Things moving, but slowly

First of all, thank you all so much for your patience. I understand that this is annoying, I really do. Below is sort of an update and also a bit of a rant about why this stuff is happening and why it’s so annoying, from my point of view.

As documented in the previous couple of posts, I tried to start early and get all this taken care of in plenty of time, but it’s turning into an absolute nightmare. To cut a long story short, I’m currently locked out of my Apple developer account. I’m working with somebody at Apple to try to resolve the situation, but it is messy and they are not entirely sure of what needs to be done, so we’re having to feel our way towards the solution. It’s a lot of email back and forth, and fair bit of waiting in-between while they research their ridiculously complicated security system and try to figure out what’s up.

I’m now going to permit myself a bit of a rant about technology and how I feel it’s moving too quickly, how these massive American companies are trying so desperately to get ahead of each other, they are getting ahead of themselves, and undermining a lot of the fantastic advancement that’s taken place in the last ten years. My rant may not mean much to you, but it might help me to feel slightly better about the situation. Feel free to stop reading now if you’ve got other things you ought to be doing.

I love technology, when it works. Five years ago I had a lot of great technology in my life, and it felt like technology was making everything easier. Now it’s the opposite. I've become thoroughly reliant on technology, for my work, my leisure, and pretty much every aspect of organising my daily life. A lot of that technology doesn’t work very well. Things don’t sync. Bluetooth doesn’t connect. The wifi goes down. The heating doesn’t come on when it’s supposed to. My life now feels like a daily battle against technology.

One of my friends recently posted on Facebook that he’s popping off to The Canary Isles in January to live in a cave for a while, to spend his time carving things out of wood, cooking on an open fire, bathing in the river, doing yoga under the rising sun. I seriously thought about joining him.

Technology is supposed to help us run our lives and our businesses, it’s not supposed to take over them.

Sometimes I feel like I’m close to a breaking point with all this stuff. I recently dropped nearly £2000 on a new laptop to help me work better, yet at times I catch myself daydreaming about smashing the damn thing to pieces against a tree and then going to spend the rest of my life trying to save homeless dogs, tortured elephants or endangered tigers.

In a nutshell, I’m furious right now but I’m trying to control it. I’ve embraced technology so much in recent years. I’ve invited these companies into my life, handed them my money, trusted them. Now I’m paying the price.

When I’m not trying to fix my apps, fix my problems with Apple, I’m trying to fix some other shit that doesn’t work. My diary isn’t syncing, or some piece of artificial “intelligence” at my bank has decided to start sending snail mail to my old address. There’s always something that needs sorting out, that needs me to call up and argue with somebody who doesn’t give a damn about my problems, who works for company that doesn’t give a damn about my problems. At times it feels like it’s sucking the life out of me.

Anyway, I’m sorry that my apps have now becoming a problem for you. I’m sorry that my technology is moving too slowly. I’m trying. I’m one former driving instructor with a laptop trying to do the work that would normally be done by a team of professional software engineers in an office full of £2000 computers. I’m fighting a battle here and I’m trying to win.

I’ll keep you posted.