I loved Marcia's post. What fun! The electronic/digital boom just keeps on booming. We knew it would revolutionize the business world, educational systems, tax filing <cough>. And writing. Anybody want to go back to the old Underwood typewriter stashed in the garage? Not me!
Now we're going through another revolution. The digital engineers who worked and slaved over hot soldering irons for years have taken a quantam leap by creating - toys for grown-ups!! YYYY-Yes! Sure, old folks embraced desktops and laptops when they came out. Little did we know, those were just the carrots. Those inventors knew if they got us hooked, we'd graduate up to the hard stuff in no time, just like Marcia did. WORD, dude.
I graduated at the Cracker Barrel. My friend Gail, who loves books like I do, knows about all the ebook readers. I didn't know which, if any, to get, so she helped me with the pros and cons of each. Still I couldn't make up my mind. About that time, she pulls out her iPad. And the heavens opened. Golden rays of light fell upon the screen and the songs of angels blocked out the latest redneck CD playing over the speakers.
It was too expensive. It wasn't practical.
I had to have it.
Now I don't know how I ever lived without one. What's funny is the iBook and Kindle apps get used the least. It has so many other toys on it. And it's as much fun to shop and download apps as it is to use them. I'm up to 83. Oooh yeah baby. I'm as hooked as a crappie on a jig.
Some of those apps are practical. The camera apps alone make it worth the price for me. This is because I can take a good picture, something I'm unable to do after a lifetime of trying on regular cameras. Being able to check email on the go is more a necessity now rather than a perk. I like the notepad app that looks like you're writing on a yellow legal pad. Very handy at workshops or lectures. For news, I like Flipboard for the latest international stories. I check out The Weather Channel app almost every day.
The rest are just plain fun. Star Walk lets me see which stars and constellations are overhead. Inspire Pro and Doodle Buddy turn the iPad into a paintbox for drawing. The language apps are cool. I've got basic ones of French, Italian, Irish, Chinese, Shan, and one called the Talking Scotsman that helps you understand crazy Scottish sayings and the accent. Lots of fun.
Garageband is a nice little recording studio when you feel like being a rock star. It's easy, anybody can do it. I like to use the guitar amplifier apps. Much easier than real amps and a string of foot pedals. Some apps let you play an instrument by tapping on the screen - guitars, keyboards, lots of others. I love Indian music and like to play the bongo-ish drums when I listen using the iTablas app.
All kinds of exercise apps are available. I just have one called Daily Yoga. It has a ten minute routine that's nice and simple. If you like nature sounds and gentle music, there's an app called Meditation which also has a timer to ease you back down to earth after meditating.
Okay, confession time. I don't have Word, but I do have two games, La Belle Lucie solitaire and the New York Times Crosswords. Not that I use them much. They do come in handy waiting at the doctor's office, you know, once every year or so.
Right. Okay, I LOVE them and play every chance I get. Everybody has a guilty pleasure. :)