Having A Computer is Like Having A Car

_MG_2157 copyThis Wednesday was my turn to present my business at the Desert Networking Professionals  (DNP) weekly breakfast meeting.  My topic was “Having a Computer Is Like Having a Car.”

I believe one of the reasons my clients are frustrated by their computers and gadgets is due to unrealistic expectations.  If you consider that having a computer is like having a car, you will have a different perspective.  First, you don’t even have to have a computer or car if you don’t want to.  Really…some people don’t have one.  However, you might think it’s a necessity for your lifestyle or your business.   If you choose to get one, there will be some training involved in learning to drive it.  There are rules you need to follow, or you’ll get into trouble.  You have to have insurance (back ups and anti virus protection), and, from time to time, it will need tune-ups, and repairs.  You can pay a professional to teach you to drive it and to do the repairs, or you can get a book or do research online and learn how to do it yourself.  It’s a choice.  If you choose to do it yourself, there is going to be a learning curve, some mistakes, and it’s going to take longer.  That’s just the way it is.  And you have choices.

I hope that this analogy will help everyone to have more realistic expectations and make peace with the ups and downs of the technology world.  I hope that everyone will have the insurance of backups and anti-virus protection.  I hope that everyone will choose to learn how to use the gadgets and gizmos and be able to function with ease and joy.  And, I recommend that you call a professional when there are problem or questions.  After all, having peace and joy in our lives is all about expectations.  Let’s be realistic, do the few things that need to be done, and focus on enjoying the many benefits of computer technology.

If you need help with any of these things, please let me know.  I promise I will make it as easy, fun, painless  and affordable as possible.

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  4 comments for “Having A Computer is Like Having A Car

  1. Donna Edwards
    June 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I’m trouble with Photos of getting them in the Albums Also Passwords. Are you having Workshops. I would sure be interested.

    • June 23, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Donna!

      I would love to teach classes on photo albums and passwords. Can we use a meeting room at the club house in Sun City? I will call you to discuss it

  2. August 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Hi Mardi,

    What do you think of this letter I sent to Microsoft?

    I wanted to tell you the problems I have with MS Windows 8 and 8.1 instead of doing a pre-written
    program. One of the main problems is saving items where I want them to be. IN other words I want to choose the destination
    in which to save an item. Your library arbitrarily put things where it guesses they should be. This is so confusing and time
    consuming. It can take an hour just to find out where my document or other item is.
    It was so easy with Windows XP to have files and folders organized exactly the way I want them, and easy to move items from one location to another.
    In addition to library problems One Drive is a super problem, randomly putting items in One Drive!! This problem is much
    worse because you cannot delete One Drive! I am going to have to uninstall Win 8.1 to get rid of One Drive and all the
    the confusion it causes. I want ONE Document fold and ALL my documents neatly organized in it.

    Another problem is the charms, very annoying to keep having to move them out of the way. Also, they are not stable and I have
    to keep trying to use them before they flick away. It is much more user friendly to have a stable menu so we can click on what we want and not have it flipping in and out of the screen. Very poor design, by poor I mean not user friendly.

    In short, your computer is way too invasive and pre-programmed to do what MS thinks it is should do. I want a computer that will do what I

  3. August 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for sharing this Nancy. Well said. You go girl!

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