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I’ve already covered the many reasons why I love my new Intel tablet back in August, but it’s time for a quick update.
Above you can see what my day looks like at the office of a client I’m working on social media strategy with. You can also see my far too expensive salted caramel mocha habit, damn you Starbucks!
As I noted before, I used to have to drag around my giant heavy laptop on days like this, when I’m working in the office. Those days are now a distant memory, thankfully. My back is in glorious recovery from that pain.
My Asus tablet still runs like a charm, holds a charge all day, and it no longer disconnects from the keyboard if moved too much (like when I’m typing on my lap in bed). It has settled into itself quite beautifully.
When I’m home, lately I find myself using the tablet more than my work laptop because it is so small and convenient, and there’s nothing I can’t do with it. I have even gotten used to the smaller keyboard and can easily write my freelance articles in Microsoft Word without noticing too much of a difference.
My typical workday goes a little something like this:
- Checking and answering the myriad of emails I somehow receive before I wake up.
- Sharing a new blogpost and a couple articles I find interesting.
- Writing an article or two for the websites I freelance for in the AM.
- Heading to a clients office or an editorial meeting after lunch, with my tablet in my purse.
- Working on it until the end of day with my coffee close by.
- Buying some dinner on my way home (still working on that whole cooking thing some people manage to do with ease).
- Heading home where I will answer more emails and try to write some more – but more likely will watch episodes of The Mindy Project or whatever has been recommended to me lately (what up, The League.)
Speaking of learning to cook, I’ve been pulling up simple recipes from sites like Fresh Canteen on my tablet while I attempt to finally learn this skill.
I can leave the tablet on the counter or kitchen table with the ingredients and instructions on the screen in full view for easy access while I fumble around the kitchen trying not to mess anything up. It is incredibly convenient and saves me printing the recipe out. But more on my cooking adventures later.
That is essentially what my average day looks like trying to balance writing, blogging and social media clients while running around the city. Thank god for tiny, useful tablet computers.
I’m required to disclose the relationship between my site and Intel Canada. While this item was gifted to me for review, all opinions are my own.
Back in July I was approached by Intel to be an Intel Insider. What that means is, they give me a pretty great Asus tablet that runs via Intel, and I keep the world updated with my thoughts on it.
Just before I was approached, I had been dragging my 17 inch laptop around to various editorial meetings around the city (joys of freelance life), and was getting incredibly frustrated with how bulky and heavy it was. As much as I prefer the 17 inch screen for my Netflix habit, I needed something small that wouldn’t require a backpack just to take anywhere. So when I got the email asking if I wanted to take part, it was kismet.
The best part about the tablet is that it isn’t really a tablet. I had a tablet a while back and got rid of it because I have a Samsung Galaxy 5 that has a screen big enough for my couch surfing needs. When I’m using a decent sized screen, I like to have the ability to type. So a tablet that functions as a computer is a must for me.
I had recently been a part of a program promoting Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 during their pop up shop at NXNE (but sadly Microsoft did not give me one to try out), so I knew this kind of tablet would work for me. But the Surface is more than double the price of this one, and it works just the same. Save your cash, people!
The thing I love most about it is that it fits in my purse. It’s as light as a book. No more shoulder and back pain when going to meetings!
When it comes to getting work done – the beautiful thing is that it syncs right up with my 17 inch laptop – so it looks and functions just the same. This is one benefit to the dreaded Windows 8.
It comes with Microsoft Office so I can do all my writing on it with relative ease. When I’m home I still prefer to use my big laptop because typing does get a little harder on the small keyboard, but if you’re just using it to send tweets and do research, it definitely won’t slow you down.
The option of using it with or without the keyboard is also helpful for those times when you do just want to get on Instagram and scroll through image after image on a larger screen.
For travel purposes it is also a blessing. Going back home to visit my parents used to be a pain in the ass because I’d dread dragging my laptop back and forth on the damn Megabus. Now it’s no biggie. It takes up almost no space in a suitcase and I can always put it in my purse if I wanna use it on the trip.
The battery lasts all day. You can plug it into a printer. You can upload photos. You can get on Skype. Basically it’s a fully functioning laptop that can also be used as a tablet.
The only downside I’ve found is that, at just 32 GB of storage (most of which is taken up by everything it comes with installed) it runs out of memory real fast. But, because it has expandable memory with a microSD slot, that’s an easy one to fix.
Overall, I’m relieved to have it in my life, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get a tablet.
I’m required to disclose the relationship between my site and Intel Canada. While this item was gifted to me for review, all opinions are my own.
Many of you reading this are, like me, Canadian. And if you’re like me, you’ve often encountered things you want to watch or access that are blocked, simply because you are located in Canada. What a bunch of jerks!
Anyhow, I’ve recently been using this great program called TunnelBear (cute advertising ftw) to get around the ohh so annoying blocks that living in the great white north provides.
I know a few tech nerds who jump through hoops doing all kinds of complicated nerd tricks in order to access American Netflix. I once watched one of them do it and it nearly made my head explode. And that is why I love Tunnelbear. No more of that. Just download the program, turn it on, set it to USA and you are officially seen as an American – the internet walls come down! No more crappy Canadian Netflix!
As many of you are music fans, you’re probably as annoyed as I am that Spotify still isn’t available in Canada. It’s a shameful fact, but Tunnelbear can quickly and easily help you get around it.
The most annoying thing for me has always been with Hulu – so many great shows and clips are made available on Hulu – and if you read American websites, they post these videos ALL the time. It drives me insane. But now that I have Tunnelbear always turned on, I see the proper video every time without doing anything. It’s awesome.
The cool thing about this program is that it was created by Canadians! These people know what it’s like to be stuck here, so close, yet so far away from all that American content. That’s why they invented it back in 2011.
Currently, over 2.3 million people use it in 154 countries, so clearly they have tapped into a need people were desperately seeking.
Another great perk is that it increases your privacy big time, by acting as a middleman and encrypting your connection. Let me tell you, keeping your identity private in these creepy, hacker friendly, stalker-y internet times is very, VERY important.
The nice thing is that you automatically get 500MB of free tunneling each month, and if you want to increase that by an extra GB all you have to do is tweet at @TheTunnelBear and you’ll be bumped up.
What are you waiting for? Go tunnel your way into Spotify, now that you finally can!
Remember a few months back when I tried out the new Nokia Lumia 520 and loved it? Well, thanks to Nokia Music, now you can too! They’ve provided a shiny new smartphone for one of you awesome peeps to win, along with an album to keep all your concert ticket stubs safe and organized (I want this!) and the audiobook of local legend Alan Cross’s Guide To Alternative Rock. Pretty sweet.
To win, you must be a subscriber to my newsletter (first issue to come Friday!) and then you must comment below specifying if you would prefer the Rogers or the Telus version – NOTE – you must use the email you used to subscribe to the newsletter when commenting below so I can verify - or else your entry is invalid. Please remember that you do not need to put your email in the body of the comment, please only enter it where it asks for your email.
As usual, TTRO Facebook fans can also gain a bonus entry by sharing my status about this giveaway.
The winner will be chosen and contacted via the email address they used to subscribe, on September 3rd, 2013.
Whoa, Friday is here again, already. June is almost over yet I feel like it just began. This weekend is filled with beer related activities for the Craft Brew Festival, most importantly Strange Brew with Dwayne Gretzky tonight!
I’ve barely been home this month so you’ll have to excuse this massive build up of links from the past few weeks. Hope you have a lot of spare time today:
- Why can’t you score concert tix? Maybe because as many as 80 percent of seats are never put on sale. It gets worse…
- Ticketmaster Knows Scalper-Bots Buy Up 60% of Its Seats, But It Doesn’t Want to Stop Them. Seriously, fuck Ticketmaster.
- Why No One Saves Ticket Stubs Any More. Do you save your ticket stubs? I used to religiously save mine when I first moved to Toronto and actually had access to shows on a regular basis. I save any ticket or pass that’s super special to me, but not everything anymore since many times it is just a crappy printout from your computer.
- The Impact of Large Music Festivals on Local Music Venues. This is a looong read, but fascinating.
- The Music Festival Bubble. Bring it.
- Rock and Roll, Economics, and Rebuilding the Middle Class. At the very least, scroll through for the graphs, interesting stats.
- A Concert For Dogs. Oh my god that’s cute. Mr Bojangles is so bummed he wasn’t invited.
- How Music Taste Predicts Movie Taste. Love this.
- A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair, up for auction. People are creepy.
- Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant. Get well soon, Lou!
- PIXIES Announce Kim Deal Has Decided to Leave The Group. Is anyone surprised? I’m so incredibly glad I got to see them all play Doolittle together at Massey, but it makes sense that she’s sick of Frank again.
- Adelaide Music Hall gets ready to rock. I am sooo excited about this new venue. Downtown TO doesn’t have many non bar venues so this is great, and I hope it does really well.
- Religiously Recorded: Why The Studio Is Still Relevant.
- Alan Krueger on how the music industry explains inequality. Must read.
- Arts & Crafts: 10 years, 10 defining records. <3
- Paper Postcards That Can Be Docked In A Postcard Player To Play Music. Amazing. Tech just keeps getting more creative.
- Third Man Record Booth Now Open. I really want to do this, even though I can’t sing.
- Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing.
- 101 Ways to Make Money as a Musician. Great tips.
- The Audiophiliac’s top digital music tracks for testing speakers. Go pull out these albums and test your speakers.
- If Kids Tweeted About Shows Like Adults Do. LOL. But really, it’s true.
- I Wish Women Would Stop Acting Like Straight Bitches About Short Dudes. Totally agree. I realize we all have our turn ons and turn offs but this is completely based in our social training that women should be smaller than men, and it’s worth thinking twice about. Of course, I’m really short so it’s never an issue for me, but I hate that it is such a huge automatic dealbreaker from so many women I know.
- Vice Published a Fashion Spread of Female Writer Suicides. Just because you needed another reminder of how fucking gross Vice still desperately tries to be. This is awful for a plethora of reasons.
- Luminato brings world’s largest disco ball to Toronto. Have you been to it yet? If they let it stick around it will become Toronto’s equivalent to the bean in Chicago.
- Father’s Day Extravaganza! 19 Glorious Man Spaces by Houzzers. This makes me realize my living room looks a lot like a ‘man space.’ Not sure how I feel about that.
- Control This Beautiful Ceramic Radio By Touching Its Palladium Surface. More amazing tech.
- Microsoft’s ‘Child Of The 90s’ Internet Explorer Ad Is A Nostalgic Trip Back In Time. Neopets, supersoakers, bowl cuts, trolls, playing for keeps! My heart can’t take all the beautiful reminders of my childhood. But I’m still not switching back to IE.
- “Murmur” Shows Room Noise On The Walls. This is so fucking cool. If I ever have too much money I’d love to make one wall in my place do this.
- Trent Reznor Changes The Paradigm Again.
- My Favorite Superman Story: When Jimmy Olsen Created Beatlemania. I had no idea, love this.
- 8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries. Makes me happy I live in Canada since I see we’ve banned a bunch of these, but still scared because we haven’t banned all of them.
- 22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other. This is neat. I adore the various American accents, particularly the thick New York, Boston and southern ones.
- No One Is Impressed You Don’t Own a TV. Seriously. Anytime someone mentions not owning a TV I internally throw up.
- Apple reaches iRadio deal with Warner Music, suggesting WWDC launch.
- The Latest Victim of Remix Culture? You and Your Concert-Made Vines. I haven’t vined yet, and I’m not sure I want to? How do you guys feel about it? Instagram now has video presumably to take this on, so I’ll probably end up trying that first.
- Mighty Box Games Creates Joy Division-Inspired Videogame. Strange, but there can never be too much Joy Division related things in the world.
- The Groove Is Everything. It sure is.
- Signal/Noise. More wisdom from Bob Lefsetz.
- Ford Must Go. Please sign this.
- Obama’s Speechwriter/Stand-Up Comedian Gives A Graduation Speech. Not Surprisingly, It’s Badass. I kind of love graduation time if only because it means I get to soak in all the best graduation speeches.
- How to Get a Job.
- Peaches: ‘I hope nobody cuts off my nipples’. Oh, Peaches. But really, I think it’s awesome she’s recreating such a classic work of performance art from my dear Yoko.
- Your Rights as a Wireless Consumer. We have rights, FINALLY!
- The Real Couple Behind Before Sunrise. Relate to this film series so much, knowing the inspiration makes it that much better, if sadder.
- Finally, if you have some time to spare, here’s an interesting lecture on how to write a hit song. Tons of depressing stats on the lack of female songwriters, though: