Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bumpy Learning Curve

I'm back to square one in many respects and have been assured that soon I'll be totally happy with my new MacAir.  I trust that will be true, but it's not yet because I am a kid in maybe the second grade after a  rather bad summer who as forgotten  the alphabet and the  numbers.  I was chugging along okay, but with a very irksome modem problem for which I blame Verizon.  Then I discovered my email contact list had been lifteed and possibly hundreds of people were getting a disgusting scam that was not even a new one -- months ago I got the same message supposedly coming from a past neighbor  with whom I may have corresponded by email  twice.   It was an obviously  sob story: I'm in the Philippines (which was misspelled) and lost my wallet and had to have  $1950 to get out of the country and come home.  I suppose if anyone fell for it they would have been told to send money to some bogus account, certainly not to me.  I hope no one did.

I disocovered that I have many concerned acquaintances and friends who told me about having received this email.  For all the nice people who wanted me to know, there were probably ten times as many who simply deleted it -- which is what I wish everyone had done.   This went on  for a couple of weeks,  I recovered my contact list and then it was lifted a second time and a second round of emails were sent, many to the same people.  It was embarrassing but beyond my control.  Fortunately I do not bank by mail and, yes, I occasionally buy books by mail from Amazon with a credit card but very little else.   I quickly talked to my bank and my  credit card  company.

The whole thing brought up the thought I've had for a couple of years: my computer was over 10 years old, it was getting slow; I didn't have various updates.  I was going to have to get a new one soon  I went to talk to the very nice people at the local Mac store and bought a new one.   It's a marvel.  I cannot believe something that seems too thin to c containmore than a tissue paper, actually has the computing and storage power it has.  But there's the catch.  Much has been changeed and I don't adapt quickly to new  things.  AFter all I'm in my 70s, that's my excuse and I think a valid  one.

So I just discovered I don't know how to access my photos except those on the desktop display to put on a blog.  I love the picture of Stella above but it wasn't what I meant to put on this post,  The MacAir has a program called Pages that emulates much of Microsoft Word but it's not the same and I have much to learn ... MUCH ...  it is the program I use most, like a few times every day. I am frustrated.  Old dog, new tricks.  Gotta happen   It's a great little laptop and I'm going to be happy with it .... in the fullness of time.


Kass said...

So sorry I was one of the ones who notified you and didn't simply delete. What a pain for you. Now I'm starting to worry about my old MacBook Pro and whether or not I should get the MacAir. Several friends have recently traded up to one and they all love it.

Hope you adjust soon.

June Calender said...

Kass, thanks for your note. Yes, although I still have much to learn, one thing I understand is that computer technoloogy keeps moving on and done dan get very far behind and have to do a lot of catching up If you feel ready to, move up, do it.

barbara judge said...

June -- do you have a Junior college near you? They usually have computer classes. Or maybe the man at the Mac store can help you find a class somewhere. I know that tutoring is available in some areas but it is very expensive. I too am slow to learn everything on computers. It is a good thing I started years ago to figure this whole new digital world out. But still feel lost many days. Comes with the territory. -- barbara

June Calender said...

Thanks for your comment, Barbara. I have lined up a one-on-one tutorial with the man at the man atthe Mac store who was so nice to me. I have a list of questions, things I really want to know immediately. I believe this is the best source of information because classes elsewhere do not concentrate specifically on the new Mac programs. that will happen later this week and thereafter I can phone s]with brief specific questions.