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External link icon. How to Actually Get Work Done on an iPad

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, ipad.
192 words, less than 1 minute read time. External link to an article by Whitson Gordon on Endgadget.

This article is interesting but when Whitson Gordon at Endgadget says:

It won't totally replace a laptop, but it can come surprisingly close.

I disagree. I’ve almost transitioned from a MacBook Pro to an iPad Pro in a little less than a month. The only thing I need my MacBook for is an app I wrote myself and it’s entirely my fault I didn’t create an iOS version of it. I can now go many days without powering up my MacBook and even then it’s usually to use the aforementioned app or to take a Time Machine backup.

Of course it depends what you do. There’s no xCode on iOS, for example, so if you’re a developer and that’s your environment of choice you’re going to need something with MacOS. That’s probably true for other bits of software too. And of course that are evil app developers who think iOS should have a cut down versions of MacOS software.

In principle, though, iOS should be able to handle pretty much everything and I think for most people it can indeed replace a laptop.

External link icon. Why Zuckerberg's 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn't Fixed Facebook

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, social-media.
175 words, less than 1 minute read time. External link to an article by Zeynep Tufekci on Wired.

A really good overview of how Facebook has abused users’ privacy over the years. They’re finally being called to task over some of this stuff, but how much difference will it really make when it has all blown over?

I suspect privacy issues will crop up more and more in the future and eventually it’ll be subject to much heavier regulation. Maybe the day will come when we own our own data and can trade it as a commodity, taking a payment for providing these companies with our location, our hobbies and interests or whatever. Maybe we’ll get our cut of the pie.

Currently they harvest our data for free and then make a profit on the back of it. In return they allegedly provide a service for us that we desperately need or want. They are reluctant to stop doing that and instead charge a fee for the use of their services because they know people would probably soon find out they could quite easily live without the service after all.

Ironmaster IM2000 Review - Awesome, Essentially

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
1947 words, 7 minute read time.
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I love my Ironmaster IM2000, as will be apparent from this review. I have a small area I can set aside for workouts and a full-blown power rack (with a cable system too) was just too big to fit. The IM2000 is a perfect alternative and it earns itself a five star review from me.


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Owner-Occupiers in an RTM Management Company

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: rtm.
1148 words, 4 minute read time.
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In a diversion from my normal sorts of article, this one looks at the rights of owner-occupiers v landlords in a building management company set up under Right To Manage (RTM) legislation. It's something I've been heavily involved in over the last few years as an owner-occupier myself.


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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Inch - Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, ipad, ios.
1141 words, 4 minute read time.

My first impressions after unboxing a new 12.9 inch iPad Pro and accessories. I also describe how I've gone about setting things up as part of my project to see if I can effectively use an iPad Pro as my main computer instead of a MacBook. There's more to do here, so this article just describes the beginning of the process.


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Reconfiguring Jekyll Processes for iOS

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, jekyll, apple, ipad, ios.
753 words, 3 minute read time.

The software that drives this blog is Jekyll and when a MacBook Pro running MacOS was my main computer, I could install Jekyll locally and do all my builds on MacOS. However, there is no version of Jekyll for iOS and I needed to rethink my blog maintenance procedures. This article describes how I reconfigured my Jekyll processes for iOS.


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Adding Exchange Aliases on iOS 11+

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, ios.
350 words, 2 minute read time.

Apple should really make this simple but there's no easy way to add Exchange aliases to iOS. This article presents a way to achieve it, although it's an ugly and inelegant method.


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Switching From a MacBook Pro to an iPad Pro

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, apple, ipad.
1334 words, 5 minute read time.
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I have been thinking about switching from using a MacBook Pro to using an iPad Pro as my main computer for some time now. After six months of research and indecision I decided to take the plunge today. In this article I explain why I'm making this switch and how I assessed my requirements. I then ordered the hardware.


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Rebel Rebel

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: entertainment, music.
684 words, 3 minute read time.
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David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' is an awesome song, but I've come across and even more awesome live version of it. I link to that here after giving you a potted history of my musical tastes.


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Ironmaster Super Bench Review

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
1137 words, 4 minute read time.
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A review of the Ironmaster Superbench. I really rate Ironmaster's workout equipment. I have an Ironmaster IM2000 and I bought an Ironmaster Superbench as part of the package, which is what I'm reviewing here. I think this is one of the best multi-purpose, flat-incline-decline benches on the market.


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Tardiness and Why It Drives Me Mad

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: archaeopteryx.
772 words, 3 minute read time.

I hate being late for anything. It's one of those things that drives my anxiety off the scale and it's something that bothers me significantly, maybe unduly so. So here's my rant about tardiness.


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The Problem With Reviews - What Makes for a Good Review

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: writing.
1409 words, 5 minute read time.
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One of the problems with product reviews is that they are inherently subjective. It's impossible to write a review that isn't subject, at least to some degree, but I think there are ways we can account for some of that subjectivity.


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