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Dabbling

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The Picasa account is created, but I had neither the time nor the will to undertake learning the system. Another day.

Jenna and I delved into the mysteries of our cellular account, which she and Mike set up years ago, and discovered that I’m eligible for an upgrade and that we need more minutes. I’d go for the latter, but as for the former, just because I’m eligible for an upgrade doesn’t mean that I must get an upgrade. (Reminds me of a long-ago joke: An old man was on a street corner, waiting to cross. He stood there through one whole cycle, watching as the sign turned from Don’t Walk to Walk to Don’t Walk again. That annoyed a nearby panhandler, who asked him, “Man, why don’t you cross the damn street when the sign says ‘Walk’?” The old guy turned to him and said, “Because I consider it an invitation, sir, not a command.” But I digress.) I am just learning to work my old phone. Let’s not be hasty in getting rid of it now.

God, we spend a lot on cell service.

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October 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Posted in Misc Tech, Photo

How phones are like golf clubs

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Today I sat down with the instruction booklet and the Motorola cell phone I’ve been using ever since Frank wanted his antique company-provided phone back when I departed his employ. (I was issued an upgraded Times BlackBerry at my request during labor negotiations, but it was clearly more phone than I needed and was subsequently retrieved for better application elsewhere. My children pitched me multiple shit over the clunky old Times phone I carried.) Why didn’t I read the instruction booklet when I got my own personal cell phone? Because it was a hand-me-down phone that Mike had before he got the BlackBerry to which he’s now tethered, and the instruction booklet was long gone. So I learned just enough to get minimal practical use from it.

But amazingly, the book emerged from the file cabinet a couple weeks ago, when, knocking another item off my retirement checklist, I cleaned out our decades worth of warranties, most of which explained TVs and mixers we haven’t had for ages. It was meant.

I took the booklet and started punching cell-phone keys along with its pages. Who knew my phone would record sound? Who knew I could command it to dial a contact by talking to it?

Oh. Everybody knew. Sorry.

As for golf clubs. When we were kids, my dad would justify getting new golf clubs for himself by passing his decent old ones down to my brother. Our family came to call the custom of doing well by doing good, “the old golf clubs technique.”

I have a used Motorola flip phone and my husband has a new BlackBerry. And that’s how phones are like golf clubs.

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October 24, 2009 at 2:54 am

Posted in Misc Tech

I am using categories but not tags

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I only presque vu the use of tags, and my dim understanding is that they drive traffic to my site. God forbid the whole world watches my belated attempts to launch myself into the 21st century. But categories seem useful within the blog, so we’ll start there.

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October 23, 2009 at 11:10 pm

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Experimenting with adding a photo

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The late queen

The late queen

Supposedly it’s easy.

OMG, it was.

I just followed the directions on the WordPress help site — fortunately I had one photo (of a dead queen bee — it’s a long story) on my desktop so I didn’t have to contact Will or Jenna to ask how to find all my photos, which some day I will never have to do again, probably much to their eye-rolling relief.

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October 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm

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For later, when it’s time to learn photos

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Came across a beginner site for digital photos while I was trying to decide between Flickr and Picasa for storing and organizing my photos. I’m leaning toward Picasa, partly because Amber My Smart Niece Who Inherited Her Father’s Photo Skills uses it. But in the meantime, here’s the advice site:

http://www.digicamhelp.com/

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October 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm

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Inspired by Diann

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After dinner with the Pembers last night, my friend Diann at 11:30 p.m. (how does she manage to stay up that late????) sent the link she’d promised to her YouTube post. As a result of her fine example, I have added creating a YouTube video to geekypatty’s technological to-do list.

Here’s Diann’s video:

http://www.youtube.com/user/juliastanlow

In the meantime, I created my (working the second time I applied it — I’m getting better) new WordPress password, customized the appearance of my blog (boring but OK for a start) and added a link to the blogroll. I love DigitalEve Seattle, a resource for women in technology, even though it’s not meant for me, and belies the notion that I wouldn’t want to belong to any group that would admit me as a member. Actually, I’m going to add Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett’s blog, too. Kimberly does a really good job of balancing personal information, useful facts, interesting observation and humor.  Her brain is among those I plan to pick on blogging before creating a Rome blog, assuming Rome actually happens which appears likely and will create a deadline by which I actually need to learn my geeklist.

Thank God for a deadline.

Next I will learn about tags and categories.

Oh, and I have to create my “About” page. So many things to do. I think I’ll go swimming.

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October 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Posted in Blog, Video

It is not easy being me

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I decided it’s time to learn technology, so I don’t have to ask my kids to be tech support and so if I’m overseeing a student blog in Rome winter quarter, I have some glimmer of what I’m doing. (“I must hurry for there they go and I am their leader.”) What better way than to learn by doing? Let’s start by creating a blog, and proceed to uploading photos, learning how to work my cellphone better, maybe even learning to edit audio, which will be useful if my sister and I ever start our genealogy business.

I figured either Blogspot or WordPress would have idiot-proof blog sites, and when I checked the blog David Domke’s students created for political coverage, it was run on WordPress. Fortunately, I have a modicum of experience writing and editing on WordPress from when I was SPJ secretary.

Unfortunately, it was not an auspicious start. I don’t know what I did wrong in creating a password, but operator error crept in — as is usual, just ask The Seattle Times I.T. Department — and when I tried to login, WordPress didn’t recognize my password. So before I even started I had to reset it to something like !@@#$%^&*&*(())PAlphaFoodbits. Rats.

So, this is my first blog post. Next I will customize my site. God willing.

No. Next I will change my password to something I can remember. At my age, that’s not easy.

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October 21, 2009 at 9:16 pm

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