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kfield
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Re: Tablets don't replace anything
kfield   7/26/2013 11:17:57 AM
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Right answer Lou!!!!

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JanineLove   7/26/2013 11:06:43 AM
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I find using the web on my iphone extremely annoying. I quickly reach for the nearest tablet (we are a geeky family, way too many devices...). And, if someone is reading on the tablet (very common) I dash down to my desktop computer. iPhone web surfing is only (in one of my favorite lines from Lord of the Rings) "at the utmost end of need."

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...but I play one on TV
Max The Magnificent   7/26/2013 10:24:22 AM
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@Rick: I hate to play the Luddite again...

So you aren't a Luddite ... you just play one on TV?

That reminds me of some old Peter O'Toole film where the doctor says something like "I'm afraid your son is a paranoid schizophrenic" and the mother replies "He can't be ... we've always been Church of England"

Dang .. what was that film?

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Re: Perfect when you lie down on couch
kfield   7/26/2013 10:16:42 AM
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I'm with you Junko. I'm a natural sloucher when reading a book or even now searching the web. I still use the earliest-version-Kindle for reading - battery life is great when I travel -- but when that dies I will likely not replace it.

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kfield   7/26/2013 10:14:50 AM
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So I'm guessing that you're not online a lot while in bed? Uhm, I know there are more interesting things to do and congratulations if that's the case. But I pretty much fire up my iPad first thing in the morning before I get out of bed and it's the last thing I turn off before falling asleep. More convenient than my laptop, and way easier to see than my iphone.

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Re: What's your use case?
Max The Magnificent   7/26/2013 10:08:54 AM
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@Rich: ...record your own version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow?  It's sure to be a hit!

It was hearing Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole's version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow that prompted me to build my Ukulele in the first place.


Iz and I have a lot in common (or we did before he died). When he played his Ukulele he brought people to tears ... my playing has much the same effect :-)

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Re: Tablets don't replace anything
lcovey   7/26/2013 9:59:31 AM
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A couple of years ago, an editor I was meeting with found me at a table in a Starbucks while I was working on an article. We talked about my Bluetooth keyboard and then got to work. A year later I ran across him at a tradeshow. He was writing and filing stories on an iPad with keyboard. See how it's done once and you're hooked.

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Re: What's your use case?
rich.pell   7/26/2013 9:31:23 AM
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Max, for your next project why not add a USB port and pickups to your ukulele and then - using the Apple Camera Connection Kit and GarageBand (or any number of other iOS music production apps) - record your own version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow?  It's sure to be a hit!

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Caleb Kraft   7/26/2013 9:27:07 AM
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For me the tablets keep falling in that strange area where they aren't as convenient as my phone, but not extremely more convenient than my laptop. This means when it is time for me to make the jump from one to another I end up skipping the iPad and going for the laptop. 

My kids use it like crazy though. 

I plan on buying the micorosoft surface pro soon. I can see a tablet form factor with a full featured OS on it being quite useful for travelling. I'll have my full office suite as well as photoshop at my fingertips and that is quite appealing. 

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Max The Magnificent   7/26/2013 9:13:47 AM
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@Rich: As far as a mouse, yes, sometimes a mouse would be useful, but there are also many cases where the touch interface of a tablet works much better than using a mouse on a PC ever did.

I think my iPad was the first device I owned with a touch interface. I love the fact that it's so intuitive. A couple of weeks after I got my iPad I picked up the little NetBook computer we had sitting on the sofa -- I was gettig really frustrated pressing the screen with my finger and saying to my wife "this thing's broken" when I remembered that, unlike the iPad, it didn;t have a touch screen :-)

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