Sometimes Just turn the damn thing off

Monday, October 27, 2008, 11:46 PM

Do I sound a little testy? Thats because I am. However it reminds me of a basic Mac beginner premise. Sometimes the best solution to a problem is turn it off and start over. Sometimes you can worry a problem to death and still not solve it because you don’t know enough to solve it and trying will never get it done.

Sometimes just turning off the computer, or phone, or touch or whatever and starting over will take care of it. Sometimes it really isn’t your fault.

The cause of this little temper tantrum? I finally got an iPhone. A nice little second-hand 2G iPhone. It is really nice to have friends who owe you favors and who always have to have the latest toys. I got a really, really good deal.

It took me two days and three trips to the phone store to get my iPhone working. I’ll spare you the gory details and skip to the punch line. Actually two punch lines. First of all, if you get a second-hand phone and have it set up, you may well need to turn it off and turn it back on to get the service going. Note: it is not necessary to wait 20 hours and 37 minutes to take this step.

Second, there really are times when you can and should punch the button and turn off your machine, wait a few moments, and turn it back on. You do it as a last resort because you always want to let a computer go through a normal shut-down process, but sometimes you can’t. When those times happen, just do it.

Like I said — sometimes, more often than not, whatever is going on is not your fault and you aren’t going to be able to fix it. Sometimes, turning it off and back on will let it fix itself. If it doesn’t then you can get outside help.


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