As part of my new focus on writing, I’m moving my computing life to an iPad. I’ve used an iPad since it first became available and have always been intrigued by the potential of the device. I think the iPad is at the point where it can fulfill all of my computing needs.
As you probably know by now, I’ve been a geek all my life. I’ve been deeply immersed in technology for decades. I used to love digging into the nitty-gritty of computers and learning about all the ways to tweak settings and personalize things. And, I really liked to dig in and learn the “how and why” of the system. Figuring out the settings, the commands, and why things behaved the way they did was something I relished. I could sit for hours digging into those things. When I switched from Windows to a Mac, learning all about the ways the Mac was different and the new ways to tweak things was a lot of fun for me.
But, as I noted in my post on my change of focus, I’m tired of being so immersed in technology. My desire to dig into the intricacies of a computer system is gone. These days, I just want to use the computer. The need to deal with the system has become frustrating instead of fun.
The last few years of iPad use has been the opposite of frustrating. It has been more about getting things done. I pick it up, do the task I intend, and then set it back down. It’s instantly on, very fast to start the app I need, and very focused. It just works. I find the iPad more enjoyable to use than any other computer I’ve owned. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it feels so personal. Maybe it’s because it is so small that I can carry with me anywhere. Maybe it’s because I can pick it and do something in seconds. Maybe it’s because it seems to become the task at hand instead of just throwing that task in the mix of all the other things going on. I guess it’s really a combination of all those things.
As I make this change I plan to share the journey with you. I’ll talk about what tools I’m using, what’s working well and what’s not. I plan to use the iPad for everything. I believe that inertia is part of what makes changing so difficult. There is a way of working with computers that I’ve learned and honed over the years because that’s just how things worked. In order to truly make the change, I’ll need to learn new ways to do things, and repeat those over and over so that they feel second nature, just as my previous computing life felt. I’m looking forward to it!