iPad Pro Gear That Helps Me Work

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about making my iPad Pro my travel laptop. In an effort to get comfortable with using the iPad regularly, I also try to spend some quality time on at when I’m at my desk. You’ve likely seen some photos of my desk set up with the iPad on it, and today I want to go through some of the gear I’m using to make the iPad feel more like a desktop.

My iPad Pro Setup

Using the iPad Pro as my Travel Laptop

Since going out on my own full time, my tech stack has been a bit of a revolving door. In the quest to find the perfect set up I went from a MacBook Pro to a PC / smaller MacBook for travel. Less than a year later and I’m not too happy with that setup. Nothing against the PC, but living in two-thirds Apple land makes having parity between machines very hard (plus, Camtasia, my main video editor, is a hot mess). So when Apple announced the new iPad Pros, I made a decision to go with that and only that as my travel machine.

My Desk: favorites of 2018

Favorites of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time for what’s become my favorite post of the year. I like looking back at the things I’ve invested in and spent time on. This year feels special to me because on top of it being my first full year in business, I spent a lot time automating processes and improving my workflows to be more productive. More on that in a different post, so for now, onto the favorites!

My Thoughts on the iPad Pro 10.5″

So I’m a bit of a technophile and an early adopter. Always have been; I had a Palm M100 in 9th grade because it looked cool. Plus it helped me keep my busy schedule of drama club and homework straight. Since then, I’ve tried to get new tech sooner rather than later. Sometimes I write about it. When the iPad Pro was announced, it wasn’t something I was able to buy. But I’ve been looking for a good way to draw on a screen since my first “tablet” in 2005. Well, I was able to get the iPad Pro 10.5″ this year; so how does it stack up?

100 Words 034

I just wrote 1700+ words about the iPhone. That post will publish tomorrow, so keep an eye out for it.

I did this using iA Writer on my iPad flying down to Florida. It was a pretty nice experience, given I got the QODE Keyboard Case by Belkin. It’s great. I strongly recommend it.

The other great part of the experience was after I wrote it on the iPad, I booted up iA Writer on my Mac, and the file was just there, making moving it over to WordPress a breeze.

Handoff/sync is a great feature. But more on that tomorrow.

The Apple Keynote Drinking Game

The time is once again upon us: Apple is presumably announcing a new iPhone for people to clamor over, then spend all of their money on. This year, I’ve decided there should be a drinking game, so here are the rules:

Take a sip if:

  • You hear, “It just works”
  • You hear, “Smooth”
  • They tell us about a feature we already knew about from the rumor mill
  • You hear, “Retina”
  • Someone you know gets excited about a feature that already existed on Android
  • They list some stat that can really only apply to Apple products

Take a gulp if:

  • Something old is presented as new and revolutionary (like Copy and Paste, or notifications).
  • They announce something that forces you to buy new accessories
  • They take a jab at Android or any other competitor
  • They blatantly stole an app and integrated it into the iPhone/iPad.

Finish your drink if:

  • You hear, “This is the best iPhone/iPad/Macbook we’ve ever made.”
  • Tim Cook comes out dressed as Steve Jobs
  • They talk about the Samsung ruling

Links Round Up for 11/28/10

I didn’t spend too much time on the Internet this week, what with the holiday and all, but here’s what I got.