Wednesday, 10 April 2013

I-Pad-itis



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.

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  1. I know that I feel hopelessly behind technology innovations.

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    1. And they just don't stop...on purpose, the new thingies refuse to accept the wires of the old ones or of different makes. We hoped to put all our old photos onto our i-pad but short of buying all kinds of expensive 'adaptors' it can't be done. Ditto the pics on our Blackberry phones.

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  2. My son keeps telling me I should get an iPhone iPad iThis and iThat. But if I am home I want to use the PC not some contraption. So that leaves when I am not home, which is not terribly often. The price of the unit is really not a concern but the price of monthly data plans that I might use once in a blue moon is outrageous. My son can afford such a plan because his old man pays for his car insurance.

    I have a senior citizen's phone that has the luxury of a display I can read and and a ringer I can hear. I think it might do texts, but I don't do texts, so I couldn't say either way.

    Remember back when we were young, you would see a group of young people all together but paired off in couples, holding hands, and every now again stopping staring into each other's eyes and sharing a deeply romantic kiss--which ruffled the oldster's feathers. I guess now they must text their undying love to each other. All you see them do is hammer away on some contraption in their hands. Oh to see a young couple kissing again without being on a porn site!

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    1. A hearty Amen to that. Have you heard about the lengths to which young men are now expected to go to make a marriage proposal? I heard on our radio today that a young man was rejected because his proposal didn't come up to scratch. What is that about?

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    2. What I have been reading for the past couple years is that young men have no interest in getting married. I don't know I think there are going to be a lot of lonely people in about 10 to 20 years.

      Back in my day you had to land the ladies before you got bald and pot bellied.

      In any event if one's proposal is not up to snuff, it is probably a good indicator that not much else will come up to snuff either. My feeling in those cases for either gender, run like hell. Marriage is supposed to be based on love, companionship, with some smattering of hopes for economic stability. If one has to provide a some sort of dowry, to hell with it. Both my wife and I married into poverty, and we are no poorer for it. It had to be love because there wasn't anything else, like you and your hubby, we are still together after three and half decades.

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    3. Amen to that too. Apparently, proposals today have to be elaborate - adverts in a football stadium with an announcement over the loudspeaker, a banner suspended from a helicopter. That sort of thing.

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    4. What ever happened to the couple not having a pot to piss in and elaborate festivities were out of the question? A lot of cash is devoted to "the biggest day of her life" that could be better spent on appliances, furniture, down payments on a house or maybe just a pot to piss in. The wedding industry has gotten out of hand.

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