Technological Frustrations

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 24, 2014 in Personal |

We all need that bit of security in our lives, that knowledge that things will not go wrong if we follow a certain path, fulfill certain tasks, stick to the rules. So with me too and, hardly a surprise, so it is also with my belief in how technology works, even if it is technology which I can only partially use and which, as I have written before, I fought against having for a long, long time. My cellphone.

I am one of those people who doesn’t want to have to check whether what I am using is up to date all the time but who relies on the inbuilt mechanisms to ensure nothing is missed. On my cellphone I have automatic updates activated which, as I have now discovered, doesn’t seem to make any difference at all. To put it bluntly, the automatic updates haven’t been updating automatically.

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I discovered this fact of life when trying to download a new application to my cell. After the long wait until Google Playstore finally connected, I was told that my Android software is not compatible with the Android version of the application. Wonderful, I thought, and why?

The only reason, since this is a relatively new application, must be that the software on my cellphone is not up to date. So, check and see and, no. There are updates that haven’t automatically downloaded and installed. The update was about 357 MB, just about within what I probably have left from my high-speed allowance. So: update. And it goes wonderfully, and installs and I get the message from my carrier that the allowance is almost finished. Doesn’t matter, the update is there and done.

Or not. A second one appears and starts to download. A smaller one, fortunately, but enough to use up my allowance completely. Downloaded, installed, finished.

Or not. Suddenly there is a third one – how many have I missed or, better, how many has the automatic update mechanism missed? The third is 517 MB, and I have only the super slow download available. So I let it run, the updater tells me that it will take about 24 minutes, faster than I expected. Faster, in fact than I could ever hope for, since the download time changes to 19 hours after a few minutes of struggling.

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Fine, then I can let the thing run and run, or I can wait 17 days for my high-speed allowance to refresh. I decide to let it run. And, in theory, that is what it should now do, but it doesn’t. By roughly 1% the connection breaks and a message asks whether I want to continue. I’ve started, so I’ll finish. It breaks again, and again, and again. In fact by the time I had managed to get to 20% I reconnected about 30 times. That means I need to be constantly on my cellphone, for the best part of a day and night. Still, 20% is a good start, and I can reconnect whenever.

Or not. At 20% I didn’t get the message to reconnect. At 20% it simply stopped, wiped everything out, and began again from 0%.

Guess I’ll be waiting the 17 days after all.

Don’t you just love the advances in modern technology?

Love & Kisses, Viki.


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