Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it?
That was the daily prompt question in WP the other day, and the last time I felt like that was yesterday. What did I do? I went to bed!
My sister-in-law bought an iPad. An iPad Mini. Right now, it seems everything that could go wrong with that purchase also did. She bought it online, when it arrived it wasn’t a mini, but she’d paid for a mini. She had to drive down to the next town to have it replaced.
Last time I was in Sweden, I had my iPhone with me, although I only used it with WiFi. I took pictures with it and did stuff … uploaded them when I had access to wifi. She totally fell in love with it and all that I could do with it, so she went right ahead and got one for herself. All went swimmingly there, we’ve had a lot of fun over these months with our phones!
Some time ago, she was exposed to an ipad … one of her grandkids had one, and I guess that was love at first sight.
Now … part of this problem that presented itself when she finally got the right iPad, is that she doesn’t have a wireless modem at home! She was going to use her iPhone as a hotspot. Fair enough, and easy enough … one would think. I tried it out here at home to see how it worked … like a breeze. Not so there.
Yesterday morning I got a text message. She was either going to throw it out the window or turn it back in. I have a lot of patience at times, so I told her to cool her jets and that we’d look into the settings.
I don’t even have an iPad, but I figured it must be pretty much the same set-up as on the iPhone so … we started. And so … the trouble started. Both her iPhone and iPad are set up in Swedish. Mine is in English. When I told her to go into her settings and turn on ‘Personal Hotspot’, there was no such thing — it was called something completely different in Swedish … they had not adopted the word ‘hotspot’, even though they’re so quick to import all other English words.
Instead, I explained where it was, on the forth line in Settings et cetera … what it should look like — it should be ON and blue. All this took place with the help of text messages!
It didn’t work. The day wore on … she went out to see her daughter and her family. They had a wireless set up, and as soon as she got in there, the iPad asked her if she wanted to connect. All was well … until she left. When she got back home again, it was all the same. The iPhone didn’t show up in the network.
When she went to sleep last night, she’d packed it all up and was going to return it. Here’s where the helplessness/frustration comes into play. At some point I just wanted to scream: «LISTEN to me, for Pete’s sake!!!!» I know how much she’d love it, if she got it to work, but as I’m so far away … there’s nothing I can do. I managed to find screen shots online, of what it should look like on her phone, in Swedish … I’ve sent them to her and we’ll see what happens today. It’s a new day and perhaps she’s more rested up 🙂
Apart from all this computer/phone support yesterday, it was also my husband’s birthday. All day, the phone was ringing off the hook, he got all kinds of email and Facebook messages … it was unbelievable! So nice!!! I took him out for dinner. We went to our favourite, little place … because we like it. It’s called AJ’s Restaurant & Lounge, but it’s a very unassuming little place with good food. The very first time we visited, here in Saint John, that’s where we had breakfast and we both fell in love with it.