Desk Computers, Pocket Computers, Wrist Computers, Thoughts on new Apple Technology

Since I can remember, I’ve chosen the tools that work best for particular tasks.

Desktop Computers provided me the ability to build HTML sites that let me communicate with the world.

MP3 players let me carry music anywhere I went, make custom playlists, and never hear skips in CD music or have chewed up tapes.

When Windows XP felt slow and unreliable, I found Debian Linux as a reliable software environment to do all my work.

When I shopped for a new MP3 player in 2004, there were few options besides iPods. And the iPod Shuffle was now only $79, cheaper than almost any other well reputated player.

I bought one, and from the first three days using it, I could see it was the most thoughtfully designed and well engineered technology I’d seen in a long time.

I’d seen Macs before this, and knew how beautiful and well engineered they were, but they seemed to cost $4000, twice most PC’s, and worse than that, had very little compatibility with my existing workflows, software and more.

The following year, 2005, Apple went Intel, and made Macs that could run Windows, Linux or their native OS X (now MacOS)

They were also about $1500, Same as my first Wintel PC had cost.

Though I was stubbornly determined to run a cumbersome power user operating system (Linux), just like the iPod Shuffle, the iMac immediately seduced me with the buttery smooth way it worked.

Since then, I’ve enjoyed using and sharing the news about how efficient we can live and work using well engineered, thoughtful technology solutions, sometimes that’s Apple technology, and sometimes it’s Amazon, Chevrolet, Ecobee, Salesforce, Microsoft Exchange and more.

In 2006, when the iPhone came out, it provided me with an easy and efficient way to get emails while out and about, freeing me from my MacBook, able to be out in the world, but within reach of anyone who needed help.

In 2010, Apple unveiled the iPad, unknown to many, the actual genesis of the iPhone project. The iPad is the vision of computing from the 70’s, direct manipulation of information on a paper sized device. The iPad has been always by my side, because it can show me more, let me interact in more ways with documents, pictures and music, and all around feels like the perfect computing device to me. All the more since Apple added split screen, multi tasking, and more features to it.

Now in 2017, Apple has unveiled what I think is the prefect companion to an iPad, the cellular Apple Watch.

Though the iPhone 8 and iPhone X are truly remarkable devices, and are getting features they deserve, like true tone, and have amazingly great cameras, to me, they do not add a tremendous work benefit, instead, I can see my day significantly improved by being able to be permanently connected to the world via my watch.

The watch, always on me, will alert me, and allow me to share any news I need to know or share.

Should there be something that requires review, or long form writing, I simply make it a task from my watch, and complete that task when I’m back at a larger screen, hopefully my iPad, but a phone if one is close I suppose.

I do want the X phone, not for any of it’s iPhone features, but for it’s camera.

Do you agree, do you find that your current iPhone accomplishes all you need from a ‘phone’ (aka pocket computer), and the new X pocket computer doesn’t add much besides an amazing camera, or do you believe that a pocket computer 8, or pocket computer X will significantly improve your productivity?

Thank you for your time reading this, and your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One great Feature: Security

security |səˈkyo͝orədēnoun (plural securitiesthe state of being free from danger or threat: the system is designed to provide maximum security

It’s so instinctual, that many people don’t give it a second thought, but in every action we take, and tool we use, we need to understand and beware of it’s risks.

The abstracted nature of modern computers, and complexity of them can be hard for our senses to judge, two phones, look identical, one taking all the data it can gather about you, and one, which takes no data from you, look identical to human eyes.

Cognitively, too, it can be hard to judge modern technologies. An NPR discussion on Minnesota Public Radio recently discussed the current crop of digital personal assistants, Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Now, frequently inaccurately describing privacy and security features of the various assistants, without understanding that a key ability of an assistant is discretion, to hide the fact that a partner just ordered flowers and diamonds for her partner is an example of a secret that an assistant shouldn’t make easily accessible to others.

That Alexa and Google Home make no allowances for multiple user interactions, and treat anyone talking to them as the “account holder” is a security concern that I believe many should pay attention too.

In my opinion, This and deeper levels of security should be considerations of any technology you choose to use, because without sufficient Security, a tool can do a lot more harm than good.

 

 

 

 

One great feature: Flexibility

One of my preferred features in Tools that I choose, is flexibility.

Yes, what this tool does for me is cool, but Can I perform this operation on any device? if I’m without one of my devices? In a cloud app? Even offline? Without Power? Does this interface with other tools I may use? What do I do when this tool is obsolete? Can I migrate to the next tool easily?

So, when looking for a tool to help you be more powerful, I’d recommend you consider the flexibility of the solutions you find.

 

Paper

Paper.

 

A technology available to much of planet earth nowadays, first created about three thousand years ago.

Advantages:

“Intuitive”, aka familiar.

Inexpensive.

 

Disadvantages:

Security;

most paper can be read by almost anyone who finds it.

when destroyed, there are generally no readily available copies available.

when lost, similarly, there is generally no easily retrievable copy.