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I am the latest family recipient of the iPad that no one wants.  My brother gave it to my mother for her birthday back in May.  She poked at it for a bit, and finally decided that it doesn't do anything that her laptop doesn't, she loves her Kindle, and at 80 she just doesn't feel like learning a new operating system.  So she apologized to my brother and offered it back.

He offered it to my nephews, but they turned it down.  One is a law student, and one is a computer science major.

So now it's living with me.  And I'm baffled.  Seriously, I'm not joking - what the heck is it FOR?  I've got a perfectly good hand-me-down laptop that does all the things I want it to do - and IT has a keyboard.  Why yes, I am a touch-typist.  What do I do with a computer at home?  I check my email, and I use Word and Excel heavily.  I surf the web a bit.

So I ask with complete sincerity - what am I intended to do with it?  Charlotte loves making the icons move around, but beyond that.  I can see that it's a neat toy, but is it supposed to be more than that?  That's a lot of money for a toy.

Honest to goodness - I'm just... adrift.


Dec. 14th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
I think there's a goodly helping of "This is just like the pads they used to carry around in StarTrek!" associated with the iPad. I think we *want* to have a use for it, but we haven't figured out what yet.
Dec. 15th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
Well, that and the unthinking adherence to adding to the collection plate of the First Church of Steve Jobs, Prophet. :-)

I hadn't thought of the Star Trek thing though...
Dec. 15th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
First thing that occurred to me. But Bob was so "OMG TREK!" about it that I couldn't have missed it.

I fully admit that when computers became affordable, my parents wanted to buy me one but I didn't see any practical use for it. It wasn't 'til I got to college and it streamlined my ability to write papers that I had a need.

Also, I abhor online games. So if something has primarily gaming applications, I don't care about it.
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
We had a computer fairly early - but it was a true "IBM" - I Built it Myself. Dad worked in the industry. But I didn't really *use* one until I went to work for General DataComm and had to.

I like the occasional evening of computer solitaire, but that's about it. Fantastic gaming applications actually turn me off.
Dec. 15th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
I'm a self-admitted addict. When we had a Playstation, I would play Tomb Raider until my thumb was numb. I cannot have games in my house or I will do no work. Truly.