I do believe that I am qualified to write a post-doctoral thesis on stupidity, and take a professorship in the subject.

  Those who are sufficiently misguided as to follow my scribbling will have noted my frustration at not being able to persuade my mobile phone to communicate with my computer.   The thing is, quite often it is the only thing I have with me when a photo opportunity arises, and it does take very good pictures.  A fat lot of good they are, though, if I can’t access them. 

  Anyway, today (Saturday) I suddenly got the flash of brilliant inspiration that I should seek professional help.  It has only taken some six months for that conclusion to filter through – real speed!  Braving conditions far better suited to a submarine than a car, I ventured forth armed with laptop, phone, and connecting cable.  The car jumped about a lot, due to the fact that I am coughing and sneezing at regular intervals.  Yes, the Boomerang Bug is back.

  Anyway, the local boffin looked at me pityingly, and in a few seconds flat had demonstrated how one clicks into the programmes which faithfully bring up my photographic masterpieces. 

  Filled with joy and delight, I navigated back home, going deep under the icecap.  On the way to the parking garage I had suddenly experienced a fear that my connecting cable had been left behind, but felt it in a pocket so all was fine.  Except that it was no longer in the pocket when I got home, and was not in the car, either.  Nor did I leave it at the computer place after all – I phoned and they had seen me uplift it.  I must have dropped it at the parking.

  So, after all that, I still can’t connect my phone to my computer.  It is ludicrous, absurd, and utterly, utterly stupid.  Why does some natural law suddenly block me from a practice I had become perfectly familiar with when using my old Samsung?


  P.S. Today I went out and bought a Bluetooth dongle back at the pillar after being chased from pillar to post with utter failure to find another cable. Why they didn’t suggest it the first time beats me.

My computer then picked up Sn-i-L’s Blackberry quite happily, but can’t seem to find the Nokia.  (I told him to fix his access settings, by the way.)    There simply must be some demonic intervention, here.



  I wonder what non-South Africans make of some of the pronouncements on our local TV?  I mean, here is a recent example which I took down faithfully exactly as spoken:

  ‘Ayi warn tewtu gnaw, eh-eh, thet we air lew king to feeks the praw-blem, eh-eh-eh, end thet we hev bin, eh-eh-eh, sicking een poot to meck thees, eh-eh, hairpin.’

  We have got used to stuff like that, so our minds translate it for us.  If not, it would surely sound like spookily kooky gobbledegook. 

© Colonialist September 2012 (WordPress/Blogs24)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. flimflamflik says:

    that is one of the reasons I ditched my Nokia. Must be a RIM (Blackberry creators) or I-Phone conspiracy. I miss my Nokia…


  2. Nicola says:

    Hi Col, what is the name/type of your Nokia?


  3. optie says:

    This is w hen I say thank-you Lord for a son who is an IT geek and always willing to help me keep up with technology. BTW I have a Samsung S2 and it is really easy to work with despite not coming with a manual.


  4. adinparadise says:

    Oh dear me, Col. The vagaries of this confounded technology, combined with our lack of technical know-how, never cease to befuddle my brain. I’m also having endless problems. I now have to go to a different browser to upload photos, and at a snail’s pace too. I do hope that your boomerang will soon sail away, never to return. 🙂


    • colonialist says:

      I had a lot of trouble with loading the latest photos – which was ironic after all the trouble to get them in the first place.
      I have flung the boomerang away again. Hope it has forgotten how to turn.


  5. Our news reports really are something! Think you might have confused the living daylights out of international readers now 😀
    Guess we’ll just have to accept no pics on your posts now


  6. melouisef says:

    You have bluetooth on your phone?


  7. nrhatch says:

    I love keeping up with the new cutting edge technology . . . as long as it things stay the same.

    And, ack! My head hurts just trying to decipher that linguistic nightmare.


  8. Anthony says:

    Holy S#@t! Where that a new type of language? I did not understand a word of it? Sorry to read about your battle with the laptop, phone and so on. Did u manage to connect trough the blue tooth dongle thingy?


  9. teedeevee says:

    Don’t know what phone you have but if you have a smartphone I suggest you get dropbox loaded so your photos on your phone automatically syncs with your dropbox account so you can access it on any pc anywhere. Works like a dream and no cables.


    • colonialist says:

      I’m out of my depth here, but I think that needs unlimited phone internet time, and I only have that on my computer. Also, I feel rather nervous with data stored remotely. There is simply no guarantee it will stay stored and accessible forever, whatever assurances may be given.


  10. 68ghia says:

    Should have gotten an iPhone – super easy to use 😉
    As for the gobbledegook – I don’t even listen to the radio anymore, nor watch television – if they can’t speak properly, I don’t listen…


  11. newsferret says:

    On our TV and radio Iiiingleesh no comments. On the IT I can only say some sang and Sumsang No(t)kia. Good luck with the problem.


  12. The Asian says:

    Dawnt u jast lave teknologee? Hoop da bug dizappeer soon


    • colonialist says:

      I am STILL battling with it – but on the other computor. That one found the phone but then said I needed drivers. It failed to find them. So I am downloading mega megs of Ovi Suite to see if that helps.


  13. granny1947 says:

    Am I the only one who has noticed that Zoomer coughs when he is lying???


  14. eof737 says:

    Breathe…. All is well


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