Can I use a laptop for entertainment?

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 | Computer Usage, laptops

A laptop is a great entertainment device – over and above employing it for work and personal enrichment, you will be able to use it for recreation.  For example, you will be able to use your laptop to:

  • listen to music
  • watch movies
  • play games
  • keep up to date with world affairs
  • read about any topic you enjoy
  • engage in private conversation with family and friends
  • store all your photographs.

Some people use their laptops for entertainment purposes only.  You will probably use it mostly for work, but you do not have to feel guilty if you use it for recreation as well.

A great variety of movies, music and games are available commercially.  Of course, these come at a price and some games may require additional hardware.  But you don’t always have to pay for your entertainment – much material is available on the internet at no cost.  You will be surprized to discover how much freeware you could download. 

Just don’t fall into the trap of using pirated products – it is unethical.  And what a bad example you will be setting for your learners!  When someone offers you a copy, first make sure that it is a legal copy and that you are not breaking copyright laws when you use it.  Also keep in mind that viruses are often transmitted through unauthorized copies – people who copy electronic material illegally are usually not very scrupulous when it comes to virus protection.

Enjoy your laptop.  Use all the facilities it offers you.  If you’ve never used a laptop before, entertainment activities may be a painless way for you to become familiar with your machine.

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1 Comment to Can I use a laptop for entertainment?

Mark C
Monday, 27 April, 2009

I use my laptop more than watching TV. If I could do it I would. Many nights I’m outside with South Africa’s favourite pastime (I love to braai) and I look at the sky. I love looking at the familiar Southern Cross, Orion and so forth. Anything I don’t know I pop over to my laptop and either strike up Astronomy program Stellarium (free on Windows and Linux) or the Internet. My entertainment is just….I need to know.

I like using Facebook when I have time. I met up with ex-students of mine who are qualified in various fields and are working locally and abroad. MY ex-colleagues who are teaching abroad have also kept contact.

I like to blog, which improves my writing and reading skills. It also allows me to see another side to the ICT coin. Some stories do make my blood boil, but I am learning to keep my temper under control. I must just stop swearing!

I have met up with Prof Jonathan Jansen, rector of the University of the Free State on Facebook. We have never met physically, yet we have a few things in common. We are both in the education field. He was a student at Steenberg High and I was a teacher there (long after he left of course). The other thing is that he uses Facebook.

I love this medium of technology and use it everyday…even for work.

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