I have a love-hate relationship with my iPad. Since I travel with a computer my iPad isn’t always there for me. But because I travel with a computer, Microsoft Office is always there for me. That means I can open, edit, update and alter every sort of Office document, spreadsheet or presentation wherever and whenever I want. The few times I’m traveling with just my iPad, I’m pretty much restricted to viewing Word documents.
The tablet market keeps growing wider and broader with more and more entries. It’s becoming harder and harder to take the leap of faith into the market and choose any one. Many Certified Legal Nurse Consultants have asked me whether they should buy a tablet or a computer, and if so, which one. To be clear upfront – tablets are computers just like smartphones are computers. They’re just smaller computers with limited (for now) capabilities.
Tom may be Mr. Tech Tip, but I think the “techies” of the world need a real-world consultant like me. I find technology challenging, daunting and sometimes disturbing. For all the progress we’ve made moving forward, some things are even more difficult than ever.
With the NACLNC Conference Cruise just ahead of us, let’s talk about a serious subject. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, do you try and go “cold techno-turkey” for your 7-Day Weekend? Or do you bring your tech-toys like your laptop, tablet and smartphone and risk all the international roaming charges and fees associated with not disabling the right settings? I’m not sure what’s riskier – being out of touch or being too much in touch.
I’m sure that almost every Certified Legal Nurse Consultant either gave or received a new electronic gadget of some type for the holidays. It may be an iPad or other tablet, a new iPhone or even a Surface tablet. But once the fun starts and you’ve learned how to use it, it’s almost guaranteed to run short on power.
Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be – But for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants It Can Be!
Hard to believe, but this is my last Tuesday Tech Tip for 2012. It’s been an exciting year with so many new gizmos and gadgets coming out. I’m sure every CLNC consultant has a major case of tech envy. There have been new models of iPads, iPhones, Galaxy phones, Google and Windows tablets and then, if that wasn’t enough – Windows 8 changes the desktop and phones. It’s been enough to make my head spin, and I can’t wait until Christmas to see what little goodies Santa leaves under the tree for me.
None of us like to be away from our smartphones – even in a thunder storm. We’re having an unusually rainy summer here in Houston so here’s a simple Tech Tip developed from my own experience that Certified Legal Nurse Consultants can use in your own personal rain storms (or even when you’re working poolside or at the beach).
According to Bloomburg Business, the top selling iPad2 app over the Christmas holidays wasn’t Angry Birds, it was an app named Quickoffice. What’s Quickoffice have to do with Certified Legal Nurse Consultants? Easy – with more and more of my CLNC amigos turning to the iPad as an auxiliary device, you need a way to view and edit your Microsoft Office documents and Quickoffice provides it.
As the year closes and we deal with planning and other technology-related issues here at Vickie Milazzo Institute, Vickie and I have had more than a few discussions over what tech tools are on the horizon, not just for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, but also for us. After giving away so many this year, Vickie’s personal wish list starts with her own iPad2®. That tops my list too, along with a better smartphone, a faster laptop and a smaller iPod. Vickie can tell you with absolute certainty that I haven’t been that good this year, so Christmas may end up being new white socks from CostCo® instead.
That’s actually a trick question. The real question is whether or not you should use a password on the smartphone or tablet you use in your CLNC® business. What’s that you say? Passwords are too cumbersome and time-consuming? Well, let me ask you, what do you think would be more time-consuming: taking two seconds to type in a 4-digit passcode each time you reach for your device, or untangling your life after someone has stolen your banking information, all of your contacts, possibly your identity, has read and forwarded your email and just wrought havoc with your life because you’ve lost your smartphone and it has fallen into the hands of some villain?