On Monday, I had my first French class here (excluding a couple of translation classes). We had to get into groups of three, and pick from the list given what we would do our presentations on. So naturally enough, I found a pair to work with, asked what they were thinking of doing the presentation on, and went with that, because it happened to be a really interesting topic for me too, and I hadn’t really read the list too carefully. The subject we chose, was something along the lines of – “peut-on vivre sans un smartphone ?”, or basically, “can you live without a smartphone?”.
Now, unlike most people I know, I didn’t have a smartphone at the time, had never had one, and still don’t, which I suppose gives a different angle to the presentation. But I have an iPod Touch, so the only negative difference between the combination of that and my beloved Nokia, and an actual smartphone, is that you can’t get Whatsapp on an iPod (Viber, Snapchat, Skype, Facebook Messenger and every other iOS app I’ve ever wanted all work on them, so there isn’t much need for Whatsapp, I suppose), and you can’t pay to use internet on them. For me, that wasn’t a problem because ain’t nobody got time fo’ that, and I usually have access to wifi, or contact people by call, text, or just later on if I don’t. No big deal. I consider my iPod to basically be 95% – a smartphone.
Except I don’t have an iPod. I lost it the day after we chose our presentation titles…
“O my prophetic soul!”
Hamlet quotes are always relevant. Deal with it.
Anyway, life without anything close to a smartphone should be fun. Added to that, this lack of English-speaking thing I’ve started. And, speaking of which (seeing as one rule for the no English speaking was that I could do so on Skype and the likes) – my one-and-a-half-year-old laptop now refuses to use a lot of apps (it has apps, because it’s silly and has Windows 8), including Skype. Making calls with any kind of program, from what I can see, doesn’t really work either. At least, I got the call function of Facebook’s video caller to work recently, but not audio on anything else. I haven’t tried every possible means of calling or video-calling yet, but I’ve tried a few with no success, and I don’t expect others to be any more successful, but fingers crossed the audio on Facebook will work so I can actually talk to people.
There’s some extra irony at play here I think. First, I quit speaking English, except for on Skype, and in a few other situations, then I discover that Skype doesn’t work on my laptop. Then, I decide to do a presentation on if it’s possible to live without a smartphone, and lose what was basically a smartphone for me.
It’s a bit strange that both of those things happened within the space of two days, but hopefully that’s the end of this sorcery…