Friday, July 28, 2006

A “Melissa” Moment: Wireless Internet

I have these moments. I’m not a ditz. I’m a fairly well-educated person. But sometimes things are just a little too obvious, so no one tells me, and I go on not knowing….until one day when I have a “Melissa” moment.

I bought a laptop in March and I love it. It’s my first new computer. It was state of the art for about four seconds, but I don’t care. And the most fun part is how convenient it is to have a laptop. I can go into the living room or into the bedroom or, if I wanted, into the bathroom, and my laptop will pick up the wireless signal from Mark’s computer to connect me to the internet.

Occasionally, I go outside of our home with my computer. For instance, I began to take my laptop to school. It was so nice to be able to work on a file at home and then be able to continue my work at school without having to send an e-mail to myself or download the file to a memory key. Here’s the one inconvenience that I surrendered to though. I couldn’t latch on to a wireless internet signal at school. So, if I was making a powerpoint presentation on my laptop and I wanted a picture off the internet. I would go to the classroom desktop computer, search for a picture, save it to my memory key, then walk a few feet to my laptop, insert the memory key and retrieve the picture. In the back of my mind I thought….there MUST be an easier way.

Last weekend I was at my father’s new house. My brother had just gotten Dad’s internet service working and he suggested I could check my on-line coursework. I told Jay that, alas, I could not if my father did not have a wireless signal because my computer wouldn’t hook up to the internet with a wire.

Jay looked at me like I was crazy.

Apparently all computers come with that little slot for plugging in internet cables.
This will sure make my life easier from now on!


Ben & Maryann Roebuck said...

It's okay Melissa. I completely understand. I completely understand. There there.

Ben & Maryann Roebuck said...

Ha ha ha...


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