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Business Information Tech

Can a Tablet Be Your Full-Time Computer?

Can a tablet be your full-time computer? That is a good question. Since a tablet is light-weight and more capable than ever, I wanted to see if it were possible. The quick answer is a resounding YES! And maybe a little no.

Recently Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung have given us a boost in that direction. The new Apple iPad Pro, the Microsoft Surface Go and Pro 6, and Samsung with their DeX connection make it easy. However, I don’t have any of these devices.

What Do You Need?

What will make this a fruitful inquiry?

  1. Is the hardware available and sufficient for full-time work?
  2. Is the hardware viable with its smaller screen?
  3. Is the software applications plentiful enough?
  4. Are the software applications adequate?

Let’s Begin with Hardware

My first concern is the hardware. What do you need to begin a successful test?

  • a beautiful screen with a high resolution
  • a superb Bluetooth keyboard to connect
  • a Bluetooth mouse for quick location onscreen
  • a large monitor to connect when working at your desk

These criteria would help with the process of converting to a tablet.

ASUS Tablet & Logitech KeyboardAs readers know, I have an ASUS ZenPad 10 Android tablet. It is two years old and yet has a screen resolution higher than most current tablets at 2048 X 1536. Great screen and definitely a high enough resolution.

The Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth keyboard is still the best Bluetooth keyboard available today. The keyboard weighs nothing and is so thin it is barely there. And it still has key movement similar to my ASUS ZenBook laptop. It will fill the keyboard slot very well. I just bought a second one for my wife to use with her new tablet.

I have yet to test a Bluetooth mouse, but there are plenty of brand name and off-brand names available. From the Amazon reviews, these work well enough for this part of the hardware requirements.

Connecting a large screen is also easy to do. Amazon Basics offers a USB Type C to HDMI adapter that will handle a large monitor. Since I got rid of the last desktop computer and monitor I had, I am unable to test this part, but again, according to the Amazon reviews, this is solved.

How about the Software part of the equation?

Software is the toughest part of this test. The resounding YES! is because there are plenty of productivity apps to satisfy most users. The small no comes from the lack of availability of specialty software.

With Google Drive and its associated apps, it can handle basic computing needs. There is Docs for word processing, Sheets for spreadsheets, Slides for presentations, Forms for information gathering, Drawings for creativity, and more within this suite of products.

Even Microsoft offers versions of it’s Office Suite on the Android and Apple platforms.

I suspect this will cover most computer users on the tablet.

Publishing on the Web

Even writing specifically for the web is easy using apps provided by the different suiters. I use the WordPress app on my tablet for writing with the Keys-to-Go Bluetooth keyboard. I’ve written about this before.

I found a Medium app in the Google Play store that allows for reading and writing with the Medium website.

Miscellaneous Apps

There are apps for all of the following:

  • To Do
  • Photo editing
  • Video editing
  • Notes
  • Time management
  • Calendar
  • Voice to Text
  • Text to Voice
  • Voice recording
  • Phone recording
  • Web meeting
  • Email
  • Scanning
  • Team collaboration
  • Password managers
  • Presentation
  • and more

What is Missing

The problem comes with specialty applications. I use only a few in this category.

I’m not using these everyday, but regularly enough for them to be problematic. 

I think working on the go is possible with just a tablet, keyboard, and mouse, but I think I still need a full-fledged laptop back at home base.

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Articles Information Life Lessons

Is Journaling the Secret Sauce to Success?

Daily JournalIs journaling the secret to productivity? Does our quiet time along with recording our thoughts on paper or computer really generate success?

The answer is a resounding yes if you believe all the blog articles online today. It seems that all one must do is prepare one’s mind and write it down for success and productivity to come knocking on your door. The statements are bold and predictive. It is the secret sauce.

Along with a few moments of mindfulness, journaling is one of the hottest topics on the Internet today. Don’t believe me? Google journaling and see over 42 million returns from articles and videos. Mindfulness returns more than 181 million.

These two topics seem intertwined. Apparently one requires the other to be complete.

Let’s Define the Words

What exactly is mindfulness? Here is the definition.

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  1. 1.
    the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
    “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
  2. 2.
    a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Okay, what about journaling. What defines it from other writing?

Definition of journal, journaled, journaling

to keep a personal journal to enter or record daily thoughts, experiences, etc., in a journal.
As a kid, I journaled about everything from boys to bad haircuts.— Redbook
The principal at the school says since students began journaling last year, poor behavior reports have dropped 40 percent.— Stephanie Stahl
The students engaged in several process discussions to reflect on their service-learning projects, and they journaled their reactions.— Roeper Review
It seems we come down to paying attention and recording what our attention is on. It even seems to stem poor behavior in students. That’s amazing. Why don’t we require prison inmates to journal? I think the reason is that journaling requires mindfulness.

Possible Success?

Maybe the act of asking questions and writing about it is a form of journaling. This article might just be the result of conscious awareness and recording my thoughts.
I guess that makes me a success.
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Business Sales

The Sales Life

The sales life is one of joy and frustration, fun and stress, and excitement and upheaval. What follows are some thoughts I have on sales.

The most joy a salesperson can have is helping a customer solve their problem.

The most frustration a salesperson can have is dealing with support staff.

The most fun a salesperson can have is getting to know a customer better and sharing lives together.

The most stress a salesperson can have is dealing with a sales manager that doesn’t trust you to do your work.

The most excitement a salesperson can have is playing golf with a customer who have become a good friend.

The most upheaval a salesperson can experience is dealing with upper management that has never sold anything, yet continues to tell you how to do your job.

What do you think? What are your thoughts about the sales life?