The Norman Transcript

Features

March 10, 2013

Being the master of a new cell phone is not as easy as it looks

NORMAN — I’ve always taken pride in the fact that I know my way around a computer.

I can email. I can print. And, now I’m just bragging, I can download things. Now, and I’m sure the IT guy we have here at the Transcript would back me up on this, if anything goes wrong with the actual computer, I’m left scratching my head and calling for assistance.

All of my tech toys I’ve mastered enough to get by. It wasn’t easy. The new iPod I got for Christmas was quite a doozy to figure out. Thankfully though, I figured it all out before the next Christmas.

But now there is the situation of a phone. I’m kind of a Frugal Fran when it comes to cell phones. I personally don’t want to carry around a $200 phone and pay an arm and a leg each month for service. I can hear just fine on my cheap phone. I’m not a big texter either. I’ll either call you or drop you an email. So I don’t really need all the bells and whistles.

I had been putting off upgrading our phones for about a year. I finally bit the bullet and when the new phones arrived on my doorstep, it was pretty exciting. I just love having things brought to my house in brown boxes waiting for me to open them. I remember the new phones arrived early one Friday morning. I couldn’t wait to bust them out of the box and start reading the owner’s manual. I figured since it was a Friday, I’d dedicate the entire weekend to learning the ends and the outs of this little device that quite truly is one of my favorite inventions.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • Technology can interfere with parenting

    Hi, I’m an eighth-grader and have a little sister in fifth grade. We love our mom and dad. They are always on their cell phones. When they ask us about how school was that day, we don’t think they even listen to our answers. We feel ...

    April 25, 2014

  • Journal is wrong

    The Wall Street Journal says there’s no difference between a child whose primary interest is reading and a child who uses social media obsessively. In WSJ’s March 22-23 “Mind and Matter” column, Alison Gopnik recounts, in fable form, her ...

    April 25, 2014

  • Deer workshop set

    It may not be deer season in Oklahoma, but hunting enthusiasts never stop thinking about the most economically impactful game species in our state. According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s (ODWC) website, deer ...

    April 25, 2014

  • April is when nature renews itself

    Wind-sheers, hail and strong south winds can damage young transplanted tomato, pepper and other tender plants as well as fruit such as apples, peaches, nectarines, etc. A large, plastic pot with the bottom cut out placed upside down will ...

    April 25, 2014

  • National Garden Club members headed to Norman

    Oklahoma Garden Clubs Inc. will host the 85th national convention from April 30 through May 3 at Embassy Suites Norman. Several hundred guests are expected for the four-day event....

    April 25, 2014

  • Random thoughts

    Do you ever find your mind bombarded with weird questions? Why do we expend brain cell energy on questions that have the importance of a speck of dust? In the grand scheme of things we should think about earthshaking things. Whether you ...

    April 25, 2014

  • Pancreatic enzyme disease in dogs

    Dear Dr. Fox: A close friend has a police dog (a German shepherd, bred in Germany for that purpose) with severe health issues. The major problem is pancreatic enzyme deficiency. His vet has him on pancreatic tabs, but he still has loose ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Norman resident honored as volunteer of the week

    Each week, we recognize a volunteer who is making a difference in the lives of veterans and surviving spouses in the area. This week’s volunteer has been making the trip each week to Goldsby for the last five years. I’m proud to say that ...

    April 23, 2014

  • Air travel tips for seniors with special needs

    Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to fly my elderly parents across the country next month for my daughter’s wedding but have some concerns about the flight. My mom has trouble walking long distances and my dad has COPD and needs an oxygen ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Couple with autistic children lead Thorn Bush Autism group

    For Leah and Christian Eisenbeis raising two children with Autism is not only a challenge but it’s been a blessing, too....

    April 20, 2014