Jan
03
2014
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Adobe Employee Stops Using Pen And Paper!

Wow, have you ever heard the Apple Fanorati drone on about device fragmentation with Android tablets?

Meanwhile, because Steve Jobs strictly forbid stylus use at Apple every company with a drawing or writing related app is making some sort of pen hardware for the iPad.

The catch is, the whiz bang Bluetooth stylus only works with the one app. Doh!

Did someone say fragmentation? Imagine the pencil case of 50gram fat Bluetooth pens that you’ll need to carry around with you.

Interestingly Adobe has developed an interesting pen set call Project Mighty. Michael Gough, VP of Product Experience tells us in the announcement video that because of this new pen he’s been able to do away with pen and paper for creativity!

Welcome to 2001 Michael Gough!

Here’s a photo of my children doing away with pen and paper in 2009.

Child using a rugged Motion Computing F5v tablet PC in 2009

By the constant flurry of activity around the next new crap iPad stylus I’d say that it is becoming apparent to the world only now, four years later that pen input is sorely missing.

We’re all finally bored of playing Angry Birds on tablets and we want to do something useful at least some of the time.

Adobe’s new pen is an intriguing tool for the very small percentage of the 200 million iPad owners who live in Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

For the rest of us suckers, it is clear that it was Apple and Steve Jobs that blew it. iPad cannot replace pen and paper due to the lack of intelligent pen input.

The people that keep on persisting with trying to make the iPad work like pen and paper remind me of a dog humping a plastic toy. Nothing good will come of it.

I guess I’ll just keep taking notes the same way I did in 2002 – with a tablet that has a built in Wacom Digitizer Pen and Microsoft OneNote.

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Jan
02
2014
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Playing Catan (and other Android games) on a Windows Tablet PC

For over a year I have used a rugged Motion Computing F5t as my all-in-one laptop replacement tablet. An “Ivy Bridge” Intel Core i7, 16Gb or RAM and a 256Gb SSD makes it more than powerful enough for my work day!

Where it has occasionally fallen short is in the downtime. For example, it’s not an ideal tablet to watch movies on since there is no headphone slot and the speaker is sealed at the back because of the rugged water resistance requirements. Instead I use Bluetooth headphones or one of these Logitech laptop speakers that plug in via USB.

But with my travels I don’t watch movies or TV much. What I’d rather do is play an Android game like Plants Vs Zombies 2 or The Settelers of Catan. But, like many other games they are not yet available in the Windows 8 tablet store…

Now I’ve discovered Bluestacks. It is an Android emulator that allows me to sign into the Google Play Store and download the apps that I already have on my Android tablets to the emulator. Effectively I now have Android on my Windows tablet!

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It is a little slow to load apps at times, but they run seamlessly. There are probably hundreds of applications for this little gem. For me Bluestacks equals one less tablet in the travel bag… and that is a blessing for a travelling Tablet salesman!

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Jan
14
2013
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Designing the Windows 8 tablet touch keyboard

I am intrigued and impressed by Microsoft’s effort to design a better touch keyboard for Windows 8 tablets.

You can read quite a bit of detail about it here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/07/17/designing-the-windows-8-touch-keyboard.aspx

3 images of 3 common ways to hold a tablet and type

Looking at the assumptions in the article though, I have to wonder, what ever happened to people’s ability to learn?

It seems to me that many decisions in product design – particularly in the tech world and never more so than with Tablets – are based on the fact that people will instantly dismiss a device if it doesn’t work perfectly as expected in the first 2 seconds.

What this has caused is a dumbing down of any device that might fall into the hands of a consumer (read: idiot) to the point where its utility is compromised. Sometimes significantly.

You’ll see in the article that clever ideas like the counter shift key option on the early Windows 8 tablet keyboard design was binned based on what looks to be short term user expectations and experiences.

Ultimately the incredible simplification of the Windows 8 tablet keyboard will at least give Microsoft a chance to compete with the ultimate dumbed down device (iPad), but it leaves the people who are willing to learn something new (like Swipe on Android) without the possible benefit.

Bring back complexity. The world is complex and complex gets things done!

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Jul
06
2011
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I’m going Froyo and Mango simultaneously

Or maybe I’m just going crazy! The Android 2.2 Froyo update announced itself on my Motorolla Defy phone yesterday.

The HTC Mozart has also been reminding me of the Mango (Copy and Paste etc) update too… Great phones both of them… Have not looked back at the iPhone which is gathering dust for one second!

The most liberating digital experience you can ever have is not having iTunes on your PC!!!!

Updating them both now, hoping that it improves general performance for the Defy. Interested to see what goodies turn up on the Mozart. The Windows Phone 7 Interface is the most flowing and useful of all of the phone interfaces in my opinion, and I prefer this phone out of all of them.

We’ll see how this goes…

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Aug
28
2010
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Phones for serious business users

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I have to acknowledge the iPhone. It has introduced me to the pleasure of Exchange ActiveSync. It is hard to imagine working without a unified mail box and contacts list now.

However, on Thursday l received 52 phone calls and by 3:00 pm my iPhone was dead flat.

Now of course there are a plethora of charging options for the iPhone. Charging sleeves, battery boost packs and car chargers. But of course the simplest and most practical battery power solution for serious users was sacrificed by Apple on the altar of design.

Not Good Enough Apple!

A phone that has 200,000 iFart apps available but cannot practically run all day is a joke!

Fortunately, the benefits of Exchange Active sync have long since been realised by users of tonnes of other phones running Windows Mobile and Android, so now we have a choice!

On other phones like the HTC Desire or HD2 can remove the battery and replace it with a freshly charged one. Instant double battery life!

And, thanks to the fact that you can remove the battery, you can also geta spare battery charger like this one.

No more stuffing around, just plug your phone and battery in overnight and off to work you go!

Now that is a phone for business, not just fashion!

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