September 09, 2009

It's Been Too Long Since I Last Spoke Chinese

I cannot believe they let me work on the projects I work on sometimes.


Consider this...

My iPod is four years old, a gift from my sister for my 40th birthday. It's been acting up lately, not from overuse, I assure you, as we're not allowed to run with iPods during training. As a matter of fact, they strongly suggest we don't run with them in general when we're out and about for many safety reasons.

So I don't. I run in my head, which can be an extraordinarily scary place to be for that long at times, but it is what it is. Scary but safe. Kind of.

I was in the car yesterday and I heard a Blink 182 song come on the radio. Shortly thereafter the talking heads came on. I hate morning programs. Just play music. So I thought, "Hey, I'll listen to some Blink 182. I haven't run to them in a couple years... maybe I can run to them in the next race."

Fumbling around, I found my iPod. At a stop light, I plugged it in, only to find the battery was completely dead. Finally, as it started to charge, I started to press buttons to find my music.

It was responding too slowly, in particular for my temperament... hopped up on a cup of coffee and next thing I know, I'd converted my iPod to... Chinese.

And now I couldn't fool with it as I had to drive.

In the parking lot at work, I was mashing buttons, the iPod was flaking out on me, doing the whole 'hestitation thing', and I realized, if I could just GET to the music, THAT PART was still in English. So I thought, "Screw it."

I'd resigned myself that I didn't have the time to figure it out, my iPod would just stay in Chinese and over time, I'd recognize which string of 8 characters would take me to the music section.

This morning, my son gets in the car for me to take him to school and the following conversation took place to the best of my recollection:

Me: I accidentally put my iPod in Chinese mode.

Ringo: Nuh uh.

Me: Yah huh.

Ringo: No way. Let me see. *pause* Holy crap. You put your iPod in Chinese.

Me: I think I said that. I'm just leaving it. I don't have the time to fool with it. It's on the fritz and keeps hesitating.

*long pause* He was silent.

Ringo: There. I fixed it. It's in English now.

Me: What? How did you do that?

Ringo: I reset all your settings.

Me: I didn't have any settings.

Ringo: *blink* Well, evidently you had Chinese as a setting...

Me: Oh. Right.


Posted by Boudicca at September 9, 2009 09:19 PM

I am so in awe of anyone who is technical like that! I work in IT and can still barely use my IPOD! *blushes* My husband thinks it's becuase I have filed it in my brain under "handy but not really important". LOL

Posted by: Shaz at September 9, 2009 11:10 PM

Kids can do anything. I can't even work our VCR, although I don't even know if they're called VCRs anymore. Honestly? I couldn't turn on our TV right now if I wanted to. It's hooked through so many things with all these frickin' remotes, I don't know what button on what remote turns it on.

Long gone are the days when I walked up to the little black and white and pulled a knob and the TV started to warm up with that crackling noise...

Posted by: Bou at September 10, 2009 05:36 AM

I learned a long time ago that if you need technical help, your best bet was to enlist the help of a kid, particularly a preteen or early teen. Unfortunately that means we really have to humble ourselves, and we also end up feeding the teen ego with such misconceptions as "adults are clueless", and "teenagers are smart enough to rule the world".

Posted by: diamond dave at September 10, 2009 09:37 AM

The iPod has a three-finder-salute that resets it.

Something like turning it from hold-to-run (off-on) while holding one of the keys.

Google it. I had to look it up when my daughter messed up hers. I don't have one, so I have no reason to remember it.

Posted by: The Thomas at September 10, 2009 11:28 AM

How to reset:

Posted by: The Thomas at September 10, 2009 11:29 AM

It all depends on what you use. For instance I have an ipod nano and an itouch and never had to reset either of them. I would have been looking it up if I needed to fix the Chinese language thing because I never did it before. LOL. And I know you would have eventually fixed it when you found the time to look it up.

Kids use this stuff all the time and therefore know it through use. It's not like they are trying to work, run a family, and all the thousands of things you are doing during a single day. Makes it much easier to find these other esoteric things,remember them, and have time to do them.

Posted by: Teresa at September 10, 2009 11:56 AM

I remember a few years back when I had you, Mo, and the boys over they somehow messed up my TV. They used the wrong remote. Took me about 30 minutes to fix it. AARRRGGGGHHHHH!

Posted by: Denny at September 10, 2009 03:15 PM