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 Pop Quiz

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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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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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: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
mishalak: A fantasy version of myself drawn by Sue Mason (Nice)
From: [personal profile] mishalak
I have had similar situations on moving to a computerized system at my job where they do not provide an internet connection so I have to seek one out by going to work early at locations that do have one. It has resulted in a fair amount of overtime for me and that is both good and bad. Good in more money, bad in less time for me. But I have to assume they only way they will respond is by seeing the increased cost so I try not to be a 'good' worker by trying to cover for their problem by doing it on breaks or something equally self defeating.

Perhaps you could get them to recognize the problem by doing a words per-minute test on one device and then the other so you could fire back at them with some statistics about how much less productive you will be using the iPad?

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
Oh good grief. So much for enquiring about the "reasoning" behind the move.

Why oh why can't people ASK what tools are needed?!?!

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
kerravonsen: Hermione: "You won't like me when I'm angry" (angry)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
Can you find another job?
They certainly won't let you DO this one!
Edited (esprit de escalier) Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 02:44 am (UTC)

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
kerravonsen: Avon: I see stupid people (I-see-stupid-people)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
a blind belief that the latest Apple product must be purchased and used regardless of its suitability to a task
So why can't he buy you all a MacBook Air instead? 8-P

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
Ugh, no! I will confess: I love my iPad but I don't use it as a writing tool - it's not made for that!

I'm so sorry. This guy sounds like he lives his life via sound bites and tweets - never had to write a sentence in his life.

If you're stuck with it, and you need recs for keyboards and whathaveyou, the best one I've used is the Belkin bluetooth - it can handle my typing speed. And likewise, in terms of apps, I use Pages for word processing. (Though I prefer not to.)

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
mishalak: Mishalak outside in the snow with scarf. (Snow)
From: [personal profile] mishalak
Well... Outlast, outmaneuver, or out of there? That is my three part idea on how to survive any sort of work related foolishness. Either I do nothing and try to outlast the latest idiocy (so far I have outlasted three different supervisors), outmaneuver when I actually care about work getting done, or when that fails I start job hunting... I wish that last one had worked out better for me. I would really rather have a different job but I doubt I ever will.

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
kerravonsen: Simon Illyan: "It's nearly a prosthetic memory, Miles. I'm thinking of chaining it to my belt." (prosthetic-memory)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
They will pry it from your cold dead hands! ;-)

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessalrynn.livejournal.com
Write an article on it! *laughs*

Seriously, though, my husband asked me if I wanted to trade my MacBook which was purchased explicitly to the specifications of my writing for an iPad. I told him I'd do it when they had a hologram screen feature so I could see what I was doing while doing it.

If you type 100 words a minute, texting doesn't come easy.

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aililinnea.livejournal.com
Oh, ouch. My daughter has an iPad and that's like her first language at this point, but whenever I try to use it, it makes me insane. You have to switch keyboard screens to type an APOSTROPHE, for crying out loud.

Let's see if this Dilbert cartoon about arbitrary management decisions will actually post here:


Apparently my html is rusty, but in the cartoon, they tell all the employees that they have to keep their keyboards on the floor, just because.

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
thisbluespirit: (s&s - odd)
From: [personal profile] thisbluespirit

(That was me having no words, probably not completely unlike you trying to write on an iPad.)

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pitry.livejournal.com
I think I'll just echo your WTF tag.

... of course, you could all miss your deadlines and accuse the iPads and maybe then they'll give you your laptops back?

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maruad.livejournal.com
Tablets suck for writing. They are fine if all you want to do is play suduko or watch videos but, as someone who is digitally challenged, they are next to useless for writing.

This merely my humble opinion.

I was under the impression that iPads are not very secure. I assume no one on your paper needs to deal with anything that involves confidentiality.

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aililinnea.livejournal.com
She seems to spend most of her time on the iPad surfing Tumblr and watching tv shows (what do you want? she's 17), but she also does a lot of her school assignments on it. I asked her about the apostrophe thing, and she said that if you hold down the "," key, an apostrophe key will appear above it. Apparently there are other options on many keys if you hold them down. Who knew? But it sounds like you have to learn a whole different process of typing. I think she has a special word processing app that's designed for the iPad.

She uses Googledocs and pretty much keeps everything in the cloud. Actually I do too, because although I have my own cubicle with my own computer at work, I spend a lot of my time there in various production studios, and it's handy to be able to access scripts and schedules and stuff no matter where I am. The PTB decided it was easier to make sure every room has a computer in it than to get us all laptops. Googledocs is pretty userfriendly once you get used to it.

My daughter got her iPad through her old school (which is, sadly, closed now - long story). They had a grant to do a study about using technology in the classroom. Half the kids got iPads and half got laptops. Before they had gotten very far into the school year, everybody was saying that laptops were better, but now she has this thing and it was free, so that's what she uses.

Long rant about technology: I'm so old, I was really annoyed when computers started having mice. I'm a very fast typist, and I felt like every time I had to take my fingers off the keyboard to click and drag something, it slowed me down. I spent a lot of hours in the 1980's getting really good at WordPerfect, and then I had to give it up in the 90's because every time I had WordPerfect and an internet browser open at the same time, it made my computer crash.

You kids get off my lawn.

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
O. M. G.

I would offer them Death...


Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Ahh, yes!! Doing so now!! *Squeals with delight!*

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maruad.livejournal.com
Confirm about the security thing with someone who knows something before you make an issue of it. I am notorious for getting things like that wrong and I wouldn't want you to lose credibility by taking my opinion on it too seriously.

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amberfocus.livejournal.com
I would imagine that using an iPad to write an article (let alone research it) is a bit like using a cell phone to text yourself the contents of a 50,000 page novel. And not the type with the Qwerty keyboard, but a flip phone.

A friend of mine posted something today about an iPad. Something along the lines of Dear Customer Service, first be aware that I am typing this with my middle finger...
Edited Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 07:15 am (UTC)

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marence.livejournal.com
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 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marence.livejournal.com
I'm so old, I was really annoyed when computers started having mice. I'm a very fast typist, and I felt like every time I had to take my fingers off the keyboard to click and drag something, it slowed me down.

Back in the aerly 90s, I was doing computer tech/help desk contract work. One of my jobs was rolling out Windows 3.1 machines to a law firm. The secretaries had just finally gotten used to WordPerfect on DOS, and 10% of our help desk calls were complaints about having to use the mouse. One woman called and said she needed a different mouse, because the buttons were too small. I went down to her office, wondering about the size of fingers that would find mouse buttons too small, and found the mouse on the floor under her desk. She had taken off her shoe to feel the buttons better, because she was using it like a sewing machine foot pedal.

Aw man, you're IT department sucked.

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marence.livejournal.com
Didn't anyone ever show you guys the menu item that changed the Word screen to WordPerfect blue? You could even use most of the keyboard shortcuts from WP 5.1.

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aililinnea.livejournal.com
That is hilarious!

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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