Technology  can be our friend and at times it might be our foe...

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 01238708

Technology  can be our friend and at times it might be our foe.

I have been having some technological challenges lately, my HP LaserJet printer stopped communicating with my Lenovo Yoga Pro Laptop about six weeks ago. I spent hours with tech support and my own tinkering. Well, the sad story is, my perfectly good  Wireless Laser Jet Color printer has stopped getting extra support to communicate with my Microsoft Windows 8 Laptop. They have  some fancy words for the technical term, something about the drivers; the bottom line is that the printer  is not connected to the network anymore.

Now my Lenovo Laptop started  giving me notices, that Microsoft will not be supporting Windows 8 at the end of the year. On a side note, periodically my laptop just shuts off unexpectedly, hence I am obsessively and compulsively saving every word I write.

Anyway, not wanting to delve on this, the bottom line is, I will need a New Printer and a New Laptop soon for my convenience and for running my Real Estate business efficiently.( Clearly it is intentionally done by the software and hardware companies, but that is another post).

Moving on,  two days ago I was spending excessive amount of time writing up three offers, both the Zip Forms program and DocuSign platform were on the fritz. I was quite stressed and upset, but I kept remind myself, that I remember the days when I sat face to face with buyers and sellers writing up the offers and the listings. How many hours did it take to do that? Then how thrilled I was when fax machines came on the horizon and ultimately, I did not need to run to the office or to the nearest Staples 24 hr. store to send my offers and my listing documents. Then how exited I was when the advent of  scanners came on the market. Now I still have these memories, just having a hard time coming to terms with what needs to get done now. Diane complains that I take too long to upgrade. Well my answer is if it works why upgrade?

I will have to write another post about my dependence on technology, this happened today, and I am still having a hard time digesting it before I write a post about it.

Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) or visit one of my websites at I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708



Comments (21)

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Endre, the aggravation of 'time saving' technology is beyond words.  Written or spoken.  Best with your on going challenge.  M 

Sep 23, 2022 03:46 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I've had several issues with technology Endre so I clearly understand. But, if you ask a 2nd grader...they can probably help!

Sep 23, 2022 03:54 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Endre - oh yes I hear you.  It is time for me to replace my laptop.  It is so slow.  I wish Windows 11 was already out but I am going to replace it in November.

Sep 23, 2022 04:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Endre - Ah, technology.  This is an experience many of us have shared.  Friend or foe?  And can't live with it nor without it comes to mind as well.     I remember handwriting purchase agreements  when I was first licensed and seeing some of my colleagues typing because of the legibility of their penmanship. 

Sep 23, 2022 04:22 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Your laptop certainly looks well used! I'm getting ready to purchase a new one also (soon), and I"m keeping my fingers crossed that printer keeps working.

So I can appreciate your frustration!

And I do think these devices should work a lot longer than they currently do. Why are your and my letters coming off? Aren't these tested to make sure they can be typed on for years with no rubbing off? And it definitely should be easy to fix if something is wrong.

Sep 23, 2022 05:07 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

The N and E on my keyboard are always the first to wear off.  Thankfully, we know where the keys are located and no longe need to look.  (LOL)

Sep 23, 2022 08:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Endre,

Technology is definitely a challenge! I resisted upgrading to Windows 10 but was the best thing I ever did a few years ago as I knew Windows 8 was being set out to pasture! We all love the instant gratification technology can provide but when it doesn't work and doesn't talk to printers it can be a nightmare! 

Sep 23, 2022 05:47 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Technology is great when it works but is very frustrating for me when it doesn't since I am not techie enough, haha.  Previously my webcam wasn't working and I tried everything to no avail, come to find out the lens was just shut and I had no idea there was an on/off switch for it, haha.

Sep 23, 2022 06:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Endre... that's exactly why I update my equipment on a regular basis. As for ZipForms... I feel your pain. Sometimes it seems they always have a problem exactly when I'm pressed for time to get paperwork out.

Sep 23, 2022 06:42 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Endre,
I usually don't upgrade immediately but eventually do so when I think they've worked the bugs out of a new release.  I know, at some point, the old technology will not be supported or sync with the new programs. It's a vicious cycle.

Sep 23, 2022 07:33 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The old technological term ... end of life.  The company will kill it long before it dies. If they stop updating the drivers, we are screwed. 

Those bad tech days, we have all had them, are ... 💩💩💩

Sep 23, 2022 08:57 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate



Mr. Crappy Says

Flush Those Bad Tech Days!






Sep 23, 2022 08:59 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre my friend, I believe the "fancy words for the technical term" you are searching for is "OUT DATED".  Just because the Red Sox go an eternity between winning games, does not mean you should follow their example when it comes to updating.  You need to listen to Diane!!!

Sep 23, 2022 03:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Endre- My IT guy (Larry) updates my drivers when needed but I dread the day I need a new laptop.  I have a Lenovo Thinkpad with the little red nubbin thing in the middle of the keyboard, which I love. 

Sep 23, 2022 05:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura Cerrano  I eat and sleep real estate and it was super stressful, Endre

Sep 23, 2022 10:40 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho  I have never been a cheapskate but it annoys me that I will basically now need to spend a few thousand dollars just because the technocrats decided to stop providing tech support to perfectly good equipment, Endre

Sep 23, 2022 10:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  loved your comment, talk to a 2nd grader or spend $2 grand?:)) hmm let me digest this:)Endre

Sep 23, 2022 10:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Grant Schneider  so we will be buying about the same time, I thought Windows 11 was out already?:)Endre

Sep 23, 2022 10:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael Jacobs  I was one of those who typed the offer, as you can see my handwriting is much to be desired... BTW I sent you an email did you get it?  Endre

Sep 25, 2022 09:02 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide


They said "techie frustration" is like having too much to drink. So, I'd recommend next time that keyboard and printer things pull new tricks on you; you need to take two aspirins and call me in the morning!

And if that doesn't work, send me a telegram, and I will drop ship a bottle of 1984 Tequila (I don't know if Tequila ages well as red wine!) 🤣

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, beat me to it again! I was going to Feature your post with Mr. Poop, I mean Mr. Crappy!

Sep 25, 2022 10:38 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Aura Alex  loved your suggestion, how about a bottle of nice Boudreaux, red of course:) and why wait till the morning call you drunk at night:)) seriously all good news  I just ordered my Birthday present,  Diane's Anniversary Present and my Christmas Present:)) an New Lenovo is being built as we speak and should have it middle of November:))

Sep 25, 2022 10:50 PM
Aura Alex


Sep 25, 2022 10:55 PM