The following is a guest post by David Langtry, High Point Resident and a sponsor of this web site. For more technical assistance and information, you can visit him at oldguytechsupport.com
“The Year of the Internet” may have been proclaimed in the past as already occurring… but for many in High Point Condos in Florida, the Internet is a new adventure: it’s now part of the package included in maintenance fees along with lawn care, garbage and water.
Computers, networked televisions and smart phones are showing up everywhere you look.
E-book readers like Kindles from Amazon can have many of your favorite books and can be easier to read. Tablet computers and iPads will do your email and web browsing… and don’t forget, there’s an app for that!
Computers are changing from the big thing with wires that uses lots of power, to light and portable desktops and laptops. Even the most powerful computer you can buy for your home is smaller than a breadbox.
Movies for home use can be bought and purchased, rented or streamed to your internet-connected TV or Internet box – like a Roku and Apple TV. Amazon has membership that includes movies, ebooks and free two day shipping on in-stock orders.
Your favorite food can be ordered and delivered without leaving the comfort of your easy chair. Some websites save your favorite order, so you are just a few minutes away from eating hot dinner.
Make a grocery store list as you look through the weekly ads, and compare prices between local supermarkets and department stores. Email the list to yourself, so instead of paper in pocket, you look at your email on your smart-phone while you shop.
Check local store for inventory to see of you are wasting a trip to find a product, and even order it and pick it up at the store when it arrives.
Did you know your doctor can check on you over the internet? You can send blood pressure, pulse and blood tests followed by on-screen, face-to-face conversations to ask and answer questions.
Are you Connected?
So with all this possible and more to come, what do you need to connect to the internet? First you need a cable modem and you can rent them from Hotwire in this case or buy one like this.
If you have a desktop computer, you just plug it into the cable modem and Hotwire will help you set it up to receive and transmit. If you have a portable computer or device you will need a wireless router to replace the wires and free you to move where you most comfortable. WiFi as it is often called, will work with as many computers, smart phones, tablets and readers as you want or need.
Now that you have an email address, give it to your Condo Office and you can receive newsletters, meeting and event notices. And don’t forget to sign up at our website to stay current with news and recent changes and send us your pictures, articles and questions please! Have a Happy New Year!