December 28th, 2010

Mine! Mine! Mine!

I'm a Flying Apple*

I was going to call this, "How a new phone made me re-evaluate my life" but since this post is about both my new phone and my new iPad, I'll go with the more generic title.

First up is my new iPad. While it is definitely a cool, new shiny, I actually bought for two business reasons: so I can get and use SquareUp (the ability to accept credit cards) and for a much easier way to read PDFs away from my desk. My Kindle, while awesome in all other respects, failed at PDFs, and since I am often given PDFs to review, I needed something better.

Yes, I adore the new iPad. It's got everything I want. It is a consuming device. I don't plan to do a lot of writing on it but if I do need to use it for writing purposes, I have a keyboard and Dropbox. So, it works like that, too. Otherwise, it has some lovely apps for me to play with; everything from a dice roller to a Tesla fidget toy to the entire internet of procrastination.

Now, you may wonder why I didn't get an iPhone to go with SquareUp. One, the PDF aspect. Two, the husband works for Microsoft and Microsoft just did a huge push on their Windows Mobile phones. This pretty much required a switch in phone services, and to look at expenses. Microsoft also said they would give all their employees a Windows phone for free (employee buys, expenses). AT&T did their "buy one, get one free" sale. That means a free smart phone for me. In the end, no brainer.

Of course, dealing with the phone after I got it (and never having had a smart phone before) is another story. It's been "interesting" working with this phone. The more I get used to it, the easier it is and I like it. But, in the meantime, there is a lot of cursing and not understanding and handing the thing off to the husband to fix, show me or discover what's up with it.

Then there is the part that suddenly makes me look at my life. I imported all my old phone numbers and immediately knew I needed to get rid of a bunch of them. Unfortunately, the first number that I got to was "Alex Baker." This gave me pause. Alex died just over a year ago. He died but I still don't want to get rid of his phone number. But, he's dead. But… It wasn't a thing I expected to have to deal with.

Next up, all those old work numbers for people I haven't talked to in years. Should I get rid of them? Should I save them for "just in case"? What about ex-boyfriends? No, I don't want to talk to most of them. So, should I keep the number just in case they called and I wanted to avoid them?

This is not the sort of thing I wanted to worry about while playing with a new tech toy. I did not want to re-evaluate my life but nor do I want to be a digital packrat. Now, I don't know what to do.


*Windows=flying toasters. Apple=apple. Buying both a Windows device and an Apple device on the same shopping trip makes me a "flying apple."