New iPad – My Calculations

When new devices appear the topic of conversation often falls to “Can I justify buying it?” , because unless it is a replacement for a failing device I really don’t “need” to buy it.

So I thought I would look back at my spending habits pre iPad and compare them with the purchase of iPad1 and upgrade to iPad2.
This is a simple comparison of where I spend my money, I’m not getting into value or ease of purchases.
Five things that were purchased in our house pre iPads were:

Newspapers(Hard copy)
Magazines(Hard copy)
Fiction and non-fiction books(Hard copy)
Street Directory(Hard Copy)

Some of these were annual purchases while others were daily.
I do not purchase most of these ‘Hard Copy” items since getting an iPad.
I still buy the occasional hard copy book and this usually done online, making it cheaper and saving me time and fuel.

My calculations (yes I keep receipts) show that my expenses have gone down when comparing the 12 months pre iPad with the 12 months with the iPad1.
They dropped again when comparing 12 months with the iPad1 with the following 12months when I upgraded to iPad2.
These calculations include the cost of purchasing the iPads.
Will I upgrade to the new iPad? Probably.
Do I need to upgrade? Probably not.

Either way I consider that the iPads I’ve purchased, and used a lot, have more than paid for themselves so now it’s just a matter of deciding if I want to upgrade -Probably

Will you leave your online life to your loved ones?

As we start our independent lives away from our parents we take on more responsibilities and start to gather our worldly goods. Once we have a few things to our names and whether we are single, enter into relationships, have kids we start to think about what or who we would like to have these things and manage our affairs in the unfortunate event of our death. This is where a Will (Last will and testament) comes into play. It is not something that any of use really wants to think about or do but a very necessary evil especially if you want a say in what happens to your belongings, who will care for your children or animal.

So as many of our daily tasks start to move online and we start creating our online presence have you thought about if you will leave access to these accounts and information and if so who will you leave it to? Our online presence can be very personal and not all aspects may be shared or even know about by your friends or family so do we just leave list of account numbers, usernames and passwords as part of your will or leave it all out there in the cloud some of which will be viewable and other locked away.

I have been thinking about this recently as I really need to update my will now my kids are older and just general life situations have changed. I did a quick calculation of how many different online accounts I have including bank accounts, and came to a figure around 50. Well that blew me away and seeing that I use some accounts like gmail as a backup facility also some of these accounts will need to be accessed by other after I have gone. If you have flickr accounts and other media sharing accounts that have family and personal files would you want your family to have account access to these? 

I am just putting this out there for all of us to think about, how I would actually go about leaving this information or if I would actually leave access available to or my accounts is something I will be thinking about. So I ask the question Will you leave your online life to your loved ones?








Keep Your Readers

I am new to blogging and have been reading quiet a few as I look around at some of the sites. One thing I did come across was some people mentioning that they did not really want to add links to other people’s blogs or web pages in their sites as they don’t want to lose their readers.This seems a shame especially was we can learn so much from each other in this ‘social network’ so a simple way to keep your readers and still give them these valuable links is to set the ‘Target’ of your links to open in a new page.

These tips are edublogs specific but I am sure similar settings are available in other sites. For Internet Explorer uses it will open a new browser while Firefox users will have a new tab open.

Open in New Window
Change the target of your link to open in a new window

You can also set the target window in your blogroll with the following setting that is on the right hand side of the editor window.

Blog Target

You can also add the following target html code to links that are in you sidebar.

<a href=”” title=”Open link in a new window” target=”_blank”>

Hope this helps

ToonDoo Madness

Sue has now everyone creating comics with ToonDoo, just thought I would put my daughters up for viewing. I must go and have a turn soon.

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