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February 23rd, 2012 at 09:25 pm

I've spent a lot of time the last few days playing with some new tech toys that my sister gave me. These are old tech toys she had. She won new ones from her company so gave me the old ones - thanks! Smile

I got a Netgear wireless router, that I got set up and running pretty easy. I like that a lot. Eventually I'd like to get a Roku and maybe cut the cable bill.

She also gave me a Sony reader. After a lot of trial and error I finally figured out how to use it - mostly. I don't know why no one provides decent user guides for anything. I guess companies just think you will search it out on the web yourself or that you already know it all.

I was able to download free versions of all the Gene Stratton Porter books. She's one of my favorite authors, she wrote in the 1920's. I also downloaded some of the Laura Ingells Wilder books and a copy of Walden. Another favorite of mine. I haven't had time to read any of them and I doubt if I use it much, because I'm old fashioned and really like the feel of a book in my hand. But it might be nice to keep in the car for when I'm waiting on someone or take on vacation.

I also bought a Samsung Tracfone that connects to the web, has a keyboard and a camera for about $65 with taxes. I got it connected last night. I plan to use it for a couple of months and see if I like it and then drop the home phone if it works out. I've been working on trying to figure out all it's features. Again, a very poor user guide. The phone comes with triple minutes for life, so it should be fairly cheap to use.

I finished reading my book Must Love Hellhounds. Paranormal short stories - very good.

I also finished the library book Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. Historical. I've never read these books, mostly because years ago my sister recommended them and we have totally opposite tastes in books so I didn't think I would like them. I was pleasantly surprised and have the next one in the series on hold at the library. I guess she can recognize a good book occassionally Smile That's a running joke in our family that she's always recommending books that nobody likes.

4 Responses to “tech toys”

  1. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Am right now reading a great biography on my phone, an ebook from the library, 'Sweet Judy Blue Eyes' by Judy COllins. See if your library has e books, free to check out, and yes, they expire!

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I loved the Clan of the Cave Bear books! There was a new one that came out in the last few years -- 20 years or so after the release of the previous book in the series! I haven't read that one yet though.

  3. snafu Says:

    How wonderful of your sister to pass her replaced electronics to you. Kudos to you for being a progressive retiree, willing to try new technology. I hope you'll give the electronic reader a fair try, it's wonderful for library books and there are more free books than you imagine.

    Many seniors refuse to use cell phone, computer or anything from this century including hair style or a food product they've never had.

  4. Bernie Says:

    I think that you will like the Tracfone. I like mine. I did away with the land line, so now I have one phone and am always able to take my calls. I have had great reception with it too.

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