Tiny Problems – Massive Frustrations!

Why is it that when it comes to technology, it’s often trying to perform the simplest little tasks that cause the most frustration?

I’ve just bought a brand new laptop: EasyNote TJ71 and I’m very happy with it. Great spec for the price, looks good, great keyboard and everything seems to work fine. Like most new laptops these days though, it has no built in Bluetooth. Not too much a problem I suppose. I use a Belkin Mini Bluetooth Adapter with my Netbook and find it pretty good, although I do sometimes have probs connecting my BT (Bluetooth) headset to MSN or Yahoo Messenger for voicechatting, although I suspect that’s due to probs with the messenger apps rather than the BT device or adapter.

It is a bit of a puzzle to me though why manufacturers have stopped including inbuilt BT? Anyone out there know why? Surely most of us still use BT devices – especially with the increasing use of mic and cam chatting – the easiest way to chat on your computer is with a BT headset. Personally I use 2 BT devices regularly; the Logitech Cordless MediaBoard PRO
and the Jabra BT125 Bluetooth Headset, and I often have to use these together. So of course I needed to buy a new BT adapter for the new machine. Although I like my Belkin, after a quick look on Amazon (not trying to advertise for them btw, but I do buy a lot from them – they’re easy, well priced and fast with a massive range – so why not), I thought I’d give this adapter a go: Micro Bluetooth USB Dongle EDR Version 2.0 – the price is amazing! This item arrived with no packaging or branding (just came in a tiny plastic bag), no software, instructions, drivers or anything – but I plugged it in, it installed with no bother and seemed to work fine. The only thing that narked me a little was that there wasn’t any option for turning it off – you have to settle for it being constantly on. Sure, you can unplug it but the thing is so tiny, that if you’re out and about, you’re likely to lose it. If I’m using battery power I’d like the option to turn it off when it’s not in use. I’m not that techy myself so I don’t know if BT uses up a lot of power, but on a full spec, full size Windows based laptop, you’re lucky to get 2 hours use, so any way you can save a bit of power is important.

That aside the adapter was working as expected. That is, until I tried to use both my BT keyboard and BT headset together. Try as I might I couldn’t make it work – it had to be one or the other. Solution? …install the Belkin in my Easynote, and the unbranded in my Netbook. Obviously the Easynote is now my main computer, and the Belkin when installed in my Netbook, does have an ‘off’ option and is able to run both BT devices at the same time. I’d only be using my Netbook when out and about – when I obviously wouldn’t have my BT keyboard with me – so, problem solved.

Or so I thought. I am able to use both devices together on my Easynote through the Belkin adapter now, which is the main thing – but for some strange reason the option to turn Bluetooth off has now totally disappeared! Now I suppose this isn’t exactly a major tragedy, but stupid little things like this really bug me!!! It’s one of the most annoying things about computers – when something just doesn’t work exactly the same way as it did before!!! These things annoy me – and I can’t let it go until I sort it out. So for 3 hours I searched on the internet and tried various things but all to no avail.

So here I sit irritated and exasperated at my inability to solve such a piffling little yet annoying problem. But I can’t be the only one who finds these things infuriating? This is just one example of the many little everyday annoyances that our love affair with technology brings. Do these things happen to other people just as much? Am I right in sometimes hating technology? Or is it just that technology – hates me?!!

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