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.

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A former event photographer, I became an early adopter of, advocate for, and then a digital camera addict. After half-a-million frames taken and thousands of dollars spent, I no longer stress over the camera brand or worry about the number of megapixels. I ignore the marketing of the camera manufacturers that promote technology over the eyes of the photographer. I’ve returned to simple film cameras with the understanding that one should not have to be a Ph.D. in physics to operate a camera. Photography doesn’t have to be complicated. Visualizing the moment and finding the light is more important. Just point, shoot, and preserve your memories, create your art. After 15 years of being an “unofficial” camera engineer for Nikon, Canon, Leica, Fuji, and Ricoh, I’m still on a journey of recovery. Along the way, I’ll share how I adapt to a more considered photographic practice that promotes a more contemplative way of life.