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  • Elders (Admins)

Unfortunately, I seem to have bought the wrong kind of tablet. It was cheap, so I thought it would be a good first foray into the world of tablets, and I bought it from a reputable company that I had bought several desktops and laptops over the years. But it didn't have the google play app. It did say that on the web page, but I hadn't realised the significance. Google play has to be incorporated during the build, it can't be subsequently downloaded. So, I'm stuck with whatever I can get via Amazon, which is pretty limited, because it seems not everything available from Amazon can be downloaded without the google play app - most particularly, I can't get the Kindle app. Nor can I get Flash, without which my favourite weather site won't work.

Never mind, I can transfer the important files from my desktop to the tablet, so it will do for now. And I'll start saving up for a better tablet in the new year.
 

Libby

"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." Terry Pratchett

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Mankind has gotten so high tech that it's become confusing and even inconvenient.  I have a big enough problem keeping my cell phone working properly.

Now I have to take in my P C because Windows will only open my old usb flash drives.  It won't open new ones or download the drivers.  They work fine on my son's laptop and installed the drivers, and the computer store that upgraded me from Vista to Windows 7 said that the problem is in the operating system.  Oh joy.  Hopefully it's still under warranty since I had a new hard drive installed when I upgraded.  One day at a time.

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too long for  those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice.

But for those who love, time is eternity."

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 Yes so much technology, so little time, and so little money! LOL  You know,  cellphones are a blessing of course, but also a curse.   TRy to get by without one.  I do, but it's nto always easy. I have one that doesn't have a service that I use for wifi when I"m out and about, and also I know I can call 911 on it if I need to.  But ther eare no more payphones around, and  people don't have courtesy phones like they used  to.

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Imagine what it would be like if we had a big solar flare and knocked out all the cell phone towers.  At the same time we might even lose electricity.  Most people would go bonkers and it wouldn't be safe to leave home.

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too long for  those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice.

But for those who love, time is eternity."

(Jane Fellowes)

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  • Elders (Admins)

I remember when it was all MS-DOS. Heck, I even remember when it was all manual typewriters and carbon paper. The bliss of Tippex!

They say that variety is the spice of life, but it isn't when there are so many varieties of technology and they don't talk to each other. When the family is all here at Christmas, my son and daughter will get together to figure out why my daughter's mobile phone won't connect to my wifi. It could be the impossible password that my son set up, or maybe not. And my son keeps suggesting a more reasonable password, which does make sense, but he'll have to sort that out, because I'm afraid of doing it myself and inadvertently locking myself out of the internet (where would I be without TIWWA - I need you!). And my son insists that we must upgrade our computers to Windows 10, which he'll have to do because he's aware of security issues that could be introduced if one doesn't tick/untick the various options. Could be an "interesting" day.

We once lost all power locally here one night, including street lights, when an electricity sub-station blew up. That was weird, and rather scary. I ventured as far as the end of the road, but couldn't go any further. I've always lived in areas with street lights on all night, so a truly dark night made me feel very edgy.

In the news today - Crimea lost electrical power after the supply from Ukraine was disrupted, probably because of political activism there. Although major facilities, such as hospitals, have stand-alone generators, the general population lost power for high-rise buildings and mobile phones. That's a much bigger problem than my local loss of power.

 

Libby

"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." Terry Pratchett

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With my WiFi here in Oklahoma, I have a modem, and on it is the key code that one would type into their phone to access it.  We don't need to have a password since it technically has one.

Oh yes, the good old days, carbon paper, manual typewriters, stencils, phone booths..............

It's a shame that generators are so expensive.  Everyone should have one just in case their power goes out for a long period of time, preferably one big enough to handle most if not all the house.

I'm an emergency person, I have stashed bottled water, butane stove with extra butane, waterproof matches, etc.  Better safe then sorry.  I also have a machete for cutting down branches if needed for firewood, and of course killing zombies.

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"Time is too slow for those who wait; too swift for those who fear;

too long for  those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice.

But for those who love, time is eternity."

(Jane Fellowes)

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  • Elders (Admins)

I think most people's systems are like yours, Darlene, but my son has always set up the system here. He works in IT on a Big Network (local government) so always approaches things from a very technical point of view, especially regarding security. Doesn't make it easy for me.

My daughter also works in IT, but on the software side of things, so has more experience with the user's point of view. She's not working at the moment, being a stay-at-home mum, so helpfully came round today to sort out why I couldn't get the Kindle app, and therefore my Kindle books, on my new tablet. Hurrah! She did it! I don't know what she did because I was drinking a cup of tea at the time (she was that quick).

I need to think about stocking up with some basic provisions, just in case we have a bad winter even though that's not likely. We used to have a wood-burning stove but that went when we remodelled the kitchen. We do have two open fireplaces that we could use (I insisted that the chimneys were swept a while ago), and a small stock of wood in the cellar, so we could cope for a few days. John has the view that "it'll be ok", whereas I tend to want to be prepared, just in case. We'd be ok where we live, because it'd be easy for the authorities to get emergency supplies to the town, but I reckon just having some basic supplies: flashlights, candles, canned and dried food, would be a sensible idea.

We wouldn't have any problems with zombies. John would just confuse the heck out of them, much as he does with cold-callers (it's his favourite sport!).

Libby

"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." Terry Pratchett

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Absolutely fascinating video, thanks for posting it Libby.

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"Time is too slow for those who wait; too swift for those who fear;

too long for  those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice.

But for those who love, time is eternity."

(Jane Fellowes)

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