Friday, June 20, 2014

Device transition blues


A while ago, multiple months ago in point of sad fact, I obtained the latest incarnation of a tablet I use regularly.  Tonight, I finally decided I could afford a little sleep time to move to the new tablet.  In the past, this process had been straightforward and quick, so I figured this change would not take long.

Wrong.

The operating system software on the tablet was old, so old that when I told my host system's software to move the contents of my old tablet to my new one, the software declared I could not make the move. 

That's annoying, but, okay, I figured, I'd update the software.  I did, and many minutes of sleep ticked away. 

When I finished, I told the host software to set up the new tablet from a backup of the old one.  It started the process, which took many minutes.

Ten seconds from the end, the host software declared failure and told me that my backup was corrupt or for some reason incompatible with my new tablet.

I manually backed up my old tablet.  More sleep time vanished.

I then told the host software to move the backup to the new tablet.  More sleep time evaporated.  This time, the process worked.

Next, the new tablet had to sync all its apps.  This was taking so long that I started checking to see how much of my old tablet had moved to the new one.

My telco account had not moved.  I fixed that.  More time passed.

My two email accounts had moved, but my PT account was not working.  After failing three times to get the tablet to connect to our email server, I'm giving up for a bit.  My personal account is downloading email as I write this, a small victory but a process that looks like it's going to take hours. 

The apps are still syncing.

I'm now giving up for the evening and going to let the device crank away.  Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to make it fully functional. 

This process really should be simpler.


Disclosure:  I'm not naming the devices involved because I work in tech, my company works with many vendors, and I try hard not to talk about tech-vendor products in this blog. 



2 comments:

David Drake said...

Dear Mark,

You mean it's not just me?

I'm not a Luddite, but I'm a late adopter (as you know). I want a machine to do a thing: write books, play old radio shows, whatever. And so long it does the thing, I keep using it.

You're in a different situation: you have to be seen to be cool. I just have to write books.

As always,
Dave

Mark said...

No, it's not you.

I don't think anyone sees me as cool. I generally like tech, but this part of the process is very frustrating--and unnecessarily so.

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