December 14, 2017

Article: The Future We Might Deserve?

Some time today, the FCC is expected to vote to repeal most of the 2015 net neutrality regulations. These rules prevented broadband providers from blocking or slowing down web sites or apps. This apps prevented companies from making deals to give certain kinds of traffic priority over others. The only thing that will remain is that providers must disclose what they do with web traffic…

November 21, 2017

Article: Back to the iPad (Again)

Well, that didn’t last long. Since I wrote about using an iPhone as my primary device back in September, I have found the iPhone 8 Plus to feel “normal” in comparison to the iPhone 8 or SE, and really like the additional features. However, I have also found out how I much I missed having an iPad for around my apartment, writing, and just in instances where the iPhone screen is a bit too small…

November 19, 2017

Link: The Increasingly Rare iPad Deal Killers ☍

David Sparks:

Jason Snell wrote an excellent piece today about how he uses his iPad for a lot of his work. The post references a recent quote from Microsoft’s Satya Nadella that implies the iPad is not a real computer and a recent iPad ad that makes its point nicely.

I’ve spent a lot of time writing and podcasting about the iPad as a potential laptop replacement. In the early days, I went iPad only while writing the book, iPad at Work. Back then it was rough. The hardware, operating system, and software were all in need of improvement. Things did, however, get better. iPad hardware these days benchmarks alongside currently shipping Macs very respectively.

This is a pretty fascinating analysis, especially when you consider that the little things where an iPad does fall flat are often nitpick niche cases. In my experience, PC users are quick to point out Microsoft Office, but for the day-to-day stuff I do, Word and Excel on the iPad are sufficient (Pages and Numbers probably would, if I wasn’t going to mess with importing and exporting files I’d share). Other than that, there’s a few Flash-based sites and some other fussy legacy things that I would love to see go away anyway.

Link: What’s a Computer? ☍

Apple’s new ad for the iPad Pro is pretty good, but I think those hoping for a new Mac Pro or non-crappy MacBook Pro keyboards are probably cringing a bit.

Update: As the URL slug was already used, I did some digging and forgot that Apple used this tagline a little over a year ago.

September 25, 2017

Article: Working From An iPhone

Choosing a particular device to be your primary computing device can be very rewarding once you think you’ve made the right choice. I managed to get most of my use to a 12.9″ iPad Pro. In tandem with an a current-generation Mac mini and an iPhone SE, my personal technology lineup was pretty complete. At work, I was doing most of my work off of a work-issued iPad Air 2 or my iPhone in a pinch…