Humbled by a Printer
Rage courses through my veins as the reality of this message slowly sinks into my brain. I can feel the anger growing by the second as I frantically search through bins of cords, cables, plugs and other assorted electronic paraphernalia. Never had I expected that a wireless printer would require a wire to set it up for printing. I assumed that this wireless printer would setup wirelessly. I assumed wrong.
To set the stage, my son spent the entire day working on a school project. This project was, of course, due the very next day and completed at a time of night too late for the last minute store run. The printer was a hand me down and came with no manual and no additional cords.
Confident in my ability to tackle a project as simple as wireless printer configuration, I visited Lexmark’s site and downloaded the installation package. Stepping through the guided installation I responded with a torrent of very unladylike expletives when this screen greeted me. Helplessly at the mercy of a wire that I lacked, I grudgingly came to the conclusion that his project was simply not going to be printed that night.
My entire purpose with this blog is to force myself to fill in the gaping holes of knowledge about computers, the internet and all things digital. As a single mom to two boys, one of my priorities is to stay an authority on the factors that influence their lives. I don’t need to be an expert, only respected in my ability to understand and use the technology that they intuitively grasp. How can I leverage technology to guide them through the jungle of today’s plugged in life if I don’t understand it myself?
The best way to learn is to do. In all my free time, between juggling full time employment, child rearing and housekeeping I felt this blog would be a fantastic way to humbly and publicly learn, fail and succeed with my quest. This pesky little printer clearly illustrates how much I still have to learn. It truly shouldn’t have confounded me so.