Current local Las Vegas time is 3:36am, August 24, 2017.

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Offline doesn’t have to mean out of touch

A fact that I considered, but didn’t really worry about when I got my iPad, was that it’s a Wi-Fi-only model. The 3G models weren’t available yet and I don’t want to deal with AT&T anyway. Wi-Fi, while pretty common, is not freely available everywhere. Fortunately, it seems to be where I am about 80% of the time. That’s close enough for me.

This is not one of those times, however. It’s no big deal, either. The WordPress app for my iPad allows me to type entries completely offline and post them later when I have access again. Not a bad arrangement, if you ask me. It doesn’t matter if this gets posted at 5:45pm or 8:45pm, really.

Of course, certian things like checking email and interacting live with the outside world are impossible. But again, it’s not that big of a deal to me. I’m happily not important enough to need to be in touch constantly. I guess if I were, or at least had a compulsive need to broadcast the minutia of my life and read about the minutia of others, I would have a device like an iPhone (with AT&T — shudder) or one of the nifty Android phones that are out there. They all come with a monthly service fee, usually around $90 or $100 with voice, data, etc., and that’s simply way too much money for me to consider spending for what amounts to a toy. My Wi-Fi has no such monthly fee.

Yes, I know I’m missing out on lots of interesting things, and I see friends and co-workers doing all sorts of crazy things with their devices. Looking up this and that. IMDB, Wikipedia, and Google at their fingertips. As much as I like that, it’s not essential to me. Keeping those dollars in my pocket is simply more important. I don’t miss it, in other words.

One thing that IS missing on my iPad that I didn’t think would be a big deal at first, but is increasingly annoying, is a camera. My existing digital camera is too cumbersome to drag around all the time. I haven’t even tried offloading photos from it to my iPad, but I imagine that might be a somewhat laborious process, especially as picky as I am about my photos. I really don’t want to edit photos on my iPad.

The built-in cameras on many devices would be perfect for snapshots of various things, like what I had for dinner, etc. You know, the really exciting stuff you want to read about here. It would be nice if the iPad had a device with reasonable quality for stuff like that. The lack, however, isn’t a deal breaker, though.

Other than that, I think I’m good to go … at least until I find something else to compalin about.

Published Tue 8/3/10 at 4:35pm

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