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Apple finally produced something worth tryingPosted Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 1:43 PM
If you follow tech news, then you probably know the new Apple iPad is about to be released. I want one. It's not in the budget, but I still want one.
What's unusual about this is that I'm no fan of Apple computers. I have to work on one in the office, and I've tried to keep an open mind and find some reason to like it, but this thing is just a pain.
Apple's iPhone is a different story -- that is nice, but not nice enough to get me to pay money for it.
Now with the iPad, Apple's finally caught my eye. Some tech-watchers are saying nobody will buy them. Think again -- bet they sell like hotcakes.
The reason is freedom. I am getting tired of being tied to computers that sit on a desk and can't be moved around -- I need to be mobile but I refuse to lug around the extra pounds of a bulky laptop -- not even a netbook. An iPad looks simple, clean and easy, and it's a lightweight that would fit in my bag.
I have days when I do not want to go near a computer and wish they'd never invented texting on a cell phone.
On the other hand, this tech stuff has been an important part of how I make a living for years and I am able to keep in constant contact with my kids. That would just not be possible without our cell phones.
What did we do without these gadgets? My, how things have changed ... in good ways and in some not so good ways.
I thought about that the night I collapsed into bed, grabbed my cell and texted the following message to my teenage son, "Mom's tired, hitting the hay, nighty nite, sleep tight." No, he wasn't 40 miles away -- he was in the next room, on his computer of course.
So how many of these odd little things have you done, thanks to the cell phone and other tech phenomena, that you wouldn't have done 20 years ago, that you're willing to admit?
How about these ...
You have accidentally entered your password or PIN number on the microwave.
You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
Like passing notes in school, you have e-mailed the person who works at the desk right next to you.
Your reason for not staying in touch with some of your friends and family members is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
You frequently find yourself tilting your head sideways and smiling.
When you get up in the morning, you go online before getting your coffee.
You leave the house without your cell phone and even though you didn't have one of these things for the first 20, 30, 60, or even 70 years of your life, you panic, turn the car around and go back home to get it.
You arrive at your friend's house to pick them up and even though it would be quicker and easier to honk the horn, you send a text message to let them know you're outside.
Instead of going to the door and yelling that familiar old phrase, "Time to eat!" -- you send that phrase as a text message to the family member who's out in the yard.
And one of the best ones, I admit I've done it -- you pull up in your own driveway, just a few feet from the back door, and pick up the cell phone to text the kids to get out there and help you carry in the groceries.
Anna is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World and can be reached by calling 847-4487 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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