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Technology Update

October 6, 2010

I  recently wrote about the trials and tribulations of copying a video on my dvd recorder and being able to watch it on a different dvd player.  After I wrote that blog entry, I decided to call tech support for the player on which I wanted to watch the dvd.  I was told that it should play and that if it didn’t, I hadn’t finalized the recording. I said that I had because when I record it tells you that it is finalizing when you complete recording. I thought I should check out the recorder to see if there was something I had missed. I got out the manual and discovered that going in to another menu, my dvd’s had finalized except that on each one the last 4 minutes had not finalized.  I corrected the problem by finalizing each one…it only took about a minute on each because only 4 minutes hadn’t been finalized earlier…so…voila! I now can view the discs on other dvd players!  Hope that helps you!

This is MeddlingMom

Technology AGAIN! It’s exhausting…

September 28, 2010

Here I am again. While I try to be calm and cool about it, technology has me by the YOU KNOW WHAT.  I have a wonderful piece of equipment which can copy videos and DVD’s onto each other.  Yesterday I decided it was a good time to copy a video from a daycare I had years ago in Drexel Hill.  Some time in the next few months, we will be having a reunion of the parents and children (who range from age 16 to 18 years of age now).So I diligently made 7 copies..

Just now I decided to view the DVD’s on another of our DVD players. Sometimes DVD’s won’t play on all DVD players. So far I have tried 3 of the discs and none of them-NOT ONE-works. The machine tells me “no disc”.  I go through a variety of emotions , the first one being “I must be insane.”  Did I not just do everything I need to do to copy the video for 7 people? WHY CAN’T THESE MACHINES JUST DO WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO? WORK – ALL THE TIME– Make me happy.  Apparently you also need to know what kind of DVD’s your player will accept.      

I will check out the other 4. I am not expecting much. Then later, I wil try all 7 on yet another DVD player in our house. Ugh! I just HATE all of this..People today assume that everything is routine, run-of-the-mill, easy…for so many young people it is…BUT I AM 63 YEARS YOUNG!  Here’s the process for me.

              1. Determine what type of disc is compatible to use with my burner.

              2. Make sure video is re-wound to the beginning of the desired film.

              3. Insert video in machine, then insert disc.

              4. Press to vcr to make sure machine is on vcr mode.

              5.  Press PLAY and then quickly press dubbing.

              6.  Come back to the room when video has completed copying, in this case-87 minutes.

I did this 7 times and look at my reward!!!  (Not that I was looking for a reward…I just wasn’t looking for a lot of nonsense.)  As I’ve heard before, “No good deed goes unpunished”- I hate that saying. I don’t really believe it, but it appears to be true in this instance.

And after all of this, I have to figure out what the problem is and possibly record these all over again.

This is MeddlingMom…I hope technology is working for you.

Technology-here’s real help for those who are challenged!

September 17, 2010

Several months ago, I received a message from my daughter who knows just how technologically challenged I am. I am self-taught on the computer.  I do pretty well, but there is so much that I don’t know how to do, especially when it comes to refining work. There is a new-ish company called FloH Club (as in Florence Henderson of Brady Bunch fame).  Florence Henderson who is in her 70’s felt that there was a need for tech support for seniors. Don’t worry if you aren’t a senior citizen;  FloH Club does not discriminate if you are not a senior and need help.  Becoming a member has made such a difference to me; I feel such relief.  For $25/month or $250/year, I can call anytime I need help with my computer and anything related to the computer.  This is great for the Baby Boomers…I no longer feel so vulnerable when I need help understanding what to do when I receive weird messages (and I know you receive these, too!).

FloH Club even gives you a link on your desktop; when you need help, you simply open it, click on and it issues you a ticket number.  You call and give that number to the tech who will be working with you.

Another site for those who are challenged…check out eldergadget…if you google “floh club”, you’ll come up with some other helpful sites for the “challenged”.

This is MeddlingMom…good luck with your computer, etc.


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