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How lucky I am! On my journey along Route 66, I found an iPod Touch.

I mentioned how delighted I am to be able to use my new iPod to listen to audio books. Of course, it has been quite a learning experience, as not only have I never owned an MP3 player before this brand new model iPod Touch, but I have never ever used a touch screen as a navigation system, except at airports and ATM kiosks.  Last year when I purchased a new Point and Shoot camera, one of the latest models featured a touch screen, but that seemed so foreign to me that I rejected it for one with traditional buttons and wheels.

The iPod Touch has only two buttons plus the charger insert. It was strange to say the least, but now I am learning that by touch, I can discover more and more that this little gizmo can accomplish. One thing that I was able to see straight away was that not only can  I listen to audio books, but I can  READ text books.

Amazing it was to make that discovery, as I had not realized that would be an added bonus. As I said before, there should be miracles included in this gadget, as a way to justify its pricey price. When I find a book I want to read, I merely turn the iPod Touch sideways (horizontal) and the text lines up perfectly for reading. However, both the iPod and the text books must be connected to the Internet, as I must read them through the Safari browser which comes installed on the iPod Touch. I have not found a way to download these text books into iTunes or to the iPod, so I am assuming that is not possible. However, this works fine for me at home in bed, as I have WiFi at my house. I know where the free text books are on the Internet and the iPod Touch knows how to remember my favorite places.

Of course, this iPod works for reading all kinds of other stuff on the Internet, not to mention my other blogs, my Google calendar, my Google homepage with all the latest news on it. And you know what? Surprise, surprise! I have been able to enter my events onto my Google calendar from my iPod and I have also been able to read and send Gmail. So who needs an added phone anyway? Not me. But I bet with a bit of sleuthing someone can find a phone on this thing too, as it does connect to the Internet.

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SPAM No More

I was surprised to receive the following email from a correspondent:

Please stop all E-Mail for a time. … I will be on an extended trip. Please, no more E-Mail until at least 31 October. With all of the spam and junk mail my server may get overloaded and I won’t get your message anyway. Thanks for your consideration, …

People still get SPAMMED? I did not realize that SPAM mail continues to be such a problem. I use Gmail on the Internet and I use Windows Mail on my computer and I rarely see any SPAM.  I had read somewhere that the major email providers had conquered the SPAM problem with some sort of new technology, so I thought that was the reason I am now SPAM-free.  When I signed on with Cox.net some years ago, the SPAM mail was overwhelming. I no longer use Cox mail except for old accounts where I signed on using that. 

I have no idea where the SPAM goes in Windows Mail, as there is no SPAM folder. Rarely, something comes through that I consider junk, and mark it as such and it goes into a Junk Mail folder. Windows Mail downloads all of my mail from Gmail, Cox.net and my personal server into one program where I can read it at once.

Gmail does have a junk folder, but I have never found anything in it but pure SPAM. That is a good thing, because opening that folder is sickening, and I am always horrified to find that there are so many warped minds on the Internet. It is quite amazing the stuff that these terrible people believe that an elderly grandmother would find of interest.

I do not download my AOL mail, as I never use it anymore. Once every few months I go to AOL to check and see if anyone is still sending mail there. The problem with AOL is that their SPAM filters place good mail in them, so one has to check them. That is not necessary with Gmail.

In fact, the other day I was speaking with Apple.com and they sent me an email to my Gmail account. Apple told me to check my SPAM folder, saying that their emails usually end up in SPAM folders. I told them that I have never had any good and proper mail go into Gmail’s SPAM folder. Sure enough, the Apple email came right into Windows Mail from Gmail. Amazingly, neither Microsoft (creator of Windows Mail) nor Google (creator of Gmail) discriminated against Apple. I told Apple that it is because Gmail knows everything – they know that I have purchased a new Ipod, hence the reason I am getting “legitimate” email from Apple.

Some people may find that scary. But at least I don’t have to open my SPAM folder, which is what I find scary.

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