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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

User friendly.

Hubby.
Doctor of everything.
Master of the physical universe.
Lover of all tools.
Connoisseur of machines.

He believes man's job is to lord over machines.
Me. I could live without them, and do my best work with simple implements.
For years, I needed nothing more.

When I retired and started writing, he bought me a tablet computer. On that tablet, I could write in long hand and with a few strokes, convert the handwriting to print.  Slowly, I learned the ins and out of that computer and began blogging.
Recently, that machine quit on me and Hubby decided I needed a major upgrade. In comes a new computer.

For weeks, I have not been able to upload new pictures, nor do simple editing on my word processing  new applications.Now, all my fingers want to do is go where they went before. No! They need to move differently, and learn positions all over again.  They need to be conscious and precise in different ways than before.  They need to adjust.

Hubby's work was to help people and machines work better together. Yeah. His job was to design  contraptions to be user friendly, even inventing phrases like 'user-friendly'.

How frustrating to have a wife who is an unfriendly user!






37 comments:

Bonnie said...

Isn't it wonderful to be aligned with a man who is 'doctor of everything - master of the universe'? What would we do without them?

Joani said...

Love it. New computers....sometimes are hard to adapt but I'm sure you'll figure it out and it'll become user friendly. Have a great day.

Velva said...

Just keep tapping at that new computer-It will begin to feel like an old friend again soon.

Velva

Brian Miller said...

ha. but arent you so glad to have himm help you through the process...

ellen abbott said...

it takes 6 weeks to develop a new habit. 3 weeks to break down the old one and three weeks to build up the new one. so hang in there.

Grandmother said...

My Honey, too, loves gadgets, tools and machines of all sorts- can use them and fix them and delight in them. Me, not so much. But I do appreciate him introducing me to a iMac. Definitely a computer for the mechanically challenged- very intuitive and therefore easy. Good luck with yours.

Maggie May said...

You'll soon get used to it and it will be the same as a pair of well worn shoes.... after the pain of breaking them in.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Jinksy said...

Hah! I'm doing things the other way around- I've had the computer for years, but have now bought a tablet for drawing and/or playing with images. :)

A Seasonal Cook in Turkey said...

You are funny, Rosaria. You sound just like me as far as machines and technology go ... it will all work in the end, I'm sure - give it a bit of time!

Dawn said...

hahaha...it's funny that half of us are user friendly, and the other not quite so. Good thing you teamed up with the opposite of us:) I need one of those user-friendlies in my house:)))))

Eva Gallant said...

I'm sure you wll warm up to that new computer in no time!

fernenland said...

Ah, but think of all those new neuronal connections your brain is growing. It could lead to a whole new outlook on life. (Not that it sounds like you need one - on the contrary.)

Cloudia said...

opposites attract!


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An English Shepherd said...

Sure you will get the hang of your new comuter soon :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I know exactly how you feel but you'll be at ease with the new one soon, I'm sure!

Tabor said...

It is much harsher and harder to change our habits as we age and I am sure your fingers reach in the wrong places. You will learn it eventually but it requires patience.

Arkansas Patti said...

How fortunate you have the master under roof.
I always hate a new computer but in no time, it becomes my old one. Hang in there.

joeh said...

User friendly would be to just tell it what to do and it does it....oh... that would be a husband!

The Cranky Old Man

dianefaith said...

I find that if I've done things before, however haphazardly, I can do them again. But, if I'm starting from scratch, patience wears very thin. If I were starting with a computer after age 65 (which I am -- "after"), I wouldn't have the patience to stay with it. But, with some background -- say, the tablet, it would be doable. Obviously, you're doing fine -- the post is up!

Retired English Teacher said...

Your husband sound like mine. He is always learning some new piece of technology that he thinks I need to include in my life. Those adjustments to a new computer or phone can be a challenge. In the end, it usually becomes a good thing.

#1Nana said...

My spouse is also a machine master, but not of the technology kind. He is a techno-tard, but for any other kind of job, he's got something with a motor to do it. If I'm gleefully pulling weeds, he'll offer to fire up the tractor...and why would you haul a bucket of weeds to the compost pile when you can hook a trailer to the lawn mower and move them mechanically. I have to admit, though, I do like the power washer for cleaning off the winter grime on the patio.

yaya said...

I want my computer to never change..crazy I know. I hate it when someone else even touches it because then is seems to act up and not work right. I'm such a techie dummy! I admire people like your hubby who can fix everything and, I'm betting, even program the tv remote!

Marguerite said...

You are certainly lucky to have such a man around and I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon! I usually search the internet for "how to" tutorials and fortunately they have them for just about anything you need to learn, especially computers.

quilterliz said...

G'day Rosaria. It's like anything new, it always take time to learn it, well it does for me at any rate. Hang in there and I am sure in no time you will be a master at it. Thanks for your comment on my blog, yes, I now have a chance to beautify a few things. Take care. liz...

Car Title Loans said...

Well, they do say that opposites attract! But, at least you have an in-house technician to help with you with all your needs. It's the best for us non-tech savvy people!

Sara

Hilary said...

Ah.. it's a process. You'll get it before too long. Your hubby has faith in you.

#1Nana said...

Thanks for your comment on my post about eraser burns. I needed that encouragement. I just got an angry email from the parent of one of the boys who has reported me to the superintendent and the police (!!!) for exploiting students. She says I'm not fit to work with kids because I have profanity on my blog. Apparently WTF and F**k have put me in the same category as Larry Flint.
Jann

Nancy said...

How wonderful to have someone who cares for you in that way - even if it does include some adjustments.

Rommel Peter Fernandes said...

Your husband is like the typical husband world wide :-)
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NitWit1 said...

You and my husband may soul mates, at least on electronics. I seem to have the ability to use all digital electronics except VCR or its successor, mainly because i use them rarely.

I am fairly adept with saws, drills, and tools. We both have our own set but he frequently borrow mine, which are organized and easy accessible, but his are in disarray, wherever he last lay them down.

I am having a little trouble with Kindle as I have not done the tutorial which reminds me of Photoshop tutorials which all begin with a catalog. I want to fix photos not over-organize. Same with Kindle--let me read.

becky said...

Well, your header is certainly impressive!!! You'll be fine~~there's a doctor in the house :)

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Good luck with the new computer! It will be fun when you get the hang of it! Good, useful hubby you have there!

Ann Best said...

Hi, Rosaria. I've been delinquent for three maybe four days at commenting. So I am just seeing your header picture. It's awesome! It fills the space of my mind.

I've thought about putting up a WordPress, and I did. But it isn't as user friendly as Blogger, and I'm not sure I'll be able to use it. Right now I'm too busy to figure it out. And at least I'm finally comfortable with Blogger and am getting better with Facebook and Twitter, too.

I finally saw the video clip on your profile page and clicked on it. The Comforters. The music is awesome. I felt emotions that took me back to when I listened a lot to music. I need to listen to music more, and get away from the computer more often! The computer and Internet are great, but it's just a flat surface that you're staring at. Listening to music. Taking a walk. Gazing out at the store. Chatting with a neighbor. All this restores the soul.

See what trails of thought and emotion you evoked.

I'm so glad I've really met your husband. He looks and sounds like a great guy! My second husband was a civil engineer who could fix anything on our cars and Jen's wheelchair. He and I were as different as night and day, but I came to appreciate the fact that we need minds like his that understand how to fix and construct. Without them, we writers who invent only stories would be in a tough spot. We wouldn't have a chair to sit on or a computer screen to stare at.

I just wish I could understand even the basics better than I do!

I do hope your print copy of my memoir arrives soon. I'm looking forward to your response. I hope my author copies arrive soon, too.

Berowne said...

The computer. Impossible to understand, but before long, "second nature to me now."

A Cuban In London said...

That is a good combination you have there in your house! :-) My wife and I have a similar one. She does the gardening and I mow the lawn. Win-win situation.

Greetings from London.

Trish said...

Doctor of everything. Renaissance man. Very nice, Rosaria. Now get acquainted fast with that new computer!

The Broad said...

Have fun with that new machine, Rosaria. My husband is mechanical -- he can fix anything with nuts and bolts and spark plugs. As long as it's greasy and doesn't have a computer chip he's happy to fix it. I'm the one likes the computer challenges, to be up-to-date with the smart phone. However, I am finding that the older I get the more difficult it is to remember things of the bat and to adjust to the latest edition of Word or Outlook. At this very moment I am having fun on the new laptop we are giving youngest son for his birthday -- he'll get it when I get back to the UK!!