The challenge of English Friday today is How gadgets affect my life. Here is my share.
Actually I don’t have many gadgets which I am really attached to. One exception is my smart phone. It is iPhone 5. Without my iPhone I would be forlorn.
On my iPhone I have a couple of apps which I use daily.
- weeronline.nl. This is a weather forecast app. Weeronline has this not to miss, cloud radar feature. It is so accurate en shows how the cloud moves minutely. It shows the forecast of wind speed, snow, sun, rain, hail. It contains even warning sections for hay fever patients. I always check it first before I go out. This is important because I bike to my work and other appointments.
- 9292ov is an online planner for Dutch public transportation (bus, tram, metro, train, ferries). Since I don’t have a car, this app is very handy. I use it often when I don’t take my bike.
- ns.nl is a planner from Dutch Railways (NS = Nederlandse Spoorwegen). I plan all my train rides, domestic and international here. Delays and planned railway reparations are shown here so I can plan my trip efficiently.
- nu.nl is Dutch fastest news site. Nu is Dutch word for now. Nu.nl’s news updates are fast. Sometimes they are so fast there is lack of insight. This doesn’t bother me as I normally search the insight somewhere else.
- Evernote. This is where I save interesting links and notes.
And there are social media apps: facebook, path, twitter, flickr, instagram, wordpress etc. Skype and WhatsApp connect me with family and friends. I listen to the music on the way with my iPhone (spotify, itunes and radio apps).
I set my WhatsApp on idle during office hours. And during dining (lunch and dinner) the smart phone is not around, after I take pictures of the food with it of course. Unlike majority of Indonesians who take pictures with their smart phone during gathering, parties and in the cinema/theater, I am reluctant to do this. Mostly I only make one or two pictures. I just want to talk to other guests and have fun instead of staring at that tiny screen.
No ereader for me
Some people call me old-fashioned but I don’t have an ereader. I must admit ereader makes reading easy but I am still fond of real books. On my iBooks on both my iPad and iPhone there are only few books. I have read all of them but I still prefer thumbing the pages, making notes and fold the last page I am at. Perhaps I will change my mind one day and purchase an ereader, I don’t know when.
Speaking of gadgets, they are not always IT-related. I may only be attached to one gadget, my iPhone, but I have three gadgets I love in the kitchen. They are a blender, a slicer (mandoline) and a mini kitchen torch. Those three help me prepare the food faster and make the result more beautiful. They make cooking and baking more fun to do.
Gadgets are convenience products and they make part of our daily life nowadays. I might be lost without my iPhone but I think I can survive without it and any other gadget. After all I grew up in the 70es and 80es without Internet and e-mail.