Monday, July 11, 2011

It's Been a Feel5ive Week


The last 7 days or so were supposed to be fun and exciting, but they turned into Feel5ive days.

It all started on Tuesday when I ordered a new computer tower and software. They said the software would be delivered Wednesday and the computer on Friday. That meant I had to be home both days to sign for them.

Wednesday came and went – and I discovered that the driver had used his GPS to find our home, so he ended up at a dead end. I should have warned them that it wouldn’t work, but since I’d gotten deliveries from this company many times, I didn’t think of it.

Who knows why GPS is programmed incorrectly here, but at least it’s consistent with on-line driving directions. They both take people on a wild goose chase.

So… I spent a couple of hours on the phone trying to reach someone who could convey my message to the driver: Use your map, NOT your GPS!

Then late on Friday the computer arrived. After dinner I started setting it up, and before long realized it would not open any of my own domains.

That started a long series of phone calls – one with the company technician lasting 2 ½ hours. And still – no success. Meanwhile, he had me uninstall everything I had installed so far – like anti-virus.

Finally, at 11 p.m. on Saturday night, I discovered the problem. The default settings in the computer firewall were set to block my own domains.

Why? I have no clue. And why didn’t their own technician know this? Again – no clue.

All I know for sure is that my bottle of Feel5ive came in pretty handy as I got through these days.

And now… one last glitch. Until I get to a store, I can’t connect both computers to the Internet at the same time. It seems that a delinquent feline decided to chew on the cable that would allow me to plug in the second computer. I’m just grateful that she only wrecked one of them.

If you have days or weeks like this, be sure to keep a bottle of Feel5ive on hand. It can keep you from “stress overload” and let you enjoy the rest of your life in spite of the frustrations.
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