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Cheryl's Tablet PC Diary - Day 12

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About Cheryl Wester

Cheryl is a high school teacher that recently won a Tablet PC.  This is the beginning of her diary based on using the Acer Tablet PC she won.

Day Twelve with my Tablet PC - 802.11b and my Acer

Technology-I either love it or hate it. Recently I had the opportunity to connect my Tablet PC wirelessly to a Smart Display. The wireless worked beautifully and it was cool to be able to work on Word, PowerPoint, and surf the Internet from anywhere in the house without having to take my Tablet with me. The setup was easy and fun. I thought that now that I have experienced wireless technology on a limited basis with a Smart Display that I was now ready for the big time-Starbucks!

Not! What a mess. I called T-Mobile, signed up, received my log in password, and thought I was ready to go. I eagerly approached my local Starbucks (I was impressed-the Corona, CA one was a hot spot) and bought a drink. I donít even like coffee so I purchased one of the tea drinks. I didnít have the nerve to try it without purchasing a drink-even though I had paid for the Wi-Fi service. I did what I thought was correct to connect to the network and nothing worked. It says to go to the help section but you canít if you canít connect to the Internet. I did the next best thing-called Customer Service from my cell phone. After a 20-minute wait (not on free minutes I might mention) I had a real live person and he tried his best to help me. This is when trouble started. What happened to my nice quiet Starbucks-this wasnít anything like the ads. I had kids screaming and running around the place, people yelling back and forth to each other, a drink spilled and flowing on the table next to me, and music so loud that I couldnít hear what the gentleman was telling me to do. When I asked if it was possible to turn the music down they said sure and it was turned up! It wasnít even good music, in my opinion!!

At this point I yelled in the phone that as I couldnít hear him that I would save my cell phone minutes and try again later. I packed up my Tablet and left. When I was home I called again and this time I was put through immediately. (Why does this happen when on a regular phone but never when on a cell phone?) Another gentleman helped me with a couple of settings. When I leave home today Iím going to another Starbucks and will try again.

This time I went to a Starbucks in Tustin, CA. A nice, quiet Starbucks! After a few minor problems I was able to connect. Oh, the wonders of speed! I have snail Internet at home so I quickly downloaded my latest Pocket PC Magazine and all the updates to Windows XP. I checked my mail, played on the net, and relaxed. Oh, to be able to do that all the time. Wireless technology is wonderful. This could quickly become a habit-an expensive habit if I pay as I go and have a tea every time I log on.

Technology is wonderful. It forever amazes me that we are capable of doing so much with something so nice and compact. Iím off to read my magazine soóuntil next time.

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