I know, I’m sixty-one years old, but I hate to be a cliché. Unlike the kids of today, I was not born with a remote, controller or mouse in my hand. I am not supposed to know everything about computers and I certainly don’t. But, help! I just want to write a short blog, post something simple. No big deal. I do it every week and I use my computer everyday. But, last week my computer started acting up, started having a mind of its own. Like a spoiled child it seems to only want to do what it wants to do. That Mac is driving me crazy!
I have a laptop and I love it. But it has turned on me. Every time I try to type anything, my cursor jumps around. It jumps backwards and continues typing in the middle of a word three words back. Or, the cursor jumps around and starts deleting words. But, the worst is when the pesky little cursor starts highlighting everything on the page and I can’t get it to stop. Force close is my only option.
I can’t compose a blog post under these conditions. A short task has turned into an all day event. I thought that maybe I had been overworking the poor thing. After all it had been getting very hot. So I went to Staples and bought a “chill pad”. We all need a little chill time, right? The employee at the store suggested that a build up of dust may be affecting the sensor in the computer. So, a can of air was put on the list.
Hope springs eternal. I have faith that my poor sick Mac will be healed and we can continue our relationship as before. A little blast of air and a gentle breeze from the dual fan in the chill pad and I am convinced that the computer will respond to all the positive reinforcement I lavish upon it. So I give it the old “college try”. But, not three minutes into composing my blog the trouble begins again. Forget it! I admit it. I don’t know what is wrong and I just want it fixed. My computer has let me down, so I have been forced onto another computer to compose my blog. Then I am off to the Mac Shack.
P.S. I had the blog written on the other computer when my son came in and suggested that I try to alter the trackpad preferences on my laptop. Darn if it didn’t work. Guess I raised a genius!