Funny story, the mobile hotspot wouldn't activate properly, so I had to call Verizon. Turns out it was something on their end, with a block that had been put on the phone that shouldn't. But the tech actually complimented me that for someone who had only had their first smartphone for 2 days, I was very adept at "speaking the language". HAHAHAH.
Anyway, an added side bonus to all this steep learning is that I'm also getting more familiar with my new PC that hubby got me for Xmas, running Windows 8, which is
After getting very frustrated trying to transfer tons of data from my work Mac to my home PC via various clouds, I also sprang for a couple of high capacity flash drives, which will also let me store some stuff I don't access regularly (like about 15GB of eBook files and about 80GB of music and video.
The only other frustration I've run into so far is that I can't seem to get my non-Amazon ebook files (MOBI) to show up properly on the Fire. It keeps sticking them in Docs instead of Books. Although honestly, I'm not that worried about it, because I'm keeping my Kindle Touch as my primary reading tool. The e-Ink/paperwhite technology is SO much easier on the eyes than the backlit Fire screen. Oh, and I need to see if there is a way to keep E's Fire from accessing the Amazon Cloud that is unfortunately linked to both our Fires. There is no reason for him to access any of that information. I'm hoping there is a way, but I haven't had any time yet to put into investigating it.
Using the Fire for writing is impacting the way I organize files for my stories. I do find that the app I am using (OliveOffice) does sometimes screw with text, so I'm breaking big stories up into smaller files for each chapter, instead of one big long file for the entire story. And then I'm copying what I've written back over to the cloud or my PC every day or two. And when the story is done, I'll reassemble it on the PC and fix any formatting (mostly page breaks). So that is not a big inconvenience, especially since I have taken to posting longer stories a chapter at a time on the usual fanfic sites. The only other things I miss are the thesaurus and spell-check in MSWord, but 1) I can spell check when copying back to PC and 2) losing the thesaurus may not be a bad thing either, and if I really need it, can fix word choices in editing. All in all, I'm finding the writing experience pretty good, and I'm hoping it will boost my productivity.
I got this cool little shoulder bag that nicely fits both Kindles and a couple of accessories, with enough room for a couple of other commuting essentials (tissues, gum, pens, a paper calendar book). M called it a purse (which I suppose it really is), but to it's my commuting bag as far as I'm concerned (I don't carry a purse, and my wallet lives in my pocket).
Anyway, the only drawback to all this stuff is that it sucks power like a Hoover, and it all needs to be recharged pretty much every day, unlike my Kindle Touch which can go for weeks between charging. Which does mean that it won't be very useful for longer term trips without electricity (i.e. weekend camping, or a week at Pennsic or scout camp), but that may be a good thing. A person should have a forced unplugging every now and then.