Here’s the latest in the computer realm at the Vaughan household. All programs were up and running and I was feeling pretty good about my considerable prowess in the IT department. Until the first time I used my Bible program. Oh, it came up all right, but when I went to check the Greek on a verse, the Greek alphabet had been magically transformed into a conglomeration of transliteration that frankly I’m just not good at reading. And I had no idea how to transform it back. And to top it off, the program was no longer linked to Microsoft Word. I had no idea how to set that up, either. The “Help” icon was no help at all, so I did what any semi-intelligent computer user would do (after rebooting to no avail, of course). I uninstalled and reinstalled the software. Understand, the disks are over ten years old, and they have been through Hurricane Ike and survived. I had no reason to expect problems.
After going through the process no less than four times, I finally got everything installed and opened the program itself. And the home screen was a mess. The icons were a mixture of tiny pictures and buttons. They all worked (even had the proper Greek alphabet), but they looked really strange. Something was obviously wrong. That’s when I realized there was an icon missing. The one I use every single day. Of course. The concordance was nowhere to be found. How do you lose the concordance? I did the uninstall and reinstall yet again. No change. I went to the program website and downloaded every update I could find. No change. I finally sent them an email and even called the number they provided. Only a computer was available on the phone. No answer on the email for hours. The email reply finally did arrive, though.
After following a lengthy, very detailed process, I finally located the one box that had to be checked for the issue to be resolved – compatibility with Windows 8. I exited out per instructions, and restarted the computer. And there it was. Start screen looked correct. All the icons were there, even the concordance, and they all looked the same. I checked the Greek and Hebrew fonts and they worked. Success. And then I moved on to the second half of the email – synching with Word. Or so I thought.
Oh, there was an answer there, all right. Something about an error message saying there was not enough room on the hard drive. Not an error I have ever seen. Great instructions on how to fix it, but not what I needed. New email sent to tech support. And now we once again wait. I think I may try the internet myself on this one. Maybe someone else has had the problem and can give me a quick fix. Don’t you just love these modern contraptions that make our lives so much easier?
Matthew 9:5-6 says, “Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . ." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up, take your mat and go home."
Father, I do appreciate the easier life this tech has afforded us. More time for family. Help me to keep that priority in mind. Amen.