When Things Go Wrong, As They Sometimes Will…

It took 2 hours to get my iPad updated to iOS5, and 2 more hours to get Nic’s updated last Friday. It took about 5 unsuccessful attempts each before that, and no small amount of swearing. Both my work and home computers would dismissively tell me that they’d “timed out.” Guess they needed a break from all that work. Guess they were bored from updating taking so long.

Thank heaven for people who know more than me coming to my rescue, specifically my peeps David and Rosie.

Things I learned:

  1. Don’t update iTunes with the iPad plugged into the computer (this is obvious to most people)
  2. Turn off the virus protection and firewall
  3. Remember to turn the virus and firewall back on when you’re done
  4. iCloud is a godsend.
    1. After updating my work iPad to iOS5, I lost “Teacher Pal.” Gone, just gone. Not on the iPad screen, not in iTunes. All that information and all those photos, my substitute short-term memory, gone. But I know people. My peep Rosie told me to go back to the app store and look for the apps I’d installed. The “TeacherPal” app had a little cloud beside it. When I clicked on it, “Teacher Pal” fell from the cloud – or something like that.

What is iCloud, anyway?


About geralynarango

Hello! My name is Geralyn Arango. I write two blogs about two very different topics: Down Gluten, Down Lactose, Down syndrome is about my family's search for a normal life in the face of my son's dietary restrictions, his disability and his wonderfulness. Dr. Mom and the iPads is a blog about my journey to the use of the iPad as an educational tool for my son who has Down syndrome and for the special education majors I teach at a university in Philadelphia. I love to write and hope through these blogs to engage in conversation with people who share an interest in either or both of my blog topics. I am also in the process of revising a soon-to-be published memoir on caregiving...I hope you will stick around until it's ready to go! G

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