Tuesday, 6 January 2009

patience

when it comes to people patience is a quality i feel i have in spades.

when it comes to inanimate objects it's a whole other story. non-functionality can lead to instant, violent, wildly incandescent rages. which may sound funny but really isn't and is why i don't indulge myself much in the way of the practical. i can do a bit of labouring, if directed, but beyond that it's neither wise nor safe to let me near anything involving mechanical things or tools.

which brings me neatly to computers. back in the day when i wanted to record something i pressed two buttons. if i wanted to play it back i pressed one. the recording medium was something called a cassette. this was a standard. everyone had one.

not so in the computer world. i can record a sound with my mike plugged in but i can't hear it unless it's unplugged. i can record in wav but i can't play it. i can save in aup but not in mp3. but i can export in ogg vorbis. but if you don't have the same thingumijigs as me you can't play it. unless you download more files. and then more files to unzip those files. but those files aren't compatible with other files and things start not to work. then they stop working and the things you could originally listen to you can't any more

don't start me on images

it's time to step away for a while. call it a lacuna....

2 comments:

Niamh B said...

I feel your pain, my ipod to this day only has about 3 or 4 songs on it, it apparently ate and swallowed the other few hundred that I painstakingly loaded up and typed out.... Feckin technology!

Claire A said...

This is why I am still a vinyl-and-cassettes kind of gal. The occasional CD. None of this electronic music-file rubbish.