OK, confession booth time. I now have a smart phone. Sort of. On the cheap.
It started this summer when I transitioned at work from a desktop PC to an iMac. A pretty silly move for a guy counting the months until retirement, and whose day job involves being the computer-based curriculum coordinator for dozens of faculty (mostly PC users). But it seemed like a good idea at the time. As far as the Mac goes, it was clearly a reasonable move, until I tried to coordinate with my old Palm PDA. No dice. Too old. Too different. Apples and oranges. Pardon the pun.
So, there went my portable calendar and address book, a serious handicap in the aforementioned day job. But I didn’t want to spend the cash for a new PDA and I really didn’t need a smart phone; I had a perfectly good cell phone and couldn’t afford another monthly bill. So I was stuck, until my buddy Steve bailed me out yet again by steering me here, where I picked up a used-in-name-only iPod Touch for $150 directly from Apple. It is the best. I can now sync my calendar and address book, PLUS get all the benefits of an iPhone (except the phone and camera) with ZERO monthly bill both at home and at work (both of which are WiFi hotspots). So, yes I can and do track email on the fly and keep up with the news. But the BEST app hands-down is this one a free app that lets me access live streaming content from hundreds of public radio stations 24/7, with a user-friendly interface that shows me what’s playing wherever, whenever, like the Jazz With Bob Parlocha that I’m listening to right now.
And cool features like a sleep timer and an alarm clock, so that I can drift off and wake-up to the perfect set of tunes. Truly, my one and only app, which reminds me….. enjoy
Posted on January 19th, 2011 by jack-of-all-thumbs
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