Posts Tagged ‘technology’

I finally got my iPod Touch to update to the new software, but at what cost? It took more than 24 hours of troubleshooting. See “Wish I Knew.” I restored it at least three times. The fourth time that I set it to “Restore” it actually downloaded and installed the software update. It asked me if I wanted to treat it as a brand new iPod or to restore my backup settings. I chose to restore to my backup. However, what I now have in my hands is like a brand new iPod Touch – nothing on it. All of my photographs, contacts, favorite places, books, not to mention my music are gone. My iPod Touch now has the new software update installed, but it has nothing else.

Doesn’t make sense to me, but then I’m not an Apple. I’m just a stupid person running a Vista PC and I guess I deserve all the aggravation, according to Apple’s television commercials.

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I have been having many difficulties synching my new iPod Touch with iTunes. There seems to be little trouble synching my photographs, favorites and contacts which are located on my computer. But to get my files which are on Apple’s iTunes 7.0 synched to my iPod Touch usually takes about ten tries. I understood by reading forums that others were having similar problems and that Apple was coming out with a software update for the iPod Touch. Well, I guess today was the day … however the wait was not worth it.

I cannot get my iPod Touch to install the new update. I phoned Apple Support and they could not help me either. They told me to take it to an Apple Store. Someday, when I have a spare day to spare … I guess … Meanwhile, does anyone out there know what the error message – iTunes could not sync ^0 to the iPod “Edna’s iPod” because the iPod disconnected – means? This comes on only after I have waited and waited for the download, then the installation, and then the backing up of my files. About the time everything should FINALLY be finished, up pops the BIG RED X error message.

I have tried to install this update at least ten times, because of my prior experience with synching the iPod Touch. You can never get it to work on the first try. I have tried different troubleshooting recommendations. I have varied the usb ports from one side of my computer to the other. I have rebooted everything – the computer, iTunes and the iPod, over and over. I have reset the settings. I have restored the iPod. I have deleted files from iTunes, which is one of the troubleshooting recommendations. How many files must I delete? All of them?? What is there left to try?

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SPAM No More

I was surprised to receive the following email from a correspondent:

Please stop all E-Mail for a time. … I will be on an extended trip. Please, no more E-Mail until at least 31 October. With all of the spam and junk mail my server may get overloaded and I won’t get your message anyway. Thanks for your consideration, …

People still get SPAMMED? I did not realize that SPAM mail continues to be such a problem. I use Gmail on the Internet and I use Windows Mail on my computer and I rarely see any SPAM.  I had read somewhere that the major email providers had conquered the SPAM problem with some sort of new technology, so I thought that was the reason I am now SPAM-free.  When I signed on with Cox.net some years ago, the SPAM mail was overwhelming. I no longer use Cox mail except for old accounts where I signed on using that. 

I have no idea where the SPAM goes in Windows Mail, as there is no SPAM folder. Rarely, something comes through that I consider junk, and mark it as such and it goes into a Junk Mail folder. Windows Mail downloads all of my mail from Gmail, Cox.net and my personal server into one program where I can read it at once.

Gmail does have a junk folder, but I have never found anything in it but pure SPAM. That is a good thing, because opening that folder is sickening, and I am always horrified to find that there are so many warped minds on the Internet. It is quite amazing the stuff that these terrible people believe that an elderly grandmother would find of interest.

I do not download my AOL mail, as I never use it anymore. Once every few months I go to AOL to check and see if anyone is still sending mail there. The problem with AOL is that their SPAM filters place good mail in them, so one has to check them. That is not necessary with Gmail.

In fact, the other day I was speaking with Apple.com and they sent me an email to my Gmail account. Apple told me to check my SPAM folder, saying that their emails usually end up in SPAM folders. I told them that I have never had any good and proper mail go into Gmail’s SPAM folder. Sure enough, the Apple email came right into Windows Mail from Gmail. Amazingly, neither Microsoft (creator of Windows Mail) nor Google (creator of Gmail) discriminated against Apple. I told Apple that it is because Gmail knows everything – they know that I have purchased a new Ipod, hence the reason I am getting “legitimate” email from Apple.

Some people may find that scary. But at least I don’t have to open my SPAM folder, which is what I find scary.

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