I like to think I’m a pretty savvy technology user, but sometimes Big Brother gets the best of me. I call my husband the Technology Gestapo because, well, he sort of is. He forgets that my son and I are on the cutting edge of technology because he puts us there. For the most part, we can keep up … but when it comes to setting up things on my own, forget it. I just smile and remind him that it’s his job to keep me on the grid.
I wonder what’ll happen if he ever balks. Until then, here are a couple of universal truths I’ve established.
- Don’t panic … you can undo most mistakes in any application with
CTRL + Z. Mostly.
- Do not arbitrarily hit the ‘OK’ button on error pop-up windows. Your computer will eventually freeze up and your husband will kill you.
- Neither your fist, nor your foot, is approved computer support tools
- Restarting your computer doesn’t always work.
- There is no guide dumbed down enough for me to use QuickBooks. I’m a writer, not an adder.
- No matter how many times my husband shows me how to use the universal remote, I still hand it to my son to do for me.
- If my husband ever dies or leaves us, we will be in the dark because he’s got the damned lights programmed in a central remote control timer that’s smarter than me.
- Granola cookies soothe even the most savage of beasts … so if you accidentally empty the Recycle bin on your desktop and realize an hour later you’ve lost something you desperately need, freshly baked cookies are a nice touch.
- As long as I keep the apps updated on my iPhone and my iPad, I avert nuclear meltdown and global thermonuclear war with the mister—it’s one less thing he has to maintain.
- Sleeping with the tech guy will not make you a computing genius. Neither will marrying him. But it sure is fun to try!