Computer glitch meltdowns fry and refry my brain. There’s a definite disconnect in my gray matter when it comes to technology. Even simple changes often cause a ripple effect where one problem leads to another and another. It sends me spiraling into cyberspace mania.
I’ve had Yahoo Mail for years. I’m a creature of habit. It’s so nice to know what I’m doing. But the latest Yahoo Mail upgrade (which I didn’t even want) isn’t compatible with Mac. It has trouble loading and sending, plus freezes up while trying to access emails. I mean, come on, having to sign in 50 times a day is maddening.
I downloaded recommended firewalls, which made things worse. I finally got a hold of someone at Yahoo support, but got kicked off in the middle of the chat. I had to start all over, but finally got through again. This time I was on long enough to do what the tech told me, but that didn’t help. Then I lost her again and gave up.
So what’s a tech idiot supposed to do? A friend said I should get Gmail and have my Yahoo mail forwarded, so I took the plunge and opened a Gmail account. The glitch – I need Yahoo Plus to have my Yahoo mail forwarded to my Gmail. Well, I can’t afford didley squat to upgrade anything. However, it did allow me to import all my contacts and info from the Yahoo account. Yay, I was making progress.
Then I stumbled on an option where I could link my Gmail to my Yahoo mail. Aha! That ought to do it. Click. That was easy. Or so I thought.
Now, I know you techies are already laughing and shaking your heads at my bungling. You lucky ducks who find technology a cinch know what an idiotic move that was. I’ll blame it on the late hour of the night. I went to sleep, thinking the problem was solved.
This morning when I signed in to check out the new Gmail account, it took me into my Yahoo Mail. Say what? What the heck? I tried to open an email, but couldn’t access it. Same old issues. I tried logging in again through Google and it took me back into Yahoo Mail.
Yep, it connected my Gmail account with my Yahoo Mail, the exact opposite of what I wanted. I was running in cyber circles. The insanity didn’t end there.
When Yahoo Mail froze up on me again, I decided to go to my Google dashboard and check the stats on my blog. A dashboard for a new account under my new Gmail address appeared. It said I hadn’t started a blog yet. I couldn’t get to my old dashboard. I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to blog again. I couldn’t bare the thought of starting over.
I needed to delete this new account, but how? Google doesn’t have support people to contact, or maybe they do and they’re hiding from me. Over and over I tried to figure it out. Stupid, stupid, stupid! Scream!
Well, it’s good to cry and let it out. It beats having chest pains, for sure.
Finally, I figured out how to log in with my old email address and accessed my dashboard. What a relief. But how to fix the other things? How to undo all the mistakes I made? I just can’t deal with it right now.
Are you a tech wizard? Or are you challenged like me? How do you cope with tech problems? I know I’m not the only one, but I know I’m a hard case. I’m going to unplug for a bit. Maybe take a nap, for a day or two.