One Device To Rule Them All: Part 2, I’m Not A Juggler


In Part 1, I wrote of my goal to incorporate most tasks and activities such as: photo editing, contacts (address book), calendar, to-do list, music/audio player, radio, clock, calculator, audio recorder, television, telephone, books, newspaper, typewriter, and even the kitchen sink, 🙂 into one device, my tablet computer (iPad Pro).

Why? To continue my life’s mission of reducing clutter and distraction, no matter the form. For the past two years, with some degree of success, I did make my laptop the “control center” of my life.  As a business owner,  24/7 functionality was mandatory but my Apple Macbook wasn’t the most stable device to use on the daily four to five hour commute to the day job. I still watch, in amazement, how my fellow commuters manipulate their bodies, like human gyroscopes, to prevent their laptops from falling to the floor. I tried this, but I’m not a juggler. A tablet, with as many of my laptop programs as possible, seemed like a more manageable solution so last January, I decided to field-test its’ functionality.

So far, it seems to be working despite the challenges of the commute. If it didn’t, this blog would have remained dormant.

I’m now in the tweaking phase, making final decisions on those apps that will make the iPad my Swiss Army knife. What works best for me might work for you and if not, I hope to give you  ideas.  In the next installment, I’ll write about the physical considerations and initial setup. Stay tuned.

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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.