Creating On An iPad


It has been said by many people that you can not create content on an iPad? I even read a large column once that said it is not a creation tool. I have to admit it is different. It is not a computer this is true. Although it is used as a computer by many people. The smart phone in your pocket is also a computer. It seems now a days that these mobile devices are used by more people then the desktop computer. But that still leaves us with the question. Can you create content using an iPad?

I am writing this post using only an iPad. I have to admin I am using a bluetooth keyboard. Using the onscreen touch keyboard makes typing a little harder. It can be done but it is different. I see many people as well as myself using the iPad to take notes during meeting and conferences. You have to admin they are lighter and take up less room on your lap.

The truth is I can not use the iPad to do all of my work as a technologist. I need certain programs that run on a desktop. And I always say, there is really no one device that can handle every type of computing. We are getting close, but it’s just not there yet.

My last thought is. You can create content using the iPad. It is different and there might be a learning curve. But it can be done. But keep your computer, you might just need it again one day?

Online Office Applications

365 and Google Apps

If there is one thing that I have found out over my years of computers is that the file you want never seems to be reachable. While that is all changing with the help of a little catch phase “The Cloud”.

Many schools are turning to either Google Apps or Office 365. These online services allow you to work on documents, spreadsheets and presentations where ever and from what ever computer or device you might be working on.

Look back to not that long ago we all carried flash drive or thumb drives. Did you ever get the sick feeling when you are suppose to present and your trusty flash drive is laying at home on your end table? Well no more. Now that we can log onto a site and have access to our working documents from where ever you have an Internet connection. Life just got a little easier and have 24/7 access to your work.

Deciding which one to use is really a personal choice. If you have been using Microsoft Office for years you might want to choose Office 365. If you are someone like me that can adapt and learn new things then choose Google Apps. Or some people might choose to use both.

And remember both of these work on IOS and Android devices. This means when you are in a taxi or on a bus you can make those last minute touches on your work before getting to work.

The bottom line is for you to cut your ties with your computer and move over to the world of “THE CLOUD!”

 

What is a Podcast?

A Podcast is an online radio show. Most podcasts that you will find online are FREE. Podcasts are created and produced by people just like you. Someone sitting in front of a computer with an idea. We connect a microphone to the computer and use a free software program to record our thoughts and we begin recording.

Podcasts are the thoughts of someone with something to share. Most of the time it is some form of learning. If I have an expertise and want to share what I know with the world. I can create a podcast and share my thoughts. Sometimes people create podcasts about TV shows and share their thoughts with the world.

I have always enjoyed podcasts because I can pull them onto my smart phone and play them in the car as I travel to and from work. You can put in some ear buds and listen as you are working out or taking a afternoon walk.

So how do you find a podcast to listen to? The best way is to use ITunes. Open it and click on the Store button. Then click on Podcasts. You can then search for just about anything you can think of.

I produce 3 podcasts each week. I hope you can tune into the shows. Also please subscribe. Also I have just created a new You Tube channel for my newest show. The Tech Podcast. Please subscribe to my new You Tube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/thetechpodcastshow.

Also please visit my podcast sites.

The Tech Podcast

The Photography Guy

Tips From The Server Room

Podcasts

 

Browser Wars

If you have been into computers for as long as I have you will remember that we had a browser war back in the 90’s. At the time there were two players Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.

The reason this war started in the first place was because Bill Gates from Microsoft said that the Internet was just a fad and in a few years would go away. Until he began to watch Netscape Navigator’s bottom line profits go through the roof. Then old Bill doing what he did best decided he would steal the market share and make everyone use his crap browser called, Internet Explorer 1.0. If you enjoyed bad dreams and night terrors then this was the browser for you. So how would old Bill get everyone to switch to his browser and leave Netscape?

Easy enough, he will build it into every copy of Windows 95. Of course this was a great idea! Not really Microsoft got sued for trying to create a monopoly and lost and had to make it so that you could remove Internet Explorer from your computer.

Why am I writing about this in today’s modern world? Because folks we are still having browser wars. Netscape is long gone but has rolled into a FREE browser known as Fire Fox. We also have a offering from the KINGS of the Internet Google called Chrome. Internet Explorer is still around and still being used for some unknown reason. There is also some you may not know about. Opera, Safari from Apple. They all do basically the same thing. They open the door for you to the World Wide Web.

Browsers

Web Protection

Sometimes we need protection from our actions.  I often have clients ask me, “What did I do wrong, why do I keep getting all of this bad stuff on my computer?”

The answer to this statement is simple. You don’t have to do anything wrong. Your kids might also be the best kids in the world and look at nothing wrong. The truth is advertising companies are sneaky. They have ways of installing adware and spyware onto your computer without you knowing about it.

It is funny that we see this practice effecting only Windows computers. This is because there are always ways that these companies can find to install software onto your computer without you knowing.

There are a few easy fixes to help you stay out of trouble.

1. Setup up a standard user account on your computer. This way you won’t be logged into the computer as the administrator. Then if something wants to install you will know because it will ask you for your password.

2. Don’t use Internet Explorer! Use a better safer web browser such as, Fire Fox or Chrome.

3. Keep your anti spyware and anti virus up to date.

4. Use this add on for your browser call Web Of Trust. It will alert you if the web site you are visiting is trying to install something onto your computer.

WOB

Smart Phone Upgrade

I know the title to this post seems like it could be from long ago. But the truth of the matter is my wife is finally upgrading to a shinny new smart phone. She will be getting the iPhone 5C Green 32 GB model.

So why did she wait so long? Smart phones have been on the market for years. Well she is not a touch screen type of girl. She has have a small phone with a button keyboard that slides out. And she has had this phone for about six years.

Now that the battery only lasts about twenty minutes she is fat up with the old phone. Did you ever go to the local cell phone store and look for an old phone? They make about three of them and they all have bad, yes really bad reviews. So she played with my iPhone and said she will just have to get use to using one. I am already thinking of all the great way we can now communicate. We could face time and now use iMessaging.

I wonder why the smart phones need to cost $10.00 more a month? It is still the same service. I guess it has to do with paying for the phone? I will have to get a pic of her using the new phone and share with all of you.

Which phone do you have and tell me a little about your cell phones and how your carriers are holding up.

iPhone 5C

Creating On The IPad

I hear that Microsoft will be releasing a version of office for the IPad? They are doing this at the expense of their very own Windows tablets because they don’t have a full version of office yet for their own platform.

I wanted to write this today again not to give you the tech news that has already been reported. But to tell you we have been creating on the IPad ever since they have been released into the wild. There has to be ways to create on the IPad they have been and are used in schools since they were first put on the market. I want to give you a few programs that already work very well on the IPad.

DocsToGo: I have been using this app ever since I was using a Blackberry. The app allows you to create slide shows, write documents, and create spread sheets. Not only that it allows you to open all forms on Microsoft documents.

Google Docs: Install the app Google Drive and have access to all of your Google Docs on your IPad. You can even create new documents while on the go. And best yet they since up with your Google Drive on all of your devices.

Key Note, Numbers and Pages: These are native apps written for the IPad from the creator of the IPad. Yes Apple and if you have a Mac you can open these documents anytime on the Mac from the Apple Cloud service.

So should we really be excited because now much like every time in history Microsoft is jumping on the moving band wagon? Here is the real kicker that set me on fire. This is going to be a subscription based service. Which means folks that you have to pay a monthly or a yearly fee to use office on your IPad! Stick with the one time paid or FREE apps. You will be happier at the end of the day.

If you have any other ideas for creating documents, spread sheet and slide shows on the IPad please comment and let me know what you are using.

Apps

 

Are You A Mac Or A PC?

One time in life this question would have meant something to a lot of people. Apple Macs and PC’s once were not on the same playing field. And today I feel they really still are not but we will get there in a minute.

Today with the modern software we all love and use, and with great programmers bringing their products to both platforms we can now grab a computer and feel comfortable.

Working at a school I have found a few ways that one can not replace the other. In our Auto CAD lab we still need Windows to run their applications. We do however use IMac’s and dual boot them with Boot Camp. And I use a Mac for video editing because I prefer using Final Cut but there are great video applications for Windows.

What I’m really referring to is the core applications. Word, Power Point, Excel, Editors, Photo Editing Software. These core programs are now what is called cross platform. So don’t be afraid to pick up a computer and use it. You will be find using either a Mac or a PC.

One last thought is this; I really hate still today hearing. I can’t buy a Mac I would never figure out how to use it? Let me be the first to introduce you to the ICON. They are really the same on the Mac as they as on the PC. And I am not telling you one is better then the other. But I can say that your Mac will never need Antivirus and we never worry about Spyware or Malware? At the end of the day a computer is a computer. As long as you have any computer and you are learning how to use it then kudos!

MacPC

Cloud Based Storage

If you are not using cloud based storage then you are falling into the past with the phone on the wall and the black and white TV.  We still have people at work that carry their flash, thumb drives and still want to use them on the computers. We no longer allow the use of these drive with our computers. If you do, remember they can carry viruses into your network.

So what is Cloud Based Storage? It is a flash drive or thumb drive online for you to access from anywhere and from and device that you may have. Think about that a lone, you can not put a flash drive into an IPad or IPhone but with online storage you can access it from any of these devices.

The three that I recommend is Google Drive, Drop Box and Sky Drive from Microsoft. I have any run all three on all of my systems. Each company will normally give you up to two gigs for free. You can always buy more if you need it? I have never paid for any extra storage.

I would suggest to pick one and start using it. Once you get the hang of one they all work about the same way. The main thing for you is to pitch your flash drives and get into the cloud!

Cloud Storage

Wearable Computers

For years we have heard someone or even have seen in movies people wearing computers in one way or another. Do you think wearable computers are the thing of the future and do you think you would ever want to be wearing any form of a computer on your body?

Google has released or shall I say to a select few thousand or so people what they refer to as Google Glass. This is a pair of wearable glasses that contain a camera on the right side of your head over your right eye. You use a finger to activate the glass or you can simply say GLASS! Once you give the command you can ask glass to take a picture. Is this usable? Some people think that it is just because they want to be the cool kids on the block. I on the other hand find this to be useless to the point that I would never drop the asking price of this date of $1500.00.

Next we have Samsung who designed a wearable watch, what did I say? Yes I said a watch. What a really innovative idea right? Not really there have been watching out for years, even my grand dad wore a watch each day into the mines. Now I have to say my wife seen one of these at a local store and said this would be a really cool phone. I agree it could be a really cool phone if you didn’t did a phone to attach it to! She was blown away that a company would invent something that would require you to buy another product from them. It could even be better if this watch would connect via blue tooth to any phone not just the Note.

Now it has been rumored and I say rumored that Apple is also in the hunt for the red watch, remember hunt for red October? Okay any way they are said to be working on a watch also that you would be able to tweet from and maybe even catch the time?

My take on wearable computers is that it could be cool but on the other hand how many people do you know that say they try to get away from their computers. Is it not enough that most of Americans have a smart phone and now they are pulling them out of their pockets every time you turn around?

At the end of the day; I wish I knew what the next big thing will be but I don’t think it will be a wearable anything.

Google Glass