still almost full. What to dooo? Password reset… right! A vague tidbit of memory floated back about how there was no more iTunes… I googled. Yep. Just Apple Music now. Okay. I reset my pw there and deleted (hid) the weird songs. Then I returned to my phone to deal with cloud buying. It refused to accept my new pw. So I reset it again there. Then I put in my cc info and address, made purchase.

All yesterday (Thursday) I waited for the storage bar to update with my new bigger piece o cloud, but nothing happened. My bank had no charge on my card either. Argh! Maybe it needed to connect to WiFi to update? No. Turn off and on? Nope.

This morning (Friday), there was still no update. I tried to start over. It asked for my pw and would not accept my new one. I had to reset it again! Then all the cc info, including my address, I had entered and saved yesterday had disappeared. Argh! Why won’t Apple take my money? How is their stock price so high? Insane.

But finally the whole stupid thing worked and I have more cloud. Yay technology woo hoo. Rah. 🙄

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Image originally from Pixabay.

©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

The Monday Peeve 14

Monday Peeve cat

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

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Spam again! This is of the textual variety. So, I give the pet store my phone number to text my receipt because that’s convenient for me. No piece of paper wadded in my purse, ya know? Less waste! I’m all about that waste, that waste. 🎶

But then they start pestering me on a daily basis about their stupid specials. I mean, how freaking clueless is this? I’m not gonna go running back there 20 times a week every time they mark down cat treats ten cents a package. For Pete’s sake! Inevitably, I have to completely block them, which is so dumb. Why can’t these businesses get a grip? No one wants to be bombarded with constant texts about sales at the pet store, or any store. It’s just such an idiotic way to do marketing. I’m so mad at them now.

My dentist, on the other hand, texts a couple times a year to remind me of my appointments and maybe one or two other things, like teeth whitening for Valentine’s Day. Well, he’s not a moron. 😁

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Image originally from Pixabay.

©️2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

The Monday Peeve 10

The Monday Peeve annoyed kitty

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

I don’t even know where to start with this peeve… it’s not really a single peeve but more like a peeve cascade. Buckle up! 😮

First, I noticed that my Amazon Prime movies were doing an annoying thing: I’d click on one to watch but get a message it wasn’t available. Sometimes I’d have to click 5 times before the movie would start and it’s not like any of these flicks are masterpieces. I googled this issue and it said to restart my whole Roku dealio, so I did and nothing has changed. This was not and is not happening on Netflix, btw.

Second, a few days later I received an email from Roku telling me that my Roku was old and might quit working properly. Well, great news there. They had a special offer for me, natch. For a mere $15 (plus T&S), I could upgrade to Roku Express and stay in the loop with software updates and such.

Third, last night (Wednesday) I decided to order the stupid thing. I had to create a new Roku password because I forgot mine and also had to change my credit card because the one on file had expired. But the Roku website wouldn’t accept my new card. I entered it like 27 times and nope. It wouldn’t take it.

Fine. I figured I’d buy the damn thing on my phone. But this was one of those times, and there are many, when the new chained password failed to actually chain to my linked device. Okay, I decided to request a new NEW password on my phone and chain it back to my laptop (for whatever reason the chain always works in that direction). But Roku said no, you can’t. I logged out on my laptop. Still no. 😡

OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD LET ME SPEND SOME MONEY WOULD YOU PLEASE!!!!!

Then I had a brainflash. I turned on my TV, went to Roku settings, and changed my credit card info there.

Breaking Bad Jesse yeah science

I ran right back to the Roku website on my laptop, logged in, saw that my CC had been automagically updated, and bought the whatsit Express. Whoop de farkin’ doo!

Then, then my friends, Roku says to me…

“Hey girl. We see you don’t have a Roku TV. Would you like to buy some speakers for it? Remember, they only work with a Roku TV!” 🤯🤯🤯

I mean… I mean… I’m already out $22 for this Express nonsense, when I thought the original Roku would last the rest of my life. I don’t trust these peeps at all now, and I assume I’ll have to buy more dumbassery upgrades in the future to keep using my TV for streaming channels if I even want to… have I mentioned that most movies are crap? But then every once in a while there comes along a Sopranos or a Breaking Bad or a Game of Thrones… 💖

Anyway, sure, let me get right on that special speaker deal just as soon as I jump on this sail sale… I hear they only work with boats…

Sailboat ocean lavender golden sunset

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Images from Pixabay, Google, Pexels.

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FPQ47: The Singularity

FPQ

Fandango provocatively asks…

Do you think the singularity will occur? If so, what time frame do you think it will happen in and how will it impact humanity? Alternatively, do you think or care at all about the potential for reaching singularity?

Fandango defines this as “a hypothetical future point in time when technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.” Hasn’t that already happened? Have we not been irreversibly impacted by the technology from communications, agriculture, the military, and medical sciences? I guess we could “go back” if we destroyed everything in a horrible nuclear war and some humans were able to survive in remote areas, but I think the projections say this is unlikely (the remote people surviving).

Generally, the science fiction tropes give us the idea of runaway AI to the point where it develops a will to survive and surpass us, forming some sort of evil intent. It knows we will disable it once we discover its new powers, so it must kill us first. The plot of such fiction centers around a race against time, man vs machine. I assume man wins, or the endings wouldn’t be satisfying. As you probably can guess, I haven’t read/watched a whole lot of this. I prefer man vs man.

I don’t worry about machines developing feelings and trying to kill me. No. Though it’s definitely possible I could trip over a computer cord and smash my head on the corner of a table and die of a concussion. That could happen. I am a klutz. But as far as my phone and computer conspiring to electrocute me because they’ve received instructions from the Big AI… no, this is not something I worry about at all. I still figure that if anyone poses a mortal threat to me, it’ll be some jerk on the freeway, same as always.

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The Monday Peeve 8

The Monday Peeve

I know we have to put up with this, but omg UPDATES, amirite? I just went through the painful Mac update to Catalina last week and today (Saturday) it informs me there’s another one! Naturally, I have to go through the whole ridiculous process of trying to shut down and it telling me things are still open so it can’t wahhhhhh, on and on. You know the drill. Just get it done. Then it crawls through at a snail’s pace and yada. I have things to do, okay? At least I can write a blog rant on my phone for the Monday Peeve while it’s plodding along.

Word had an update too, which it did right before this Mac thing, and I received a cone of danger. Why? Because some file from the cloud didn’t upload back in August. Dude, that ship sailed. I already finished the work, sent it in, got paid. Idgaf about a file from August. Let’s move on, shall we? Time is money!

Grrrr! Updates! Hate! 😡😡😡

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The Monday Peeve 6

The Monday Peeve

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

Here we go then with today’s…

People often complain about texting while driving, but this peeve is about texting in a different kind of car. I am a regular and frequent user of office building elevators, and many times people are so busily texting in the elevator that they don’t GET OUT when the car stops. So, I think no one is in there and proceed to step on, when someone comes rushing off and almost slams into me. WTF? Idiots! They don’t apologize either. In fact, they may appear aggrieved, as if it’s my fault I didn’t know they were doing important texting in there and should have continued to stand in the lobby waiting until they were finished.

It’s not that I’m impatient. I don’t care about jumping right into the elevator. I have now begun to wait a couple extra seconds because of the texters, but even that is sometimes not enough. I guess I wish they would just say sorry or excuse me. There are so many rude people in office buildings you’d think you were at the mall sometimes. Maybe the elevator should have a yellow light indicating that a stupid human is still in there, oblivious to reality.

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©️2019 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

The Monday Peeve 2

The Monday Peeve

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

Here we go then with today’s…

I can’t stand it when numbers don’t work. This is an enormous peeve of mine. Words may have imprecise definitions, tastes often vary, people can wobble into walls, but numbers dammit? No, I do not accept it when numbers fail.

Here’s an example. Someone tried to send me money via PayPal using my phone number and the funds were returned. PayPal said they didn’t know my number, which happens to be the one I’ve been using for 20 years with them. So, I called them up, confirmed my phone, and they said oh it’s better to use an email address. Why? Why would it be better to use letters over numbers? They had no answer for me. Utterly maddening.

I was so annoyed I was going to switch to Venmo except I saw that PayPal owns Venmo. It’d be like giving up Facebook and keeping Messenger. Who’d be silly enough to do that?

Oh right. Me. 🙄

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