Once upon a time, not very long ago, this was the technological wizardry of my dreams:
Time moves on. For my birthday this year: an iPhone 5. This is wonderful! Right? …
All heck broke loose. Many, many things that I thought were more or less fine suddenly needed immediate attention. My brain filled up and froze.
If you’re under thirty you probably haven’t read this far, but if you have, no need to read further. This is for the really, really tech-shy, who nevertheless want to keep their hand in the game, or at least a pinky finger.
FIVE RULES FOR TRANSITIONING FROM A 5+ YEAR OLD MAC + FLIP PHONE, to an OSX UPGRADE + iPHONE:
1. Find a tech savvy friend or loved one willing to volunteer as a resource. Offer them something sublime in return. This must be a person who does not eye-roll and who is willing to answer questions when you’re ready to ask them. An expert can talk themselves blue in the face, but if you don’t know a browser from an operating system, you aren’t going to understand a word. Make a few mistakes in the presence of an understanding person and you get an idea of what the questions are, and are then better equipped to hear answers.
2. Buy, or check this book out from the library. Especially for those of us who grew up reading, it is a comfort to hold in your hands and it is full of helpful, understandable information.
3. When you sit down to work on whatever part of the upgrade you’re working on, set a timer for one hour. At the end of the hour, get up, do something else, even if you are about to go out of your mind with frustration. Everything is easier after your brain has a chance to let things set. The iPhone, by the way, comes with a nice timer, ready to go.
4. Have faith. Everything you need to know is (a) in your friend or loved one’s head; (b) in the Dummies book; or (c) on the Internet. The trick is finding the right words so the questions make sense to someone who knows the answers. If you find yourself on some obscure page or “forum” where people are throwing around language that puts you to sleep, stop. Take a break, rephrase your question and find a source that makes sense to you. It’s out there.
I’m not out of the woods, but should have everything figured out by 2014. Hopefully my new iPhone won’t already be an antique.
How about you? Are you upgrading? How is it going?