I'm fairly tech smart; not as smart as some but way ahead of many! I don't have a fancy phone, just one that goes ring ring and text text. As much as I would love to have a new phone I know that if I did I would spend way too much time messing around with it because that is what I do with the computer. I spend way too much time piddling around, wasting time and I love it! I also have a Zune and a Kindle and an aging laptop. You know, gadgets and gizmos! I finally gave in to temptation; however, and bought a netbook. My justification for the purchase was that I could take it to school or when I traveled and have access to my e-mail and the internet. I ordered it off Amazon and it was quickly delivered to my door (magic, huh) and my credit card charged, too!
But when it arrived I realized that if I wasn't careful I would get way too wrapped up in getting it set up and spend too many hours messing with it. I managed to not spend too much time working on it but realized last week that if I was going to take it to the Reliant Show I needed to buy Microsoft Office and get my e-mail set up.
But before I did that I tackled another project. I had set up a g-mail address to use just for dog stuff and for the steward's club correspondence. But honestly, the g-mail format was driving me crazy and I just did not want to mess with it. So I printed up instructions on how to bring the g-mail through Outlook. The instructions were great and in just a minute or two it was done. I felt like the Queen of Internet! Feeling real good about that I tackled getting Microsoft onto the new netbook and in sync with my addresses.
I used Amazon again (cheapest deal I could find) but first mistake was that I chose to download instead of getting the key. I knew full well that the netbook was preloaded and all I needed was the key. As soon as I clicked "download" I realized what I had done. What was I thinking? Three hours to download and it was already after 9:30 p.m. I was afraid to try to stop it so, I stayed up late that night.
Download worked and I got the little wizard to come up to complete the profile. Should have been easy but after several attempts I gave up and went to bed. Next morning I tried again, still no luck. I kept getting an error message that said to contact my service provider. I had to move on to other things but kept thinking about the steps that I followed and why it wasn't working. I loaded up the netbook anyway and headed to Houston thinking that it would be an excellent project to work on in the hotel.
Now here's what I can't figure out: when I turned the computer on and tried to open Outlook, guess what...it opened right up. Everything was just fine, not sure what the problem had been but somehow Outlook fixed itself. I just had to set up the instructions to send/receive e-mail through AT&T. I went to AT&T's support site and looked up their instructions about setting up e-mail. Since I didn't have a printer I took notes and then went back to Outlook. I entered everything just the way I did the times before and to my amazement, it worked! How did that happen?
To conclude this long story I felt so confident that I set up the g-mail account on the netbook, too. Success, well almost. I missed dinner with some of the stewards because I was stuck in internet land and then the internet service in the hotel was intermittent so I couldn't do too much in the way of setting up other things on the netbook. Just as well, I didn't want to miss any other dinners!