Forgetting the Basics

In my graduate classes, I quickly become known as the tech guy. I can troubleshoot a classroom A/V system, and know my way around most computers fairly well.

A few weeks ago, my professor asked me how she could send some videos she had taken on her iPad to some of the students in our class. I told her I would be happy to help.

She handed me an iPad 2, which I was amazed to discover was still running iOS 5.1.2. I immediately knew I was in trouble. Every technique I tried would not work on that version of iOS. I couldn't even download a dropbox or google drive app because the current apps in the store required at least iOS 7 or 8. Eventually, I asked her if it would be ok if I update the device to iOS 8.

Unfortunately, this led to more problems due to the size of the videos. They were huge and taking up a lot of space on the 16GB iPad. With the addition of iOS 8's large file size, the iPad could barely function, much less upload to dropbox.

I spent the majority of our 3 hour class trying to make it work, and ultimately failed. 16GB iPads were just not meant to record multiple 20 minute HD videos. I had failed, and I had missed a great lecture while messing with an iPad.

This week, the professor told me that another student in the class had solved it. She plugged the iPad up to her Mac and transferred the movies. The simplest, most basic method of file transfer on iPad had not occurred to me. I was flabbergasted.

I know I'm a tech nerd, and because of that, I have never had an iPad that I plugged up to my Mac. They run independently and any syncing that I do need is done via iCloud. So I understand why that plan never occurred to me. Yet there's also the fact that in my constant desire to do more powerful and complicated things on iOS, I forget the basics. I need to remember going forward that sometimes it's best to go back to the basics and work up instead of the other way around.