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How Do You Like Your iPad?

by on Jul.20, 2010, under Featured, iPad

The 6 words every iPad owner hears when using his or her iPad.  The next question is what can you do with it?  C’mon, if you own an iPad you have heard these questions, right?  Yes.

So let’s start with the first question, how do you like your iPad.  I love it!  Do I wish it could do more things? Yes!  But think about it…. You have just asked me this question in the middle of the airport as we both head toward our gates to board a plane.  There is not enough time to cover all the points about the unit that I like or what I would change.

One could say it is a simple yes or no question, but it isn’t.  It also does not stop there.  They want to know more and as an iPad user you are required to tell them more. I thought I would take the time and post key points about the iPad that I like.

Item 1:

I am a fan of the iPhone and now iPhone 4 and one point I like about the iPad is the screen real estate.  The larger screen affords more content, design, and style for the applications that are designed for it.  It is not just the need to have an application fill a need, the application needs to be designed with the end user in mind and simple enough to use.  What I dislike about the screen size is that it adds weight.  The iPad is just a little too heavy to be held in your hand for any length of time.

Item 2:

The ability to begin to do more “laptop like” functions.  I can now email and open files, use iTunes to sync files, or use other programs like PadSync to move over documents that I need to review is a huge leap forward.  I realize that you could again do this to some degree with the iPhone, but with the extended real estate it makes it a more desirable.

I scour the App Store searching for the next great app.  the next great game, utility, or productivity enhancement program that will make my like much easier.

Item 3:

The user interface.  Apple just seems to think about the easiest way for someone to figure out on their own how to use an application and they build to that.  While other companies provide 3 inch thick manuals, Apple has a thin pamphlet that provides details about specific keys.  Everything else can be figured out logically.  At least I think so.

I have several other key points I like about the iPad but I will let you invest in it and find out for yourself.  Keep in mind the real question…. It may not be if I like the iPad and if it does everything I want it to do, but do you like it and can it do what you want it to?

–Rod

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Capture Everything With Evernote

by on Jun.27, 2010, under Featured

Over the years I have used a number of programs to capture my notes, images, and project information.  The problem is that two main challenges exist with these solutions. The first challenge was having various notes on different computers.  My life has evolved over the last few years and as a 28 year Windows guy, I made the jump to using Apple.  To be fair I also use Ubuntu and a few other OS to expand my understanding of these systems.  I can have at any given time two computers open and capturing notes for a meeting. Now you may think that you will never use two computers, but think about the need to access notes on your work laptop via your home computer.   I needed the ability to sync the notes to all of my computers.  Evernote allows you to do that and access information the cloud.

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Microsoft Outlook Smart Date Functions

by on Jun.26, 2010, under Featured

You’re sitting at your desk setting up an appointment in Outlook. You want to set up a meeting two weeks after Christmas to kick-off the new year right but you are not sure of the date. Well, Outlook can help you with that.

Microsoft Outlook has what is referred to as Smart Date Logic. I know what you’re thinking… Wow, fancy words, but what does that really mean to you? It means you could enter the following entries in the cleared start date field and Outlook with update appropriately.

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iPhone 4 Released This Week

by on Jun.25, 2010, under iPhone

Were you one of the many that got up early Monday morning to place an order for the new iPhone 4? I had one on reserve because of the server overload fiasco that locked many out of their rightful place to receive an iPhone on launch day delivered right to their door.  I like the iPhone, but not sure I wanted to wait in the line to be one of the first to say I got it.

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