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I was watching some of the late Jamie Pierre's videos on youtube. Bigger balls than me (but thats maybe why I'm alive)! World Record Cliff jump on ski's! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0SDQcm0VcU[^], even though he landed in powder, landing on his back from that height must have been a tad sore!
A present I ordered on-line on "The last day to order for Christmas delivery" still hasn't turned up.
To be fair to them they did email me last week saying (I paraphrase) "We really screwed up, we put out a great offer and so many people took us up on it we couldn't fulfil the orders so we've taken on a load of extra staff and hope to get them all out by the end of January. We're really, really sorry".
Only one other present ordered on-line didn't turn up, but they claim that was lost in the post and refunded me the full amount.
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
So, working in huge offices, hundreds of people... And NOONE uses any form of tablet. It's just too impractical, cumbersome, etc..
Yet, a handful of silly managers keep on bringing up tablet ideas to me. How I should be making this and that for tablets. BUT, noone uses those sh*ts! Moreover, would you really trust apple or google, who have a long history of snooping on people, gathering TMI (too much information), tracking users and usage, with critical & restricted business documents? Synchronizing documents in the clouds, sending them over internet..? They're not even that portable.
Anyway, seeing hundreds of office workers, I still don't see anyone using it. Whether it be for notes in meetings, etc.. Well, noone uses them -at all.
The ONLY usage I've ever heard of that seems reasonable is to entertain 5 year-olds with silly games.
Added the "rant" button now, because I'm reaching rage levels over these over-hyped, over-advertized, over-blogged (mostly paid ads in reality), pieces of sssshhhhhiiiiAAAAAARRRG. Tablets are like the windows millenium of computing. A failed experiment. Good to entertain children, good for wannabe-a-modern managers who try to seem technically interested and up to date. I'd burn them all (the tablets, not the children and managers. lol).
I'd tell you how I use mine, but then I think I would have to worry about a stalker.
Seriously, there are ways to work around not using a tablet. I'm expirementing with one at the moment. I like the compact size and support for e-books of assorted sizes. And I like the fact that my 10.1" is more than adequate to play a movie in glorious hdmi.
From a work perspective, I can see your annoyance.
Charlie Gilley <italic>You're going to tell me what I want to know, or I'm going to beat you to death in your own house.
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783 “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
I have a friend that works at Jeppesen making one of the maps for airplanes. I can't tell you how surprised I was when he told me about it, but for them it was a nobrainer. Not having to bother about the hardware is worth a lot for them.
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
When I worked in agricultural software back in the early 80's we already had things like "DataLog" - hand held data capture unit for use in the dairy - I can see how a tablet would be the natural progression ... but only if it's robust enough to handle the ...erm ... "stuff" that tends to get splashed around
There a number of people in our office who do use tablets productively, and not just to play games. As a matter of fact I’ve created an application so our product can connect to a tablet or smartphone to via Bluetooth and the really cool part is the devices allows the users of our product to spend less time in the hospital.
I can be maddening though when you are in a meeting and all eye's are on the smartphones or tablets in front of the participants.
I've only had mine since Christmas, so it's early days. But... I use it for book reading (technical in PDF and fiction in mobi/epub) and it is very useful - much lighter than the equivelent paper and at 7 inch, it fits in a pocket. I keep my calender, shopping list(s), contacts and music on it - which I used to keep on my phone, but this is a lot easier to read. I use it for browsing tinternet - much better than the phone. I use it for email - much better than the phone. I make notes, I can get documents from my NAS (or any other source). I can even watch movies / TV and play games on it. (It runs Doom!)
It's early days, but I suspect that it is going to surplant a lot of bits and bobs I used to carry about - which makes my work easier, and my life.
Admittedly, it's not an iPad - it's a Nexus 7 - but that's because I didn't want the over-hyped, over-advertised, over-blogged, apple "product".
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tinned pork then just delete it. It's Spam.
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