Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Crisis of Technology

I was probably one of the last people on the planet to get a cell phone.  I got my first Nokia flip phone about five or six years ago.  It's amazing how quickly we become dependent, isn't it?

I had a few free minutes yesterday afternoon and decided it was a good opportunity to install the latest updates to my iPhone.  Honestly, where it actually started was I saw someone's review of the WhipCast app and decided I needed to download that.  When I tried to, my phone told me I had to have iOS5 installed.  And so it goes.

Then my computer went to blue screen and had to be restored.

Then I had to reinstall iTunes.

And then my when I finally got back to updating the phone (a couple of hours later) iTunes insisted the phone had to be restored to factory settings.  Nothing else I tried could make this not happen.

I lost everything.  Or most everything.  52 (out of 400) pictures were saved.  The apps were all still on iTunes but had to be dragged back to the phone.  All my phone numbers and contacts are gone.  I've had to set all my apps up again, put in passwords, user names, and updates.

The end of this story is that I've spend now about six hours updating, reinstalling, and backing up stuff.  Everything is now backed up and double backed up.  I have recovered a few of my contacts but if I had your number, it's a safe bet I don't have it anymore.  Feel free to email me if you think I should have it.

Needless to say, I haven't monitored the news today or yesterday.

We're watching the Cubs, I'm monitoring The Masters, and we're going to eat Easter dinner.  I'll resume blog life here shortly.

Oh, and I did finally download WhipCast.  I hope it's worth it.


William Teach said...

That. Sucks.

Been there, done that, major league pain.

Chris Wysocki said...

I feel your pain. I'm firmly convinced that iAnything is the most user-hostile software on the planet.