Friday, May 20, 2011
In Which The Man and I Join The Digital Age
The Man and I did something a little crazy this week. We purchased eReaders.
The Man (who protests the title of this blog because he claims he joined the digital age a long time ago) bought a Nook. About thirty seconds after it arrived, he had it stripped of its operating system. A couple minutes after that, he had installed a different one on it. Then he installed the Kindle app (I find this to be particularly hysterical) but the eReader app he says he likes the best (so far that is) is Aldiko. Basically, he turned the Nook into a cheap(er) tablet and now spends his evenings playing a larger version of Angry Birds. The Man would also like me to tell you that he does more than play Angry Birds. Sometimes he reads eBooks. Last night he searched online real estate listings. I think we've just decided to move to a new house because it just might be easier than figuring out this damn fencing project.
Anyway, he can have it. I don't want or need that. All right. So maybe I'm a little jealous about the Angry Birds thing. Playing that game on my phone just sucks.
This just in: The Man would also like me to stop writing about him in this blog. Like that's going to happen.
So I went with the Kindle because I live half my life (or so it seems) on the Amazon website so why would I get anything else? Besides, I just wanted an eReader. I didn't want a tablet. I don't need to surf the web with a tablet because I have a desktop. And a laptop. And a so-called smart phone. I have plenty of web surfing capabilities. Why would I need another one?
Well, maybe to play Angry Birds.
The Kindle is charging now. I've had to keep swatting The Man away because he read an article somewhere on the World Wide Web about how you can do some hocus pocus to the Kindle and install Ubuntu onto it. Now The Man wants to do it. Just to see if he can. I don't really know what Ubuntu is (I heard them talking about it on an episode of Veronica Mars once though) or why anyone would want to install it onto their eReader but if it interests you, I guess its a possibility.
The Man, I think, is more excited about the Kindle than I am (he's just told me that he could install Android on the Kindle if I want). You should have seen his face when he came home from work this evening to find that I hadn't even taken it out of the box yet. I was like, "What? I had laundry to finish."
But I have since finished the laundry and now I'm looking at this Kindle and wondering how the hell am I going to decide which books to download and which books I'll buy in print. I need to reassure my non virtual books that the Kindle's arrival does not mean that I love them any less because I don't. The Man hopes that the Kindle will mean I'll bring fewer books into the house (like that's going to happen...right?). Of course The Man hopes I'll leave him alone with the Kindle long enough to install something— anything— on it.
Oh, life with a computer geek.
Have a great weekend. And may the world not end.