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Such Frustration!

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

And so Tuesday morning ticked round again, and off I toddled to get weighed, only to find the weighing in queue out the door. Huh? Have we had a mass influx of new members?

No, we hadn’t. But what has happened recently (during my absence) is that our class had now gone into the modern era with modern technology! What a pile of pants that is! Instead of walking in, signing the book and handing over the class fee before moving on to the weigher-in-erer, hopping on the scales and having it written in your book… now, we have to have a card pretty much like a credit or debit card with a readable chip (not fish and chips kind of chip) that gets put into the card reader on the laptop. This then tells the database that you are at class. You pay your money, get your card back then head on to the weigher-in-erer, who then puts your card into a PDA, which is linked to the scales. Because you’ve already logged in on the laptop, the PDA retrieves your data of what you weighed last week, you get on the scales, it compares it to what you are this week and gives a reading of your loss/gain. Now to me, this is a very long winded cackhanded way of going about things… it makes the job twice as long and laborious. But.. that’s the way it is, and so be it.. until…. It stops working!! Last week, the PDA didn’t want to work properly and caused a delay, but this week… Oh my! Our poor consultant, bless her heart, was in a state. Her laptop stopped working during the week and so SW promised a new one. Now this laptop will only work for our class if it has our database on it, which apparently SW promised it would be there. The new laptop arrived at 7.30am on the morning of weigh in, so Danielle packed it in the car and came to class. Turns out that when she switched it on and tried to use the database, there was no database at all. SW hadn’t installed it on the new laptop. Poor girl, I felt so sorry for her, she was getting into a right state. So I decided to come back to the 12.30 class when she thought the database would be downloaded. I didn’t actually get back to class. By that point I’d had several more cups of coffee and thought I’d probably weigh a few pounds heavier (I drink a lot of coffee LOL). So I didn’t go back. That said… I’m still on track and at least next week it will show a bigger loss 🙂 OK, so it will be two weeks losses added together, but that’s ok by me 🙂

But what a farce this whole modern technology is. I realise it makes life easier for our consultant to get her data through to head office, but when it’s disrupting classes like that, and frazzling the poor girl into a wreck, is it REALLY worth it?

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  1. elizabeth
    November 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Annie, just stopped by to say hello and I hope all is going well.

  2. marie
    February 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Hiya was just wondering how you are doing on your journey?

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