Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Uncomplicating A Corded Life

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

I've been thinking a lot about all the electronic stuff we seem to accumulate, and I'm seriously going to try to uncomplicate my life. I have a desk top, laptop, tablet, and smart phone. All that stuff in the photo I used in the recent Unplugging post started me down this path, because I'm pretty sure I have all that junk (minus the watch).


The desk top is a Godsend since I spend so much time writing. It stays for sure. The smart phone could be dummied downed when my contract expires next year. Hope I'm strong enough to cut the cord when the time comes.

That brings me to a device to use during travel, something I can write on if necessary. The laptop is an older model and heavy to tote, but it's familiar to me. But what about the nice and light tablet? I have a Kindle Fire, the larger version, but it's still a shrimp compared to my others. Here it is with one of my coffee cups beside it for size comparison. I ordered this cool keyboard and it syncs nicely.

So I've been experimenting with it. Okay, to be honest, I just watched the Under the Dome pilot using Amazon Prime and I've played around with email. But I haven't attempted to actually work on a story with it. I think I need to upload the work-in-progress to google drive and work on it there, since the Fire doesn't support Word. That's tonight's assignment. If all goes well, the tablet will become my travel buddy and the laptop will be history.

Any tips, suggestions, observations? Which of your 'stuff' is your favorite?



11 comments:

Aurian said...

I do have a desktop computer, and a phone that is probably a smart phone, but I don't use it much. My boyfriend uses the tablet daily, and has his own desktop computer.

Linda in MA said...

I have a laptop, an old desktop computer, an un-smart phone, and a small notebook. My phone isn't fancy as it just receives calls and some texts. I have a limited plan for it. The small notebook was bought for traveling or back up use. Hey the price at $39.99 was right. Older model on sale! I find I spend too much time on the computer and I am trying to find ways to limit this without serious withdrawals.

Aimee Hix said...

Deb,
The Fire will support Open Office which they offer a version free. It's the same as MS Office for the most part except not an arm and a leg. :)

Good luck! I am feeling very much the need to pare down and simplify lately too.

Aimee

Deb said...

I spend too much time online too! We need a support group:)

Deb said...

Thanks for the tip, Aimee. I'm off to explore Open Office.

Barbara said...

I spend entirely too much time on the computer and it's Facebook that is to blame. Well, that and the fact that my desktop is 13 years old and s-l-o-w and getting slower by the day. I should just give up FB but I am kind of isolated and that's my way of staying in touch. I don't have any other electronic gadgets except for the little Canon digital camera I just started using. Still figuring it out but I'm getting there.

Nancy said...

I'll be interested in how the Kindle Fire does. I have the 7 1/2" version, plus a simple cell phone, no bells, whistles or tweets, also a laptop without a word processor. I'm not a novelist, though it would still be nice to have Word or Office.

Lover of Books said...

We don't use our desk top computer anymore. Right now I use my hubby's laptop. I also use my tablet and my smart phone but I love my tablet when I am home. It is crazy but we also have two nooks. That way each kiddo can be on them. We bought them used. Keeps them off my new to me tablet.
Krista

Deb said...

The internet can be a Godsend to those of us who are in remote areas, that's for sure!

Deb said...

I'll keep you posted once I figure it out.

Deb said...

I forgot all the kid stuff now that mine are grown and took their 'stuff' elsewhere:)