It was supposed to have been a simple break to visit family and friends. You can write anywhere canâ€™t you?
I mean the net is worldwide and if you can connect then location doesnâ€™t matter.
However, being on first name terms with Murphy, I took certain precautions.
First of all you donâ€™t take things for granted in Africa because reality is usually different from what’s advertised.
I checked that my service provider had coverage where I was going and I took a backup system in case Murphy had other plans.
My computer had picked up a bad habit of showing me a blue screen, telling me it didnâ€™t like certain pieces of hardware like my mouse and my mobile phone.
This set my alarms bells ringing.
Little changed; despite diligently searching for solutions from the manufacturer and the net.
I strongly suspected that Murphy was involved and I took the necessary precautions of routine maintenance and backups.
I arrived at my destination to find there was no coverage.
No problem, I was prepared – only to find Murphyâ€™s hidden hand.
My mobileâ€™s USB cable was nowhere to be found.Â Iâ€™d packed the wrong cable.
In Africa, you must always be prepared to make a plan so I wasnâ€™t too bothered although a bit frustrated.
The following day I went to three different suppliers who all told me the same story â€“ no stock.
My frustration levels began to rise when they said their new orders would arrive within a few days.Â I wasnâ€™t impressed.
I went to another supplier and found the cable I was looking for, but the price made me wonder if theyâ€™d made it out of gold or some other precious metal.
As I walked through the mall, a thought struck me. Why not use Bluetooth?
Iâ€™m a farm boy when it comes to understanding the intimate life of a computer, but I can work out a few of the basic problems.
Iâ€™d never used Bluetooth before to connect to the net but it was worth a try.
Full of new found hope, I tried out my idea but once again discovered the hidden hand.
No matter what I tried, my computer refused to acknowledge that Bluetooth existed.
I knew it was lying because Iâ€™d used it before.
I tried the usual routines of clearing out the cache and the registry but nothing happened.
I then made the fatal mistake of listening to the on screen instructions and rebooted.
My computer went on strike and insulted me continuously with blue screens filled with jargon that I never knew existed.
Suffice it to say, I spent a number of hours resurrecting my machine which time couldâ€™ve been used far more profitably.
I am convinced that computers and technology were designed to encourage man to accept there are hidden forces at work in the universe.
Iâ€™ve heard a few non believers pray when their computers have crashed.
Points to ponder.
- Why isnâ€™t technology designed to be compatible?
- Why is the hardware so different?
Is it to make the product unique or to make you buy more accessories?
- Why is software not universal so that all systems can operate together?
- How many hours have you wasted due to technology failure or because of the above?
- What steps would you take to prevent a scenario like the above from happening again?
It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are.