Let’s hope this project goes quickly and smoothly, because I’ve been stamping my feet to start it since Christmas.You see, I got this seriously gorgeous new gadget as a present: the latest, 5th generation iPod touch. It’s a slick black mini monolith with the Retina screen and 64 gig of storage (I’ve had desktop computers with less!) for lots of music, games, art and storage for the all the photos I plan to take with its camera. Like the 2nd gen it will be partially replacing, it will also be my main portable internet access point, since I don’t carry a smartphone. I’ve been wanting a new touch for a while, pretty much ever since they started having cameras in them, so this is a long anticipated moment. (Thank you, generous present giver–I’m going to have a lot of fun with this.)
Of course, all of this means I am going to have to spend at least a few hours figuring out how the thing works and and getting a little familiar with using it. Hence the wait. Sigh. I am old enough that I still learn best from information laid out on paper, and for something this complicated I need a real honest to dog book. And, man, nowadays it takes forever for the books to come out on the new gadgets. This “Teach Yourself Visually” volume was the very first iPod touch manual to cover the new iOS, and it wasn’t released until last week. But here it is, finally, and I’ve already started studying it. I’m not a huge fan of the “Visually” series (give me a “To the Max” any day) but I am not going to wait any longer to play with my new toy. Tomorrow it gets charged up, and then it can call the mother ship for its first synch. More on this story as it develops.