An evening with Google!

How much do you like technology?

When all goes well, I love being able to do so much with my phone. Not least, it is great to be able to blog without having to switch my laptop on. In fact, I managed for a couple of years without a computer at home.

Phones, especially iPhones, seem so easy to use. However, my old phone is now needed by my daughter, so today I upgraded to the iPhone SE. I managed to set up the phone whilst still in town, so was very pleased, although there was also a slight anti-climax in having so little to do.

If only I had known. Calls, texts and emails, fine. Apps all needed to be updated. Apart from WordPress, except that I was now locked out. Horror of all horrors!

The problem arose because I had set up 2-step authentication in order to protect my blog sometime in the past. However, the Authenticator app, which generates the code I need for the second step,

no longer worked on the new phone. Not only did I need to update the app but, no doubt for security, I had to scan a QR code. Not exactly without its challenges, when the code was on the phone, so the camera couldn’t do a scan.

Thank goodness for iPads…. After yet more uploading, logging into accounts and flicking between screens I finally managed to do a scan and before I knew it I had authentication codes coming out my ears.

So, I can hardly claim no environmental destruction has arisen because of my need to access WordPress. Still, in the scheme of things, some of my other actions could count as carbon off-setting (e.g. over the last two weeks I have used public transport to get to and from work).

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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18 Responses to An evening with Google!

  1. They are great when you understand them. Unfortunately, for me, it is all as comprehensive as the underneath of the bonnet used to be when I drove.

  2. sticking with the laptop and the rather slow phone (which sometimes uploads photos upside down) – well done with getting through your security systems!

  3. Karen says:

    As far as I am considered, they are an evil necessity and they don’t like to play well with others. 😀

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    I’m afraid I am very slow to learn anything technical. I have only had my smartphone for less than a year and I still find it very confusing!

  5. Oh, the dreaded password loop. I get twitchy just thinking about it. I’m glad you persevered, Helen, and that all seems to be working well. We upgraded our phones late last year, and I can no longer use AirDrop for my photos. It’s the little things that can drive you nuts, but all in all, I would be lost without the ability to blog, text and take photos. I hope things are now going well.

  6. I’ve done that too! I didn’t know that the app wouldn’t move across hiccup free. Apparently there is a process to follow when changing phones 🙂

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