Technology hates me (again)

Last weekend my iPhone crashed. I spent the best part of nearly three hours trying to download the update, only for it having to be restored to factory settings and my most recent backup being installed on it. It was then that I found out that my phone hadn’t backed up since June, so all the apps that installed were all the old versions which wouldn’t work until I had downloaded the update. I did of course, backup my phone to my computer after I had installed everything (I usually do it to the cloud but it was taking a hell of a long time that night and I was very, very, impatient).

A few days ago, I noticed that nearly the entire middle row of my laptop’s keyboard wasn’t working properly. Out of ASDFGHJKL, only the “G” and “H” keys were okay, while some of the symbols weren’t working either. I gave the keyboard a clean, but still no luck. Not good for someone who blogs and has also started an online copywriting course. I bought a USB keyboard off amazon and you know what, I am pretty glad I did in the end. As much as I like the keyboard on my laptop, I’ve not always felt comfortable using it. It’s alright when you’re browsing the web, tweeting and stuff like that, but it could be a bit of a pain when you’re writing longer things. Also it used to be pretty annoying when I was writing a blog post or email only to have to start over when the corner of my hand would catch a button whilst typing and delete everything.

I’m just hoping I don’t have any other technical difficulties for a bit as I don’t really want to fork out for anything new just yet unless anything goes completely kaput.

(By the way, these technical difficulties have meant that part two of my “Brief History of Blogging” post has been delayed somewhat. It is coming, I promise).

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30 Blogs of November: Day 15

I downloaded Anchor onto my phone a few days ago. It’s an app that you can create and share your own audio, like podcasts and stuff. At the moment I’m at the “listening to what everyone else is doing stage”. There is a possibility I could get to the “give up after using it a couple of times and not use it again for months” stage. It is making me wonder though, if I was to do a podcast on it or publish any sort of audio, what would I do other than maybe fill it with music (seeing as you can share songs from Apple Music and Spotify on there as part of your broadcasts).

I am incredibly short on ideas at the moment for a lot of things. I do recommend the app though, if you like that sort of thing.

30 Blogs of November Day 2

So..day 2. I honestly had no idea what I was going to post today. I’ve had a pretty busy day at work and I’ve been incredibly tired to the point that I can’t function properly. I was pretty much wandering the internet for inspiration on what to write, then I ended up logging into my Flickr account. It was then I thought, “why don’t I post some of my photos on here?” so here I’ve put some of my photos from when I went to Scarborough back in August.

These photos below were all taken on my iPhone. I also took a few photos with my Diana Mini camera while I was there. Which reminds me, I really have to get that film developed.

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A little tech help here please, people

I haven’t been able to access my home wifi on any of my devices over the last few days. It had been going fine and then all of a sudden my iPhone and Nintendo 3DS stopped being able to detect it. I’ve since also found out that my netbook, which I often connect to via Ethernet cable, cannot detect the network either when I try to use wifi on it (I did flick the wifi switch on it just so you know). I hadn’t messed around with any settings prior to it happening.

I have tried pretty much everything I can think of. I have googled for loads of info on how to solve the problem. I reset the network settings on my iPhone, I reset my router a couple of times and changed the password, to no avail. One thing I do notice is that when I login to check the status of my modem router it says that wireless is disabled, even though I had made sure it was enabled when I entered the settings again. If it helps, I have a TP-Link TD-W8968 modem router.

I have also wondered whether the position of the router was affecting the wifi signal and causing it to drop, but it has been in the same place for ages. The previous ones I had were in the same place and I had no trouble with them – well not until they broke. I have even thought of updating the firmware but I have heard that doing that can be pretty risky. I am pretty good with technology but I am still a bit fearful of messing around with things too much in case I screw them up altogether.

I don’t really know what else I can try, so does anyone have any other suggestions? You will have my eternal gratitude if you have. Especially if it works.

iPhone, therefore I am(?)

I now have an iPhone. I have had it for just over a week now, and I’m going to be honest, I like it. Really like it.

I decided to get one when I realised the contract on my Blackberry Curve was up. Now I loved my BB (I still can’t entirely part with it – it was a purple one after all), and had got a lot of use out of it over the last two years of having it, but it was starting to get a bit shaky. Its battery life was fading faster and it started to freeze quite a bit. After much looking around, checking out different phones and tariffs, I settled on an iPhone 4S. I could have gone for a 5 if it wasn’t for the fact that the tariffs for it are extortionate. Granted the ones for the 4S aren’t cheap either, but I managed to get a reasonable deal on a 2 year contract. Plus I had been considering on getting a tablet long before I considered a new phone (either a Nexus 7 or an iPad Mini), and I decided that if I did get an iPhone or any other similar smartphone then I wouldn’t get one of those for the time being.

I had held off getting an iPhone for a long time beforehand. Main reason was that I already had an iPod Touch (you know the iPhone that doesn’t have a phone), and I didn’t want to mix the two up. As it is, I don’t think I will get the two confused too often, as there are slight differences between the iPhone and my 2nd generation Touch, especially in the way that they feel in my hand when I pick either of them up (plus the cover I have on my iPhone will prevent me from mixing the two up). The fact that I’m used to the touchscreen on the iPod touch means that I have probably found the iPhone a lot easier to use than I might have done if I didn’t have one. Touchscreens are by no means difficult to use, but they can take a bit of getting used to if you’re new to them. My sister for example, kept cutting herself off accidentally when on a call after getting another make of smartphone that has one. I haven’t done that yet, but I’m always aware that even the slightest touch can have it doing something you don’t want it to do, like take a photo of your brightly socked feet (at least I found out that the camera on it was pretty good). Oh and Siri does provide much amusement as well as information. This might well be the only iPhone I ever get though. I already think that I have too many Apple products in the house. I’m not anti-Apple, I’m just trying hard to not get too attached to their products, what with the price of them and everything.

Oh and in playing around with said phone I ended up signing up to Instagram, to see what it was like. My username is lynstagram2, if anyone is interested (I thought I was being really clever calling it lynstagram until it told me somebody else had the name, so I had to put a random number in it).

I also installed the wordpress app, obvs.