Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Further Acquainted With New Chromebook Buddy

RantWoman's to-do list includes

--Figure out how to make the tax payment she owes and where to send the actual paper copy of her return.

--Do an event registration process RantWoman has done may times before

--Do some research to find a new health care provider. RantWoman needs to switch for various reasons. RantWoman NEEDS to find a new provider. RantWoman even has a list of referrals. Now RantWoman wants to research providers a little more before making the initial phone call. RantWoman already lost patience for today working in Windows at home and may try between other interruptions at the Friendly Neighborhood Center...

--Prepare for one meeting tonight and two meetings tomorrow. By prepare RantWoman means:

    ---Read agendas and in once case make further calls about RantWoman's role on the agenda.

    --Review some promised documents. (Nag the creator of the documents...)


   --Get new Chromebook to a state of Tweet-ability if possible.

--Emit email in several directions involving specific accessibility and technology vocabulary and recipients notably obtuse about RantWoman's requests.

--Emit another in RantWoman's series of "I do not have a lot of money to contribute but here's some free advice" communications.

--Emit a blog post about why "millions" invested in systematic inventory and prioritizing of curb ramp improvements should more than pay for itself in several dimensions of community sensibility.

--Tend to several other strands of email that involve forwarding, planning...

So what is RantWoman spending time on FIRST, now that she has had her minimum daily fix of State of the World Twitter?

Getting further acquainted with her new Chromebook, of course.

Goals for life with My new Buddy

--Get the eyes-free options down both to spare tired eyes and to save time ranting about screen enlargement issues: In RantWoman's fantasy life, enlargement inside a browser would present all the content on the screen just reformatted at the enlarged font size. The norm seems instead to have a virtual screen bigger than the actual screen and to make the user scroll back and forth left and right to see all the content. This is WAY more visual work than RantWoman wants to do, especially if RantWoman Is only  scraping achy eyeballs over the screen because that is faster in the first place.

--Intermediate eyes-free goal: figure out the keys needed to shut down and turn off.

--Be able to type and edit as fast as on Windows Machine

--Fast test of websites, especially websites where RantWoman has stong opinions about the content AND is making the developer interact with accessibility and multiple platform issues, a circumstance not uncommon for instance in faith communities full of users at a lot of different levels of technical sophistication.

--Live Tweet from a keyboard instead of a phone.

--Get around as nimbly with the keyboard shortcuts as the training videos promise. From the videos, RantWoman is impressed. RantWoman just needs to PRACTICE.

--Intermediate goal: work in 20 minutes / day of practice and training videos.

--Try not to come up with too many more fantasy thoughts about technological fixes. Today's Problem of the Day: earphones. RantWoman hates them. At home, RantWoman does not use them. This sometimes vexes the Queen of Spades. It interferes with her constant napping schedule. At the Friendly Neighborhood Center for Extreme Computing though, earphones are a must. It's just that multiple devices mean either need for multiple sets of headphones or some kind of switchable Bluetooth device or something else RantWoman has not thought about.

And where does RantWoman stand?

--RantWoman has now added Tweetdeck to her Chrome Browser. RantWoman may or may not decide the level of functionality is adequate for live-Tweeting. Stay tuned.

--Chromebook is charging comfortably. RantWoman has not yet figured out how to check battery level but figures charging Chromebook is a good idea before a meeting.

--RantWoman's other to-do items: the list keeps growing. SIGH!

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