Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Before going on holiday, we had to organise continued Internet access in remote areas as my husband had suddenly to do the end-of-month work figures himself as his 2-i-C was rushed to hospital for a triple bi-pass just before we left and would be booked off for some weeks. The figures would involve several Excel spread-sheets and lots of e-mail correspondence. With some trepidation we dusted off our trusty Toshiba laptop, which although bulky and with an almost useless battery, (big son said we should use it as a doorstop) was fully equipped with Microsoft Office and was known to be reliable if plugged into a power source. In addition and with the partial assistance of some useful e-bucks, we purchased the latest, 4th generation i-pad, at our children's insistence - and then couldn't get the Internet to work, having loaded 'data' and purchased and registered the necessary SIM card. Frustration levels climbing, we called in at every mobile phone shop in all the picturesque little villages we passed through, to be met with polite but incomprehending smiles, "we only sell them, sir, we don't know how they work". Eventually, we did establish that nothing was wrong with the SIM card and therefore surmised that we were missing something regarding the i-pad. Eventually, big son did some research and messaged us that we should go to the 'Cellular Data' menu, 'General' and see if there were User Name and Password fields. If they were blank (they were), we should insert MTN in both spaces. Hey presto! How come no-one told us that in the first place? The next problem was finding sufficient signal 'in the bush' to get all the e-mails sent. Drama, drama, patience, driving around and finally - success. Then, we could relax and enjoy our holiday. I came home to find my best friend, distractedly poking at the buttons on her new phone. "It's so painful, getting a new phone", she sighed. Amen to that. I am not yet a great fan of our i-pad - the keyboard is too small for touch-typing. So glad to get home and back to blogging on my big PC.