Monthly Archives: September 2011

Avatar – Why this one?

The image that I have chosen to be my avatar is a self portrait. I find this to be appropriate as the aim of my web presence is to present ideas about how and why people can use the iPad.

The photo used to create my avatar was taken by my iPad, and then edited using a photography app that I purchased called PhotoPad. I feel that this image shows possible readers that they can use an iPad for a variety of purposes including photographic editing.

‘Self-Portrait’ by Alison Gowers is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Why this blog might interest YOU…

Well I’ve already told you why the iPad interests me, but what about you? What are YOU going to get out of this?

Well hopefully, information. Information from an end-user perspective about great apps, updates to the software that are cool (and not just the ‘norm’), and hopefully how to utilize the iPad in all areas of your life, as well as how other people do the same in their lives.

You may be thinking, “well, I can find THAT out on the Apple site”. But can you? Sure, you can go to the Using iPad section of the Apple Support Communities and ask a question or perform a search. If you like the idea of searching through just over 58,000 discussions within the site, then please, feel free to go right ahead. It IS a great option if something is not going the way you thought it should. BUT, if you just want to know what’s the best app from an end-user perspective for making your budget? Ask me… I may have already added the information…

By the way, it’s Account Tracker

Happy iPadding!

References

Using iPad (2011). Retrieved September 24th, 2011 from https://discussions.apple.com/community/ipad/using_ipad

Account Tracker (2010). Retrieved September 24th, 2011 from http://grahamhaley.co.uk/accounts/

the universal ipad – Why?

I went to a conference in February armed with a laptop, only to find that the majority of people there had an iPad or iPad 2. I was astounded. It made me think, why do all these people want an iPad? Is it a fad? Are they playing games and checking their email instead of listening to the speakers? What IS the pull?

After a couple of days, I started to understand more. There I was trying to find a power supply, booting up the laptop, logging in, etc; whilst the “ipadders” flipped open the cover and away they went.

I HAD to have one…

So, approximately six weeks later mine arrived. I’ve never looked back.

There is always something new to download that is interesting; be it an ebook, app, music, video or podcast. It supports me in just about every facet of my life. I have recipe books, fictional books, games for my children, TV series that I like, email, internet, my favourite tunes, educational material, all rolled into one neat little 24cm x 18cm package.

I find something new every day and I learn something new every day; either by myself, or in discussions with other people. Hence the Universal iPad.

To what degree do you see yourself playing different ‘roles’ on the Internet?

Employee, Administrator, Student, Social Convener, Friend, Family member, Mother. These are all the roles that I play on the Internet. Some of these overlap and some of them don’t. I feel that this is based around rules that we make for ourselves and must self govern. I myself will allow co-workers to add me as a Facebook friend, but they are restricted to only see certain areas of my Facebook profile. To me, this is acceptable, but to someone else it might not be. Everyone has to decide this for themselves.

This is really the only blurred line I have. My twitter account is a variation of my maiden name; so only those people that I have given my twitter name too, know that the account is mine. I have a variety of blogs; some of which have been created for professional purposes and some for personal. Again, none of these overlap in regards to content or profile information. There is nothing within them that could provide insight as to who I am in these two different worlds.

My professional name in real life has also been different up until this year. I finally (after nine years of marriage) decided to change my surname to my married name at work. Yet, outside of my professional life, I have used my married name since the date of my wedding.

We will see how this will affect my professional/personal divide over time. I’m sure it will; but what I’m not sure of, is whether or not it will happen willingly.