Hello and happy tomorrow.
After all, if I wrote this newsletter on Tuesdays, I’d be saying happy new year. But I’ve been doing it on Mondays for a long time now, so I’ll just have to say “Happy New Year for tomorrow”.
I’m not sure about you, but I tend to use a variety of different techie devices – a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop. Then there’s my PC at work and I also use a variety of different devices at work just to stay up to date with them all so I can write about them! And I’m actually writing this on a borrowed laptop as I’m away from home for a few days…
Chances are you don’t use as many different things as I do, but most people use at least a couple – usually a tablet and phone or a phone and laptop.
Different devices are good for different things… but they can all do the same things too.
I know that sounds a bit confusing – but what I mean is you could do the same things on a tablet, phone, laptop or desktop PC… but you might find that particular thing easier on one type of device than another.
So what I want to suggest if you use more than one device is stopping and reminding yourself what you use each device for and thinking about whether it’s actually the easiest one to use.
I know it sounds really obvious, but it can actually make it all a lot easier.
For example, until a while ago I tended to use my laptop for video calling Mum and Dad… but when I stopped to think about it, it was much easier to use my smartphone so I could lounge on the sofa whilst talking to them… and even take it upstairs with me so Mum and Dad could say “night-night” to the boys.
On the other hand if I’m browsing the web doing research for something I want to buy (like when I was thinking about Christmas presents) I like having the bigger screen of a tablet or my laptop. And if I have to fill in any forms for something I definitely prefer using a laptop so I have a proper keyboard and a mouse.
If I’m reading an ebook, I prefer a tablet… but I also put them on my phone as I’ll have that with me if I end up stuck waiting in a doctor’s waiting room or at a train station, so at least I can pass the time reading a book.
I might come back to this another time and talk about what I personally use each type of device for… but in the meantime I’m not trying to say you should prefer the same things as me. Just that’s it’s worth thinking about what you actually use each type of device for and whether it’s the easiest one to use for that.
Anyway, that’s all for today, apart from to say “Happy New Year” again and may 2019 be a great year for you and yours.
Oh, and I couldn’t resist including a techie joke Alastair got in his Christmas cracker:
“What do snowmen look the weather forecast up on?”
Sorry – I’ll try to make sure jokes in 2019 are not quite so groan-inducing!