That’s me – the technology phobe. Yes I write a blog 5 days a week, but honestly, I avoid getting techy.
So I’m in Melbourne where another regular reader lives – not to stalk her, but to get 16 more hours towards my 150 hours for my continuing professional development. On review, this should nail my hours, and I can get ready to submit my 16 episode reports I mention in my monthly goals reports (which I will publish next Friday for August, when all the moneys are settled).
Now, the technology phobic bit? Well my phone company decided to ‘dump’ me on the way to the airport on Wednesday. This means I have NO data. I did know this was coming, as the company I am with (Kogan) is having some disagreement with the network, and can no longer provide service. I did buy a new sim card and was ready for this ‘switch’. To switch (to Aldi) I needed to activate the sim – online or over the phone. Seeing my phone wasn’t playing ball with data entry on the train to the airport, I called them.
I did get it all registered, but because I’ve moved address (or perhaps because she failed to ask me my unit number) my over the phone identification was not complete and they need a photo of my ID – licence, medicare card and credit card. All of these can be sent in a photo message. If you have data! So my old Kogan has disabled data, and my new SIM’s $5 credit does not include data. And I’m literally travelling – no friends, no work computer or home laptop.
Sigh! Groan! Both!
I did accost a course participant, and I have now sent the ID photos to Aldi, but am delightfully informed it could be up to 96 hours til I move my number to Aldi. In the meantime, I have no data – meaning I haven’t been approving comments (except for the few I worked out how to ‘auto’ approve no matter). I also haven’t been replying to comments – bad Sarah! (Well you guys would make this course WAY more interesting… cause… yeah!)
Seriously though, how many other Kogan customers is this inconveniencing? Why did it HAVE to be the EVENING I was flying interstate? Woe is me right – wrong, I did get an exit row on the plane, and I did find out we have free meals with the course, and their coffee is just awesome. And I get three nights of snore free sleep, in a plush hotel room I didn’t have to pay for. So, on the balance, life’s sweet, if a little weirdly technology free (that goodness for antique business centres in hotels!)
Does anyone out there manage to carry their number from one mobile carrier to another without headaches? One day I’ll share the blow by blow of every time I’ve done this, and every time it taking an age/going wrong! And have you mastered replying and approving comments? I used to have it down, but man, I’m techno-disabled at the moment!!