Boy the Elder was given an iPod for Christmas. Lucky boy. But I already have an iPod which is linked to my PC. Therefore I had to open a separate account for the boy so that he could do his own thing with his own iPod. After all, how much Andrews Sisters can a 12-year old take? Except that I couldn’t work out how to do it.
The Wartime Housewife is not afraid of technology; I embrace it whenever it makes my life better (eg, iTunes, Amazon, ebay, blogging, email). But I am hampered by two things. Firstly, my PC is running on 1/4 of the RAM it needs to anything at all (this is in hand) and secondly, I’m just a bit crap.
So at 4pm today, after school. I began the process of Sorting Out the iPod. I tried to contact Apple to find out how I could run two separate accounts on one computer but after an hour, I gave up and rang the Apple shop in Leicester. The chap was terribly helpful and emailed me an information sheet telling me how to get started. Unfortunately, it didn’t make clear which area of the PC I needed to be in, in order to accomplish the first task. The Apple help menus just kept sending me round and round, but I didn’t understand where they wanted me to go or what information I would need when I got there.
Eventually I worked out that I needed to establish Boy the Elder as another user on the PC itself and it made sense to make sure that he had all the relevant icons on the screen to do whatever 12-year olds do. (I have excercised my parental controls by banning Rap Music and Drum & Bass but allowing Porn. Was that wrong?) And of course, it was all so gut-wrenchingly slow and at one point the whole thing stopped and I had to unplug everything at the mains and start again.
I returned to iTunes only to discover that if he wanted to actually buy anything, he had to have a separate email account as well. Right then, back to TalkTalk except that nowhere did it tell you how to open another email account. It kept telling you that you could, but not how. After another hour and a half of trying to get through to them, it transpired that Talktalk was down for maintenace and all accounts were inaccessible. When I finally got through to the right menu, it made me log on for email bills rather than paper ones and complete a survey before it would let me go any further. Did it. Moved on. Got an email account.
Boy the Elder bought his first track at 11.23 tonight. Other than a break to drive into Harborough for fish and chips, then eat the fish and chips, it has taken me approximately seven hours to add one MP3 player to one PC.
I’m going to have another glass of Sloe Sherry followed by a mug of Ovaltine and then bed. I tried to have an early night last night, but a recently bereaved friend rang me at 11.30 and stayed on for 2 hours and then Boy the Younger woke me up at 5am, because he’d had a nightmare about a scary blue man, and he didn’t go back to sleep until 6am. Up again at 7am.
You will forgive me if I don’t do a blog tonight, won’t you?