Friday, March 01, 2013

Testing. Testing.

I have stepped (reports of dragging, kicking, and screaming are almost entirely false) into the present century with the purchase of a new phone.

The old phone, which ran on paraffin and started with a crank, had begun to draw stares and laughter from cruel little children. I am not a technology hound, but one has one's small vanities.

Adjustment creeps apace. This is day two. On day one, I mostly stared at it warily while venturing an occasional timid tap at the screen. Imagine the elderly Queen Victoria attempting to enter her Facebook password; it was like that.

With inexpressible relief I got back to knitting, which is also touch sensitive but doesn't suddenly beep or disappear or take your picture if you put a finger wrong.

If you are reading this it means I successfully brought both together. This is my first blog post via phone...and if it goes well, this little gewgaw may allow me to post more often-even when I'm on the road. Here's hoping...

I'm even going to try to put in a picture.  Can you see it? Hello? Is this thing on?

48 comments:

KiniaCat Crafts said...

E'yup - 'tis on and seems to be functioning quite well. Kudos to the user!

Jaguar - EL 2011 said...

I assure you, it is on...we can see the picture...and we will be pleased to see more postings from near and far!

Leslie K. said...

You seem to be speaking garter....

Amy said...

Good work, and congratulations on typing so much on that teensy screen!

annie said...

What hath God wrought?

Anonymous said...

You so make my day!

Pretty Knitty said...

Way to go, and welcome to the world of the phone- (and other gadget-) obsessed! By the way, for what it's worth, love the photo, and I hear you loud and clear!

Alicia said...

"Imagine the elderly Queen Victoria attempting to enter her Facebook password; it was like that."

Excellent imagery!

Sarah JS said...

Sorry, I can't hear you. My brain is still stuck on the image of Queen Victoria confronting Facebook.

ChiLibrarian said...

Success! Imagine my chagrin when one of my coworkers called my phone 'old school'and thought I was using it ironically. It was about two years old. I felt about 127. Which I suppose is how old that phone was in gadget years.

Tiggywinkleknits said...

In 6the months, you'll go into withdrawal if the battery goes dead. Ask me how I know this . . .

MadTatter said...

My parents (pushing 70, both of them) were the ones who nudged me to get a smart phone, in place of the cell I had at the time: my very first, original cell, with real buttons, a 1.5 inch blue screen, and no ability to do anything except talk and text (and I rarely used the latter...). It was about 10 years old by then. Mom and dad had to go with me to the store, and insist no, really honey, these phones aren't hard to use at all, see, look at ours, aren't they neat? See how easy they are to use? And you can do so many neat things with them, just look at all the nice apps you can get, and they even have the exact same model of Droid we have, just take a look, and let this nice young salesman show you...

I should have known then that I was doomed. The nice young man behind the counter told me that once I'd tried a smart phone, I'd never go back. He was right. Just you wait, it'll happened to you too.....

janetl said...

They are also good for taking videos of the inside of your pocket.

Anonymous said...

I wonder... taking videos inside of your pockets... Better not let Dolores see that comment :)

-Mamarosa
(your blogreader from Finland)

jengolightly said...

Couldn't live without my Iph. And does that mean you haven't got an iPad either? Oh my God you haven't seen a Jared Flood Look Book on an IPad?

Treat yourself. You only live once!

Liz said...

Eh, the modern conveniences have their role, but too many people are experiencing the world from behind their sheet of Gorilla glass.

Glad this will help you post more, because I know you're one who is aware you'll have nothing to post if you don't stop staring at the phone all the time.

martha said...

Masterful phone use. soon you will be plotting your coordinates and publishing lace patterns on knitcompanion. (its an app.)

phaedra96 said...

The funny, horribly scary thing about smart phones...you know, once you figure out how to use it and find stuff and do updates and....is you will wonder HOW you managed your life without it!!!!!

Beth V. said...

The best thing about my smart phone (aside from the fact that I can talk to it & it answers politely) is that I now always have access to my Ravelry account and also, with the Goodreader app, I can download my Rav patterns & mark them up. I'll never lose my place on a chart again because the magnetic bar thingie shifted in my bag! Whoever wrote that app deserves a medal.

Anonymous said...

Yay more posts!
I still have an old cell phone. I want a Galaxy Note, but holding off for a while. It looks like a slippery slope.
granjudy

bfree2read said...

Good job on the photo. Of course, mentioning the first purchase of a smartphone means you will get a lot of app recommendations, but just enjoy the ride.

My recommended apps: Lookout (anti-virus, etc), HopStop (for public transit info plus walking & biking directions), and Ravulous.

Nancy E. Banks said...

I use my iPhone (which my 79-year-old parents tried for two years to get me to convert to) as a portable dictionary-slash-encyclopedia. I am now ever so much smarter than I used to be.

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

Alas, being the "cheapy" that I am, I am waiting until my cell phone dies to enter the "new age".
Great photo!

Jo said...

Felicitaciones! You are now ever so much more in touch! But hide the phone if you EVER want peaceful knitting time again! Just a friendly caution.......:-)

Emily said...

I got a new phone and managed not to be consumed. I got a tuner for it (I'm a violinist) and a metronome and...a flashlight! Ultra useful. Couple of games for the granddaughter. And wonderful pictures, even (gasp) video. And music I have to learn: I can feed recordings into the car speakers & study stuff while I drive.

Again: a GREAT day when you post something!

LoriAngela said...

Welcome to the rest of us who are mainly struggling with auto correct and forgotten passwords. The best thing about my phone is my ring tone: Mission Impossible.

Anonymous said...

Franklin - something (I know not what it was) reminded me of a lovely shawl you'd knit, ages ago it seemed, that was going to the "tech editor" and I thought you said, "pattern forthcoming." I found it by going back and back and back - it is called "Iceland Sky." Did it disappear at the tech editor's place? I still have a hankering for that one, which I can't explain, because I'm not a huge lace knitter; I do best with things that stand tough when my concentration lags; which it does; often. Can you WILL it to make a reappearance, and offer it, forthwith, to your adoring public?
Thank you!!
Tamara

lincannon said...

Yay Pics too?! Wow. I should talk, i just learned how to put pics from my phone on Ravelry with a great app. I was so excited.
And you typed it on the phone. Great job. It seems so tedious but it is a godsend while "on the road" figuratively not literally.

Heather J said...

Smart phones are great! My only question is, was that the photo you intended to post? The photo is good just checking ;)

nance needs a yarn cave said...

I predict by next week you will be a total phone geek. I felt the same way..now my phone and I are attached by umbilical cord...eeeeuuuuu! Congrats on the successful blog post and entry into the 21st century.

Jill said...

what are you making? right now it looks like one of the pseudo-coifs from Howard Chandler Christy's illustrations of the Courtship of Miles Standish. Probably not that, though.

Shelda said...

Oh, Franklin, you're such a stitch! I have one of those paraffin/crank phones myself. I was in the hospital a couple of years ago, and the nurse told me it was the oldest phone she'd ever seen. Of course, I believe she was about 15. So...

Yarnologist said...

Holy crap, I have that same Phrenology bust! In other more related news: it took me about a week to fully break in my new smartphone. I even did a full side-by-side comparison of the smartphone camera vs. my camera-camera (The iPhone 5 won, but barely).

Julie Delves said...

My gosh, I want that phrenology head! Love!!!

Tracy said...

Took me a while to get used to mine. I just kept ringing random people by accident!!!

Teresa said...

Lol! I truly understand your pain,
Franklin. I was still using my first cellphone when everyone else had long moved on to flip phones (think how long ago THAT was) Everytime I pulled it from my purse one of my nieces or nephews would snicker and ask "Aunt Tee, is that the house phone?" Ingrates....

Deb F. said...

I still have a very old phone-- one of the ones that makes and receives phones and doesn't do much else. But I am fully in favour of whatever medium allows me to see more of what you're up to and ask you to please reveal more about that bit of garter stitch adorning your phrenology bust.

Liz said...

Thank you for assuring me that I'm not the only one still using a non-smart phone (or perhaps I am now). In fact, I've been thinking of getting one, and the fact that you can actually blog from one might be the critical factor in pushing me to make the move. Will you post more often now do you think?

Tish said...

Congratulations on entering the 21st century (however reluctantly). My kids constantly remind me that my phone was eligible for an upgrade almost 2 years ago and that nobody (except apparently me and their Dad) keeps a phone for 4 years! Even if it is a smartphone. If I used a bluetooth device, I'd be tempted to get a retro telephone handset receiver (google it, it's great) just to see their reaction when I pulled it out of my satchel to take a call in their company.

Anonymous said...

Hope you survive the learning curve on your new phone. And what is that fetching bonnet on the 'head'?
Kay

Seanna Lea said...

I like my phone OK, but I can tell you that if it was an iPhone instead of a droid model I'd use it so much more. My phone just makes me hate calling people. Not that I am in love with calling people. That's why texting is awesome. It's like email only even shorter.

Gerri said...

yes! I'm sitting way in the back and I can hear you fine. There is a slight hiss but I think it's the air system. The picture is came through but maybe you need to increase the pretty or neat-o saturation?

CeltChick said...

I bought a phone that's likely as smart as I am. Needless to say, I only let it do stupid stuff.

Sandy said...

I, too, still have a phone that is run by pariffin and a crank. And I like it that way. Walking uphill both ways in the snow to school and all...

Patti said...

I admit that I'm a gadget freak, but It took me years to get an iPhone (I'm not a rich gadget freak.)I do wonder however, who owns who in this relationship.

Anonymous said...

YAAAAAAYYY! I do hope this translates into more Franklin (blog posts)!

I got my smartphone on Black Friday of 2011. Just last week I discovered it has a stopwatch built in.

It's very useful for knitting. Store PDF's of patterns and books, use the calculator for math, photograph (video) knitting, show off photos, email photos, access ALL of Ravelry, access the internet for tutorials or whatnot, find LYS with the map app, use the flashlight to illuminate knitting or paper pattern or bottom of knitting bag, download a row/stitch counter app, keep engagements on the calendar, listen to podcasts...probably more

CeltChick said...

@ Patti: ever hear of Skynet? be afraid, very afraid ...

Flo Fflach said...

what a great discovery your blog is. discovered via a link in a private group on Facebook.... You need to change settings somewhere with uploading pictures via smart phone as the images is able to be pinned [unlike the others]. I wanted to leave a link in my secret pinterest board for a "bookmarks".... I haven't done it, just kept a note of your blog address. Just thought you might like to know