I try to stay up with things in the modern world, but am so technically deficient as to be a hazard to myself and those around me. Aside from what I consider the normal modern contrivances, like televisions and microwave ovens, my forays into the world of the future are limited to my laptop computer (a PC) and my iPod. I use both several hours a day and they form an important part of my existence out on this little rock in the Pacific.
The computer mainly stays in my apartment where it gets used evenings and weekends, but the iPod follows me to work and to the gym. I have a device at home and at the office called an iHome that the iPod pops into and allows me to listen to music without those pesky headphones. I also have a set of over-sized Sony headphones that go with me and the iPod to the gym.
That is basically the extent of my technical side - so imagine my panicked state of mind when my trusty little silver iPod quit working yesterday, and this morning my computer (which has my 5,000 plus songs stored on iTunes) appeared to be going on the fritz. Today I rushed to the Base Exchange and purchased a new iPod Touch and managed to get it loaded with my music. And now it looks as though the computer has recovered.
(I asked the salesman at the Base Exchange to make sure that the instruction booklet was included with the iPod. He looked like he had been seriously offended - or stepped in dog crap - and told me there was no instruction booklet and that all I had to do was plug and play. (Easy for him to say!) I quickly found some young airmen who have begun teaching me how to use it.
All of my music is now safely on the new little iPod, and I even downloaded several more "old time" radio programs - great stuff for a rainy day! So I will be all right - for the time being.
I have been reading a little about the Amazon "cloud" which will store music remotely, and then it can be accessed if my computer was to crash. That might be a good plan for me. I know that if I buy some music from Amazon (which I sometimes do), I would be eligible to use the "cloud," but I haven't figured out how I would get the music that I already have into Amazon's "cloud." Technical assistance, anyone?
Second question: Several years ago I bought a hardcover mystery book at the Kansas City Airport (KCI) about some people who were writing radio dramas during World War II. I have since loaned it out and it never returned. I would like to read it again, but don't remember the name and can't seem to get the right search words into Amazon. Does anyone have any idea about that?
Third question: I am finally thinking about getting an electronic book reader. Do I want to get a Kindle, or is there some other option that I should explore?
All responses welcome.