Unplugged.

Mar 26

Unplugged.

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts over the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that I’m just slightly obsessed (ahem) with technology. I’m one of those people who never leaves the house without spare cables and multiple charging options (including my funky little solar charger that I got off Kickstarter!) and whose first items in any day pack or overnight bag include an extension cord and a power bar – even before I pack a toothbrush.

But God has a bit of a sense of humour – especially where I’m concerned – and I’m finding myself sort of “unplugged” (not completely, thank goodness, but considerably more than usual).

I have this phone, which, for the most part, has been quite satisfactory for the 7 months that I’ve owned it. However, it does have a charging jack with a bit of an attitude. I could handle the 6-10 attempts to plug it in and have it charge simply because I have multiple cables plugged in to the power bar next to my bed and I sometimes got lucky with the first cable I tried. Now, however, it often stops charging in the middle of the night, so I wake up to a dead phone (and no morning alarm) and now the latest development is that it smokes when I plug it in. Not sure I want to take the risk and set my bedroom on fire…My phone is now off and is staying that way until I can find a way to fix it. I have my wonderful Samsung tablet still, but there’s no data or anything with that, and it’s a little awkward to carry with me unless I’m taking a purse or a bag – which I don’t, usually – so many of my data-focused activities can’t happen easily anymore.

I’m working to get it fixed, but I hear that most HTC One phones are glued together. The combination of the glue and the light aluminum body that tends to bend and crease when you take it apart incorrectly, make it something phone repair companies are loathe to fix. I’m still waiting to hear back from two companies in the city, but the ones I’ve spoken to so far either won’t touch them, or I have to drive across the city for them to look at it, in the hopes that it’s one of the rare models that clip together. Like I have time to drive across the city for them to take a look and then probably tell me, “nope, can’t touch it”. Sigh.

On the positive side, due to the delightful gift of a Chapters gift card, I have a stack of physical books now that I’m reading, instead of reading from my tablet. I sort of made a commitment to myself that I just can’t purchase another physical book, as my family room has been fully taken over by books on bookshelves, and stacks of books on the floor. There is no more room in my house for more shelves or more physical books. I’m wanting to find time to sort through these so I can sell them or give most of them away, but I’m not at a point yet where I have that kind of time. Also, thanks to programs like bookgorilla, I have about 3,000 books I got for free waiting for my attention on my tablet already, and don’t really need new ones, but free books are free books, and Chapters doesn’t have Kindle (unless I bug my beloved son to re-jigger the files….but he’s really busy now with work and school, so….). I find it hard to say no, as there are so many wonderful books to read, and so much useful and fascinating stuff to learn. I’m thinking a “book-buyers anonymous” 12-step program is probably in my future…

Anyway, here I am working uninterrupted all day as no one can send me a text, and few call me as they know I probably won’t answer. In the evenings I’m reading real books without Facebook’s chat-heads or notifications popping up constantly, and I’m liking it.

Not sure what this means for the future – and there are moments when I start to twitch just thinking about it, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

Oh, and if you’re trying to reach me, email it is – and I have to say, I just love that that’s pretty much the only option…my introversion is coming out in spades.

Darlene

 




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