Technology 2

Since I last posted, I have been told that I am to be based in The Kombos so will have reasonable access to facilities like electricity and water, and may even have the luxury of a western style wc. As a result I’m told I will be able to use a laptop, and have been advised to take it with me. However I arrived home late last night after a cold snowy auction in Barnsley, Yorkshire (of which more later) to find a card through the letterbox telling me a well known parcel delivery firm had left a package with my neighbours. This morning Rob called over the fence to give me something which I wasn’t expecting for 3 or 4 days – my new Google Nexus 7 tablet! I had ordered it on Thursday afternoon with a quoted delivery of 3 – 5 business days, but despite the dreadful conditions (we’ve been hit by heavy snow here in Yorkshire) it was delivered less than 48 hours later. Top marks to Google Play store and TNT!

I am now waiting for it to finish charging while I catch up on household chores and then will have to get to grips with the Android operating system, but at first glance  – I had a quick play as soon as the box came off – it seems quite intuitive and easy to use, with a good clear screen and reasonable sized keyboard.  I now intend to download a couple of apps – Skype and an office programme first – and see if I can expand the storage with a flash drive. I’ve been reviewing what are the essentials to take with me and think if I can edit Word and Excel on this device and watch films stored on a USB drive I’ll probably manage without anything larger and leave the laptop at home.

If you’ve visited this blog before, you will notice I’ve changed the layout so that recent posts are the first thing you see – I’ve been advised that if you always see the same “Welcome” page when you arrive, you’ll find it boring, and that comment sounds good sense to me so I’ve updated the site to reflect that advice. As always I’m grateful for your comments and any advice on ways I could improve, so I’ll leave you with this thought for the day.

“Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.” (Benjanim Franklin)

Hopefully I’m somewhere in the middle!

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