The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Wednesday 23 May 2007

Damned Technology

Today I finally got my hands on a USB to Serial Port adapter. The supplier that I ordered it from 2 days ago (after office hours) was good to their word and delivered the next working day. Tronisoft on the other hand has not only taken my money and failed to deliver, but they’ve also failed to respond to my (perfectly polite) complaints (but I’m not bitter…).

So, this evening my task was to connect the Psion to the PC.

I used to think that I was computer literate. I now realise that I’m just quite good with the standard Office Products and a few bespoke systems. The inner workings of a computer confound me.

So, the first challenge was to install the driver for the adapter when faced with a dozen possible driver files on the supplied CD. I finally got over that challenge and expected a connection to be formed. Unable to connect was the message I kept getting.

An hour later, I finally stumbled upon the answer to the connection problem after so much cursing and head-scratching that I was ready to put the Psion back on Ebay (the answer being, quite obviously (!?) a simple matter of selecting the right COM Port for the synchronisation software to search for the device).

Now that I’m connected (I danced a jig when it finally happened after an hour and a half of trying), and I can see the files on the Psion, tomorrow night’s task is to work out why the synchronisation programme is terminating every time I click on one of those files.

1 comment:

  1. I also had a missing Tronisoft order and a small communication hiccup, however Tronisoft DID rectify and I now have the item I ordered. I am surprised you were not able to reach a satisfactory conclusion.