When did technology become such a huge pain? It is convenient and cool, when it actually works. Almost every time I do anything online lately it blips, crashes, isn’t recognized, loses connection, never connects, times out, shows error messages or worse - completes the task but then just disappears. ...more
My six-year-old daughter made a friend on vacation and for two weeks they were inseparable, forming a storybook bond of friendship. The only challenge is we live in New York and the new friend lives in San Diego. Lucky for us we live in an age of technology; FaceTime at our fingertips.
On the long drive back from our vacation, my son was happily ensconced in the backseat of the car with a movie on his iPad and his headphones on. They are those wonderful children's headphones that have a limit on them so the volume won't be too loud in his ears....more
As a kid I spend many summer afternoons in the library. Not only did I enjoy reading, but summers were hot and the library kept their air conditioning pumping. I’d get there pretty early to sign up to enjoy the allotted half hour of computer time. I believe there were only three computers at the time. Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego and Oregon Trail were my go to games....more
If you use Google Voice Search , your history is stored and although you are the only one who can see it, it’s still a good idea to periodically erase your search results. I rarely use voice search myself—typically, I will inadvertently turn it on by sitting on my phone. I have also randomly activated it because I’m not wearing my glasses, resulting in a bleary screen and I can't see what the hell I'm clicking, tapping or sliding. Usually once a month (if I remember), I go online and erase my search results and so should you. Here’s how: ...more
I'm done with my Kindle. It lays uncharged on my bookcase, a dead black rectangle. I missed some deadline for updating its technology so it probably wouldn't work right even if it was charged. I let it die. It was no accident. People came around with food and water, offered to call 911 and start CPR and I just said no. No, it's better this way....more
My little bear bears through the morning routine the best way he can. He whimpers as I help him get dressed and he slunks off to completed his bathroom stuff on his own. By the time he is finished, he is fully awake and ready to play. Our deal is that he can have screentime on his iPad until it is time to go to school....more