I was at the Main Street Coffee Bar in Bay City yesterday for a quick interview with David LaVassaur, executive director for the Boys and Girls Club. While I waited for him I enjoyed a cup of coffee, and decided to connect my iPhone to my computer for those monthly updates that Apple asks us to do. When I hooked up my phone to my computer, I noticed that the last update had been done in December. So like every iPhone user I did what the computer told me to do.
After about an hour of updates (at least that’s how long it felt like it took) my computer rebooted, along with my phone and then nothing happened. My iphone screen had a photo of the power cord and the words Itunes. What does that mean? Do I connect it to the computer again for another update? Will it reboot and everything will magically appear? When I realized that nothing was happening and that maybe all my data on my iPhone had been deleted from the face of my iPhone world, I began to panic. My interview recordings, notes, emails, photos of the nephew and everything else you can think of are on that phone.
Like everyone else that owns a smart phone, I use it for everything. I might as well Velcro that phone to myself because I will use it for everything. Is there an event I need to cover and I don’t have my camera with me, I will use my iPhone to take video or photos.
Earlier on Tuesday, I came to the office to work on layout and came to find some network issues as well. As always, I panic and hope that all the work that I was so tirelessly worked on the night before is there. Once I called the IT department at 5 a.m. because I had lost connection and could not open the layout pages I needed for the newspaper. It is safe to say I am technically illiterate.
My iPhone is being resuscitated as we speak by Patrick Malany, from Happy Radio 92.5. (Like the plug?) and I will probably be one happy clam by the time you read this, but it is so amazing how we all now rely so much on technology and when it fails us, we go into a panic. Well, at least I do.
A big thank you to Patrick who has been there for me when my iPhone has crashed, died or when I just have iPhone questions. Your knowledge of Apple products is amazing!
Has your smart phone ever failed you? What have you done to overcome the stress? Let me know email@example.com
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