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Techno upgrades

January 13, 2017

It’s a sad day when your headphones no longer work and you cannot fix them.  Damn, cos they were really good ones that Antony bought me a few years ago, and I really liked them as they were comfortable.  It seems that there is  a broken wire somewhere as first one ear piece had no sound, then it was both ear phones, although I did manage to get them working again intermittently if I wiggled the cord a bit and held it in the right place and hoped the wind didn’t change!  

In the end I gave up and headed off to buy a new pair, this time wireless headphones so no wires to break.  I don’t like the in-ear phones, they just annoy my ears besides one ear bud never seems to fit properly and they always fall out, after looking around and checking out different types and brands, in the end I went with the same brand and style of my previous ones.  

And they are brilliant, as well as being very comfortable they are very clever. Not only can I adjust the volume from the earpiece controls, I can also pause and restart whatever it is I am currently listening/watching.

Whilst I was in the store I happened to spy the new iPads, I currently have a mini iPad which has served me reasonably well over the past couple of years but I have run out of space in it.   I like it because it is just so much lighter than my previous iPads and it fitted comfortably in my handbag but of course the new iPads are just as light and thin….so yep, you guessed it I now have a new iPad, and cover of course, to go with the headphones. 

Waiting for its new cover to go on.

I am just going through the process of transferring everything off my old iPad to the new version.  Then I can wipe everything off the mini and donate it to a worthy cause – in this case, Antony!  As he has surgery and a long recovery coming up, he will be able to use it for watching movies and reading.

To top it all off, we have also purchased Chromecast, a device which allows us to stream wirelessly from our iPads directly to the TV.  Goodness, we won’t know ourselves soon.  We are certainly not missing usual TV watching at all, and certainly not missing ad breaks every 10 minutes.  

Of course summer is here now which means more time is spent swimming and being outdoors and away from devices, but I’m sure they will all be well utilised.

Grandchildren and the return journey

December 18, 2014

It’s always lovely to catch up with the grandchildren, especially when we can visit, play, hype them up, feed them sugar and then leave 😉 no, really, we didn’t feed them lots of sugar as that would be just plain silly. We spent a good four days in Ashburton, or more accurately Eiffelton, catching up with everyone. Grandad had “help” one day playing one of the kids games on the iPad, it was extremely funny watching the grandchildren trying desperately to NOT interfere with Grandad’s game, the expressions on their faces was priceless.

Theo, Rose, Grandad, Andre and Dante.

Sunday evening we all headed in to the Ashburton Domain for Christmas in the Park which was a large gathering of families all having picnics and fun in the late afternoon sun listening to carols waiting for the fireworks display. Although the weather was fine and lovely throughout the days whilst we were south, the evenings were still very chilly. Monday morning and we all trotted off to Longbeach School to watch Dante and Rose perform their line dancing routines.

somewhere in there are a couple of grandchildren!

Soon it was time for us to head back to Christchurch, we were due to meet up with Ben as he was flying in from the UK. But unfortunately those plans went slightly awry as his plane was delayed leaving Heathrow and therefore after much re-routing and changes of planes, he landed 12hrs after his original arrival time. We met Ben and his lovely family when we were in the UK four years ago. You can read about our visit hereHowever, we did manage to visit our friends Pat & Sue as they are currently in Christchurch. We had a great catch up with all their news and joined them for dinner. It seemed as though we were just getting into the swing of things when it was time for us to leave. Hopefully we will meet up again soon and join in travelling around the country. From there it was a quick sprint out to the airport to briefly see Ben arrive safely after his loooooong journey from England. /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/4db/13065192/files/2014/12/img_0214.jpg

Bernice & Ben at the airport.

We had an early morning flight to catch and we had somehow managed to accumulate a bit more luggage which required the purchase of another bag and a reshuffle of our gear. An uneventful flight back to Auckland with some great views including this shot of Mt Egmont/Taranaki.

Unfortunately the weather in Auckland on our return was not great but it was lovely to get back to our van and back to Shakespear Park where we will remain as camp hosts until the end of January.

Amazing what you can learn

August 15, 2014

Brian & Marj joined us when we were parked at the RSA in Kaitaia and it was here that they asked if we could assist them with a computer problem. They had purchased a new iPad so that Marj would be able to listen to audio books – as she has a degenerative eye disease and can no longer read. They were having some issues with an App they had downloaded which supposedly enabled a book to be read aloud. Whilst looking at their issue and trying to resolve it, we stumbled across the perfect answer, and who would have guessed that it is already a feature of the iPad?

iPads come with an Accessibility function, which once you delve into it, it has all sorts of features from; Voice functions – size, boldness, contrast, reduce motion, read aloud functions etc for the sight impaired, to hearing functions- subtitling and captioning , and even touch sensitivity, click speeds etc for those who need to tweak this feature.

With a little patience, it is really easy to master, for those who wish to know;
Go to Settings,
Accessibility > voice over, swipe the button to turn on
At the very bottom of the accessibility page you will see Accessibilty Shortcut button, turn this on and when you click the Home button three times it will automatically start the Voice Over Function when you need it.

Within the Voice Over function you can increase or decrease the speaking rate (I find 15-17% about right), and then choose the language & dialect you prefer, I hate to say it but I find the Australian English easiest on the ear!! There are lots of settings you can play with to alter to suit your needs. There is even a Braille function – not that I have tried that one yet!

Once you have all you settings sorted, triple click the Home button to start Voice over, highlight the item you want with a single tap, i.e. If you want to open a book in your books folder, double tap to open (the voice over function will tell you what to do), then tap the app you wish to open eg iBooks, double tap to open, single tap the book you wish to read to highlight it, then double tap to open, tap on the sentence you wish to start reading then with two fingers swipe downwards for it to commence reading the page from that sentence on. You are now underway. You can use this function for reading your emails, even this blog entry! To turn off the Voice over, triple click the Home button again.

This works with all versions of the iPad. We have iPad versions 1 & 3 and the latest mini iPad, with all of these having the Accessibility function.

I am now enjoying reading my books through my headphones whilst I knit. It takes a little to get used to the voice and of course you do not get the intonations and character individuality but it does not take long to get used to it and for a change it is rather fun and I like being able to do two things at once. Of course for those who really need this function, it must be brilliant and make life so much easier.

We have always enjoyed listening to books. Especially when the kids were young we used to always have a book or three on cassette tape to play in the car on long journeys, we were even known to drive around the block a few times on reaching out destination to finish off a book! Cassettes then became CD’s (all usually borrowed from the local library), and we then progressed to mp3’s of various programmes. Before venturing on trips around the country Roy & I would have a few books or interesting programmes to listen to in the car – saves on inane conversation!!!! Now we have a new toy to play with.

So thank you Brian & Marg for asking the question and we hope you enjoy reading lots of books Marj.