Back in the mid nineties we set up our isp email account using Microsoft's Outlook Express and we have kept it going ever since, it now being called Windows Live Mail. I wish we never had and used web based email but it wasn't really up to scratch then. Now we are really tied to our Telstra email address and to change would be very time consuming, to say the least.
When travelling we can access our isp email over the web but it is slow and clunky. Before we left home I checked that the web email address book was up to date with the latest email addresses. When I checked it once overseas, it had reverted to a state of about three years earlier. I don't have clue why, not that it really mattered much to, but it could have.
I knew my mobile phone was backing up numbers to my Gmail account but what a mess it had become with multiple entries for the same person and number. The last straw was when I added a new number and it auto saved to google but not to my phone or sim card. Once saved, there was no way I could see to add it to the phone or sim card. You have to select where when you initially save the number. Anyway, during a couple of train trips I put the time to use and sorted it all out. All numbers on the phone once, copied to the sim card and synced with Gmail.
I almost bought a new Samsung Galaxy 6 but Telstra would not be reasonable with the price and plan, so I have put it off. My last idea was to buy it at the cheapest large retailer, in this case Officeworks and stay on my very low plan, that nevertheless suits me. I send a few text messages each month, I can call home and R for free and I get an amount of free texts and $10 of phone calls, and it has a 250MB data allowance, which is plenty for me. Mostly I use it for wi fi.
Australians may have noticed the pink roofs on public phone boxes, which were alerting customers to a trial of free wi fi by Telstra. I used the service a couple of times. It was simply a matter of connecting and agreeing to terms etc and you were online with your phone.
Upon our return, the trial has stopped and been replaced by Telstra Air and as simply as I can put it, you use any available broadband signal who has also joined, no matter who it belongs to, to connect to the internet. Any of your usage will be against your own internet account, not the person's internet you are using. To join you need a suitable home internet plan and modem, which we have, so I joined. It does work at the aforementioned phone boxes but as the system has only just began, it is very limited as to where else you can get a signal. The system is international, using the name Fon overseas. I was scrolling through my phone wi fi connections and noticed it picked up on Fon when we were overseas. I had a look at coverage maps and it had quite good coverage in New York and Canada. Europe and London were quite good too.
We managed quite well while travelling without have to pay for a phone data card, using hotel wi fi and public wi fi. I wish I had known about Fon before travelling. However, surely the way of the future is free wi fi almost everywhere.
Our rarely used dvd player is ten years old. It works, but the remote does not. I can't remember the last time it was used, probably by Little Jo, but now she seems to prefer what can be found online. Coles supermarket had a Blue Ray/DVD player on sale for $60, so we bought it. I have yet to set it up. I have no idea how the tv etc is wired up as when we had the tv wall mounted, the installer wired everything up. I can't see us watching any more dvds though.
Meanwhile Windows 10 is sitting in my task bar, ready to go. Will I break my own rule, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and thereby putting what I am familiar with at risk? Our computer is quite old now, although it is a bit like grandfather's axe, with a new head and a new handle. It is time to upgrade and perhaps I will wait until then.