Posts Tagged ‘reliance on technology’

If I didn’t rely on technology then my work wouldn’t get done. I wouldn’t know what work was waiting for me before getting into the office, I also would not be able to plan my day and pre-empt any work arising. Granted I also use tech for leisure, for example, I listen to Radio X in the morning on the way to the train station, I have the app on my phone and so when I park the car, and switch the engine off, I switch my Bluetooth headset on and pick up where I left off. This makes my half mile walk to the train station stress free (I park that far away because it is free).

The unfortunate thing is that Blackberry appears to be in decline (this I actually find quite upsetting), and as per my last post I had to change phones recently due to an unforeseen incident at Oktoberfest concerning beer. I thought this was an opportune time to bite the bullet (so to speak), and move over to a Samsung Galaxy Edge 7, knowing that I could use a clip on keyboard, which was purchased shortly afterwards, so my productivity wouldn’t also decline. See further details about the clip-on keyboard below.

I am one of those types that walks around the office emailing so I need to be mobile. Given the other ventures I am involved in, technology is a crucial part of making everything work for me. Having said that, sometimes it hinders me beyond belief, for example the latest saga is using my new Samsung tablet (an early Christmas present). Why can I not just access documents stored on the device, why do I have to save them in a completely different location, mark them as offline and then save a copy to another location, just to access and input some text. Normally I am an advocate of Microsoft products, but now I have to ensure that I either have Wi-Fi or my phone tethered, just to access any document. I have tried downloading other apps to bypass this, but the outcome is the same. I bet the Apple Gods are laughing now, considering I have been declaring their devices are counter-productive for years.

What really rubs salt in the wound is that I gave my perfectly good Lenovo laptop to my mother as her early Christmas present, and it has taken two weeks to find out how to access documents offline, that are not actually offline when accessed. Don’t get me started on the Bluetooth keyboard that goes with it. Random disconnections are the reason why I have not posted in nearly a month (and even then I had to upload this post using a PC).

The non-accessibility issue seems to be a pet peeve to quite a few, so I have listed my solution below. If anyone has any better suggestions/experiences, please also share them here, for the greater good and in the spirit of helping your fellow frustrated writer/reviewer.

Accessing files offline – that are not really offline

First things first, if you are tearing your hair out trying to use your Samsung tablet to access and edit documents offline, here is a trick, piggy back off of your phone. I agree one should not have to accommodate these over subscribed conglomerates, we all should be able to access our documents quickly and efficiently, but in the spirit of not throwing your device in a corner to collect dust, here is what you do:

Try Google Drive, there is a function to keep documents offline, but that is about as useful as a chocolate teapot, or it works well if your device is optimised to install Google Docs, which mine of course is not. I have yet to be able to access a document offline, it just doesn’t work. You can mark the document as offline, but just try opening Microsoft Word without internet access.

Piggy back off of your phone – if you have a Samsung phone, you can pair the device for long periods of time to access and edit your documents. Sure enough, we all know the security dangers using Bluetooth for extended timeframes, but I doubt that has gone through the though processes of the manufacturers here.

Samsung Galaxy Edge keyboard

On the flip side, it is not all doom and gloom. The clip on keyboard I purchased from Amazon for my phone, is brilliant! To the relief and somewhat joy of my friends, family and colleagues, it works! In my last post I mentioned, well heavily detailed to be more precise about my hatred of touchscreens. To assist in my touchscreen trials, I purchased the clip on keyboard and stylus which can be used for electronic drawing.

If you need a clip-on keyboard for your Samsung phone, then I highly recommend the one I am using. It is great if you are walking around and messaging, great for those of us with dermatitis and cannot use touch screens, it clips on (it adjusts the screen for you) and is ready to use. The only drawback is that it does not light up the keys. This means that when your little monster wakes you up in the middle of the night and you want to know what time it is, to unlock your phone you will have to remove the keyboard and reapply once you have gained access, but from there it is plain sailing.

Aside from this little flaw, well worth the money.

As always, let’s end with some frivolity with the below video of Michael Mcintyre’s Big Show Series 3 Episode 2 – the opening is about reliance on technology.

I still consider myself to be one of the fortunate few from a generation before technology was integrated into everyday life, and one who remembers what the world was like before mobile phones and the internet.At the same time, considering how far we have come in such a short time, it does surprise people when they find out how old I am (I have good genes), and that as I am one of the first to bask in the mobile phone trend, it is often surprising that I am also one of ‘those’ who gets frustrated by the speed of technology. By utilising my touch typing skills this leads to a very productive but also frustrating life.


This is something that every parent questions, and I won’t lie, when calling my mother up the other day to find out how Monster was, and receiving the answer “Ok, they are on my tablet”, it did send a slight chill down my spin. But we are a society obsessed by technology, is it any wonder that our children are now born knowing what to do with a smartphone?

Well actually, I think it is. I am still amazed when Monster is allowed within a few centimetres of a device and knows what to do with it.

If there is one thing I have learnt over the last 6 months doing this Monster rearing lark is that children are like sponges. Even from birth they are continuously learning, we are continuously training them and we sometimes forget just how perceptive they are.

The above may be a very obvious statement, but when seeing my in-laws’ children recently who are 2 years and ‎17 weeks, I noticed when in the presence of technology, for example a smartphone, much like my Monster they will, as if by instinct swipe the screen. It is not like they are scrolling for something in particular, they just know to swipe the screen. It was comforting to know that it astonished my sister-in-law the first time she saw it as well.

This seems to be the same with laptops. In the space of a minute, Monster had scrolled using the trackpad to several browser tabs, nearly purchasing something off of Ebay and was scrolling through some random website – must remember parental blocks in the future – all because they had sat and watched how it was operated by my husband and I. It makes you wonder what was going through Monster’s head at the time.

The Daily Mail (which is not my first choice of rag), published an article about this and other sites, namely Medical News Today have mentioned the benefits and disadvantages.

While I am inclined to just go with it and accept that technology will be heavily involved in the lives of the coming generations, I can’t help but say, let children be children. Though when I was a child it was the norm to go outside, run around, climb trees, ride bikes and do our homework out of text books, now we have Google. Need I say more.

This post coincides with another that I wrote a few months ago about the reliance on technology, it also ties in with recent events.

The UK decided it no longer wanted to be a part of the European Union on Friday 24 June 2016 in an incredibly close 52% to 48% vote. Every social media outlet found itself inundated with discussions from honorary self-appointed politicians for the day. While politics have never been so exciting in my mind, whether you voted to leave of remain, it was an unsettling turn of events. I did not campaign for the side I voted for as I felt that this time, it was too personal and we in the UK are in a democracy so why try and influence others. Many, along with the politicians of course did campaign in an aim to sway the majority to their side and at that point it should have been obvious that there would be an outrage at the result.

Now whether there would have been an equal indignation if the results were different we will never know, but I am sure I am not the only one who was equally as shocked at the responses by some people. Not only did I see the reactions from friends of friends but some of my friends, who I considered to be upstanding individuals, resorted to name calling and bullying.

I will say that yes, people have a right to be angry, no one is taking that away from anyone but to call people ‘thick’, ‘wa*kers’, ‘c*nts’ and so on just because they did/do not agree with another’s opinion, is in my mind down right disgusting. This referendum vote was extremely important to us all in the UK, but there has been a lot of disappointment for many years. The people of this country have been at a disadvantage for some time and I think this election was a forum for people to vent their anguish.

While I do no condemn anyone for the way they voted, whether the outcome was right or a mistake remains to be seen; only time will tell. The one thing I will say is that rather than look at this outcome as negative, let’s look at this with a positive view, while change can be very scary, there is no going back from this. The UK will be independent, it will have the opportunity to stand on its own two feet. I do not believe our ability to trade will be severely affected, nor do I believe the country will be in dire straits, but again I cannot predict the future, so we will see.

Following the aftermath of the result, over a million people from the ‘Remain camp’ have flocked to the online petition sites to campaign for a revote. While I understand peoples’ frustrations as it was an incredibly close vote, where does this end? What will happen if there is a revote and then people chose to remain, will the ‘Leave camp’ then petition too?

One thing is clear though, 52% of people in the UK do not have faith in the system and the need for change is a must.

So the title of this post is that nowadays with mobile devices we have the wealth of information at our fingertips yet we still rely on the tunnel vision approach. While the stoke for this was going to be on other topics, I think the referendum vote captures the need for people to do their research because they either speak or post adequately.

In other news, I have now decided that I am going to manufacture a line of square shaped baby bottles with large flat bases and lids, so they can be stood up securely. I have found with bottles that either the bases or lids are too narrow which means that when you pause to wind your little one you end up dropping the bottle or the lid on the floor. At the same time, when this happens, as if by magic either will roll away from you and in your less than awake state, it feels like the bottle or lid is mocking you by continuing to roll as you repeatedly try to pick it up.

Following my debut into parenthood I am currently swimming 22 miles over a maximum of 12 weeks for Helping Hearts. If you would like to donate, please visit my JustGiving page.