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Say you're a professional journalist, one who makes her living by writing stories and taking notes. That's what you do, using your fingers to type all day, using your computer to do research, popping back and forth between screens full of interview notes, web research and the story that you have underway.

Say your company gives you an iPad that you didn't ask for. Say the iPad doesn't easily allow you to switch screens, not unless you can find and use a clunky app. Say it doesn't easily connect to the editorial copy system that your company uses. Say that the keyboard options you have for the iPad are a small rubberized one that your company issued to you, or the electronic one that appears on the screen, shrinking the available screen size even more.

Then say your company issues an edict that you have to return the Macbook laptop it issued you several years ago, which has a keyboard large enough to do regular typing, and a screen and operating system that provides for multiple screens, ease of connectivity to the editorial copy system, etc. etc., yada-yada.

Say company honchos tell you that from now on you have to do all your writing on the iPad. That's not "in an emergency while on the road." That's not "an occasional story." That's forever. No actual computer, like the big kids have. 



Poll #13334 A Measured Response to Journalistic iPad Mandates
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


After a minute's thought

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No.
3 (18.8%)

No, really. No
6 (37.5%)

Are you kidding?
6 (37.5%)

Hell, no!
7 (43.8%)

Here's your iPad back.
11 (68.8%)

After further deliberations

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No.
5 (33.3%)

Still no.
8 (53.3%)

It's not happening.
7 (46.7%)

I've filed a grievance.
9 (60.0%)

You, sir, are an idiot.
11 (73.3%)

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marence.livejournal.com
Thoughts:
1. WTF.
2. Yeah, you need a holographic keyboard. ThinkGeek has them, but they're out of stock all the time. No, nevermind, back in stock here: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e722/?srp=1
3. Do you know about Dropbox? We've been using it forever for sharing stuff, but I guess people are using it like a cloud drive. And it's more secure, and so far (~4 years) it hasn't been unavailable when needed.
4. Yeah, management.
5. Apps are cool, but they don't work like programs. Unless you have specific production apps, iPads are useless for business.

The husband has an iPad and loves it, but he's an audio/video guy and can actually work on his iPad. Its keyboard is OK for short notes, but anything over a couple of hundred words and I'm looking for paper and a pen.

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dropbox is what we use for sharing huge audio and video files. An early cloud storage, I guess - you stick something in your Dropbox and then you can generate a link for [limited] sharing. We've got the free version. I suppose the pay service gives you more space, more sharing, but we've never needed it (and I'm too lazy to go look up anything. I'm going outside while the weather is nice.)

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