All A Twitter Over Our New Kindle

Or…in the alternative…how we took the leap of faith from Hi-Fi to Wi-Fi.

To be sure, our household has its share of electronic devices and technology toys.  However, we tend to pick and choose…and to resist many. A few examples will serve to explain:

  • We have a cellphone, but it is decidedly not smart
  • Music, movies, and what used to be called TV are delivered via CD or DVD
  • Our computer is a one year old desktop (our fourth) with 23 inch monitor
  • No “I” anything, tablets, notebooks, or laptops

However, modernity does tend to insert itself into our home from time to time. After all, risk is the currency of life.

Recently, the distaff side of our household started musing about possibly buying an e-reader of some kind.  After casually, if not surreptitiously, looking at the various offerings, the e-reader urge finally took us to Staples where we settled on and purchased a Kindle.

We brought the proud purchase home and began the usual climb up the learning curve.  To put it simply, we of the keyboard & mouse generation were initially puzzled as to how to turn it on.  Skipping ahead, there is a very good instruction manual…but it was loaded on the Kindle.  Eventually we found the manual online and finally got  the unit lit…so to speak. 

However, to readily access the finer points in the manual, we (being ancient members of the keyboard & mouse generation) printed off the manual. 

Yes, we went to hard copy to learn how to use the e-reader.

Such is irony…

© Frank Simpson

I can report a general satisfaction with the Kindle, although we are still struggling with the finer points of Wi-Fi downloads.  3G works fine in most instances but some sources only use Wi-Fi. Wow! Is that geeky enough for you?

In any event, it is now time to return to reading…”Hey, it’s my turn to use the Kindle!”

© Frank Simpson


6 thoughts on “All A Twitter Over Our New Kindle

  1. Wow, that’s a surprise, Frank, you’ll have to keep us all posted of your progress with the Kindle and how often (or not) you continue to turn to print. I finally figured out why my photos of late have been saved in such small resolution, but only after enlisting support of the youth in the house to figure it out! Maybe that’s where the majority of jobs for the future will be for young people, to sort out the techno confusion of we older generations!

  2. I’m particularly pleased with the Alex Carey quote displayed on your Kindle. Besides a mention by Noam Chomsky some years back I don’t recall ever seeing or hearing mention of Carey’s work online – and that’s a damn shame. Carey deserves a wider audience. Excellent, timely reading material! Best of luck with the new gadget. Enjoy!

    • It was, in a sense, pure happenchance! I had loaded Thom Hartmann’s “Unequal Protection” on the Kindle and that was simpply the page it was on when I ttok the photo for the article.

      • More great, timely reading – that book’s ten years old now, but thankfully the discussion about corporate personhood’s gone mainstream!

        And I thought you were just being slyly subversive 🙂

      • Well…to be perfecty honest, my first response was accurate in describing the circumstances of taking the photo. However, I noticed the text when I later prepared the photo for upload. In other words, I did not intentionally select it but once having “captured it” What the heck, I decided to go with it! 😉

        Regarding Hartmann’s book–it may be 10 yrs old but it reads like today.

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