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Of Cords, Cables, and Adapters


You wake up in the morning, get cleaned up, dressed, and eat breakfast (at least drink coffee) and then you look for your cel phone, laptop, or mp3 player before you head out the door.  You check the usual places and find what you need, only to discover that the power is low!  Now what?  Now you start that far more taxing task of trying to find the charger cord for the device. 

The advent of the rechargeable batteries to operate these devices was great, but brought along with it a myriad of cables, cords, and adapters.  There are very few of these that work with more than one of our devices.  Apple things have a totally different interface than do Black Berries, and different again from e-readers.  Even within one range of device, the Nintendo DS series, the adapters are different depending upon which version of the hand-held game device you happen to have.

So you need the cord with which your Black Berry can charge in the car.  Well, obviously it must be in the car right?  Not necessarily.  You may not have used it there yet, or perhaps you were travelling with a friend and stuck it in a purse or piece of luggage incase you needed it.  Your kids may have borrowed it, or it may be in your spouse’s car.  How about the USB cord for your I-Pod?  I’m sure you put it someplace safe, but where.  It is truly amazing how these little bits of electronic accessories can hide between couch cushions , between bills in the stack, in pockets etc.  They usually turn up shortly after you have given up and paid a princely sum to get new ones.

Just as the improvements of computers did not make our homes and workplaces paperless, our wireless devices do not actually leave us unplugged.  At some point, without the cords, cables, and adapters our devices just become cute paperweights.  We have become even more dependant on electricity than we were fifty years ago.  So, for folks in my area, as you prepare for the oncoming hurricane Irene, don’t forget to get a full charge on all your “wireless” devices.

The Down Side of the E-Reader


Hundreds of Books In My Hand

Hundreds of Books In My Hand

I don’t know if I have mentioned my Kobo e-reader in any other posts or not, but it came up today as a topic and, as I’m not swamped with good ideas, I decided to go with it.  I love my Kobo!  When I went away on vacation I had around 130 books with me in my purse, from which to choose reading material for when I was on the plane, in the airport, laying out on a chair on the beach, or getting ready for bed at night.  The last time I took the same trip I just squeaked within the weight limit for checked baggage and most of the weight was from the books I had with me.  This, along with the relatively low-cost of e-books, is the up-side to using an e-reader.

The down side, at least for me, is that when I come across a really classic quote which may spark a blog post I don’t have a good way to mark it for later.  I know that some of the e-readers do have the opportunity to put tabs on various pages, or to highlight important lines of text, but even then you just don’t have the same way of flipping quickly past the pages to find the good bits.  I have on occasion written down the chapter and page number for the quote, but even that can be mucked up if I read it in one font and size and then go back to find it with the font changed.

I’m going to stick with my Kobo despite this snag because it is so easy on my hands to hold it, and so convenient to carry it.  I can also read in bed with my hands tucked under the sheets, only needing to shoot one out at the end of each page to push advance.  Maybe I’ll get a case for it that has a little notepad attached.  Very old school meets new!