I finally replaced my iPad last night having given up on the original being found. I was still in a quandary between the iPad Air and iPad mini right up to the point of purchase but settled on the mini. With a month or so of using the Macbook Air I was happy that it was light enough and small enough to not give any significant advantage to an iPad. When I had the 17″ macBook pro the situation was different. So I worked out that the mini could fit in a pocket and would be fine for day trips to London or quick hops to Europe for presentations.
I used it today for the first time and I'm really pleased with it, and the snazzy red cover (which looks orange given artificial light in the photograph). I've realised that I am moving away from black at the moment! The screen is brilliant (or will be when I get my varifocals) and the keyboard no problem. So my trip to Amsterdam next week will allow me to travel light. At the same time it will not replace my small moleskin notebook in its leather cover with three fine drawing pens (black, red & green ink). I've found that those pens force me to write, and draw more neatly. The only downside is the need to ensure that each pen is full or empty of ink before getting on a plane, but that is no great burden.
So I now have a series of artefacts that are a part and parcel of my life and I couldn't help contrasting my approach with that of my good friend Euan who is working with fewer and fewer devices. Like Euan I use my iPhone for navigation on the hills, but I also carry one of two cameras and use a satnav to get there. Euan uses he iPhone for all. I prefer specialist artefacts so I now have the following set up:
Of course all of that works with the iCloud in various and many ways so no matter what artefact I use I am always linked or connected to material created on the others. Thinking back a couple of decades I carried a pager and dictated memos to a secretary. Life has changed.
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