Posts from the “technology” Category

Mammy,mammy I’m on the radio!

Posted on 11 August, 2014

This morning I was on the radio! Live on the national radio! RTE is the national broadcaster in Ireland and when they contacted me I toyed with the idea that it was a hoax.

A researcher got in touch last week because he had come across my blog post about ditching my smartphone and they wanted to do a segment (see I learnt some radio lingo!) about abandoning technology.

Once I realised that it wasn’t a hoax I spent all of my free time pretend interviewing myself in my head! I also thought long and hard about how I could ask people to vote for me on the blog awards and still sound natural. After many attempts I abandoned that idea and decided to stick to the topic!

I practiced so much that by the time it came to this morning I was petrified.


As soon as I went in to the studio (oh yes, the studio with buttons and microphone and everything!) I was greeted with so many chatty friendly people that they some how managed to put me at ease.




Suddenly, it was all over. I really enjoyed it and I’ve been floating around on adrenaline since.

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I got rid of my Smart Phone

Posted on 12 May, 2014

rotary telephone receiver

So the months trial is over and the decision is made.

Goodbye i-phone 4S, hello Nokia 3100c.

For those of you that are new to the blog I went a month without my using my i-phone. The idea was that I would trial going back to my old Nokia phone in an attempt to become less obsessed with my phone, it’s apps and endless internet links. ¬†It’s not exactly the most riveting news in the world. “Woman changes phone” but it interests me so I’ll have a go at writing about it.


I’m happier without it. It sounds strange I know. What harm can a little phone do? It didn’t cause me any harm but it did lure me in more often than I liked and I struggled to put it down. I would take a photograph, post it on Instagram and then check ¬†minutes later wondering why no one had liked it yet. It’s a very nice tea cup, what’s not to like! Why aren’t people liking the tea cup?

When trying to stay away failed  I would check again,someone has liked it. Why has only one person liked it so far? Do I need more hashtags?

These are not rational thoughts.

I would look at twitter and suddenly I have spent ten minutes taking a quiz about which Sex and the City star I’m most like (Carrie apparently). Not the end of the world but not really fun either, just passing time.

I couldn’t watch a film without IMBD-ing at least one character to figure out what I knew them from.

I’d start at point A and end up zig zagging across the internet to things that pass time. Not necessarily things that entertained but clicking random things of vague interest.


I gave the example to a friend about how at 4 or 5am while heating up a bottle for Ewan (yep he’s waking at night now and yes I use a microwave to heat the bottle) I would check Instagram, check Facebook and twitter and see if there were any new comments or likes.

She made the valid point that I’m not going to pick up a book for those 30 seconds. She’s right but I can just stand there and wait. Every second of my day doesn’t need to be filled with something. I’m not being productive by checking my iphone I’m passing seconds.

If anything it’s unproductive because my ultimate goal is not to wake up at all, feed Ewan in a sleepy haze and go back to bed. I don’t necessarily want to wake myself up more by looking at gooey cakes, earthy woodsy children and nice wall paper. These things are pretty but I really don’t need to see them at 5 in the morning. They are images without context, story or meaning just pretty things. nothing wrong with that but I need to go to sleep.

Just use it less…

Well that’s the obvious answer isn’t it. Use it less. It sounds so easy. After the months trial I turned it on again to retrieve a phone number and ¬†I felt like Golum holding the precious ring. I felt a rush, elated even. ¬†I felt my heart quicken as the apps re-installed.

A few days later old habits kicked in. I would pick it up first thing in the morning, I would pick it up when playing with Ewan to take a picture and get lost in it until he came over to see what I was looking at. ¬†I would panic when I didn’t know where it was. Time passed when I looked at it and ¬†I didn’t even realise how long. I would never consciously ignore someone to look at my phone but it would happen without me noticing.

“Dinner is ready” Steve said, “Great, thanks” I’d reply with my head in the phone. “Actually, on the table now” ,”Yep, I’m coming” as I waited for the video of the worlds craziest intersection ¬†to finish. It’s just rude, I didn’t mean to be, I just really wanted to see if the cars were going to collide!

Most people can handle it and know when to ignore it but for me it’s easier just to opt out. So the i-phone is now off, uncharged and back in it’s box away.

The Nokia 3100C, with it’s amazing battery life, gets pride of place in my handbag and I’ve started to pack my little Canon camera in beside it so I can take photos¬†(actual visible ones which my Nokia struggles with)¬†and videos whenever I like.

I’m not saying smart phones are bad I’m saying I’m happier without mine.

I look down less and I like that.

That’s all.


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Old School

Posted on 7 April, 2014

As I mentioned before the iphone with all it’s apps and number monitoring was sucking the joy from the blog and taking up much more time than a phone should so I decided to ditch it for a month. Well it has been a week now since I swapped my iphone 4S for my Nokia 3110c (the C is for classic!)

nokia 3110c

Here’s a bit of a review of how it’s going…

As time goes on I’ll decide if this is a good idea or not.
What do you think? Any other phone addicts out there?

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Posted on 13 January, 2014

Inspired by Ewan eating his dinner all by himself I decided I too should make a break towards independence.

With a boyfriend who works in I.T. it’s very easy to shrug at most computer problems and say “Steve will know how to do this I’ll just ask him”. I am trying (in baby steps) to do more computery things on my own.

So my first task was to make an image where you could click various parts of the image and be brought to another webpage. I have seen these on other blogs but had no idea how to make one.

Low and behold I have done it. Thanks to this link and this website. There were some technical problems and after spending too much time of my life  trying to fix it I did cave and ask Steve.

So with some guidance I went back to the electronic drawing board and finished it! ¬†It’s quiet fun. Well, kind of, in the same way that maths is fun when you get it and really, really annoying when it just doesn’t work and somebody clearly must have the theory wrong because it couldn’t be your error.

How it works is you hover the mouse over the photo on the thrifted objects and click (if you wish). I have no idea whether or not it works on the mobile version. That is beyond my reach for the moment. If it doesn’t work unhand your phone and get to a proper computer to check out my handy work.

To those of you that don’t use blogger (or the likes) and code your own blogs I tip my hat. For me it’s just baby steps for the moment.

This week I’m sharing with A¬†Living Space¬†,Me and My Shadow¬†Sir Thrift Alot,¬†Ivy and Elephants and¬†We call it junkin.

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