ALIA 5th New Librarians Symposium: My iPad Conversion

Today I made the worst boo- boo I could make at a conference such as this: I forgot my netbook.
Being the tech-a-holic that I am, this is a big deal. Yesterday showed how many people here were using Twitter, and that was not something I wanted to miss out on. For me, I use Twitter the same way some would write notes. The writing itself helps me process, but the interaction that Twitter gives in a situation such as this, means things tend to stick in my memory more.

HOWEVER, the lovely Bronwen Forster was sitting next to me when I realised I had forgotten my netbook, and she offered me the use of her iPad!
Bronwen had an iPad from work, but much preferred to use her laptop, which she also had with her. So I thought, yeah, why not? I had never really been that interested in iPads before, as I am not that keen on some of Apple’s ethics (DRM, cost of brand name etc.).
BUT, I am officially an iPad convert. I just love the functionality of it! Yes, they typing on a screen is a bit strange at first, but  got used to it pretty quickly, and soon I was typing as fast as I normally would.
Yesterday’s blog post was written on the iPad.
It does have some issues though. Mobile Twitter via the internet, will only show the hashtag feeds in popularity order, not most recent. Also, some websites haven’t really adapted to having a mobile interface. BlogSpot allows users to make posts, but only write in HTML, and not in RichText.  But thinks like that will be fixed over time, as tablet and mobile devices become more and more commonplace, so I am not that fussed. These issues are problems with the websites, not with the product itself.
So that’s it. I am officially a convert. Next time I need to upgrade my mobile device, I am getting an iPad, rather than another netbook.
Wouldn’t have minded having the up down left right scrolling keys on the iPad keyboard.

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