Friday, 6 May 2011
I had planned on being out of the place this morning fairly early, but forgot my plans when I woke up. Put washing on and had a leisurely read of the paper while I ate my breakfast. Mum would have been horrified. Certainly no reading at the table for her, even when she was by herself.
The security buzzer went and there was a UPS man wanting entry to the building. I had ordered a Kindle last weekend and was expecting it to arrive on Monday. Perhaps. It was early. So I've spent the rest of the morning fiddling.
I plan to use it to hold books, there are thousands free but I have actually purchased two and downloaded them. The two I've bought are what I'd call manuals for my new camera and they come well recommended.
I've tried to connect to my own wi-fi network instead of their 3G network, using my coded password records. Never had problems before and my iPhone connected just fine. One of my computer whizz sons will be here at the weekend. He set it up and he can hack back into it for me and I'll join the Kindle to my own network. I can see at least a dozen neighbouring wi-fi set ups including MacDonalds from downstairs and out the front. No problem usually in decoding my notes.
Another use I intend to make of it is for patterns. PDFs are easily downloaded and I've set up a shawls folder already.
At a family reunion last week I was using my phone to retrieve info or something similar. The wife of a long unseen cousin remarked how brave I was to be up with technology. My jaw dropped and I actually didn't know what to say. Anything I thought of sounded like boasting or putting her down. With two computer gurus for sons and a more than competent in that area third son, I would be hard put to be illiterate. They make me find things out for myself and only interfere when something major is planned. They expect me to be able to do stuff, so it just happens. She was afraid of even entering a contact to her phone. I showed her some useful applications but she just shook her head.