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Sunday, February 17, 2013

My New Kindle Fire HD

My new Kindle Fire HD was delivered a few day's ago. Did I need a new Kindle? No, I did not. All I do on my Kindle is read books and my old, original Kindle still worked perfectly fine. Am I skilled at justifying the purchase of something I want but don't need? Yes, I am. In this case, I easily convinced myself of the convenience of taking a new Kindle Fire HD on vacation to Florida in March to visit my kids. In addition to reading my books, I could check my e-mail and pop in on Facebook. All this on one small device easily carried in my purse! I could leave the heavy old laptop at home.

I am technologically-challenged and could often be used as a real-life example of the Peter Principle, which is, I upgrade to the level of my incompetence. My Smartphone was smarter than I was. I never learned to take advantage of its many features. Once I retired, I paid off my contract and pitched it into the desk drawer, never to be charged again.

I forget to hit the "ok" button when my t.v. asks if I want to watch in HD. This irritates my son no end. "Why did you spend the extra money on an HD-capable television if you're not going to use it?" I'm embarrassed to admit I can't really tell much difference. I don't have any channels listed in my favorites and I've never recorded a series. I haven't watched a tenth of the channels I have access to. Finding something I might be interested in just doesn't seem worth the effort it takes. Give me NASCAR and the news and I'm good.

John talked me out of asking for an I-pod for my birthday. "Mom," he said, "just admit that technology has passed you by and stick with cds."

So, you can see why I was somewhat intimidated by the box on my dining room table that contained my new Kindle Fire HD. I put off opening it for several days, afraid that it would prove to be one more high-tech device that instilled a sense of hopeless inferiority.

 One reason I was willing to take a chance is because I've learned to have faith in And sure enough, when I finally steeled my backbone and pulled my new device out of it's package, it greeted me by name and led me step-by-simple-step through the start-up process.

All my books were already installed and waiting for me. Setting up my e-mail took five minutes, following the Kindle's simple directions. It then instantly connected me to my Facebook and Twitter accounts.

If anyone young and tech-savvy is reading this, they are probably shaking their heads in disgust but I was pathetically grateful to for making the Kindle equally as accessible to Dummies as experts. I spent hours trying to program my phone. I learned to resent it then and that feeling never changed. We were always opponents rather than partners.

This is's modus operandi. They make everything as convenient as possible for all their customers, whether it is buying books or publishing books, reading reviews to help make purchasing decisions, receiving recommendations, helping with start up. They are the most user-friendly of companies.   

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