Tuesday Tech Miscellany

Yesterday (Monday) I wrestled with my internet connection all day long. Studly was traveling, and I didn’t want to exacerbate the technical issues by doing something stupid in his absence. Instead, I was mostly tech free all day, and it was kind of nice.

My understanding of WiFi and connectivity and the million other little things that go into making my devices communicate smoothly is limited. I know that some of the little lights on my home router need to be flashing while others need to remain constant, but beyond that I’m lost. Thank goodness Studly Doright arrived home in time last evening to tell me how to fix the problem. (Basically I had to unplug the router, count to five, and plug it back in.) My hero!

Speaking of being lost, one of the things I like best about my Apple Watch is the gps feature. When I ask Siri for directions to a location, my watch will sync up and provide brief instructions as well as a pleasant buzz on my wrist as I approach a turn.

For some reason, though, on Saturday the watch lost its ability to guide me. I was heading to an estate sale using iPhone guidance and kept driving mile after mile waiting for the friendly buzz to indicate I needed to turn. Finally, I pulled into a parking lot and realized the watch wasn’t doing it’s part, and I was stuck with just the phone instructions. Plus, I was way north of Tallahassee. Not lost, but not where I needed to be either.

When I returned home I googled possible remedies to the situation, but none of them bore fruit. I figured I’d need to seek out some technical assistance at a local tech shop. Then this morning I noticed the little airplane icon on my watch. Hmmm. Had I accidentally switched it to airplane mode?

Why, yes. Yes, I had, and as soon as I figured out how to take it out of airplane mode the gps was back in business. I literally just asked Siri for directions to Trader Joe’s and my watch responded with a turn suggestion. It’s a bit confusing since I’m still inside my home, but still, I’m back in business.

Now, at the risk of making myself seem even more foolish, my car has a gps built in. Yes, I could, and often do, use it for directions. But it doesn’t buzz on my arm. I like the buzz.

No, not that Buzz; although, the wallpaper on my Apple Watch can be set to Toy Story.

To infinity and beyond! Or to Trader Joe’s. Whichever is closest.

Peace, people.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

19 thoughts on “Tuesday Tech Miscellany”

  1. It took me forever to get used to the plug in GPS we have for the cars…the boys now use iphone and stick it on the dash, but I just recently got used to the plug in GPS and I don’t wanna use my phone and relearn things…lol

    🙂

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  2. I get that wifi thing. I have specific times during the day that it just takes a break, all on it’s own. I’m puzzling through it being the router or my laptop and signs are pointing to my laptop as phone and tablet never seem to be bothered by the outage.
    I am also trying to avoid the idea of it being my laptop, as in computer age it would be deemed ancient, which then means getting a new one… 😦

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      1. Mine is simple. My phone and I had our two year anniversary, so I need a divorce because my phone has changed and we have can’t move forward as it stands. My computer is getting old. And they did an update on iPad recently and it’s made me lose stuff and rearrange others and every time I need something it’s frustrating

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  3. Having tech problems can be some of the most stressful because we are so tied to it. I go a little nuts when things don’t work right. I am grateful that I know enough about it most of the time to be able to fix it. If I don’t, then usually Hubby or one of the kids do. Most of the time if something tech doesn’t get fixed right away around here, it is usually because it is past time for it to be replaced.

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