If you haven’t figured it out yet, I have. For years I thought the answer was my wife, or maybe even women in general. But I am past that now. Then for a while, I thought it was fixing my car. No, not a flat tire or changing the oil, but something more serious like installing a new transmission. But no, car problems didn’t fit the answer either. There have been a few other daunting tasks but nowadays most of them are explained on YouTube. No, I am convinced…“the computer” is the answer. Oh, the question? I guess you want to know that. The question is, “What did God put on earth to remind me–make that constantly remind me–of my inadequacies. There is nothing, has never been and I doubt there ever will be, anything that frustrates me more, puzzles me more and exposes my stupidity more… than my computer(s).
What is odd is that if I had several dogs in my household over a period of time and most of them were anything but my best friend–guess what? I wouldn’t have any more dogs. Same goes for just about anything else that may constantly disturb you. So what do you do? You stop using it or buying it or going to it. That’s what you do. But do you give up your computer? Of course not…because you cannot ever, EVER, think of living without your computer.
Now I have never been one to shy away from a technical task even though I am about as technically savvy as a parakeet. But I did install a new thingamajig in my washing machine that allowed it to spin dry. And the blower behind the back wall in my freezer? Well, that was pretty easy to install a new one if you paid attention to the refrigerator repairman on YouTube. But fix my computer? …not on my life, or yours either.
So why is this such a problem? I’ve got that figured out too. You see, the refrigerator repairmen talks like normal people. He’ll tell you to put the short screw in the hole right above the blue blade on the fan. Now I ask you, you can handle that, right? ….short screw, hole above blue blade. Piece of cake. Now if it’s a computer that you are attempting to fix, the entire process changes. Computers do not talk like normal people, neither do the geeks who fix them. Hear me out on this.
For about a month a little message has been flashing in the upper right-hand corner of my iMac. It says that my hard drive is running out of space. It says nothing else. There is no additional help offered. The refrigerator guy would have said I’m running out of freezer space and here are something things you can do to avoid the problem: throw some food out, eat more frozen food or buy an additional freezer to add to your capacity. See, we all understand capacity…except when it comes to a computer hard drive that is running out it.
So I did the only natural thing one would naturally do. I went to YouTube and did a search on “hard drive running out of space.” There now. I was surprised to see so many geeks had made video tutorials dealing precisely with this very topic. But remember what I said…computer repairers don’t talk like you and I do. Video after video eventually took me down a different trail that had nothing to do with my problem or the thinking capacity of my brain. Many times I was instructed to open some whozziefart window that suddenly appeared on the tutorial…but they never tell you how to find and open this window. Consequently, you are left wriggling in the dusty roadside as the geek continues his journey to computer oblivion.
Anyway, I figure I better purge some files from my hard drive, y’know free up some space. That much I understand. So I come across this folder with rows and rows and rows of icons, each for a specific day of the year, going back to 2016. They appear to me as backup files, but do I need that many? And they are all huge and they all contain the same files. So I decide to shade a few rows and drag them all down the screen and dump them in that little trashcan at the bottom. Yeah, that should free up a ton of space. Well, to make a long long story short, two things resulted from my innocent little maneuver. First, the same message continued to flash in the upper right-hand corner of my computer—the one telling me that I was running out of space. But now, if I wanted to get rid of any more files to free up space on my hard drive, I couldn’t. That’s because my computer tells me “Error 7210” has occurred and that the files in the trashcan may be tied to other programs still in use on my computer so I will not be able to erase all these files nor can I delete any other files since my trashcan is now maxed out.
Then, out of nowhere I had an epiphany. Bam! The answer came to me like a bolt of lightning. If I want my computer fixed all I need to do is call in the refrigerator repairman. Yeah, he’ll know what to do.