Firstly, I am sorry blog. I haven’t shown you any love in the last 6 months or so! I guess that’s due to various reasons, time blah, blah, blah and the fact that since the New Year I have been trying to get my head round a new role and new confusing systems software within my new job.
That said, it’s really got me thinking about what I use from a tech perspective both from a hardware and software point of view.
For those of you who know me personally, you will firstly class me as a geek but then secondly, probably say, “he’s a Mac man, who has an affiliation with everything Google!” And actually, you wouldn’t be wrong. However, over the first 4 months of this year, I have really transitioned to a wider repertoire of software and even hardware and I must admit I am loving my new way of working.
I am calling it my tech transition….no I mean….adaptation.
When you look up the word adaptation you find the following definition:
I love the reference to biology….“the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment'”
That is me! I have had to adapt my tech usage/workflow to suit my environment. So what has changed?
So what has changed?
Well, after many years of only using Macs as my main driver for everything, I purchased a Surface Pro 4 a few months ago. What a machine! (I am constructing this blog post on there).
I bought it as I wanted mobility and power combined, wanting a laptop but not wanting a laptop! I have confused myself with that sentence. What this gives me is the power of a desktop experience in a mobile tablet, and OMG I am in love with the Surface Pen! It wasn’t cheap, but currently, this setup is all I use and I only really turn to my iMac when I want to process images, as this is where I have my installed copies of Lightroom and Photoshop. I could install these on the Surface but I am trying to rely heavily on the cloud so time will tell if they eventually make their way on there. When I dock this with my second monitor I get the full desktop experience.
With the Cloud in mind, I used to work for a business where I tried to make them ‘go Google’ and install GSuite etc. I didn’t fail but the business kinda hovered between Google and Office 365, with me being stubborn and only ever using Google. Now it needs to be noted here that I love everything Google, however, over the last few months since having the SP4, I have also fallen back in love with Microsoft Office. It has also helped, that changing roles, the business I now work in solely uses Office for many of its workflows. So, I have now invested in an Office 365 subscription and love having Excel and Word back in my life.
I think the funniest thing to come out of this is that I love writing on Word documents with the Surface Pen and I love the fact that this pen, combined with OneNote, allows me to have a digital notebook even if sometimes even I can’t read what I have written after the event. Note to self, practice needed. As an Evernote Premium customer, who keeps his life in Evernote, I write in OneNote and export as a PDF to Evernote, to store it.
Linked in with 365 I have now taken up using OneDrive. I use this to store work documents in and some personal stuff. It just interlinks with Office so well. I still have a tonne of stuff on Google Drive but touch it less than before.
So what does all this mean for me? Well as highlighted in previously I am not giving up on Google – it will always be at the centre of my life……
- Google Calendar is what I use to arrange my life – recently Outlook for Macs has just received a beta update to view and change this…..come on MS send this to windows customers as well.
- Gmail is still my chosen email service but I view this predominately through Outlook as I combine it with accessing my work email
- Google+ is probably my social network of choice as it specialises in interest-driven contact as opposed to Facebook’s voyeurism which I seem to worry about less and less as I get older.
- And I have nearly always had Android phones – sporting the Nexus 6P currently.
…..But I am transitioning and adapting to suit my current environment.
To me the solution is easy. It’s about doing what is right for you in your life and not worrying that you aren’t into the same stuff as your colleagues. Let’s face it if everyone liked the same stuff the world would be a pretty boring place!
Focus on you and your way of feeling in control and being productive. That’s what I do and it works for me!