How Now?

You think you want to become a blogger? Would you like to be adept at using your computer, iPad, iTouch – your apple products in general?  Enter The How Lounge.  It’s for people like you and me who want the latest technology, but who aren’t always as skilled at using their new toys as we should be.  I admit it. I’m guilty. I generally end up owning just about every new product that apple comes out with. For the two or three of the uninitiated out there, these products rarely come with helpful directions, if they come with directions at all.  If you’re a millennial, it’s no biggie.  If you’re like me, you probably never fully utilize the capability of your products because you didn’t grow up playing with computers and all of this stuff isn’t as intuitive as you’d like it to be.

At this point, most of my day is spent online in one way, shape or form – on the computer, on my blackberry, iTouch or iPad.  I hate to admit it, but I’m a little technologically challenged.  My Media Guru and one of my BFF’s, Nicole, has the patience of Job when it comes to teaching me how to do things like post my blog weekly, operating my online paperie, tweeting  and whatnot.  However, starting a new business using a graphic design tool I knew bupkus about was beyond even her vast array of knowledge. I plowed ahead nonetheless.  My graphic designers, Katie! and Danny, thought I was nuts.  I knew I’d figure it out somehow . . . take a class is what my graphic design friend Celia said. Nicole suggested watching YouTube videos. I kept meaning to find a class, I did actually watch a few videos which armed me with just enough information to be dangerous according to Katie! (I kept messing up very simple documents).

Well, wouldn’t you know it?!?!  Whenever you need something, if you put it out there, somehow the answer appears.  On a rare weekend in the city, strolling through SoHo, I came upon a lovely purple sign that said “The How Lounge”. The storefront looked very apple-esque although swathed in my favorite hue.  I entered and lo and behold there were 4 desks with large screen Macs and 2 helpful “How” consultants.  And what do they do?  They teach people like me how to use our gadgets.  What makes them even more special then the folks at the genius bar is that they’re patient, they can teach you how to use non-apple products and programs and did I mention, they’re patient. Oh, and they charge $75/hour for a maximum of two hours.  While some might consider this a bit pricey, I consider it an investment in myself and all the gadgets I keep running out to buy.

I just had my first lesson.  Knowledge is power!  I’m learning how.

And no, I’m not receiving any kind of renumeration for saying any of this, I am just pleased as punch about my experience and wanted to let others who may be fakin’ the funk on the technology front know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Not sure when they’ll be expanding beyond New York, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. (The How Lounge is not affiliated with apple, they’re all former apple employees who are Certified Apple Consultants).

[image from The How Lounge]

3 Responses to “How Now?”

  • Great post! I need to find a class where I am. I’m pretty good at using my iPhone. Although, it does everything, BUT make a phone call! But, I digress!
    I plan to get a new iPad very soon along with a new Apple laptop to replace my Dell. I love all the capabilities of Apple products!

  • Thanks for the tip. I am ordering a new blackberry within the next week and was just thinking that I’m sure I could be taking better advantage of my technology if I had a little bit more knowledge about the capabilities. Thanks for the tip. I will definitely visit “the how lounge” soon and will tell them you referred me! Are you loving the iPad as much as we are?!?!

  • I’m thinking of purchasing a MAC, they tend to have better service and training when it comes to their products.

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