Discombobulated. Dissatisfied. Disgusted. But recovering.
I spent the entire holiday weekend without the internet, thanks to my attempt to set up a wireless connection.
Of course, the store person told me it was easy, which is the kiss of death. It's the computer equivalent of someone who gives you directions and wraps them up with "You can't miss it." When I hear that, I know I will be spending a lot of time driving around in circles.
Anyway, right off the bat, the installation CD started asking me questions I didn't even understand. "The wizard has detected that you already have a gazingus. Do you want to replace your gazingus or install the new gazingus in line with it?"
You know, a few seconds ago I didn't even know I had a gazingus. Now I have to decide if I want to keep it, and how that might affect my new gazingus. And, if I already have one, where did it come from and why can't I use it to get a wireless connection?
(Not to mention, if this guy is such a wizard, why doesn't he know what I want to do? Or at least make a recommendation?)
Later in the process I discovered that tech support costs money these days. Welcome to the new normal. It also cost me about 90 minutes on the phone with some guy who sounded like he was in Australia (he definitely had that distinctive "Aus-TRYL-ya" A sound). Even though he sounded a bit like Crocodile Dundee, he didn't fix my problem. His solution was that I had bought a bad gazingus and I should take it back to the store and get another one.
It was kind of nice not having the internet over the weekend, in a way. I got a lot of house stuff done, including moving three bookshelves from the office into the dining room. The dining room now needs additional artwork but looks more like a real room and less like a campsite. The office still looks like an afterthought, but it's really no worse than before.
And the new gazingus? With C.S.'s encouragement, I gave it another try last night and installed it in about 5 minutes. Mostly by ignoring 80% of the steps suggested by the wizard. So there.