Saturday, September 19, 2009

Life is Good; My Toys are Working

Knock on wood. Throw salt over your shoulder. Or whatever it takes so that I don't jinx my now-working techno toys.

I figured that since I whined and cried so much when they didn't work that maybe I should give an update.

Cute Green Dell—CHECK.

It's working great. Runs QuickBooks perfectly. Love playing Spider and Mahjong.

Downside—I hate the version of Word that comes with Vista. It's totally revamped and so NOT intuitive. Ugh! Plus I hate that every time I turn it on, it wants to download some new update. Seriously.

True Blue Mac—CHECK.

Now that I no longer use the Virtual PC software on it, My MacBook Pro is back to being reliable and working wonderfully.

As expected. No weird stuff going on here.


Palm Centro Phone—CHECK.

I love this thing! It's so totally cool, so ME! It thinks the way I do. I love, love, love it. If I were a cell phone, I'd want to marry it—that's how much I love it.

Downside (no one is perfect) (except my Mac)—It gets slightly warm if I talk a long time but other than that, perfection at its peak. And it now sports a gorgeous dark red cover that I did, indeed, get for $4.

IOGEAR Bluetooth USB 2.1 Micro Adapter—CHECK.

It took some time to get the Hot Sync between my Centro and my computer to work out. My sister's bluetooth thingee turned out to be an earpiece, not a USB adapter. (She obviously does not understand truly technical vocab, like "thingee.")

I tried several bluetooth adapters which did not work. I finally found one, the IOGEAR Bluetooth USB 2.1 Micro Adapter, which WILL work with the Vista 64-bit system on my Cute Green Dell. It DID recognize my phone, they politely shook hands, but to do a Hot Sync requires that you create a virtual serial port, and blah-blah-blah. Whatever. I don't know how to do that and I don't want to have to think that hard.

So I plugged it into my trusty Mac, and voilá! Presto, chango—they immediately became BFFs. I am now synced.

Magic Jack—CHECK.

This thing is amazing! I disconnected my business line when Rosehaven closed its doors. I've needed a second line but haven't been able to justify the expense. This thing only cost $39.95 and includes a full year of unlimited local and long distance calling. Additional years of service are $19.95.

You simply plug it into your comnputer's USB on one end, and into a phone on the other end and you're good to go. I have been totally impressed.

So. That's it for the techie update. I really ought to charge these companies for the free advertising they just got, huh? And I suppose I should have posted this on my review site, rather than here. But, oh well.

Now I'm off to work on one last techie fix—a website. This is the exciting new thing I've been hinting about for months and months. As soon as it's good to go, I'll make the official announcement.

Now playing on my iPod: I'm Alright by Kenny Loggins


Josi said...

Way to go--I'm so glad you got all the bugs worked out.

My hubby has a magic jack and I hate it. You have to have really, really, really good internet service for it to work well. We don't have great internet at home or at work, so sometimes it doesn't ring, sometimes you can't hear on it, sometimes you need to stay within 2 feet of the computer and sometimes it doens't work at all. Very annoying. BUT since you don't live in the boonies, you're apparently fine :-) Enjoy the tech-wonderland

Nichole Giles said...

Yahoo! I'm so glad you got all the kinks ironed out. Love your cute Dell, jealous of your Mac, think your phone rocks (and is cute, too), and even though I don't need another phone line, that whole USB thing looks way cool.

I love when things finally start to go right!

Tristi said...

I did not understand one word of this post. However, I can tell that you're excited, and so I'll be excited for you. Yay!!

Cindy Beck said...

Glad all your toys are working. I'm so tempted to go with a Mac the next time around.