Thursday, October 11, 2007


Why is it that sometimes it feels like technology was invented to rule the world?

I swear some technological items are smarter than us...well maybe not smarter, but they are definitely intelligent.

Case and Point:

In my job I have to perform some remedial tasks. One of these "tasks" is to input addresses and names into a stock cover letter and print a corresponding envelope. It's easy to do but time consuming because you have to change all references in the stock cover letter and if you're like me, you know human, you make mistakes from time to time. So then you waste the "good paper" having to reprint it correctly.

The only Godsend in all of this is that Microsoft Word has that handy envelopes and labels tool that will pull the address from the letter so that you don't have to retype it. It's wonderful.

Until it stopped pulling it from the letter. After a few choice words I finally figured out that if I highlighted the text I want to put on the envelope the envelopes and labels tool would work like it's supposed to.

Except that's not working like it's supposed to. It's almost like Microsoft Word recognized that I wasn't doing just a few of these, I was doing more like 50. So it said to itself "How can I mess with her mind and spirit?"

NOT COOL Microsoft Word. It's already mind numbing enough. you really didn't have to add that extra little step. But thanks. It's awesome.

Alright, enough bitching, back to it.



A Margarita said...

Boo! I don't understand how if you do something exactly the same way 100 times, you do it again exactly the same way and get a different result.

Michelle said...

along with the snooze button, microsoft office is the spawn of satan. however in this case satan is bill gates. :)

BekABoo said... husband hates (and sometimes loves) technology. He is always crackin jokes about when the "machines become self-aware..." They are too smart! Or is it not smart enough...?

ana said...

Tell me about it...

That's the thing about technology, we've got the wang and the vag, and they are great,
but they also try to test our patience from time to time...

Affirmations help. Try repeating, Ain't no computer gonna make me into a psycho.


Balou said...

OMG - I know!! I love how I do the same process every day and at least 1 out of every 10 times I get an error message. WTF?? You JUST did it, now do it AGAIN!!

molly said...

Our printer is down a hall in another room. When I have to print things on letterhead I have to yell "DON'T PRINT!!!" to the rest of the office. Otherwise, things get messy.

A Lil' Irish Lass said...

Remedial work tasks are the BEST! I just "aggressively taped" some boxes at my job. Thank Sweet Jesus it's Friday.

And I, me, and Margarita must do drinks next time you're in the NYC :)

onebigholiday said...

i have a love/hate relationship with technology

cr99ist03in said...

Technology can be too smart. That's why I don't want a Canon digital SLR. It just takes pictures for you and has WAY too many settings. I need simple like my Nikon which is why I bought it. And it still does too-smart things sometimes. Just do what I tell you!!!!