The ‘T’ Word Part 13 – iPod Therefore I Am.

We’ve been busy bees recently, getting ready for operations that didn’t happen and then embarking on a Grand Tour to catch up with lots of our friends back in Leicester who we haven’t seen for ages.

This is one of the reasons that I haven’t been able to publish a new ‘T Word’ post for a while but I’ve not been idle. Since blogging I’ve had quite a few people suggest publishing the blog as an eBook, which I thought was a nice compliment. I’ve also been trying to think of a way to raise some money for the Brain Tumour Charity and I suddenly had a lightbulb moment that the eBook might be the opportunity to do this.

Even though we are runners, at our age and ability, Charity marathons or even half marathons are not for us but the book could be the way. I’ve spoken to the BT Charity fundraising team who were very helpful and encouraging. They also shared the experiences of others who have done the same, sharing how they managed the fundraising etc.

So, the book is going to happen but is going to take time to get together as I want to expand on some of the original posts but also my brain tumour story isn’t over yet as Gary the Glioma is yet to be dealt with, so I have more to write about!

Another idea that came up as a quick way to try and raise money while the book comes together is to turn the existing version of the blog into a podcast. This turns out to be easier than expected. I already have a great recording software on our Macbook (Garage Band) and there us a wide choice of hosting and publishing services for podcasts, so my preparation for launching the podcast is well underway.

There is no guarantee that any of these efforts will raise any money for the charity but that is no excuse for not trying and it should be fun regardless of the outcome!

Stu x

Don’t Throw Away Your iPad 2!

There’s life in the old girl yet.

My 10 year old iPad 2

Are you the owner of an apparently useless iPad 2?

I am, and a few years ago after an update it became virtually useless. This really annoyed me as it was my 50th birthday present. It transpired that Apple had deliberately slowed the performance of older iPads and iPhones down, in order, they claimed, to prolong battery life, well, what’s the point in that if the device is too slow to use? The more suspicious amongst us suspected that we were hanging on to our old devices a little too long for Apples liking, however after a backlash, Apple relented and a new firmware update resolved the issue, however Apple made this firmware, IOS 9.3.5, the last that it would offer for these old devices.

My iPad 2 is now 10 years old and I still use it daily, which may make some wonder what you can do with such an old iPad. It is true that the list of apps that will work on an iPad 2 is getting shorter however there are a few notable exceptions. The apps that I use are:

  1. Amazon Kindle – The ebook app still works well and is the app that I use most of all.
  2. The Magzter app for e magazines is fully functional.
  3. Trip Advisor also works well however you must have downloaded this app before and you will have to download the older version in the ‘purchased’ section of the App Store.
  4. All of the native Apple apps still work fine
As a Kindle you get great quality images and clear text from your old iPad.

None of these are lightening fast of course, but are not so slow that you will give up waiting. The one app that is not great is the Safari browser, it still often works OK with more basic websites but if the website uses a lot of newer features you will get a ‘browser not supported’ message. Some websites like Facebook can offer up a simplified version that will work as does Twitter, but there are alternative browsers that will work, I found that Opera Mini works well.


If you are a Kindle ebook user for reading books and magazines then the iPad 2 makes a great eReader with a fantastic screen that offers your books and especially magazines in glorious detail and colour. The iPad 2 makes a great alternative to picking up a second hand Kindle device, many of which are no longer supported in terms of buying and downloading books direct from the Kindle and they now have to be ‘sent’ to the Kindle from the desktop app. In addition it effectively gives you a Kindle that also offers emails, calendar, contacts and the office apps.

Give your old iPad 2 a second chance as an eReader and re-kindle your relationship with the old girl.