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What I’ve been doing this fall

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Gee, it’s a little dusty in here. Guess it has been awhile since I’ve written. Sorry about that.

I’ve been busy this fall. I have had one or two short-term temporary jobs and some substitute teaching assignments. I’d prefer a full-time permanent job, but hey, it’s work and it’s money.

Toastmasters has also kept me busy. It’s fall speech contest season. I’m not competing; however I did organize one contest and am assisting with other contests. Until the end of this month.

Lastly, I just can’t stay out of The Apple Store. Against my better judgment, I bought another new toy there a couple of weeks ago. I’m really enjoying it and its various apps.

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Written by Joanne

October 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

My, it’s hot around here

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Since the temperature is now cooling down tonight — to, oh, about the 80s — we figure it’s time to wipe our sweaty brow and write about how we unemployed persons are coping with the terrible heat wave which has descended upon Detroit and the East Coast since the holiday weekend.

We had an easy time coping with it over the Fourth of July: We were at a pool party. But alas, the holiday and the pool party are now over. Taking a refreshing, private swim on a hot, hot day is no longer an option for the WSFAU staff. (Sigh.)

Since the Fourth, we have found a few other ways to escape the heat. Yesterday, we window-shopped in the nicely air-conditioned mall. I admit we played with the new iPhone 4 in The Apple Store. However, we did not buy one. (Too many reports of reception problems — and it costs too much money.)

We’ve also been hanging out in coffeehouses, taking advantage of the free wi-fi, the cool drinks, and the air conditioning. I’m far from the only laptop owner who’s been doing this the last two evenings. However, I do need to wrap it up soon and go home to bed. Because tomorrow is going to be another hot, hot day.

Written by Joanne

July 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Thoughts on a Sunday morning

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  • I’m with my computer in the mall food court on a Sunday morning. I’m taking advantage of their free wi-fi. It’s just me and the mall walkers. I recently finished my latest computer lesson at my favorite computer store. Since the store’s not officially open yet, I’m waiting for something else to open so I can either get a snack, buy something else I can live without, or go back to the Apple Store and drool over the iPhones.
  • Every time I do this — go to the mall for computer classes at or just before the time it opens — it always amazes me how many people are here walking around. Or here working. It’s like this whole secret subculture about which I never knew of before.
  • I have just enough Catholic guilt in me to think that I should be in church now. Well, my parish does have 5 p.m. services. 😉
  • Is there any public or semi-public building in this country which no longer has free wi-fi? (Besides the hotel I stayed in in March?)
  • Speaking of walking, this mall is on the route of today’s March of Dimes Walk. There’s a light rain outside, which hardly seems fair to the walkers. Good luck to them.

Written by Joanne

April 25, 2010 at 11:51 am

iWant an iPad …

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… even though iKnow iDon’t need an iPad. And iCertainly can’t afford to spend $499 (for the base model) now on anything which isn’t food or shelter.

Or maybe, just maybe, by the time the iPad appears in my local Apple Store in March or so, I’ll have a job, and I’ll need a new mobile computing device. That $499 price tag is comparable to a base netbook/laptop computer.

Or maybe I’ll win the MegaMillions lottery tomorrow night and have enough money to buy iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks for all of  WSFAU’s Facebook fans (and I know exactly who you all are). I’d better go out to the party store and buy a lottery ticket or two ….

First of all, I admit I am easily distracted (or should I say seduced?) by nice shiny electronics products. The iPad — despite its unfortunate feminine-product-sounding name — is your typical nice shiny Apple product. Yes, it looks like a big iPhone or iPod Touch. This looks like  design by association to me. Millions of people have iPhones, and millions more of us love our iPods.

Secondly, the iPad has its limitations. No Flash. Which means no watching Hulu and other web video on the iPad, they say. (Ah, but Apple wants you to buy its iTunes videos.) It has a touch keyboard. (Yes, but you can buy a separate keyboard. Or use its Bluetooth capacity to hook up a wireless keyboard and mouse.) The screen may or may not be right for book reading (but I’d sure like to try it). AT&T provides the 3G service. (I’ve had AT&T cellular service forever and I’m not complaining. Much.)

Third, if you’ve read this far, you may be saying, WSFAU, how is the iPad important to the unemployed? Good question (and thanks for reading this far). Well, it’s important for the unemployed to keep abreast of the latest in technology. You may be asked about the iPad in your next interview.

Plus we here at WSFAU can see potential for this shiny new thing to be used in various fields — library science, education, graphic arts, sales, journalism, public relations, to name a few off the top of our heads.

Written by Joanne

January 28, 2010 at 10:34 am