One Device To Rule Them All: Part 2, I’m Not A Juggler


In Part 1, I wrote of my goal to incorporate most tasks and activities such as: photo editing, contacts (address book), calendar, to-do list, music/audio player, radio, clock, calculator, audio recorder, television, telephone, books, newspaper, typewriter, and even the kitchen sink, 🙂 into one device, my tablet computer (iPad Pro).

Why? To continue my life’s mission of reducing clutter and distraction, no matter the form. For the past two years, with some degree of success, I did make my laptop the “control center” of my life.  As a business owner,  24/7 functionality was mandatory but my Apple Macbook wasn’t the most stable device to use on the daily four to five hour commute to the day job. I still watch, in amazement, how my fellow commuters manipulate their bodies, like human gyroscopes, to prevent their laptops from falling to the floor. I tried this, but I’m not a juggler. A tablet, with as many of my laptop programs as possible, seemed like a more manageable solution so last January, I decided to field-test its’ functionality.

So far, it seems to be working despite the challenges of the commute. If it didn’t, this blog would have remained dormant.

I’m now in the tweaking phase, making final decisions on those apps that will make the iPad my Swiss Army knife. What works best for me might work for you and if not, I hope to give you  ideas.  In the next installment, I’ll write about the physical considerations and initial setup. Stay tuned.

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A former event photographer, I became an early adopter of, advocate for, and then digital camera addict. After a million frames and thousands of dollars spent, I refuse to be distracted checking battery levels, scene modes, number of megapixels, video settings, and other marketing gimmicks that promote technology over the eyes of the photographer. One camera; one focal length; a focused perspective.