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Tablet’s Tragic Technology Trauma

Something happened last weekend.  I am a little put out by it.  It is not necessarily a blame issue, I just can’t believe it happened and I only discovered it several days later, when I am not really in a position to do much about it.

It is OK – it is just a thing, a possession, one that I did not pay a penny to acquire, has met a calamitous and tragic ending.  Nevermind!  Life is not about possessions.  I know that.

mini fan

I may have mentioned that I went to visit my lovely Goldfinch.  Well, on the train on the way up to see him there was a young woman sitting opposite me who fell asleep for the entire journey with her feet stretched out into the space where my feet would naturally be.  I had to keep my feet tucked further under my seat (or else I could have woken her up by moving her feet out of the way).  However, she had a little electric fan plugged into her phone which kept her cool throughout the journey.

On my way home I noticed they were selling these little electric fans at the shop within the train station.  I had a look at them.  There was information about the type of devices that they were compatible with.  Well all these letters and numbers mean nothing to me.  So I picked one up and took it to the cashier and showed her my tablet and asked if she thought it would work.

In response, she opened the packaging of the electric fan and pushed the little connector into my tablet.  The blades whizzed around a couple of times and then she pulled it out.  Well, I decided to buy it for the grand sum of £4.99.  I did not use it on the way home because I was sitting under a lovely cool air vent on the train which kept me more than comfortable.


Well, my tablet normally needs charging about once a week.  The last time I charged it was Saturday and on Thursday I noticed it was down to 50%.  As I wanted to use it to take photographs on Friday, I decided to charge it up.  I grabbed my charger and tried to plug it into my tablet.

It would not go in.  I tried again and again.  I looked at the little socket and it did not look right.  I sat there baffled and then it dawned on me.  The little electric fan, the cashier at the railway station shop.  Ugh!  Slowly, the sickening realization that the young woman has basically ruined my tablet.  I turned my tablet off.

There are lots of photos on my tablet of family and friends and Goldfinch that I need to retrieve.  When I have time I will send them to my inbox so I can retrieve them from another device.  But now that I cannot charge my tablet, it is essentially broken.  I have 25% battery life at the moment, so I am just leaving it off and trying to remember if there is anything essential on there that I need to transfer elsewhere.  Please, please correct me if I am wrong (I know next to nothing about technology).

I am not really sure what to do.  I don’t believe it is repairable.  If it is repairable, I bet it will cost me as much as buying a new tablet.  I am disappointed, I am sure you can understand.  However, I don’t deserve to be outraged as I did not pay a penny for the tablet, I won it in a prize drawer I was entered into after completing vocational training courses.  It has been a fairly useful tool to have.  I will probably miss it at first.

Right now though, I am going to remember to file this experience away in my memory box so that if I ever win another tablet, I remember not to let anyone else plug anything into the little socket where my charger goes.  Shame hey!

Nevermind!  (That reminds me….I must tell you the story of Lydia.  Her favourite word is “Nevermind!”)


The Tears Of A Technophobe

issues.jpgI have a problem with my tablet. I don’t understand why the camera is not working properly anymore. In the past I could take as many photographs as I wanted and the tablet would store them. At a later date, I could look at my photographs and delete them or edit them and then if I thought they were keepers I would also blue-tooth them to my laptop.

That was working fine for ages. And then…the tablet camera stopped working properly. It will take a photo, however, if I take a second photograph I lose the first one instantly. There is no way to retrieve it. And any photo will not automatically save. I have to try to blue-tooth it for the tablet to even register that a new photograph has been taken.

photos.jpgThis has been causing me problems. The biggest and most upsetting realization is that I had lost all of my photographs from Australia, except one. That’s right – I have one photograph from Australia. None of the photos I took of Goldfinch or of the scenery in Australia are there. I thought I was going crazy. I thought there must be a way to retrieve my photos. But no! Nobody who has tried to help me can recover them. I have a blurry photo partially obscured by my fingertip of something I had cooked for him. Can you imagine my tears when I realized???

I was working on a project that I needed photographs for. It was painstaking! Having to take a photo and try to blue-tooth one photo at a time before I could move on to the next task. It’s pointless taking my tablet out to take photos on a day out, because they all vanish except the most recent one, which I have to blue-tooth as soon as possible or it will also disappear.

oz pic1.jpgI do not understand why this is happening. Before I went to Australia I deleted around one hundred old photos that I had already blue-toothed to my laptop. I also cleared the cached data. So there should have been plenty of memory available. Indeed my tablet is indicating I have plenty of unused memory gigobites or whatever they are called. I took videos and photos of kangeroos, koala, bandicoots, kookaburras and all sorts of buildings and places in Adelaide and the surrounding countryside. All lost! Gutted! Absolutely gutted!

I am a technophobe at the best of times, but this tablet camera issue has made me downhearted. I am still provoked by not having photographs from Australia – it is too awful! All the more reason to go back there as soon as I can. But this time I need to buy myself a proper camera before I go out. Something else that will cost money. I have a lot of saving up to do!

Why I Could Never Be A Travel Blogger

adelaideLoving every moment of being here with Goldfinch. So glad I am finally here! I have been taking lots of photos and writing own little thoughts in my notebook to formulate into posts later. I wonder if anyone is thinking, “COME ON CARAMEL…WHERE ARE THE HOLIDAY PHOTOS? WE WANT TO SEE ADELAIDE!” Or maybe that thought is about as far from your mind as I am from London right now. 10,100 miles away!!!

adelaide beach.jpgWell, I regret to tell you I think they are going to have to wait until I am back in England.  I will need to blue-tooth them to my laptop and then create posts with the photos. I am a bit of a technophobe at the best of times, and I cannot figure out how to create a post on my tablet with photos on my tablet. I am sure there is a way…but it is beyond me!

On three occasions in recent weeks I had to explain what a Luddite was to staff who were trying to advise me on “issues” with my phone and my laptop. Two were PC World advisers and one was a Vodafone adviser. They had never heard of the term “Luddite”. When I explained who the original Luddites were, I then had to reassure them that when I called myself a Luddite I was joking, I don’t actually try to destroy technology…it’s never in anger, but always an accident when I drown, drop or destroy by other means my electronic devices.