Sharper Image Photo Viewer (keychain) Flunks Tests!

Don’t buy one of the Sharper Image Pocket Photo Viewers that’s keychain-sized or credit card-sized, with or without clock. I have spent a frustrating couple of days trying to get one that doesn’t error out either before or after uploading photos, and I can’t get one that continues to work. I’ve had one that did talk to the photo editing software and appeared to work for a while, but now it has gone screenblank. GaaaAAAAaaaaAAAhhh!

I’ve been to the website of the place that actually makes the thing, and one of the ones I have has been discontinued. Still, they had the updated software there to download, so I got that and ran it. Then I could get the PC to recognize the viewer and run the software–and it allowed me to put fifty cropped photos on. So I thought, yay! I’m going to have a special stocking stuffer for Hubby, Mama, Auntie, and sister-in-law after all.

But then when I exited the software, the device still had a red battery icon. The manual said to just leave it plugged into the USB port for up to seven hours to get an initial charge. Fine.

This morning, I returned to the scene of the crime, er, keyboard to find the device turned into a doorstop that isn’t even heavy enough for Barbie’s Dream House. It won’t come on even when connected or disconnected or whatnot. I don’t believe my PC overcharged it, but maybe. Still, they don’t SAY you have to time this charging perfectly. That you could burn it out.

Or maybe it’s just a hardware failure. Whichever . . . they’re all going back today. I realize that if a software nerd can’t load the pix and make the device play nice, then my aunt and mother have no chance of making it work. *And* the photo loading software has this teensy little crop box that is so small you can hardly see to do it, so I’m not sure that any of my gift recipients could ever add new photos (they’re all nearsighted.)

I could get ’em all iPod Touches, if I had won the lottery. As usual, I didn’t. So maybe I’ll get them a Chia President Head. Surely everyone wants one of those?!

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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