Tuesday while I was walking to my car, precariously balancing a travel mug, my bag and trying to read Twitter all at the same time, my hand slipped and my precious communication device ended up flat on its back on the concrete parking lot floor. As it hit, I heard a distinctly crunchy sound. When I leaned to pick it up, I felt the results. Shattered. Crap.
So, I got in my car and drove directly to the Apple store. I did not pass go. I did not collect $200. When I got there, I was informed it would be a 30 minute wait before a “genius” could see me.
I looked at the bright-eyed young clerk and said, “Can you just give it to me straight? Can this be fixed and will it cost me $600?” She said, “Oh, yeah. it can be fixed while you wait and if everything is still working properly, replacing the back costs about $30.”
"Okay, fine. I’ll wait."
About 15 minutes later, a young genius came over and asked me what I needed. I flipped my phone over. He said, “Okay. No problem.” He noodled with a couple settings and then disappered with my phone for 10 minutes. When he returned, I had a shiny new back and he even wiped all the dirt of the edge of my bumper. $28 plus tax and all was well in the world.
I was informed that, had I broken the front of the phone, the price would have been $150 to repair as all the delicate electronics are soldered to the touchscreen and the fonr glass. So, once again, dear readers, learn from my mistakes. If you don’t have a cover or some sort of protection on your phone, get some. Handle it gently or make sure you applied for the insurance policy. I managed to escape with the equivalent of the cost of dinner. I’d hate for you to suffer the same fate.
So, in preparation for a big trip, I fell off the bandwagon (again) and bought a new iPad. Yeah, one of those newfangled iPads with the Retina display. This purchase was not made without some trepidation; I had owned one previously and found it too devoted to games and content-consumption and not enough about making, editing, and reviewing content, not to mention iPads are not inexpensive. That said, when I compared the other options available at the moment that would let me watch movies and tv, read books and magazines, and on occasion check my email, twitter or web, there weren’t many options: the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet/Color were about the only other candidates in the running. I KNOW there are other options but as a fairly devoted Apple-user I was not quite ready to go down a fully-Android path.
So, now we come to the crux of my issues. I need a good cover/case for my new gadget as well as a good bag to trek across the globe with.
So far, I’ve been debating upon just getting one of Apple’s stock magnetic Smart Covers as I’ve not seen much in the way of small, reasonably-priced protective covers for the new iPad.
As for other goodies, I did stumble upon the Moop Messenger No.4 for iPad. While slightly out of my price range at $185, it looks lovely. I’m intrigued by the names of their other models as well, including The Letter Bag and The Letter Clutch.
Any suggestions for accessories, apps, cases or bags for our fine readers? Leave them in the comments! Thanks!
Once you’ve password protected your computer, locked all the doors and windows and backed up all your data, what could possibly be left to do? Protecting your passwords and making them as secure as possible. Thanks to 1Password, you can store all your passwords within one application under a master password. Also, 1Password can generate new and even more secure passwords for you behind your master password providing protection from online hacking. It will also store serial numbers, credit card data and notes under lock-and-key. Software can be backed up to Dropbox or your harddrive. The software is pricey but the peace of mind is free. $49 for desktop app. $14.99 for iOS.
Update: 1Password is available for Android and Windows as well as the full array of Apple products.
Step number one in Safety Week. If you have a portable computer (or really any computer for that matter) go into your preferences right now and set your computer to require a user name and password upon restart, waking from sleep or waking from screen saver. It is your first line of defense for identity theft. It makes it harder for someone to get your data (be it your email address, credit card number or baby photos) and they will be more likely to just wipe the drive than try to hack it. It sucks either way but it’ll suck a whole lot less knowing thieves cannot access your data.