Now, me and technology, we get on ok. Not well, not brilliantly, just ok.
I can load software and download tunes and manage a pretty self-managing blog. But there reaches a point where things are happening because of a) the technology being incredibly well designed and just getting on with it without any user intervention or b) sheer luck.
Alas, this week neither has been happening for me. I'm about ready to throw a few grand's worth of computer equipment out of the office window onto the beach below (ok, so it's a cement works, but it looks like a beach).
Monday saw the arrival of a pallet-load of computers, printers, docking stations, network gadgets and things with wires sticking out of them (or into them, depending on where you stand). Included in the pack was a list of instructions that the company IT guy had put together before he skipped off to sunnier climes for a fortnight.
So Debbie and me, very pleased with our delivery, set out to construct the 'network' that computer boy in the UK had designed for us. We got on pretty well with it and by the end of the day we could print things out on our 'fast' printer.
Tuesday we could print things on the 'slow' printer too. And we could scan documents and send faxes.
Wednesday we could connect to the internet and send emails.
Today, we can do none of the above. Well, we can do some of them, but not all.
The problem is that somewhere, something is out to get us. I can get on-line, but not print. Debbie can scan and print but has no internet access. Neither of us can get our emails via the company system - I'm resorting to hotmail and Debbie is cut off totally.
At 3 o'clock we closed the office door behind us and went and worked from a local bar that has wifi.
Tomorrow, I'm hoping that someone will miraculously appear and say 'here it is - the piece you are missing'. Unfortunately, it's more likely that hell will freeze over and we'll be invaded by hordes of flying pigs.
I know that I have to sort it out myself, but really - I'd rather sit in the bar and do wifi.
At least they sell gin there.