Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Technology Gene


Those that know me well know that I was born without the technology gene - the piece of DNA that lets me distinguish downloads from widgets, and read error messages on the computer and know what they mean. This flaw affects all aspects of my life. At work I spend a fair amount of time implementing new IT systems into our department which is very challenging for someone who until recently didn't know why there was a right mouse button (It does what??). And at home I never tape TV shows because, in reality, its all too hard. I'll just catch the re-run some time in the next ten years.

So I've stunned and shocked myself in the last four weeks. I've been spending up to 4 hours a day in the car most work days on a long and tedious commute and one of my friends recommended getting an audio book to pass the time. So, as one does when you lack the technology gene, I trotted off to the library and grabbed "Key of Light" by Nora Roberts on 9 CDs.

And I'm hooked! Seriously considering never reading a physical book ever again. And that was before I found out you can download them onto a MP3 player. I can't even imagine how much "reading" I'll be able to do - at the gym, doing the ironing, cooking, commuting.

This book is the first in a trilogy, so as soon as I'm finished it I'll be headed for the steep learning curve of learning to download audio books. Wish me luck.

6 comments:

Anita Joy said...

Don't worry Fiona, I didn't know you could download audio books onto an MP3 player either! I have an MP3 player which I never use - but now maybe it has a purpose. I just have to find out how you get audio books, lol.

Fiona G said...

Hi Anita

I haven't figured it out yet either. But if you google audio books there's plenty to choose from. And when I checked the shelves at the library they had so many to choose from, so maybe I just head back to the library instead...

Eleni Konstantine said...

Fi, good on you for your technology milestone of getting book on CD. Soon you will be tackling the MP3!! Watch out world.

I've only heard a few audio books...just don't do what I did & fall asleep 'reading' um listening to a book because the voice was soothing. You have to go back and find where you were at :)) Best as you said when you are doing things like driving, ironing etc...

Happy 'Reading'!

Fiona G said...

Eleni, thanks for the encouragement. I had a little snooze for about 10 mins during disc 4, so learned that lesson the hard way.

jenn j mcleod said...

That sounds fab. I might have to get me one of those dang thingamebobs!

Fiona G said...

Hi Jenn

Me too! I've got an iPOD Shuffle, but its full of Queen, Brian Adams and Bon Jovi. So I might have to put the romance novels on something else. Wish me luck.

Fi

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