Tuesday, January 6, 2009

An Intellectual Sledgehammer

Sometimes a screw-up works out for the best.
I have an Olympus 850 SW digital camera. It is fine. The software is annoying and miserable. If you are listening, Gods of Olympus cameras, make it easier for boomer- aged mortals to use it. We have money. We buy stuff. If we like your stuff we’ll buy it.
I loaded the software so I could register it online and I regretted it from that moment forward. All my other digital cameras gave me the choice of using the program that came with Windows. It’s easy. Olympus gave the photo some miserable long string of a name that I couldn’t sort out how to change, and it also gave me no choice but to go into the Olympus program when I transferred pictures.
That was blessedly annoying. I cursed the Gods of Olympus cameras every time.
Sunday night I tried to make the name string something useful and hit the wrong thing. Whatever got deleted was important to transferring photos.
I couldn’t find the software to put it back on. I couldn’t find it in the recycle bin. I couldn’t even find the restore function on my computer to get it back that way.
Worse, I put the card back in the camera and it came up “no pictures.”
Annoyed? Oh, I’d have to rip and chew my way out of the pit of righteous anger to be merely annoyed.
Only half the Olympus software got clicked away to oblivion. I admit that was my fault.
The path was clear. I had to remove the rest of the software from the computer. I did. It was very satisfying.
I reformatted the card in the camera and it works fine. This is a good thing.
Now I can use the camera, which I really like, without being forced to worship at the foot of Olympus software.
I screwed up by accidentally deleting something the program needed. But I made it all better by taking an intellectual sledgehammer to the rest of it.
Like I said, satisfying.


tokaiangel said...

Proof (if we needed it) that New Fangled is sometimes just plain old Fangled....

TA x

Leah J. Utas said...


the Bag Lady said...

Good for you for conquering the Olympus god of software. Must be very satisfying!

Leah J. Utas said...

It's like an act of defiance, df Bag Lady. And very satisfying.

Tom Rooney said...

I too worshiped at the Olympus Camera gods and vowed to never again use their software. I'm convinced it was created by a 13 year old that smugly posts to his Facebook account. I’m sure his mantra was anyone needing reading classes to get through the day be dammed. Of course, those happen to be the ones with the cash to buy that teenagers software in the first place. Hail to you Leah!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you, Tom. Good to know it's not just me.
We are the defiant ones!

Clare2e said...

Proprietary software that comes with devices is usually crap-eriffic. From scanners to cameras to printers, it's often poorly designed buggy shite. They put lots of resources into whatever the actual THING is, and then make sure the way to communicate with it via software is a lousy, klugy mess. Yet, they still keep providing the yuck and even preferring buyers to use it. Smell my feet, proprietary peripheral software!

Viva la revolucion!

Leah J. Utas said...

"Viva la revolucion!"
Clare2e, that's exactly it. I'm so glad I sent the rest of it to oblivion.

Thomma Lyn said...

That must have felt very good! I don't like proprietary camera software, either. Since I'm on a Linux platform, I choose from the Linux applications for pictures and I found a simple and straightforward one which I love.

Phooey on the Gods of Olympus! :-D

Reb said...

I don't have problems with the Olympus software. But, then again, all I do with it is let it upload by usb cable. Then I close it and use Adobe. Well, now, I'm using Gimp, but same idea.

Glad you overcame your problem though. Lovely photo.

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh, it did Thomma Lyn. It surely, truly, madly, deeply did.
Reb, cable or card, it sent steam through my ears.
Glad you like the pic. It's from the south end of the street looking westward.

Hilary said...

I do pretty much like Reb said. I don't mind the Canon upload process but for everything else, it's Photoshop.

You did a fine job of conquering Olympus. You are now the Goddess!

Erin said...

Good for you, so glad you found a way out and love the intellectual sledgehammer phrasing.
I wish I knew how, really knew how, to use some photo managing software like photoshop etc. and was handier with my camera. I just can't seem to figure it out by reading and hope to take a photography class or an adobe class, something, maybe both. Some day when I have free time that is....your pictures are always so cool.

Leah J. Utas said...

Goddess? Oh, my. Thanks Hilary.

Erin, thanks. I know very little about using the software to play with pics.
Actual camera work really just takes practice and knowing it's okay to mess around with settings. I don't do it much with digital cameras, but I had fun playing back in the days of film.

Missicat said...

It is very satisfying to work through one's problems, isn't it? Now we can look forward to many more of your pics!

Leah J. Utas said...

Yes, it is, Missicat. And thank you so much.

Barbara Martin said...

Any photo with pine trees and/or mountains rings my bell. Love it.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks. Glad I could help, Barbara.

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