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Comment Re:iPad Pro (Score 1) 326

I have stuff spread out all over the place. For photos, I use iCloud, because it synchronizes between my tablet, phone, and laptop.

For other documents, I usually leave them parked in the app that created them and let iOS back them up to my iCloud account. I have some of stuff parked in Dropbox.

I use a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard that syncs with three devices. I take it with me to the office each day so that I can easily switch between the MacBook Pro and the iPad Pro.

With my earlier iPads, i was using a keyboard case, but they just felt like they added too much to the tablet. I've decided that I like the separate keyboard.

Comment iPad Pro (Score 1) 326

My day-to-day computing needs are satisfied by an iPad Pro.
  • I use Pythonista for Python scripting. Pythonista is a very capable Python IDE, and I don't use even a tenth of what it can do.
  • I use Textastic for general text editing and for web app development. Textastic allows me to install web apps on the iPad's home screen, which I love. It's the closest I can come to developing and installing my own apps on the iPad.
  • I use Apple's notes app for note-taking and quick sketches. I work for a small games company, so these quick sketches are often what I start with when designing a new game. The Apple Pencil works very well.
  • For more refined sketches, I use Procreate. I also use Procreate for my personal art projects.
  • For illustration, I use Autodesk Graphic
  • I use Keynote for simple prototypes. For more complex prototypes, I'll mock up something in Textastic.
  • For spreadsheets and word processing, I prefer Pages and Numbers, but I keep Excel and Word on the device for work stuff. I also use Google's offerings for collaborative stuff with the co-workers who don't like the Microsoft stuff.
  • OminiGraffle, for doing flow charts of the apps we're working on.
  • Netflix, Amazon Video, Amazon Music, Apple's Music, Kindle, iBooks, etc., for media consumption

At the office, I use a MacBook Pro a lot, but the iPad Pro is very useful. At home, I use the iPad Pro almost exclusively. This is what works for me. Please don't tell me that the iPad can't be used for "real work". I've been using my iPads to help out with my professional work for the past six years. The iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil is the best one so far.


Neal Stephenson Takes Blame For Innovation Failure 448

itwbennett writes "Neal Stephenson is shouldering some of the blame for discouraging budding scientists and engineers, saying in a interview that perhaps the dark turn science fiction has taken is 'discouraging budding scientists and engineers.' For his part, Stephenson has vowed to be more optimistic. From the article: 'Speaking before a packed lecture theater at MIT yesterday, Neal Stephenson worried that the gloomy outlook prevalent in modern science fiction may be undermining the genre's ability to inspire engineers and scientists. Describing himself as a "pessimist trying to turn himself into an optimist," and acknowledging that some of his own work has contributed to the dystopian trend, he added "if every depiction of the future is grim...then it doesn't create much of an incentive to building the future."'"

Comment Re:Take into account human nature (Score 1) 372

I read about this iPad keyboard trick recently.

If you drag from the "123" button on the keyboard, it will temporarily show the keyboard for numbers and symbols. Move your finger to the key you want and release. The character will be typed and the first keyboard will return.

The iPhone keyboard has a similar trick that when you drag from, say, the key for the exclamation point and comma. Drag from it and you can quickly type an apostrophe. Many keys do this.

I practiced with b$str0ngm@n for a few seconds and I think I could get used to typing it on a regular basis with a minimal hit in speed.

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