After my last ‘tablet’ misadventure, here is another ‘tablet’ story:
Yesterday I was asked to do an impromptu presentation at a meeting. I didn’t expect to present but as soon as I sat down at the meeting, my boss signaled to me at a distance that I was to present on something which we have discussed earlier! By then another guy has already uploaded his power point and was well into his presentation! I was next!
Obviously, I didn’t prepare any power point slides and after the initial panic attack, I gathered my thoughts to figure what to do next. I could do it without power point but I wasn’t sure if I could get my ideas across effectively as the topic was entirely new to everyone. All the Information were on my iPad in emails, photos and documents.
And then, I got a brain wave! I got up, excused myself and hurried off to my cubicle to retrieve this little gadget which I bought a while ago for a cool RM 99:
It’s a VGA connector which allows me to project what I have on my iPad directly onto the screen via the projector!
The presentation went smoothly after that with me swiping between documents, emails and photos to get my point across. It was pretty cool actually.
After the presentation, a rather excited person approached me and we had this conversation:
She: I have a tablet. I want to ask you, how did you manage to do the presentation just now?
Me: Oh, it was easy. I just plug the VGA-connector into my iPad and connect the other end to the projector and I can display whatever I want onto the screen.
She: Oh?! Are you able to edit word documents on your iPad? Like for instance, can you make corrections and mark students’ reports?
Me: Yes I can. I have a number of apps on my iPad which allows me to do that. GoodReader can edit PDF documents, PAGES and OfficeHD allows me to edit Word documents. I edit the documents and immediately send them off by email. It’s pretty convenient.
She: I see….How do you transfer files around? I mean, how do I save documents on my desktop into the iPad and vice-versa?
Me: Have you heard of DropBox? You can use that to store your files in the ‘cloud’ and retrieve them whenever and wherever you want.
Me: So…you have an iPad as well?
She: Er…actually, I have an Acer…er…what’s the name already…hmmm.
Me: You mean the Iconia?
She: Yes! I have the Acer Iconia!