Some days you just wish you didn’t need to get out of bed and I know it’s a mindset to just brush these aside, but they are stressing me and making my eyelid twitch today. So I’m venting and ranting.
What frustrates me though is how little longevity is apparently built into these expensive items. They are contributing to a throw-away mentality and fuelling more consumerism. And have I mentioned they are expensive to buy in the first place requiring sacrifices.
#1 Virgin media internet service is truly rubbish! I am trying to stream a simple YouTube video to our television and it’s stop start. I am trying to upload and view photos from my OneDrive on my laptop, sort them and print them for a project. It takes 30 seconds to view just one photo!
We are supposed to be on the highest bandwidth service. We pay over £40 a month for just broadband (no phone attached, though we have to pay line rental, no TV.) Our router was replaced just over a month ago, our exchange box apparently not long ago serviced.
#2 My 2.5 year old Lenovo laptop is broken, in for repair. A dodgy hard drive that has presented me with the blue screen of death twice in its short service so far.
#3 I am using our spare laptop (I know we are lucky to have the luxury of this!) This spare laptop is a Lenovo Yoga that I won.
It is the worst laptop in the world! You see some smart exec thought it would be a good idea to put very low spec innards into a nifty little laptop like this. When I received the laptop and saw the specs I begged the Lenovo to allow me to return the unopened package and pay £150 more for a decent spec because I thought the performance would not suite us. They came with all sorts of excuses why this couldn’t be done. The laptop is so under-speced that browsing the web with Google chrome (with 6 tabs open) and having one extra program like OneNote or Windows Explorer open will make the mouse pointer disappear due to lack of memory to display it! This laptop would’ve cost me £500+ to buy. Seriously?!
#3 Our 1 month young Panasonic camera– DMC- FZ200– has produced 4 ghosted images out of 256 images taken last week. I am just out of the 30 day return period and keep going in circles when I try to find out what to do about this on Amazon.
Our last Panasonic camera died just outside of its one year warranty, so I’m not sure why we took the plunge again for this brand, aside from the great pictures we had had from that camera.
#4 Apparently it is totally normal that our 3 year old LG TV, 47LW650T has no picture. It had a rest for a week or two while we were away, when returned and switched it on we found that the sound was working perfectly well but there is no picture. A repair that is likely to cost us £300. How is it that our 13 year old Samsung LCD is still going strong, despite being used a LOT more and this LG has conked out so quickly? How is it possible that the sales person at Curry’s says this is totally normal?
#5 On top of this my phone is misbehaving (probably due to being dropped a month ago, so totally my own fault) and my printer doesn’t want to print what I think I’ve set it to print.
These are luxury problems and luckily I can just step away from tech for a day or two and let the dust settle.
Surely, I’m not the only one with substandard technology frustrating me instead of easing my life?!
And on that note I am going to walk away from technology for the rest of the weekend!
Hope you have a tech stress free weekend!