Today I received my iPad with the caveat: “Here it is- it has no instructions.” I think this was followed by an evil laugh but I’m not sure. Savoring the moment I waited to open my treat until my evening work was done. Then it was just I and the box- and my roommate- a longtime Mac user, iPod user, techno geek whose skills I greatly envy, and who also received an iPad today. I opened it carefully, reverently. I am a varsity PC user- I am known in some circles as very techno-savvy. In fact I have been called “the help desk” by some- although my sons laugh uproariously when they hear that one. I am woman hear me roar – I need no instructions! I turned it on. Nothing. … Ah ha! I charged it up. I turned it on…… I watched as the cheerful little icon popped up telling me to connect to iTunes…. I plugged it in to my netbook. I downloaded iTunes. I watched as iTunes cheerfully converted music I didn’t know I had into files perfect for my iPad… … I played with the buttons.. I tipped the screen. I discovered on and off. I discovered volume- which was a moot point since I had as of yet been unable to produce anything to hear. I unplugged it and played with the buttons again. I tried pushing buttons simultaneously. I tried pushing buttons in patterns. I watched as the cheerful little icon appeared telling me to connect to iTunes…I connected it to my Netbook again- yep I have iTunes. I Googled several videos and watched several gushing people show me all of the wonderful applications. I turned it on again and I WATCHED AS THE CHEERFUL LITTLE ICON POPPED UP TELLING ME TO PLUG IT IN TO ITUNES!!! At this point my room-mate showed me how she could play music, watch a video and drive her jelly car down a bright yellow brick road. I showed her how I had learned to keep the cheerful little icon telling me to connect to iTunes from turning on it’s side………….
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