Find Time When Your Time-Saving Tools Act Up!

Good Monday morning everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend and this morning you are finding time to enter the week with energy and anticipation!

Did the Holidays or the New Year bring you any new technological gadgets?  Were you intrigued by any of the offerings at the recent CES?  Exploring the world of technological innovation can be fascinating.

Oh HoldAs time saving, interesting, and fun as these innovations can be, however, they can also eat up mounds of time – especially when you are learning the ropes, or when something goes wrong.  How many of us have lost hours to glitches that we can’t untangle?  We all know how frustrating it can be to spend time on hold, listening to Muzak, while a project we’d been eager to work on, waits … and waits … and waits!

Finding time when your time-saving devices and tools just aren’t behaving can be difficult.  That’s why, on this second Cyber Monday of 2009, I thought it would be interesting to look at some good venues for managing technological difficulties.

Azadeh Ensha published an article in the NY Times just before the holidays titled “There’s Lots of Tech Help, Yes, on the Internet.”  The article explores ways to find tech help and advice that is both useful and accessible – without needing to sit on “hold” for hours!

The basic idea is that there are hundreds of thousands of technologically savvy people “out there” who may share your issue or have good ideas about how to fix it.  Ms. Ensha offers links to a number of forums that she has explored, where advice and answers are accessible … often for free.  Fixya.com is one site she recommends for PC issues.  For Mac users, there’s CNet’s MacFixit.com.

Another option that sometimes yields quick results is to simply Google your particular technological issue and see what comes up.   This can be a more hit or miss method, but with some luck, you might come upon a good solution to your issue.  There is a wealth of information out there.  You might need to play with your search terms a bit to find it, but it’s often accessible.

When you have a technological issue come up, what do you do?  Have you found tech resources that you could share with us on The Time Finder?  I’d love to hear!

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