Simplifying the electronic life of a 70+'r
I can't keep up!! And folks talk and write to me in language I don't understand.
2 land lines from our old phone company which has changed names at least 3 times and is now Century Link - one extremely cheap as it is grandfathered in. 2 fax machines/printers which we use for fax maybe 2 times per year.
2 cell phones, of which we use about 300 minutes of our contracted 700 minutes, including a smart phone on which I can check email, read this silly forum, and do a variety of "apps" that somehow I managed to live about 70 years without needing them. I have 2 GB of downloads contracted for each month through Verizon, and use about 1 for unneeded checking of email and forums and internet, etc.
We don't have many extended phone conversations - but a few.
Low level Dish contract for TV, of which we get main channels and a few others we watch, but ismostly filled with ionfomercials. I am not into sports except the Broncos a small bit. We have 4 TV's on boxes. DVR which my wife loves for time shifting. Netflix.
About 4 computers scattered throughout the house (1 W-7, 3 xp) which I use a lot, for "volunteer" activities, to write to you folks, moderate several listservs, a lot of email, etc., and my wife listens to AOL radio
I have some fancy schmantzy web cams with mikes that I never use.
My son has Skype which he uses a lot I tried it and it kept going screwy. He forwards it to his cell phone when heis not at his computer. I also tried some Google thingie??????
A friend has ??? Jack, which seems to plug into the phone jack and work.
I have pretty good internet thhrough the phone company and wifi in the house.
I have limited commercial TV, being behind a ridge.
I have everything "bundled" which saves me $15/month.
All of the above costs over $350 per month, which blows my mind, and I need to reconfigure.
I am considering giving up the Dish, buying a decent UHF antenna (which may give me better reception) and placing it in the high garage (rooftops not allowed here) and wiring it into my current cable system. Also, getting rid of the landlines and using only cell phones. All the TV's are pre UHF or whatever we have today. They used to work great until the govt got involved again.
Any thoughts. Remember, I am from the pre-computer age. Write gently and in language your mother could understand.
Bicycle related - I use this stuff to write on the BICYCLE forum.