Technology . . . Love or hate it, we have to use it. I’m not talking about social media only here, but the hardware that we utilize as authors. We have laptops, desktops, iPads, smartphones, typewriters, Macs, and various apps. Not to mention Wifi being needed for research, especially on the fly. Even the advancement has amazed me at times because I remember the days of floppy discs and zip drives. Now we have on-line folders and thumb drives.
One has to wonder what comes next for authors and technology. That and if it will work for us personally. I know some authors who work off iPads and smartphones, which I can’t do. My love is desktops and laptops. For some reason, I need a specific size of screen and keyboard to be comfortable. Probably because I started in the 80’s with the bigger machines. Funny addition here is that I’ve only had two laptops because I didn’t see a point in having one until I moved to Florida. So I think every author has their own technology system with slight variations.
With this comes problems too. How many authors have lost work because of a computer crash? Ever save a file and then have no idea where it went? Those are common ones too, so you can imagine the ridiculous headaches. I once had a desktop computer that crashed and had to be rebuilt every two or three weeks. After a few months, I learned that it was given to me with a cracked hard drive. Once, I forgot the floppy disk with all of the Windemere information in a college computer lab. Never got it back and had to rewrite everything while studying for finals. My current ‘fun’ is that this laptop’s hard drive isn’t secured and will ejected itself from time to time. This resembles a computer crash like I had with the previous hard drive. A heart attack every time.
So, how well do you get along with technology? What’s the most humorous/embarrassing/frustrating thing that has ever happened to you with a machine?