Saturday, April 6, 2013
I made the 45-minute pilgrimage to the Apple Store yesterday. I had an hour long training session with a very patient young man. He explained how to use the newest iPhoto program that had been driving me crazy. It turns out the photos appear in stacks that you organize by events. Now I have to go back and do that. Also, the dates of the photos were all out of order, because I had never set the correct date on my digital camera. Now I have to figure out how to do that.
He proceeded to show me what the Launch Pad is for, then helped me download Google Earth. I learned the importance of backing everything up and how to do it.
Then we switched from my laptop over to my iPhone. Unfortunately, he told me I can't get my old maps back, the maps I was used to. It's gone for good; on the trash heap of obsolete technology. The new map function has a voice that gives you directions. It startled me the first time it spoke up. I told him it irritates me; as I explained to him, I don't like inanimate objects speaking to me. He implied I would have to get used to it as it's the wave of the future.
Every time I visit the Apple Store, I feel old. There are always crowds of young people there trying out the newest things. Most of the employees are busy helping older people like me learn how to use their things that are already outdated. I wish I could learn the programs and they would stay the same, but now I know that's not going to happen. Oh, and he explained the difference between updates and upgrades. Updates are free but upgrades are not. I found out my laptop is running on "Lion" and should be running on "Mountain Lion". But before I update, I need to get a hard drive and back everything up.
The Apple Store is in one of those upscale Towne Centers, where there are also many tempting stores and a big food court. I rewarded myself with an oatmeal raisin cookie, then went to Dillard's and bought a new blouse. (Don't tell my husband.)