For those who are following the saga of my new iPod touch, there has finally been some progress. (Applause, vague sense of accomplishment, gratitude toward resident IT guy for stubborn persistence in dealing with his natural enemy, Apple.) The hard part was downloading the new version of iTunes, then figuring out how to use the View menu to get it to look even remotely familiar. The result, of course, was something that looked almost exactly totally different from the pictures in the book I waited so long to buy and studied so carefully. There were major changes in the details of the configuration process for new iPods, too. This left me feeling pretty darn silly for hanging around waiting around for the book in the first place. I should have gone ahead and winged it. I’m sure a lot of you saw that coming.
But I figured out enough that my new iPod now resembles an iPod, with my usual constellation of music and art and few apps. (With a lot of empty space left in the new guy, I plan to install quite a few more apps, including the iOS version of WordPress so I can blog from my shirt pocket anywhere I can latch onto some free wifi.) It’s installed in a decent temporary case with my spare headphones plugged in, and I’ve customized its look with Belphegor haunting the Louvre on its lock screen and one of my own photos of the dragon koi as the main wallpaper. That may turn out be too busy, but if I keep my home screen fairly sparse it might work.
Next up– getting the new gadget to work on my home wifi, and (finally) experimenting with the camera. If I can figure out how to get the pictures out of the thing and onto both my desktop computer and the internet, I will count the whole project as a success.