#SOLSC20: Day 29

I do want to create art beyond rage. Cisneros (link)

Yesterday was designated for art. I’m on to a new project. Photos for a graduation album. Collecting, sorting, scanning, curating, printing.

Rinse and repeat.

BUT . . .

I hit a snag.

Upload one to a local store for printing was quick.

4 pictures.

Upload two: same store and same app was deliciously simple.

12 pictures.

Upload three . . .

. . .

. . .

In an hour three pictures uploaded.

Plan B. Put on a flash drive via zip files for downloading and printing.

Zip file created.

Downloaded to flash drive.

Two hours waiting.

Technology 

Love it when it works.

HATE it when it FAILS.

Never did find a way to make the computer, app, or flash drive cough up the files with multiple restarts and complete shut downs.

Today . . .

My curiosity led me to check . . .

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And then I checked in with the test directly through the provider. . .

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Faster download by .44 mbps.  Slower upload by .05 mbps.

One device connected and on. ONE!

Is this significant?

When I posted Tweets from my phone, I did not see them on my computer for hours.

Two devices connected and on.

Was it a surprise that the Speed Test associated with the internet provider typically gives different data from other speed tests?  No, because I have had this conversation with

the provider,

customer service, and

repair technicians.

My internet provider lists this as “High Speed Connection” but as more “connect” in the area, service degrades. There is no other viable option in my rural area as satellite connections are worse with daily interruptions!

Today’s lessons/reminders:

  1. “High speed” is not necessarily high speed.
  2. Data from the company providing the service/info needs to be considered as one source.
  3. Turning devices on/off is a great place to start, but sometimes glitches and errors need to just wait for a sunny day!

When has technology not cooperated? 

What was your solution? 

Were you able to creatively problem solve/resolve the issue? 

What connections did you think of while reading this post?




Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum in March. Check out the writers and readers here.

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5 responses

  1. You have me feeling guilty – I should be doing my son’s high school memory book. My head and heart are still on the first lines. Sorry you had trouble – hopefully today!

  2. Fran, your post shows what a problem solver you are. For me, I figure it just isn’t working. For you, you make calls. You decide to figure it out. You aren’t fooled by the “High Speed” advertizement. Using the evidence from your slice, I predict you WILL find a solution. Thanks also for inspiring me to dig deeper and have confidence to figure out when things aren’t working.

  3. Oh how I used to love making scrapbooks. Some day I will get back to that. The technology snags sound so frustrating. Maybe we should all go back to the old paper scrapbooks and just glue pictures in!

  4. I fear many of us are now finding how slow and unreliable our “high speed” internet service is of late. I’m going to try to videotape and upload lessons this week for students and I am worried that a 2 minute video may take 2 hours to upload. Wishing you luck with this project-I’m sure it is a labor of love.

  5. The joys of technology. I was trying to print something the other day and kept getting “printer offline” even though I just used the printer the day before and didn’t change a thing.

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