Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Technology, a perennial pain in my ass (20 reasons why I'm angry)

I think that comparatively speaking, I'm solidly average when it comes to technology.  I know some basic stuff and think it's cool when technology helps me.  However, the snags that inevitably come with that coolness are incredibly frustrating.  I was so angry today I stopped myself from cursing at the poor tech support guy that was just trying to make a buck helping someone out on the phone.  I literally felt anger...wash...over...me.  Here it is in sum...

  1. A few weeks ago, a website I included on this blog was supposedly infected with malware.  It checked out by Google and was legit, but IIIIII ended up still being stuck with the "Warning! This blog may damage your computer!" attached to my blog (thanks to those of you who told me!!!).
  2. I remove the link and click the button that says "Get Google to take another look at this.  Just verify the ownership of this blog with one easy step". 
  3. I click and don't have the password or customer number.  The screen says call Godaddy.  
  4. I call Godaddy.  They tell me I have to call Google Apps.  
  5. I call Google Apps.  They tell me to call Godaddy.  I start to get very very angry.  
  6. I call Godaddy.  A woman is very helpful, and we're finally getting somewhere after about 40 minutes.  Then we're disconnected.  Guess what?  I'm angry.  
  7. I call back.  There's no way they can figure out who talked to me before.  This new man is very eager to help me and it takes another 40 minutes to get back to where I was with the other woman.  After 2 hours, I end up renewing my domain and because there's a sale, I end up renewing for 5 years, and saving some money.  I spend a little over $100, and I'm not quite sure how this helps me.  I think the plan is, we're switching my blog from Google Apps to Godaddy.  I now have the correct password and customer number and can probably do step 2 above.  (I feel a little like I've been robbed and it makes me a little angry, but I can't focus on this now...)
  8. A week later, when I get confirmation that the transaction has been successful, I do step 2 above. 
  9. The malware warning is removed!!!  Yay!!!  But...instead of my blog, I get a "Godaddy has parked your blog here".  WTF?  It's an advertisement page for Godaddy.  I remember the eager tech support guy said the blog could go down for a short while, but not to worry.  
  10. I check every day for about a week.  I am not worried, but...getting increasingly angry.  
  11. I call Godaddy and they tell me, "Oooooh, you just paid for the domain for 5 years.  The blog has not been moved over".  WHAT???  Why would any person pay for a domain for 5 years and not want their mother(beeping) blog moved over?  This is when the twinge in my back starts (that's the anger washing over me).  He puts me on hold for like 5 minutes.  Honestly, I think he's just being an ass because I was a little rude to him.  I guess he's justified.  Anyway, he finally sends me a link which resolves the problem.  The DNS needed to be pointed to the new domain, and some kind of ware server or MX thing or some shit like that needed to be done.  Who knows.  The point is, PHEW!! I'm back!!!  

By the way, I'm also very angry because I got a horrendous haircut by a new and expensive hairdresser.  It might have been fine, except at one point, I said, "Oh, Kally sent me".  And then guess what.  She gave me Kally's haircut - even though I brought pictures of Kristen Wiig circa Bridesmaids - in 3 different angles!  Now Kally's hair is lovely, but on me, it is literally a short and puffy mullet.  Short puffy mullets on my head make me ANGRY.  


Now that I'm officially blogging again, I can go back to making cheesy puns about perennials followed by pretty photos.  Below is some of my summer garden...

And you know...when made a plan for this post, I hoped to vent a little, then end with some positivity.  BUT, I couldn't get these last photos to move up in the post so alas, I need to end...angrily.  My bela lugosi daylily, which I never saw last year because of the deer, bloomed beautifully for a short while a week or so ago.  The moment I  lost a little diligence with spraying them, the deer had their buffet with bela lugosi as the main course.  See that deer standing on my neighbor's front door step begging for lilies?

On the left, a big limb from our storm that not only damaged my wall that I'm fearful to (not be able to) fix, but also knocked out power for 6 days.  There was a heat wave going on in Maryland, and even the basement was beginning to get hot.  We slept down there because it was the only room that was not sweltering, but due to the lack of power (and lack of dehumidifier running), it was damp.  My memory foam pillow was literally damp.  And who would not be angry about sleeping on a damp pillow?!

Oh - but here's some good news.  My beach week is quickly approaching.  Now that I know this blog is safely residing here on this AWESOME DOMAIN (that I've purchased for 5 years), I'll let it rest for a week or two.  Hopefully I'll return as my normal, cheerful, grateful self!


  1. WOW ... (lol) What an ordeal. I steered clear of your site for the malware warning .. which even spilled over to other blogs if they had your blog linked on the sidebars. What a mess. Glad you're back.

    This week we are enjoying loads of raspberries, green beans (I picked the first batch today and they were divine at dinner), peas, sour cherries (made into 'sloshed' brandied cherries and cherry preserves), lettuce galore, blueberries and wild blackcapped raspberries. Looking good in our garden. Hope you have a much better remainder of the week.

  2. Goooood luck Wendy, hahaha, you made me laughing all throughout that long speech! On please don't get angry again, i am just trying to say you got me fully well, that i read every word, prepositions and adjectives here! But i fully understand you, it really is disgusting, and when we are disgusted we really get angry. Here when someone is angry, someone always say "puso mo, puso mo". That means 'your heart, your heart', further meaning is "oh take care of your BP"! Now how are you, i am sure those beautiful flowers ease your blood pressure!

  3. You are indeed very normal to get angry like this. Google and blogger is constantly driving me up the wall. I always shudder at their announcements of 'improvements' and 'changes' which translate to rounds and rounds of self-study and self-blunder over and over again. So much time is wasted doing this IT unfamiliar stuff. I don't even know how to call Google Malaysia. Hopefully some holiday time and getaway will cheer you up.

  4. Enjoy the beach! And grr to the rest.

  5. Was wondering what happened to your blog! Glad it got worked out! We have had tech issues on our computer..anyhow thanks for making me laugh today !!

  6. What an ordeal! I was getting angry just reading what you had to go through! In the end, I'm glad you persevered and you blog is back to normal! Have fun at the beach and I hope all your anger washes away!

  7. I just lost my comment, grr.

    So glad your blog is back and you were able to clear things up...i'm sorry you had to go through such a frustrating process!! Enjoy the beach, it will wash your anger away!

  8. Congrats on your new 5 yr purchase. LOL! Sorry it came with so much headache though!! I hope your beach week is totally kick a$$!!!!

  9. WEll if nothing else it made for an entertaining blog article, and I do have to say I feel your pain - there are very few things more frustrating than technology issues in my opinion.

  10. I'm glad your back. If you didn't deserve a vacation before, you sure do now. I agree technology as great as it is, can p*** you off in no time flat.

  11. I'm sure we're all glad to get our Wendy back: Mad Wendy, Sad Wendy, Glad Wendy...doesn't matter. You have a way of turning anything into a good story.

  12. Wendy, I'm so sorry you had to go through that....I went through the same thing yesterday. My blog disappeared off the internet and I was extremely upset. After hour and hours of no help, I was able to figure something out. I'm glad you have things work out. I don't the links off my site because I also had malware warnings. After 3 times, I said enough was enough and removed it all. What a nightmare! Hang in there. Hopefully it will all calm down now for good. Love your pics. Chris

  13. I had the same experience yesterday. It was terrible!!! No help at all and it made me sick. After hours of trying to figure out what was going on, I finally found out what I needed to do. Nightmare! I'm glad you have it all fixed. I had to take down all the things that were linked and causing the malware. After 3 times, I said enough was enough and took down some things. Hang in there. You should be fine now. Love your pics...especially the Swallowtail butterfly.

  14. I hate dealing with stuff like that! Glad you finally made it back. :)

    Oh no! Sorry about the bad haircut. I had a haircut that made me look like a light bulb for a good while back in the late '90s. The good news is, it will grow out. 'til then, embrace the short puffy mullet...maybe you could buy some leg warmers and rent a Trans Am for a few weeks or something. :D

    AND you lost power for nearly a week? You poor thing! I hope you have a great vacation--sounds like you could use it!

  15. Oh Wendy, I am so sorry. Although I haven't had the malware problem, I did end up at the GoDaddy parking lot and getting bounced back and forth between GoDaddy and Blogger. I did manage to do the DNS thingy as well, but it was a real pain. I completely understand your anger and frustration.

    I am so glad you are back. I really did miss you.

    So glad you had your vacation after this.

  16. Ugh, what a horrible story! I'm so glad you're back, I really have been missing your GTTC posts. I'm going to get caught up and hopefully be inspired to cook dinner :)


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