Why Can’t They All Just Communicate?

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Do you remember the jingle “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” from the old soft drink commercial? Well, for the past few days, I’ve been singing a refrain of that in my head called “I’d Like to Teach Technology to Communicate in Perfect Harmony.” Honestly, do you ever just get tired of trying to synch up different devices that don’t really care to communicate with each other? I know that I do. I’ve got a photo printer that doesn’t particularly want to talk to my photo editing program, a telephone that will only talk economically to other phones on it’s network, a laptop that can’t talk to my son’s Mac, a gmail account that needs to be jury-rigged to talk to my Thunderbird account, and a new ipod Touch that won’t talk to my Google apps or email accounts.

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So I’ve been bringing out my manuals and trying to figure out how to get them all to communicate. My techie hubby thinks that the Touch is something I really didn’t need so he isn’t incredibly motivated to help me although I know he’ll get around to it eventually. It’s the principle of the thing, though. I ought to be able to just follow the steps and get everything working. Why should that be so hard? It’s hard because the inventors of our little toys don’t design them to easily interface across brand and program lines. That’s where the folks who design applications to get around these problems come into the picture. Bless their rebellious little hearts. They come up with ways to work around communication problems between our devices. However, I let my hubby install their apps. I haven’t been brave enough yet to try them myself.

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It does frost my cake, though that the geniuses behind Apple can’t let their iPhone be sold by all the major cellphone providers. Why just AT&T? That particular company doesn’t provide good coverage in my area or in the areas where the bulk of my family lives. That’s why I’ve got cellphone service with another provider. But I LUST after the iPhone. And doggone it, if my daughter and son-in-law didn’t go and switch to AT&T and buy iPhones for each other. Aaaaargh! And why do I have to go through all these gyrations to get my iTouch to recognize my Gmail account and import all my contacts? Can’t we all just live together in harmony?

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