Saturday, January 6, 2007

Ain't technology grand?

My cell phone plan includes "new every 2" so my husband just got me that new "Chocolate" phone that plays MP3s. Do I need it? Not really. I have a perfectly good cell phone... and a tiny 2gig portable MP3 player (not an IPod, but similar), so what do I need with a phone that combines the two? I'm just spoiled, I guess. It's "free" and it's cool. Isn't that the American way?

But I'm weird. I don't listen to music much, nor even talk radio. My listening preference is for old time radio (drama/comedy/mystery) or audio books. I love stories!!! Old time radio is readily available in MP3 format, so that's mostly what's on my player at any given time.

Speaking of technology, about a year ago I unearthed some 40-year-old home-recorded reel-to-reel tapes in my mother's attic (formerly my grandmother's attic). I brought them home with me with the hopes of converting them to digital format and restoring the sound quality. I bought a player for them cheap on eBay and now I'm trying to figure out how to proceed from here. Getting them to the computer is not the problem, but oh, the sound quality! Lots of static, hiss, poorly recorded to start with, etc. However, in a family heritage sense, these are priceless recordings so I have high hopes that the sound can be restored.

We also recently discovered some old slides that hadn't seen the light of day in 30 years or more, and were able to scan them onto the computer. I do know enough about photo-editing to clean those up a bit, so that was very exciting to have some "new" old pictures that hadn't been thumbed past in the family albums hundreds of times over the years. Christmas 1971. I was 6! I showed the group picture to my husband and asked if he could pick me out of the crowd. He said, "Of course! You were the cutest one!" I laughed at him, but he did pick the right kid out of about 15!