I’ve worked hard since the January 2013 layoff from the big daily to become more relevant in the infrastructure of BloggyVille.
Lift up the hood and know as much as I can about making this baby here hum, so to speak.
And so I’ve learned to speak rudimentary Apple.
As you know if you’ve read my stories about my dear wife Karen, Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle and Little Bitty life in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood, I take my photographs with my iPhone 6.
I spent March completing the WordPress Photo 101 workshop and its daily assignments. I believe I learned as I talked to my iPhone 6 to coax out good shots here, there, anywhere I can.
Then when I get these shots such as the one featuring the gentleman biding his time outside Apple in Syracuse’s mega shopping, dining and entertainment complex Destiny USA, I wait for the iCloud to gently lift them out of my iPhone and kiss them on their way to my iPad Air, where the bigger screen allows far better editing and also places them in proper context for insertion into the WordPress blogging platform as I talk to my iPad while writing my stories on the bluetooth keyboard.
A few weeks ago, my iPhone and iPad stopped talking to each other.
My images no longer waltzed their way on the iCloud for my blogging convenience and your eventual viewing pleasure.
No. This calamitous dissolution of amicable communication meant that I had to email my photos to myself, open the emails on the iPad, and save the images to the photo library.
This took time. Hours. I did not cut down the amount of photos I snapped and just knew I’d fall in like with once I saw their greatness on the bigger screen.
I looked inside Settings on both of my Apple tools and slid imaginary buttons back and forth. I Googled and read information about the iCloud and my gadgets.
I called AppleCare, and understood all of their instructions about signing out of iCloud, signing back on, and merging the photo streams on both of my life-givers.
The iPad recycled and seemed happy. The iPhone stuck at downloading 5,987 photos. I restarted the process several time on my own. Same results.
My dear wife Karen and I went for our annual pre-tourist rush June week at the Happy Cottage in Cape Cod, and I took a dozen posts’ worth of pictures on my iPhone and emailed every one and saved them to my iPad. It took hours.
Upon return I used my iPad to make an appointment to visit the Genius Bar at our Apple Store. I explained the problem as succinctly as possible in my note.
Apple is taken very seriously in these stores, with dozens of smart-looking young tech savvies racing around with their iPad mini’s apparently helping three, four, five customers at a time.
I checked in. I waited for my name to be called so I could get my time with a Genius.
My guy listened to my tale of woe, carefully. He looked at my Settings on both devices. He said I’d been doing the right things in the right order to clear the problem. Oh, happy day! Thank you for your praise, young Genius! But it wasn’t working on my iPhone 6. Oh, no, what now, young Genius?
He plugged them in, started the whole cleansing process again, and sent me browsing for 10 minutes. I went wandering, and it was an accident that his Apple Watch beeped 10 minutes the second I returned. After all, he had both my devices sitting to his side.
His check saw movement on both the iPhone 6 and the iPad. And so he said sometimes the clean-out just gets stuck for no apparent reason. Go home and produce gold, Old Man! No, he showed me exactly how and why the best thing was to let them rest. The cleanse would work more quickly that way. And so I did. OK, I still checked emails and read my notifications and answered comments …
But then I put my babies to rest with a kiss to the top of the … I went to bed and let them sleep, too.
And the next morning, the argument was apparently settled while I slept. My ‘i’s’ are speaking with each other again. Photos were traveling freely from one All Photos folder to the other.
Oh, happy day!
Have you suffered the frustration of two cloud-linked devices going through a break-up, and if so, what did you do? Are you an Apple or Android or other fan in the Smart Phone world? Can you easily understand and follow electronic gadget instructions?