I had an interesting couple of conversations with a client this week regarding finding them a device that will do everything. They were looking for something like an iPad that would allow them to produce word documents and excel spreadsheets in the office while being able to read emails and access documents from anywhere and of course print too. Now an iPad can cover all those basis for them but I asked them what was wrong with the perfectly good PC in the office that was running Windows 7. I suggested to them why not use the PC while in the office and use the iPad to supplement it when out and about. “You mean use two devices instead of just one? Why would I want to do that?”
Now call me old fashioned but I am yet to see a device on the market that can do everything I need it to do in a manner I want it to (an iPad comes close). For example when I am configuring routers I will turn to my trusty Linux netbook while general web browsing goes to either my Blackberry Playbook or my 7″ Android tablet. Virtual machines go to my Linux PC along with my remote desktop sessions running Teamviewer. Lastly I now have a nice “new” shiny Macbook which allows me to work in the back garden on those days I work from home and the sun is out.
Until recently I was also looking for that ‘magic device’ that could do everything but I have come to the conclusion that I am better using a specific device that is suited to that role rather than trying to use one device and comprising on productivity. I will keep an eye out for that one device though!!
What about you? Do you try and use one device for everything or specific devices for specific roles?
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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling and Falkirk.
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