My Favorite Things—#9 Tech/science—with Giveaway

Tech Misfire

photo credit: f1uffster (Jeanie) via photopin cc

Thanks to everyone who took part in my first ever Rafflecopter. In sympathy with the rest of this post, my browser wouldn’t load Rafflecopter for half an hour. LOL. But I got it working, and the winners are Trix  (GC) and Elena (ebook)! Congratulations!

Technology is a love-hate relationship for me. While I adore making things happen just with my mind (with the help of a few electronics), the transience — especially how easy it is to lose work — drives me nuts. I know I started this blog last week and had all sorts of great, Amazing, IRREPLACEABLE ideas, but naturally now I can’t find the file.


Star Cluster NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud Source:

On the LOVE side, the Internet has opened a world of possibilities. Pictures (like those found at NASA, especially the Hubble pics), puzzles (this cover of Biting Nixie at Jigsaw Planet took me about 5 minutes to solve just now. Hey, I had to test it, right?), and most of all, research. The actual transcription of Joan of Arc’s 1431 trial is online.  How cool is that?

Of course there are a lot of pitfalls. Cyberthieves, websites and emails designed to trap unwary Internet travelers. The aforementioned disappearing work.

But all in all, I have to say for me, the wonders of technology outweigh the pitfalls. If nothing else, the sheer fun of trying new things has to count for something.

Which brings me to my newest tech trial—Rafflecopter! I’m giving away a $15 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky winner to celebrate my first ever Rafflecopter! A second winner will get his or her choice of either two of my ebooks -or- one ebook by any of the Magical Musings authors whose pages are listed above. Enter below. Winners announced here on Monday.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

So what about you? Tech: heaven or heck? What do you think?

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28 Responses to My Favorite Things—#9 Tech/science—with Giveaway

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Mary, that puzzle is so cool! It took me a tiny bit longer than you to put it together (actually almost twice as long!). I pulled up Biting Nixie’s Amazon page to find the finished cover picture.

    And what a great Rafflecopter offer! Thanks for including all of our books! I have a love and hate relationship with technology. I have to pick up my laptop at Office Max today because of viruses.

  2. Trix says:

    I’m one of those semi-Luddite types who finds tech both heaven *and* heck! I usually go for it eventually, but there’s a long learning curve. (I love my e-reader now, but for the first two months or so I wanted to throw it across the room…)

  3. Hi Mary! Thanks so much for including us in your giveaway! (And for your Samhain shout out – that was really great of you!) Technology hates me. Seriously. Weird things happen to me – and only me! Especially with computers. *sigh* But the wonders are pretty amazing!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Today’s Musings – Visually Pleasing!

  4. elena k says:

    I have to say heaven for me, because I find everything I need in the internet from cooking recipes to my favorite books. Also, I get to connect with my favorite authors and that’s amazing!

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Hi Elena! Oh yes, I’ve made so many friends because of the Internet–and even found lost family! Thanks for your nice comments 🙂

  5. Pamk says:

    I think it is heaven when it works but heck when it don’t and it is a huge time suck.

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Hi Pam! I so agree. Time to find out what’s broken, fix it, and in the meantime still get whatever needs doing done, usually manually. At least tech is more reliable these days. It’s been months since my last blue screen 🙂
      Mary Hughes`s last blog was …Top 10 Posts Countdown #4

  6. Marcy says:

    😯 when it works it is heaven, but there are so many new gadgets and apps that i can’t keep up. i will always be the last to get the new tech.

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Hi Marcy! True. And so many apps that do almost the same thing, it’s hard to know which to pick 🙂 My husband and I used to compete with who’d get the new gadget first. Lately because of his job he’s always been first, but that’s not bad for me, because when I get the same gadget months later, it’s cheaper, faster, and more reliable 😀

  7. Barbara Elness says:

    I love technology, but I firmly believe in not relying on it to the exclusion of all else because in the case of failure, we need to still be able to function. 😀

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Barbara, yes! You’ve put your finger on it. One of the things I was taught when I first got into computers was there must always be a manual way to heal the system, for people to do things when the system can’t.

  8. Liz Kreger says:

    I love the doors that technology has opened for us. I’m probably techno-challenged, but I do know how to turn on a computer, make use of its many, many functions and successfully turn it off once more. ipods, e-readers, cell phones … no problem. Just don’t ask me how to use all the bells and whistles that are no doubt included with these nifty gadgets.

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Hi Liz! I’m right with you–I don’t use 90% of the goodies most newtech has. I figure if I need a feature I can always learn how to use it later 🙂 Standardization would help. I do wish features like setting a phone to vibrate were the same from phone to phone.
      Mary Hughes`s last blog was …Top 10 Posts Countdown #4

  9. Mary, thanks so much for your generosity in including us in your giveaway. I love technology, but if can be frustrating when things don’t work, especially when I’m so dependent on it for getting things done.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Release day: A Dangerous Madness

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Hi Michelle! It’s my pleasure. I feel so very fortunate to be included in this great group of authors.

      I so agree with you. I make my schedule based on everything working, with a little leeway. But when tech goes down, it can be anything from a simple reboot to needing a whole new system, or in my case, rewriting an entire post 🙂

  10. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Mary,

    Lovely post! I’m a techie – when it works. 🙂 When it doesn’t – I’m a tech hater. lol.
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Broken Protocols is here!

  11. Sherry says:

    It is heaven for sure when it works but boy when its broken. Ugh!

  12. Emily says:

    Most of the time I would have to say ‘heaven’ but boy I have certainly had those days when I wanted to sail that technology out the open window and never look back, but then I stop myself and just step away for a few hours.

  13. Janet Kerr says:

    These brain teasers really stretch the mind. Great exercise!

  14. Chelsea B. says:

    I love it… Until I can’t figure something out. Then I’m like, I’m gonna go read… 😉

  15. Mary Hughes says:

    LOL Chelsea! A reading break is a great way to handle that 🙂
    Mary Hughes`s last blog was …Top 10 Posts Countdown #4

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