One Device To Rule Them All: The Series, Part 1


Why not document my continuing efforts of reducing and transforming my use of technology? Bet you’d like to do the same. That plus-size cell phone we all purchased last year was cool looking, but has become a brick. How about that hardly used Kindle that was advertised as the greatest thing since the invention of the book? Ever since multiple consumer electronics have existed, I’ve envisioned one device to do it all so there would be no need to manage multiple distractions….oops, I mean, devices. Having an address book, calendar, music player, radio, clock, watch, calculator, audio recorder, television, telephone, books etc. in one portable device would not only reduce electronic clutter, but help  simplify life. I started with PalmPilots and even Microsoft Pocket PCs but the most effective, most loved device I ever owned was an Apple Newton,  the grandfather of today’s iPad. The technology of my iPad Pro has eclipsed the Newton all in but one aspect…I still need a laptop or desktop computer to do some functions that the iPad can’t do or struggles with.

One Device To Rule Them All is not an original idea, there are users out there, like me, and Apple, infamous for restructuring popular computer design; marketing the hell out of the change; weathering the consumer disapproval; and then riding a tide of mainstream acceptance, is trying to accommodate us. Why do I put up with this struggle when my issues could probably be immediately solved using a Microsoft based competitor ? One word…Brand loyalty. I prefer the Apple ecosystem and have established 20+ years of databases. Those databases could be adapted and I’m not discounting any of the Microsoft based competitors, but I don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time and effort operating or even maintaining Apple products, they just work. If Microsoft wants me to test a Microsoft Surface Pro, I would not object.

In the meantime, I’ll keep struggling to adapt the iPad to be my sole device and from time-to-time, I’ll post articles how that makes my life like less complicated;  more efficient; and more peaceful.

“The name is Trump, Donald Trump”

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BREAKING NEWS: It has come out that, in private, President Trump called Jeff Sessions “Mr. Magoo.” Sessions and National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster are rumored to follow in Hope Hick’s footsteps. Jared Kushner lost his security clearance and the FBI is looking into Ivanka’s business deals. This is just a fraction of the domestic chaos.

Unless politics is your hobby or you are a political journalist, very few of us can keep up with the news coming out of Washington DC without incurring some type of stress. Donald Trump is a master at upending the status quo. He really missed his calling in the intelligence agencies. Can you imagine a Donald Trump during World War II? The Germans and Japanese would have immediately surrendered, weary from chaos and it may have stopped the United States from using the atomic bomb! Maybe this is his plan for North Korea…wear Kim Jong-un down in chaos?

It was Napoleon Bonaparte that said “The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.”