Friday, May 17, 2013

Ain't Technology Great for Education

Just finished Spring 2013 semester. My advise to anyone attending college-get it over with ASAP! It's tough enough to get through when you're twenty. At fifty, it's exhausting! Just learning how to navigate software like Blackboard and ANGEL in order to submit assignments can be intimidating. Technology is suppose to enhance communication. Yet, in some instances, it's an impediment. I even watched the videos, and I'm still not sure I'm using the Blackboard discussion forum properly.

Every time I download software for use in a class, it inevitably adds some toolbar to my Web browser, even though I unchecked that option before beginning the download. Nothing says "successful semester" like spending a couple of hours finding these add-ons and deleting them. Now, I just go to the uninstall feature immediately after the download, and any program with a name different than the one required for class, is promptly deleted.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Living Dell, Part Deux

The Dell repairman showed up today with new memory and a mother board. Didn't matter. Didn't fix it. Now, I have to send it to some "depot", where it's going to take two weeks to figure out what's wrong. I've spent several hours trying to resolve this issue instead of doing my homework. Dell is dead to me!

Monday, March 18, 2013

My Living Dell

I was having problems with my Dell N7110 over the past couple of days, and then...the Cheese Wiz! My attempt at booting up yesterday morning was met with a series of two beeps and a constantly running fan. Since I have projects due for school, I went into panic mode.

When I bought the laptop, I purchased their in-home warranty just for such an event. So, I called technical support, got a technician on the line, and gave him all the pertinent information he needed to identify me. I asked for his name and number in case we got cut off. He gave me his name, but said that he couldn't give me an extension, and in the event we got cut off, he'd call me back. Those were the last words he spoke to me. So, I waited for him to call me back. Didn't happen!

So, I called back. Needless to say, I was a little less pleasant this go round. After waiting on hold for twenty minutes, I got the next technical support representative. I informed him that I was cut off, which he assured me that wouldn't happen this time. It did, and I still did not get a call back.

At this point, "pleasant" did not enter into the equation. Again, I waited for a technical support, and when the next person answered, I asked for a supervisor. He said he still needed to get my information prior to getting the supervisor. Folks, if you're in a customer service position, and the client has been cut off twice, don't take an accusatory tone regarding repairs. I considered myself a tolerant person when dealing with customer service, and I give everyone two chances, but on the third attempt, I'm an asshole-purposely! There is no other way to put it. I will go out of my way to make your life miserable if that second chance threshold is breached.

When the repairman shows up, he better treat me respectfully. Otherwise, it's on!

Sunday, March 17, 2013


I'm resurrecting a persona from a column I used to write for a newletter, DOA(Dicks of America). I make pre-dick-tions for all Dicks and Dick events. I'll be happy to consider any and all suggestions regarding any Dick material. It doesn't have to be relevant, or make sense. It's all for a good cause. And, while I encourage irreverence, there are boundaries that I won't cross. So, have at it!