The tablet landscape changed will be drastically different in time for christmas. Since the iPad was announced last January, it has created a new spectrum of computing. There are those who have tried and succeeded to supplant their normal use computers for a single tablet device. The future can only hold more realistic tendencies for these types of compromises. Now, for those in the tech industry who favor the open-source Android platform, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is being released on all four major carriers in the US. Although the reviews of the Tab have been split as to how useful it really is, one thing that continues to be the key of this new segment of the market is user adoption. If the Tab is adopted by the general consumer as the iPad has been thus far, the tablet segment of the market is likely to become a segment that could supplant the laptop computer for the general consumer population. This idea is especially true as these tablets further their abilities with more powerful processors and software.
Before this transformation of the consumer market can be full realized, the consumer market has to be convinced that every task they perform on a standard computer for can be done on these low-powered devices. On a daily basis, the average person consumes video, audio, and text at an alarming rate. Some then take that knowledge and use it, while others simply share the experience via one of many social networking sites and move on. The latter of these two personifications can be considered the majority of the population, which is why sites like Facebook and YouTube are always in high demand. The bottom line is this: if a consumer’s general use computer goes toward consumption of media (reading, watching, and listening), a tablet computer is all that is needed from day to day for personal use.
One caveat that may not exist forever involves creation of media. Recently, Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, stated in an interview with The Pipeline’s Dan Benjamin that touch devices like the iPad are actually better for certain types of creation than their desktop counterparts. These exercises in creation normally involve drawing or other activities that require fluid movements that a mouse and keyboard will never be able to provide in as well a way as tablet computers. On the other hand, creation that requires keyboard input or minutely defined details may never reach the level of the desktop computer. David Hewson wrote on this subject on his blog with a post entitled, “Can you write a book on an iPad?” His first two sentences explain his stance on the subject succinctly, “Oh come on. Of course you can’t.” This is not the end all, be all of the subject, but puts the current state of the technology into a well-needed perspective.
At the iPad’s (and the Galaxy Tab’s) current level of user ability, those who work from home are going to find it less than appealing to do their work solely on a tablet device. The abilities are simply not at a level that is useful to those people. However, those who have stand alone computers for their work and are looking for an easy way to consume media at home will find the tablet genre a welcome step in the direction of simplicity. Nevertheless, consumers should keep in mind that caveats will disappear at some point, as these devices become more powerful.
The Challenges of 2020
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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the “all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.
My wife and I meet with my “home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.
I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.
In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.
These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.
I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:
Thanks to a $10,000 ‘matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our “2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.
KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.
Thank you for your consideration.