I'm at a crossroads. In the near future I'll probably purchase a new gadget. And here's the rub. I LOVE the idea of getting my hands on one of those supa-dupa new laptops that have too many bells and whistles to count. They're light, batteries last forever and I could officially say bub-bye to my too-old-and-done-long-ago-lost-it's-mojo laptop. But. There are now tablets galore, and the latest iPad is sexy as all get-out. 

In talking to a friend, I said something that might apply to somebody out there. I want a laptop because I'm comfortable with a laptop. But, I need to know how to work a tablet or an iPad. I believe people will still buy laptops for all the obvious reasons. But I see the future coming down the pike, and it's bringing along more tablets and iPads. I've gotta learn to speak that language. I don't fall for every new trend, and apparently neither do consumers who don't care for 3D.  There are pro and con arguments to be made regarding tablets vs. laptops, and there is a considerable range of commentary.

So here's my 2 cents. The biggest argument against a tablet is that you can't do any REAL work on it. This may very well be true. But how many of you have a home computer? I do, and that's where my significant work gets done. All those other times during the day when we need access to something that's not so "desktop-intensive," do we honestly need to crank up a laptop? When we just need to "check-in," browse around, or see an update couldn't we utilize something smaller?(as I write this I see that iPads now have Windows capability ) Also, tablets seem to make all those daily connections a bit easier and who among us can discount the totally fun factor? 

I was fortunate to catch the computer wave a long while ago. It feels like ancient history to even talk about it. As a writer of plays, I was seeing first-hand the disadvantages of not having a computer for re-writes and revisions. During one particular rehearsal process, it all hit me in a hurry. I gotta get my hands on one of them there computers. With information evolving so quickly nowadays, I feel as though that past experience still reverberates. I also say no to 3-D, but who wants to be (left) behind the tablet learning curve?

Conclusion: Gotta get my hands on one of them there tablets.

Alonzo LaMont

alonzo@jhmi.edu

  

 


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