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Humanist Archives: Nov. 20, 2018, 6:37 a.m. Humanist 32.206 - limitations of devices

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 206.
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        Date: 2018-11-19 06:34:26+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: tablets

Thanks to Jim Rovira for his optimism about the design of tablets. But 
it was the iPad Pro (2018) that I was complaining about -- or, rather, 
struggling with, and complaining about the struggle. My main point was 
that the device, excellent though it is, was designed for a different 
purpose, and I was fighting against its design. The experience improves 
greatly with a fold-out keyboard, and somewhat more with the Apple 
Pencil or similar device, which allows more accurate positioning of the 
cursor, but still it's a mistake to think the iPad can replace the laptop.

Taking notes may be a different matter for some, especially those who 
like to include diagrams and then preserve the notes in the way one 
preserves any text file. But try as I might, I cannot manage to do 
better with the iPad than with a 3x5 slip of paper. The physical 
operations are simply simpler. One of the apps, Notability, is 
advertised as being great for taking lecture notes, but the notes I take 
are while reading a book (i.e. codex). But I realise that note-taking is 
a highly individual thing.

What do others do for note-taking? Does a tablet figure into it?

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London;
Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary 
Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist 

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