I've been busy!
New Computer. I upgraded my 2008 HP Pavilion to a new HP Pavilion G6. The newer version weighs less than half what the old one does and has a much longer battery life – 2 important considerations when traveling.
|Mine's the super-cute blue one!|
New Kindle. I’ve had the Kindle Fire on my Amazon Wish List for a while now. But today, Cyber Monday, Amazon had a smoking deal (get it?) on the Fire for $129. I got it along with the accelerated charger, and the leather cover.
I absolutely love my current Kindle 3G but …..
I also added the Prime Account (cost = $59 for the year as opposed to the usual $79/year). My order should arrive on Wednesday. That’s another nice perk from Prime – free 2-day shipping. I just set up our Roku so I can stream movies and TV for free at home too. Well, not free exactly, but for less than $5/month. That will be nice on the road as well.
New Wi-Fi. On my past trips in the GDB, I used free wi-fi. It was only slightly inconvenient but sometimes I missed being connected in the evenings while camped. During the day, I used locations from libraries to Starbucks to hospitals. My favorite wi-fi spot was Lowe’s. But, because I’ll be teaching online, I need the capability to access the internet immediately and often. After a lot of research, I’ve decided on Millenicom. Many of you are using this service and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Here’s the opinion of fellow blogger Wheeling It:
Whew! All of this gadget switch-over is time-consuming. For example, I’m slowly transferring all my files to the new HP - that’s 4 years of photos alone. Not to mention learning how to operate Windows 8. And when the new Kindle arrives, I’ll be busy learning all its features. After that, I’ll tackle the Millenicom hardware.
Especially nice is the fact that our older HP can stay home with John so we can Skype! We tested the system yesterday and it worked beautifully.
joined in showing up on camera and adding some audio as well. It’s gonna be nice to see her
sweet little face every day. John’s
Another improvement to life on the road will be having my local library’s audio books on the Kindle. Much more convenient than discs. Plus, I can return and renew easily, unlike books-on-CD.
Do you ever feel like we are all caught up in some technological rip-tide? Yet aren’t we fortunate to have access to all these gadgets that make road tripping easier? GPS, digital cameras, smart phones, wi-fi, e-readers ….
IMO,despite the price of gasoline, there’s been no better time to be a gypsy!