Posts Tagged ‘Electronics’|
Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
Thanks to those of you who expressed concern at the absence of my column last week via your new iPads, Kindles, and smart phones. Were you sincerely worried or were you just showing off your new electronic devices? If you just received one of these gadgets, you are not alone. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people received these gifts over the holiday. So far three of you have read the instructions.
While various rumors have been flying about the Internet and on TMZ, it is not true that I underwent plastic surgery (although it was on my Amazon wish list), interviewed for Larry King’s job (I can’t pull off the suspender look), or was adopted by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (that arrangement would definitely raise some Oedipal issues).
While I’d like to report that I was off on some lush tropical isle writing my next book about finding myself after my divorce (Eat, Bug Spray, Love) or that a really handsome TSA agent patted me down and asked me out on a date en route to some warm destination that doesn’t have the words “wind chill factor” in the nightly weathercast, it simply wouldn’t be true.
I merely forgot what day it was and neglected to turn in my column. It happened due to the holiday and the disruption to my normal routine (arise, make coffee, try think of something funny to say, play Farkle on Facebook instead). I’m pretty sure something similar has happened to you.
You see, on Friday I (more…)
Sunday, October 31st, 2010
I’ve finally given in and purchased a Kindle. What is a Kindle, you ask? According to the Amazon.com website, the Kindle is their revolutionary wireless reading device. One can purchase and download books onto the Kindle, and it has been the company’s top-selling item for the past two years.
I have made fun of the Kindle in the past. I already own many wireless reading devices. They are called books. They are portable, do not need Wi-Fi access, and have real pages to turn. I resist technology at every turn. Just ask my GPS.
When I was shopping the Amazon website for my textbooks for the second year of graduate school, I discovered that (more…)
Sunday, October 24th, 2010
In the old days, we used to pay kids to mow the lawn or shovel snow. Now I pay them to help me with my electronics.
“Can you help me program my remote?” I asked a kid on my street one day. “I’ve been watching the same channel for a year. I hear from the neighbors that we actually get several hundred of them. And while you’re here, can you adjust the time on my digital watch and open some childproof lids for me?”
Kids used to set up lemonade stands to make money during the summer. Now they’re setting up neighborhood computer help desks and making a killing. We technologically-challenged baby boomers have come crawling on our knees to the rising generation, or as I like to call them, God’s newest release.
When it comes to electronics, if you want it done right, ask a teenager. I have seen them navigate menus, scroll through screens, and deftly touch, point, and click with the precision of a skilled surgeon.
I, on the other hand, can barely manage to make a call on my cell phone. When others ask me what features my phone has, I tell them (more…)