Saturday, 28 January 2017

Do I need one?

Hello. I am getting  a bit worried, I think I am missing out. I'm going to miss the boat and get left behind if I don't get my finger out and get organized. Everyone else seems to be getting them, you need one for this and one for that, just how many do you need? I haven't got any! Oh dear.

They say life is so much better if you have got a few of them, even one would be better than none. But where do you get them from? The world seems to be awash with them, everywhere you go there are adverts, recommendations, on the radio, internet, magazines, posters, they are everywhere. You must get one of these, you need this one and that one.

Ok, I'll look for one. But my life has been fine up to now without them, if I get one of these must have's will it make everything so much better. I'm a little bit wary of all this hype, a little bit sceptical, I can't understand how they work. What do they do exactly?

Perhaps I'll stumble across one somewhere when I am least expecting it. Maybe I'll turn a corner and there it will be, saying 'I'm yours, come and get me'. But how will I recognize it? It could be a fake. Someone could have planted it there, knowing that I will be coming along and fall for their trick. I don't know if I would dare pick it up, I might walk round it and leave it there.

If I don't get one soon perhaps I'm destined to be a dinosaur forever. I'm not sure if you have to pay for them, I've heard they are free. I don't want any extra complications in my life, I am happy as I am. Maybe I won't bother, if I see one, I will ignore it. No thanks, go away, I don't want you. That would be the easy thing to do. Yes, that's it, I have decided that I will not look for one. If I find one I will give it away.

YIKES....There are millions of them. Have you got an APP?  What do they do exactly? How do you get one? Can you give them back? Maybe someone can enlighten me.

Thanks for popping in, have a nice weekend, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

39 comments:

  1. I am totally in the dark about apps too. My son put a couple on my phone for me and I am sure they are very useful.. Execept, I use my phone to ring or text people. I do use Google maps though cos I have no sense of direction and it helps me find my way to places... and back again.

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  2. I have the apps I got which came with my phone. Occasionally useful for checking emails etc when away but by and large I lack the application to use them...never paid for them. As ever different strokes for different folks.
    Arilx

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  3. They can be a bit confusing. My favourite is WhatsApp. As long as I have Wi-Fi it lets me phone my family in America for free. X

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  4. this made me laugh Ilona. I know what you mean but I only use free apps and then very few and certainly no organiser ones. give me my paper diary any day. OK you can loose it but it will turn up- loose your online stuff and you are dead in the water

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  5. My dear mother is 78 and has really taken to her ipad (better than me), she now has learned how to download "Amps" (as she calls them :0)). For me I only have one that I use which is for my Audible books - I didn't have any choice but to use it. My daughter has a wonderful app that helps her to travel by train (platform/times/delays etc). She also has one for the local bus service (it tells her if the bus is going to be late). That might come in useful if she would show me how to use it.

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  6. Like you, don't know anything about them, don't need one, don't want one. I've got on just fine without them and I can't see that changing any time soon.

    Joan (Wales)

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  7. Excellent!!!!!!!!this is the best post you've done .i was intrigued right till the end, then couldn't stop laughing!!!!!!!!!! Simply ,as my daughter explained to me it's a quicker way of getting to ,say something you use all the time ,rather than going through google,cos thats soooooooooooo time consuming isn't it!! Well it is for the young with very short attention span!!!

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  8. I'm a dinosaur, was a dinosaur, until last week. I finally decided to update my windows 7 computer to windows 10 because it couldn't keep up with all the faster graphics, etc.. The new computer, which is a desktop, came with so many built in apps that I get frustrated looking at all the icons when I go to shut it down.

    I am a simple person who prefers living a simple life. I would rather be outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine than sitting in front of my computer clicking on one after the other apps entertaining myself with free movies, games, etc...

    I'm sure if I took the time to explore what every app offered I would find one and it would probably be something that would suck me indoors and into a chair where I would remain all day! I will ignore them and continue being a 'new' dinosaur.. APP. FREE!!

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    1. I have a laptop that came with Windows 10. It can't read files I saved back when I had Windows 7. Aaagh!

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  9. Chuckling here today...Thanks!

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  10. Grin...

    well, myself, my cell phone is a bit primitive, and my son advises me not likely to support "Apps". Not, mind you that I have any wish for one.

    What I have read time and again, and heard on the radio, is that Apps are power suckers, and will use up battery life. That is about all I know.

    For someone like yourself, well...you seem to get along in life awfully well as is...
    "why mess with success?"

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  11. LOL! I don't have the slightest idea what you are talking about. The picture is nice. But I think I will move forward without finding out what it is all about. Too much else to finish today without worrying that I need one. Hope I'm not sorry.

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  12. Ilona, I'm not too sure if you're being 100% tongue in cheek or only 99.5%? You already have apps on your laptop if you've still got the Windows 10 system you were talking about a while ago. If you're talking about phone apps, you need a smartphone - one that's capable of connecting to the internet and downloading apps, plus a means of paying for connection/data usage when not on free wifi at home.
    I'm feeling that I've lost everyone's attention at this point... but if you had such a phone, the best ones for you may be navigational using GPS, such as 'TomTom Go' & 'Google Maps', etc. Also public transport apps like 'Bus Countdown' & 'Highways England'. I'm sure there must be walking apps too. Android phones, such as Samsung, use Google 'Play Store' to download apps. If not already on the phone, Play Store can be downloaded onto the phone from the internet. Apple products use the Apple Store. The apps I mentioned are free but the data usage isn't.
    I haven't yet paid for an app, there are just so many. I ask myself 'why complicate life even more?'.. and also 'why am I writing this?' And yes, you can get rid of them. In my case using the Settings, then Application Manager.
    Yours very sincerely..a helpful but gullible soul.

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    1. Hi, I didn't follow through with the windows ten dounload, stayed with seven.

      All that sounds very complicated, I would rather not bother.

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  13. LOL! No, you don't need one at all, ever, not even in your dreams! There's apps for iphones but don't work for Android. Amazon apps don't talk to Google apps. They mostly want to sell you something. The sneaky little things are constantly updating using up your data allowance. If you can understand them then all 26,000 pages of the UK's Tax Rules are probably a no brainer for you!

    I have what seems like a trillion of them on my phone and the only one I seem to use is the torch to go out and call the cats in.

    Linda xx

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  14. I don't have apps on my phone. If I want to get something, then I find it on my phone. Many apps request information they don't need. Nobody needs access to my email list, camera....those are for me only! It's also a good way to get hacked that way. Most people haven't had that happen. Yet. I don't want to take chances. No. Just stay away from them. Join the crowd that resists apps! :-}

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  15. Being in the 'dark ages' here, I'm happy with a mobile, internet and e-mails. I realise that technology moves on at a very quick pace, but my point is if you don't need it don't consider it (workplaces are different). Going slightly off topic - a lot of people said to me 'get a sat-nav' they're wonderful; we didn't as we can read a paper map; the stories we've read about with drivers getting stuck under bridges/between houses (yes!) etc is ludicrous because of more technology. A simple stress-free life for us. Amanda

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  16. Hi, Ilona. It is good timing that I read your blog about apps. There was a documentary piece here in Canada about apps and the use of them. People down load these apps for free, or a fee, as short cuts to do things on your computer or phone, that you can do quite easily without the app. The best part of the documentary explained that the so called free apps at least, were not really free. By downloading these things to their phones, people become the currency. All of their personal information that is on the phone, (such as e-mails, photos, current physical location of the phone,and yes even banking info) can be accessed through the app by advertisers and unsavoury persons. There is no free lunch. Mary Jane in Canada.

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  17. Hi Ilona some good apps but in general you do not need them, i use a few but i could certainly manage without them.

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  18. Apps are like everything else in this life ... make them your servant, not your master. I have some very useful apps that definitely make my life easier, such as Tripview which gives me quick access to all train, bus & ferry timetables here in Sydney, and another app which quickly identifies products containing palm oil, which I try to avoid.

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  19. My mobile (cell phone) is too ancient to have apps! It will be 8 years old this year - that's antediluvian in mobile phone terms! There's an old saying, what you don't have you won't miss. Well, I am surviving rather well without any apps! When I eventually have a Smart phone, I daresay it will come with apps and be expensive, but until then I'm happy simply to phone or text people.
    Margaret P

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  20. I'm like you Iona. My phone is an android do I could download apps but I don't even have it connected to the internet for email etc. I can happily live without them.

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  21. I have a 10 year old PAYG Nokia phone which is only used for emergencies etc. I have a land-line phone, I have a desk top PC - they are all I need to keep in touch with the outside world. Jenny has a Samsung with some apps that are very handy when we go out together - bus times / street maps / google search / walking app - stuff like that :)

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    1. Hi. My Nokia is not quite as old as yours, on PAYG, won't have a contract.

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  22. My favorite apps are google maps, YouTube, kindle books, and tv apps. I use google maps on my phone if I get lost, kindle books to have something to read if I am stuck waiting somewhere, I play the happy cow commercials on you tube on my phone if my husband gets cranky in the car and I use the tv app on my iPad in the bath, lol.
    You can definitely get by without them, but a few can be nice.

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  23. My phone is an antique.....dates from 2009 but it does exactly what I want it to: it allows me to send texts and make calls. It is as basic as they come and serves me very well. I have never required an app and have no need of them. I am aware of what they are but am happy as I am. SO, Ilona, I would suggest that you can live without an app too!

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    1. Hi, Same as me, basic phone, cheap Nokia.

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  24. LOL You had me in suspense right to the end. Not an apps girl myself. However, I did use one that calculated distance walked (when it worked). It keeps switching itself on so I will likely see how I can disable it. Don't need data drain or battery drain. Jane

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  25. Howdy, Ilona. I'll tell you how uninterested I am in apps: I don't even have a smart phone or a cordless one! Loved your posting. :0)
    Elaine near Philadelphia (ashamed of what US politicians are doing).

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    1. Hi Elaine, I have an old fashioned Nokia that I use for phone calls and texts, nothing else.

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  26. Haha! Seriously though, I have several apps that I use frequently - amongst them are BBC radio player, Audible, and Kindle. All of them are used frequently, especially BBC radio player as I am a Brit living in the USA and can't just turn in the radio to listen to my favourite programmes. Apps work for me and not the other way round.

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  27. That was funny - I was on the edge of my seat!! I confess I have loads 😀. I have a walking app which is great as it says how far I have trekked and how fast, one where I can play scrabble with my mum and Boggle with the world, an eBay app so I check tell if I have sold anything and my Wordpress app which allows me to write my blog on the phone wherever I happen to be and answer/publish comments. For me they are so useful but then I don't own a laptop 😀

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  28. I agree with mary jane that there's no such thing as a free lunch. George Orwell's 1984 is top of the book list again. We are moving into the full surveillance society. I really have no use for these things and I am fed up of seeing people completely wired up to little screens, do we call them phones anymore? What on earth do they think to talk about all day, they have a sense of desperation and urgency that they must be connected. There is a new idea about going technology free on holiday, people pay the hotel to keep their phones and gadgets in a safe so they can relax and retune into the real world. Could be a real money maker. I just have a basic laptop and a mobile that I must have for work. My sister still refuses to have a mobile, she lives in a small town where she can walk everywhere easily and has never needed one.

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  29. I thought you had a Hudl tablet - that only works with apps!

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    1. I do, but where did the apps come from? I hardly use it, haven't got the hang of it, I guess my way around it. I look at one or two web sites, find them by googling them in the top address bar.

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  30. I have a Samsung flip phone. No apps. Husband has a weather app on his company-owned phone.
    At first I wasn't sure what you were talking about... do you have one? Do you need one? Maybe one will be there when I go around the corner. I thought what is it? A man? LOL! If anyone ever tells you those are free, don't believe it! ; )

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  31. I am happy to say that I DON'T HAVE A CELLPHONE! Hubby has one, though, and I just have a mental block against learning how to use it. Where we live, way out in the mountains, there IS NO CELL SERVICE! He and daughter use theirs at home, too, with the help of wifi. I am simply addicted to my computer. I have been perusing my hubby's facebook account for a couple of years and, just recently, got in a bit of trouble for commenting on it. He doesn't really mind, it's just that a few of his "friends" have now told him that his wife "should get her own facebook page." (I think they should go to hell!) Well, that made me mad and I have stopped commenting on his page. I still look at it, though. I don't want my own, though, I really don't want to be OUT THERE in cyber space. So.... enough said.

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  32. I can recommend WhatsApp, it allows you to make free phone calls/texts to anybody in the world who also has it on their phone, but you do need to be near a wifi source at the time. Great if you're only on PAYG as I am!

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  33. Ha ha, for some reason I thought you were talking about tattoos.

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