PC to Mac Panic Attack

Innocently Waiting

Innocently Waiting

Today was all set to be the “big day” when the Commander and I were going to forego our date night and tackle my new MacBook Air and get it set up.  Hopefully we’d get my email working on it, transfer over my contacts, get my favorite Web browser set up and migrate all of my bookmarks over to it and get the Mac plugged into our home wireless network.  So even before he’d headed out the door this morning, I thought I’d be brave and use it to just quickly check on an order up on Amazon.

What's that dern password?

What’s that dern password?

I woke it up and went to enter my computer password.  Oh, no!  It wouldn’t accept it.  Well…I had changed the initial password to a much simpler one and thought it had taken and stupidly erased the old password without making a note of it, just in case.  I couldn’t remember the old one for the life of me because it was one of those random ones that a password manager assigns.  Yikes!  Oh, just great!  I hadn’t even used my new Mac a half hour and already I was “persona non gratis.”

I grabbed my Samsung Chromebook and went to Google “what to do when you can’t remember your MacBook Air password.”  Oh, no!  My Chromebook battery had run down and it needed to be charged up.  It was dead in the water.  My HP computer hadn’t been logged into yet and that thing takes forever so I eventually just grabbed the trusty iPad and used Safari to find some aid.  Sure enough, I found what seemed to be some simple steps to follow.

The Commander headed for work and I cracked my knuckles and sat down in front of the Mac to give it a go.  I made it to Step 3 and then I froze.  The picture on my screen wasn’t matching the picture on the iPad.  I was so panicked that I’d break the darn thing that I decided to put in a service call to Apple and have someone walk me through it over the phone.

Thankfully, I got a very nice young lady who had switched from Windows to Apple herself several years ago so she understood my angst completely.  She soon had me up and running (well, limping cautiously).

What the heck?

What the heck?

 

In the meantime, I was waiting on a Windows computer which was on the truck and out for delivery today.  Yeah, I know.  It’s probably a little excessive, even for me but you see, I do a LOT of digital scrapbooking and the program that I use exclusively is a Windows-only program.  My HP has been dying for quite a while now and the software company has gone into bankruptcy so that I can only install this software on any new computers I might get up to the end of this month.  So my need to replace the HP was kind of accelerated.

Anyway, I’d been waiting all day for the UPS guy to show up.  You know how it is.  You’re afraid to even go to the bathroom for fear that you’ll miss the knock on the door.  Well, suddenly FedEx shows up with that “thing” in the picture above.  I met the fellow at the door and took one look at that tub and thought  first that it had to be my mom playing a cosmic joke on me from beyond the grave.  She LOVED big plastic tubs.  My second reaction was to look at the guy and say, “You’ve got to be kidding me.  That can’t be for us!”

“I’m pretty sure it is!” he said, turning it gingerly to show me the label.  Darn.  It WAS addressed to us.  Then I remembered.  Ah, yes.  The Commander had recently ordered a hazardous waste container from our county for us to fill up.  They then come to get it and good riddance.  This had to be it but seriously?  A rubbermaid tub?  How high tech was that?

My charging station

My charging station

After that big excitement, it was almost anti-climactic when our son had the great idea of Skyping with us to help us do some of the set-up on the Mac.  He walked us through quite a bit of it and now the Commander is trying to figure out how to set up my old Laserjet printer to work wirelessly with the Mac and our other wireless devices.  He’s down in the bowels of the house with my printer and he hasn’t come up for air yet so I’m not sure how that’s going.  The new Windows-based computer showed up late in the day and I have it charging so we can tackle it tomorrow.

My Secret Weapon

My Secret Weapon

If I run into any more problems, I have a secret weapon.  This how-to book has lots of pictures and it’s aimed at seniors.  I’m not too proud to grab at any lifeline I can get.

 

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