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31 January 2024

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Someone wants something very simple and I’m optimistic

There has been talk for a few months now that I should stop by I. and put her tablet into operation. She got it as a gift, but it’s lying around unused because something is still missing. “Do you even have WiFi?” I ask, because I. is 75 and an open-minded person, but I’ve been to her house several times, there’s still a wood stove in the kitchen, and I can’t remember seeing any technology that’s younger than her was forty years. Apart from the cell phone. And now she wants the photos from her cell phone to be shown larger on her tablet. I didn’t say “deshammaglei” out loud, but I thought so, because that doesn’t sound like a historically messy situation, just like a harmless new device setup. What should be?

The tablet is an Android device. The phone is also an Android device. The cell phone is probably from 2017, the tablet could be a little older, a family member left it behind. Both devices are logged into different Google accounts. One is called something like “[email protected]” and the other something like “[email protected]”. Apparently the fact that a Google account existed for the cell phone had already been forgotten when the tablet was taken over. But no problem, the tablet hasn’t been used at all so far, so nothing important can be attached to his Google account. I just have to deregister it and log in to the phone’s Google account, then the two devices will synchronize the photos via Google Photos.

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The tablet needs internet for this. In principle it can be operated with a SIM card, but it isn’t included. The tablet doesn’t have a password for the (surprisingly, actually existing) WiFi. I ask to show me “the box where the WLAN comes from” in the hope of finding a sticker with the password on the back of the router. But the Kastl is just a range extender that plugs into a socket. The extended WiFi probably comes from a relative’s apartment in the house next door. The sticker with the WiFi password will also be there.

I only recently learned from a nephew that and how you can create a QR code on Android on the device that is already on the WiFi (in this case your cell phone), which you can then use to bring other devices onto the WiFi , without knowing the password. But this only works with newer Android versions (since 2019 or so). The cell phone is too old for that.

I postpone solving this sub-problem until later, create a WiFi hotspot with my phone and try to teach the tablet the phone’s Google account. To do this I would need the password for the Google account on the phone.

I. brings a few pieces of paper stapled together with a paper clip on which various access details are written down by hand. I admire that she found these pieces of paper immediately and that it is possible to live a life with so few passwords. There are hardly more than five! However, this is unfavorable for the current task because the password you are looking for is not on any of the pieces of paper. Another password that I. pulls out of her memory and which is embarrassingly (for me) similar to one of my mother’s standard passwords doesn’t help us either.

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I say that I can’t do anything without the two passwords. I could try resetting the phone’s Google account password, but that’s too risky for me. Who knows what data Google will demand as proof that I. is really entitled to get a new password. Maybe a phone number that was dropped in 2011 or something like that, and then nothing works anymore. Please let someone else be to blame for this, preferably someone from I’s family.

I write my findings about the problem on a piece of paper and put this piece of paper in the folding case of the tablet. That way, someone else – I hope I’m related – can continue the setup work right here the next time they try. I. doesn’t seem disappointed; she probably estimated the difficulty of the task more correctly than I had predicted. Good thing I didn’t say “deshammaglei”.

(Kathrin Passig)

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