Your humble blogger was supposed to be flying back to NYC today, having done a bit of aging parent duty in Birmingham.
I booked a cab, then had to rebook it due to a light delay. Originally booked cab arrives on time. I call cab company to tell them the screwed their driver and find out what happened regarding the later pickup, since the cab wasn’t rebooked properly. They had booked a new cab at the later time and not cancelled the earlier reservation.
At the revised appointed hour, no cab. I call and cab is supposed to get here 15 minutes late, which means it could be even later.
My mother’s cleaning woman happened to be here. I commandeered her for pay to take me to the airport. But in the panic about the change in logistics, I managed to leave my laptop.
Now I do have a second laptop in NYC. But I changed ISPs in the last month and the company had tech installation supervisors change the network settings. I stupidly didn’t have them do that to my other laptop. And with my ETA at my apartment being late evening, I didn’t have a lot of confidence re being able to reach someone who’d be able to walk me through the setup.
I go to the gate to see if the flight is further delayed, since it might have been possible to have the cleaning woman run to the airport again with my laptop. Nope, boarding is starting in 15 minutes.
I call Delta from the phone in the gate area and told them my problem and asked what my options were for getting on another flight. They rebooked me on the same flight for Friday. No upcharge. They waived the $200 ticket change fee. And no, I’m not an elite flier on Delta.
But this is a reminder that I need to make sure I can use my backup laptop as a backup (it’s also out of date on some key passwords). Plus I could use some help on doing updates without going to the current version of the Mac OS, which is widely reported to be a horrorshow (it has bricked computers like mine, a 2015 MacBook Pro, which is a pretty thuggish way to force obsolescence). I’ve been putting off all sorts of updates because I am concerned they will presuppose a later OS and I won’t be able to roll them back.
So any Mac support people in NYC who are willing and able to do what in theory should be simple (copying recent files onto my backup machine, updating software, which is mainly browsers and browser related stuff) but may not be due to the need to stay compatible with current OS, please ping me at email@example.com. Put “Mac support” in the headline. I know a lot of tech people are very insistent that their clients run the current version of the OS, so if that is your point of view, you are not the person for this job.
This by the way is another example of Mac crapifcation. I went from 2003 to 2015 not needing any tech support. I now seem to need it every nine months due to Apple not caring about its computer users any more.