Shannon Stacey

Menage a computer

Technology gives me a such a headache. I’m not very good at mastering it, though Google helps me fake it. (For instance, I badly need to upgrade WordPress, the thought of which sends me directly into a quivering, cold-sweaty state of anxiety without passing Go.)

But I have a little techno-housekeeping to do before the Sony reader I’ll be test driving thanks to the Smart Bitches, Harlequin and Sony Electronics arrives.

For several years the Toshiba laptop has been mine, while the HP desktop has been the family’s/husband’s company’s/also mine. Unfortunately the laptop’s been a little glitchy for the last year or so, so I’ve been using the desktop more and more. As you can probably imagine, I now have my crap straddled across two computers. Versions of manuscripts scattered everywhere, ebooks here and there. First round edits on the laptop, second on who knows which, final copy on the desktop. It’s a nightmare.

Then came Christmas and the iPod Touch. My first thought? Ohmigod, what am I going to do with this? I just wanted a Nano to play music! Little did I know that tiny little technological masterpiece would come to own me like I was a stray dog it was handfeeding filet mignon.

I can honestly say I’m doing about 80% of my internet time on the Touch now. And I’ve accumulated more word count on it than on either “real” computer in the last three months. Add Dataviz’s Docs to Go app, which syncs manuscripts with the desktop application, which is on my desktop, and the laptop’s gathering dust. Or it would be if the kids weren’t using it for Wikipedia and Webkinz. The only time I use it is if I’m involved in a conversation on a blog or forum during primetime TV and I’ll be doing a substantial amount of typing.

My goal is to move anything of importance from the laptop to the desktop and make it the kids’ internet computer, freeing up the desktop for me.

But iTunes. Oh my achin’ head. The laptop possesses the iTunes library and set-up and all that crap, and therefore owns my Touch’s soul. I’ve only invested a little bit of time in Googling how to move it, but it seems the easiest way is with a Nano. The Tall Kid has a Nano, which mysteriously disappeared after he overheard me telling my husband I could “try using TK’s Nano, but I don’t know if it’ll wipe out what he has on there”.

But I really want the desktop to be all cleaned up and organized with all my stuff before I add yet another gadget/software/etc to the mix, so that’s what I’ll be doing in the near future.

Please don’t hesitate to send chocolate.

4 comments to “Menage a computer”

  1. Charlene
      · July 8th, 2009 at 9:34 am · Link

    Good luck with that. :coffee:

  2. Shannon
      · July 8th, 2009 at 9:38 am · Link

    Hey, if you have any of that raspberry-chipotle marinated roast left, I’d way rather have that than chocolate!

  3. DonLinn
      · July 8th, 2009 at 10:01 am · Link

    You are experiencing an object lesson in the FAIL that is DRM. Your songs should be portable to any device and all devices should be interoperable. Write your congressman.

  4. Shannon
      · July 8th, 2009 at 10:39 am · Link

    Wheee! Thanks to Marsha Love (Twitter: @mlove0723), who provided this link, I just might be able to move iTunes without throwing my computers out the window! :heart:

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