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When Technology Lets You Down – What Do YOU Do? UBC Day 12 #blogboost

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Technology Is Great–

When It Works!

 

Electronics [Source: morgueFile free photo}s
                          Technology FAIL…

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m picking up where I left off and continuing my Ultimate Blog Challenge posts into May. The post for UBC day #12 is to discuss what happens when technology fails!

 

 

I think we’ve all had those times when we fully expect our digital gadget – laptop, tablet, cell phone, or other device – to turn on or connect to the Internet like it has done every other time…but THIS time, a blank screen greets us or some error message indicates a problem. We’ve become so dependent on our technology being there for us, and when it is NOT…it usually causes an initial moment of disbelief, kind of like the expression on this guy’s face…

 

Staring at laptop [Source: morgueFile free photos]
                              Umm…hello?

That initial disbelief can turn to panic, especially if you’re someone–like me– who works from home and depends on technology for work and school. When it doesn’t work, it definitely interferes with plans for the day, as you have to make alternative arrangements.

For instance, one day when our WiFi malfunctioned and I had a work deadline, I drove a few miles up the road to a Dunkin’ Donuts and got set up with a bagel and coffee while I did my work.

 

Other times when both technology AND electricity failed–I used “old-fashioned” paper and pen to do some work. Sometimes the lack of technology creates the opportunity–perhaps forces us into the situation–to do other tasks we have put off, like decluttering, reading, exercising, or any other activity that doesn’t require technology or even electricity, at times.

The key seems to be to choose to make the best of the day, implement “Plan B” for the time you need it, and still manage to enjoy the day, trusting life will return to normal

So What About YOU?

 

Have you had one of THOSE moments when technology fails you?

 

Do you have alternate plans when technology and/or electricity is NOT available for you?

 

 

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Michelle Shaeffer

    Oh so many of those days over the years. 🙂

    And I like your approach, I do the same. Make the best of it with Plan B, Plan C, Plan D…

    24 . Apr . 2017
  2. Danni

    With being in the military, I’ve learned to always have a back up plan to my back up plan. And if all else fails light a candle a pray!

    25 . Apr . 2017
  3. Emily at theexpatmama.com

    I usually make a cup of tea, unplug EVERYTHING, and then re-plug once I’ve drank the tea and calmed down from seeing red with the wifi/laptop/modern life. It is frustrating though, especially if losing technology connection means losing precious work, so I completely hear you! Not that I have a solution other than jotting notes on paper alongside whatever work I’m doing just in case the worse should happen…

    25 . Apr . 2017
  4. Alexandra

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

    25 . Apr . 2017
  5. Eydie

    As a former VA, Social Media Consultant, and Website Designer – technology was part of my life. It still is – but I don’t panic as much as I used to. As you mentioned, there are options. I’d drive up to my neighborhood coffee shop and settle in with a delicious cup of coffee and work. I also decided to get my own personal hot spot so that I’d have Internet connections when I needed it. It especially helped when I did work at the coffee shop and needed to have secure wifi.

    These days, although I still work on websites, I don’t panic. To me I see it as a sign that it’s time to shut down and do something else. I’ll read or go to the gym. If the weather is warm enough, I’ll head to the pool. There are always alternatives.

    Eydie 🙂

    25 . Apr . 2017
  6. Andrew James

    Ah, yes. The inevitability of technological failure.

    Like it or not, such failure IS an inevitability. Preparing in advance for such events is in this day and age just as essential as preparing for flooding, blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires- The list goes on.

    For my part, I always try to have alternative options; from getting to a friend’s home, to Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, or Starbucks, there is usually a way of working things out if the problem is localized. If it’s more serious; such as a widespread power outage; then I know exactly where my notebooks and pens are, and there is usually enough light even during a storm to write by. For those times when something must ABSOLUTELY be typed up in a word processor, getting a battery backup is great.

    Finally, for those times when the dreaded “blue screen of death” appears, it’s always a good idea to have a PC Tech on standby. I’ve got a guy who’s generally able to solve any issue I run into within the space of a few hours. Developing a rapport and an understanding with such an individual goes a long way!

    Great article!

    25 . Apr . 2017
  7. Sue Bride

    B – I always have plenty of other things to do that don’t involve technology – many of them get neglected. I can have a good catch up if I have tech problems. I now leave computer problems to my hubby who used to build and fix them for a living. He’s usually at the desk adjoined to mine. Website problems are my domain though.

    C – I can connect my laptop to my phone wifi.
    D – Go round to a friend who lives locally.

    26 . Apr . 2017

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