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Ipads are funny beasts. I bought one for my mother for her birthday because she wanted an e-reader but she is such an active gamer that I wanted to get her something she could game on too. Yesterday was the first time i typed more than a URL on one.

things I have learned about ipads: They are very capricious with their autofill and auto capitalization. their autocorrect, too, is a finicky creature. They correct OMG to OMB, which I have decided I may start using in earnest to mean Oh My Batman, and they correct yyyy, my preferred affirmative statement for anyone who speaks to me via text or aim, to "Hugh." so if I say Hugh to you, understand that I am only expressing enthusiastic agreement for whatever you have said.

Now I've switched to iPhone. I have no idea how anyone types anything of any length on these little monsters. My android is easier as far as having better autocomplete, but I don't like the droid touchscreen (iPhone autocorrects droid to something else entirely.) friday night I spent two and a half hours chatting on my droid using the keypad and it did something awful to my index finger. Like I have a callus where no callus was before, and it sorta aches. This is why I have switched to advices (that should be iDevices) for now. (I should point out that my droid has very short battery life when I am using aim, so if you can imagine, I was curled up in a tiny corner of my room, sitting on the floor near the poet outlet so I could keep my phone plugged in. It was excellent. (iPhone autocorrected power to poet)

Saturday I spent some time on the phone with AT&T and a very kind and helpful tech support agent who ran diagnostics and said it appeared there was an issue with either the line or the modem. So we scheduled an appt for today to have them fix it and I sat down with my phone, still doing crimes to my index finger.

A few minutes later, I hear a terrible scream. I run outside. My mother, who had been extending our grape arbor (we are going to have a real grape harvest for the first time ever.) had fallen off a ladder and was lying on the ground, incapable Of lifting her head. My dad got some ice and I inspected her injuries (right knee, right wrist) and we deemed wrist possibly broken. Also, head trauma always good to check out.

So we piled in the car and went to the local emergency room, which was way more chill than any I'd been in before and extremely efficient. They called my mom in within fifteen minutes of checking her in. And they had free wifi! Who knew? I didn't, or I would have brought my laptop. As it was, my mama had brought her iPad with her, so I availed myself of the wireless for the next several hours whilst my mother got injected, inspected, detected, injected and all kinds of mean, nasty stuff. She emerged with a splint on both right appendages, a cane, and a diagnosis of a sprained wrist and a deranged (!?) knee.

So instead of going to Pride today, I hung out here to help my mama out. The Internet service tech has still not arrived, which concerns me as now with my mother out of commission no one can come up midweek to wait for an appointment. It may be an interesting summer!

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Thank you so much! I hope so too!

I am so glad that your mother is alright! When Aleph told me last night I was imagining all sorts of horror stories.

Also, sorry for not having been on aim for the longest time. Also, thank you and Lynette SOOOOO much for sending back my necklace! I had forgotten all about its existence. And the pudding marshmallows were awesome.

Hope you get your net fixed soon, now I am off to plan trip to stockholm, then trip to my parents, then back to work again and... augh. So busy.

I miss you so much, Beth! I really wish you were around <3

You're welcome for the necklace and the marshmallows.

Net is fixed at house but I am back at apartment full of internet!

oh goodness, i'm glad your mother wasn't too badly injured!

Hey, hope the maternal unit is all right!

My Iphone autocorrects YYYY to Hugh as well. Also, apparently it autocorrects soonish to Zionism. *hands*

The cool thing is that it learns words you frequently use, so mine uhm. Now knows lots of gay porn?

Yeah, mine has learned tons of my lingo, like to capitalize Quidditch. I like my autocorrect despite its quirks, but there IS always the option of turning it off.

My phone knows the names of Shakespeare characters!

Thank you!

I mostly was disappointed because the Android starts suggesting multiple words as soon as you start typing, and then you just tick one so you don't have to type 10-letter words. So much easier! It also seems really fickle, what with the not capitalizing "I" or the beginnings of sentences, and it puts periods after the quotations instead of inside them where they belong.

Oh the suggesting thing would make me nuts, personally. My Iphone capitalizes "I" all the time. Although it STILL tries to turn "hell" into "he'll" because apparently it is worried about my immortal soul.

Weird, my mother's doesn't capitalize anything! It drove me nuts. It also corrects lets to let's. Ugh, it makes me look like one of those dumb people who misapostrophizes.

Oh yeah, it totally does the lets/let's thing. I do hate that.

Yikes, the mom incident sounds very scary. I'm glad she's okay. WELL, I'm glad it's not worse. And that is indeed some efficient emergency room service!

Yeah, it was a pretty sweet emergency room. I did not mind being there for four hours at all.

My mother has suddenly decided that damnyouautocorrect.com is hilarious. Oddly enough, this revelation coincided with her acquisition of a Samsung Galaxy... :p It seriously has the most bizarre autocomplete function I have ever witnessed – my HTC is positively boring in comparison.

All the best to your mom! <3

Huh! I like the autocomplete on my phone, i just don't like the actual keyboard (touch or manual). I want an amalgam of the two!

Your poor mom!

I have an android phone & I'd been considering making the switch to iPhone. I've found that using one of the swipey keyboards instead of the regular hunt-n-peck keyboards on the touchscreen phones works out better for me. I can do it one handed & autocorrect is usually ok on my android. I never bought the droid with the keyboard b/c I thought it would be awkward to type that way.

I'm not sure what you mean about swipey vs. hunt-n-peck? The keyboards seem mostly the same functionality wise between my android and the iphone, they're both regular qwerty style?

I bought a droid with a keyboard because I got mine pretty much as soon as they came out and also because I have been using a keyboarded smartphone since like 2006ish. Because I am a nerd who worked in mobile software.

Something like this is what I meant. I'm guessing they have something similar for iPhone. It has been a thumb-saver.


Ahh that is pretty cool. I should try it.

Highly recommend it! I got it as a free app, but I'd gladly pay for it...even being the cheapskate I am.

Wow, scary stuff with your mom, but glad the ER was a good place.

Me too! I have never found a hospital enjoyable before!

Hugh?! That's so wonderfully random! Because there are so many Ys in Hugh!

Aww man, your poor mother! :( Glad the ER were super efficient :D

I feel so bad for her! It was the first day of her summer vacation, too, so now she's laid up when she had break.

And yes, Hugh is a very Y-ful word. It is obvious how it makes that mistake.

Oh no! I hope your mom heals quickly!

"Oh my Batman" is spectacular, and should be used often.

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