It Ain’t Easy (or Isn’t It?)

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It Ain’t Easy (or Isn’t It?) 2020-03-16T12:15:28-04:00

Annoyed by strange beeps from Alexa or indecipherable messages on your laptop?  You are not alone!  Below, FearringtonEdge will be presenting links to websites, tutorials, and videos that may assuage the digital angst that accosts almost all of us from time-to-time. And they may even throw in some stuff that’s just plain fun.

If you find particularly helpful online courses or suggestions for your phones, tablets, computers or devices, send links to FearringtonEdge@gmail.com.

To get started, here are some websites worth exploring:


Posted on February 17, 2020

MacMost.com — An almost overwhelming amount of information about all things Apple (much, but not all, content is free).

Techboomers.com  — Offering links to courses and helpful tutorials with a focus on seniors.

For exploring the world, it’s hard to beat Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Expeditions (which is one of Google’s educational apps designed for teachers and classroom use but also very useful for everyone else).

Artsandculture.google.com  — a wonderful site for armchair travel or even trip planning. Visit museums and cultural treasures from around the world. For a brief description of this amazing site, follow this link: https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/arts-culture/no-need-dig-here-are-20-treasures-google-arts-culture/.  Visit the website on your computer and, for some extra capabilities, download the app on your phone or tablet.


Posted on February 20, 2020

Google Drive: all your documents and files available anywhere on any device. This simple video is a nice introduction. https://youtu.be/P7555XLfHgs.

If you are thinking of purchasing your own modem and router to end the rental fee you pay your broadband provider( remember you will still, of course, be paying for internet service), read this article first to make sure you understand how to set up your network: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/internetbasics/how-to-set-up-a-wifi-network/1/.

If you don’t mind the advertisements, here is a pretty simple description of what your modem and router do and how you might save a few bucks if you purchase your own: https://www.howtogeek.com/234233/whats-the-difference-between-a-modem-and-a-router/.

Here is a very well done animation explaining the differences between modems and routers and how the Internet reaches our computers and other devices: https://youtu.be/Mad4kQ5835Y.


Posted on March 01, 2020

Have an Amazon Echo sitting unplugged in a corner somewhere (I do)?  This site will reintroduce you to Alexa and its capabilities. https://www.the-ambient.com/guides/amazon-alexa-missing-manual-130#setup.

While we are thinking about Amazon, here is an introduction to the Amazon Fire Stick. https://www.tomsguide.com/us/amazon-fire-tv-stick-guide,review-5594.html

Posted on March 09, 2020

A little bored these days as we avoid crowds and public meetings?  Try visiting the only internet site specifically for bored pandas. https://www.boredpanda.com/


Posted on March 16, 2020

Ideas for virtual travel from the comfort of our Fearrington homes:

The Met is streaming operas on in full HD:  https://www.metopera.org/about/press-releases/met-to-launch-nightly-met-opera-streams-a-free-series-of-encore-live-in-hd-presentations-streamed-on-the-company-website-during-the-coronavirus-closure/

Travel and Leisure provides some other suggestions for armchair explorers: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours


Curated by Mary Johnson. This page will be updated several times a month. Come back often.

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