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May 22, 2010 -

A Very Full Day

I don’t know what it is about the long sultry summer days of the Klondike, but I seem to wedge twice as much into a day as would seem feasible. So, today:

A Ferry of My Own!

I was out at Gertie’s a little bit later than I should have been last night, so this morning’s awakening at 9:20AM by my iPod Touch alarm clock was a tad brutal. I’d promised friends across the river that I’d help them move back to Bonanza, so I was up and at ’em in minutes. In fact, I was at the hostel with the car nearly packed within a half hour, including a short wait on the ferry. Not bad!

We had to wait for the ferry to cross back, less than ten minutes. I had the ferry to myself, which was kind of cool. I would have thought that they would wait to load up, but nope. They take the passengers who are there, or at least as many as they can fit, and then they cross. Back and forth, all day, every day. What a service!

Once back at the motel, I checked them in, dumped their luggage, grabbed some toast, gulped down coffee at the office and started my day.

Beds and Bundles!

Housekeeping was shorthanded this morning, so I spent an hour stripping beds and then running linens and towels up to the rooms. I needed to be back at the office for noon, which enabled me to discover that I can make two beds in fifteen minutes. I’ll have to look up my record for last summer and see if that’s good or bad. πŸ˜€

Back in the office, it was the usual zaniness. During quiet moments, I continued to make little bundles out of our check in cards in preparation for inputting into our computer system. I designed and implemented a new database this week, so I have a huge backlog to go through. I don’t mind since I love data entry AND I’m doing it on a Mac! Yes! We’ve got a Mac in the office this year and I can do 90% of my work on it! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!

I was relieved at quarter past two and headed home to play with my iPod some more.

iPod Breakthrough!

After getting in a little work at my contract (subject of a future post), I decided to focus on the iPod and try to get more ebooks on it. I put together a few semi-related pages and came up with a way to connect the iPod to my cellular connection! This finally gave me full iPod use, limited only by my bandwidth restrictions. I was given a huge cd filled with tons and tons and tons of wonderful ebooks and I transferred a few of them to the iPod. Then, I discovered that you can actually bookmark and annotate books in the Stanza app. Amazon Kindle? Pfft.

Oz!

I went back to work at quarter past five and it was the usual zaniness until a customer checked in with a bunch of dogs and the manager decided to adopt one. Well, she’s trying him out tonight on a trial basis, but they’ve bonded, so I know he’s staying. πŸ™‚ Somehow in the middle of this, she and I agreed to coparent him this summer, so I sort of have a dog now! He’s a Jack Russell, the only breed I have any experience with since that’s what I had growing up, and we named him Oz! I will be taking pictures soon. πŸ™‚

The Night Is Young!

It’s presently 8:40, dinner’s in the oven (chicken and lasagna), laundry’s in the washer, I have work to do, I want to play some more with my iPod settings, and I want to finish the short story ebook I’ve started.

Just another day in paradise and I’m lovin’ it! πŸ˜€

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May 21, 2010 -

iPod Touch Resolution

The Apple guy who fixed the problem was none too helpful, feeding me canned answers that guided me to the solution in a roundabout fashion. Turns out that my credit card company has my information on file in ALL CAPS. I didn’t know this because I get everything online from them. I only figured this out when the lightbulb went on and I decided to try an experiment.

Apple pinged them and my company said “Sure, the card is good!” but because my info at the iTunes store was written in Normal Capitalization, Apple said “I don’t care what the credit card company says, the card is no good!” Rather uppity of them, no?

Now, I just need to make sure I don’t blow my budget at the App store. πŸ˜€

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May 21, 2010 -

iPod Touch Update

I received my new credit card yesterday and entered that information into my iTunes account, but still got the same ‘payment method declined’ error message. It was time to contact Apple, but before I did that I checked with my credit card company to make sure that they weren’t declining Apple’s pings to my card. Sure enough, the culprit was Apple. I sent them a support ticket explaining the problem and they are now ‘working on it.’ Let’s see how long that takes. I love Apple’s products so much, but the support behind them sucks. At least, the need for support is very minimal; this is only the second time in five years that I have had to ask for help with something.

Meanwhile, reasonably tech-savvy Rae did some not so kosher manoeuvring and was able to get a couple of free apps onto her Touch. I know I’ll need to reacquire them properly once I get my iTunes account running, but for now this was enough to be able to play around for a few hours and really discover how amazing the technology is. It’s beyond Star Trek, that’s the best way I can phrase it. I can tap, pinch, flick, and swipe the screen, and more, and I have to wonder if there is anything this device can’t do!

I’d bought a cheap silicone cover for it to start, but I went to bed last night knowing that this device is going to be glued to my hip from now on. So, I went on eBay this morning and ordered a nice leather cover from the same guy in Hong Kong from whom I’d bought the nice leather cover for my iPod classic:

I don’t normally like buying from Hong Kong, but the ‘book-style’ covers are rare on this side of the ocean and Hong Kong has a better colour selection. The cover will get here when it gets here and it’ll be exactly what I want. The silicone cover will still be good for using the Touch at home; it’s definitely not going to waste.

I’ve had a hankering to reread some favourite books, so I downloaded the ‘Stanza‘ app, as per Andy‘s recommendation, and then connected to Project Gutenberg to download some tomes by Jules Vernes, Alexandre Dumas (pΓ¨re), and Guy de Maupassant. I spent a couple of hours reading short stories by de Maupassant and saw my desire for an ebook reader go from 150% to about 1%. Some folks find the Touch too small to be a good ebook reader while I find the size to be perfect. The Touch just sits in the palm of my hand without any fatigue at all. I might get some eye strain from reading on a computer screen, but I didn’t get any of that at all yesterday. My only disappointment was that the Gutenberg copy of Around the World in 80 days wasn’t formatted properly and was missing all the accented characters. t ws lke tryng t rd wtht vwls. πŸ˜€

I’ll need to resolve my app store issues with Apple before I can really get settled in with my iPod Touch but at least now I’ve gotten a proper taste of this device I’ve been craving for so long and I know that it will be worth the wait. This device is amazing and represents an unfathomable technological leap from the computers of my youth. I just wish Apple hadn’t spoiled my fun so soon after purchase; that breach of trust will be irreparable.

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