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I samband med helger får vi ofta mer tid över till annat. Och jag ser att några pratar om iPad i de sociala flödena. “Vad är så speciellt med iPaden?” är en rätt vanlig fråga. Ja, det beror ju på… Den är inte för alla – men definitivt för mig! Här är mina skäl:

…den har ca 3 ggr längre batteritid än de flesta laptopar

…den har överlägsen skärm och ljud
…den funkar bättre på små ytor – perfekt på flyget och i taxi
…den ljusstarka skärmen ihop med det stora batteriet gör den mer lämpad för utearbete än laptopen
…den är en väldigt bra diskussions/skissplatta för utveckling
…den är lättare i knät än en laptop
…den har markant bättre täckning på 3g pga större antenn än iphone – så man kan bambusa i fler miljöer
…den är mer intuitiv att arbeta med – se en 1åring – de förstår många av gesterna som kan nyttjas
…den är inte “jobbet” – den är litet mer lekfull som maskin än datorn
Vilka fördelar hittar du?

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I just found a GREAT reason to get the iPad2: in areas of poor 3G coverage where your iPhone is out of reach your iPad often finds access.- this due to its better antenna and hence reception. However – in my current version, no camera is available.- but the iPad2’s got one!

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Maybe rumors – but two different sources claim software and hardware to be scheduled for fall this year:

Mashable – hardware

TechCrunch – software

Since the current iPad2 is merely a face lift – we may end up with a great event in September releasing

iPhone 5

IOS 5.0

iPad 3

What a great ending of this summer!

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Are you having AHA moments? When do you know, what does it mean and how do you keep track? Here’s what happened to me here in Stockholm, Sweden yesterday:

I certainly had an AHA moment. Being in the finalizing phase with my first released book my brain is probably extremely alert, at least compared to my normal state of mind…. I have refined a rough concept and it’s now ready to be launched to scale. Great thing with the time we’re all living in is – you can probe ideas prior to the action – by the use of blogs. So, preparing for a roll-out of about 20 books – I try them, one by one by posting specific areas. One of them being  Project Management. That blog “LUCK in Project Management” attracted quite a crowd – including now a prospect! We met yesterday and when he told me of a speech on lateral thinking it got me started, but this was not the AHA momement – but when we moved in to action – how to really plan excellent projects – we both love the WBS phase – the “work breakdown structure” – or “tree structure” or “root structure” to be precisely correct… He then said one of the tools they considered lacked this important phase of planning…

THAT was the AHA moment – I find lots of people I train in PM to find it extremely hard to accept that in the WBS phase, we disregard time, dependencies and logic flows. We ONLY focus on work blocks. And to do this REALLY well – you need to let go, to go lateral in your thinking. The following tools in PM are pretty linear (actually not ALL) – hence a PM needs several skills – including how to make the staff go lateral.

To finalize: I, too. do a lot of note-taking. But papers get lost – I use Evernote on my iPhone, iPad and Mac Book Pro. Great tool, being improved and excellent interfaces with other media. That – and Dropbox.

I’d be happy to hear of your AHA moments – and what you use them for?

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I carried the smallest HyperMac spare battery pac on my trip to Göteborg/Gothenburg on the westcoast of Sweden. Loosing power in my Mac Book Pro, I tried charging it with the HM. It worked just fine – not sure of how much, but it readily gave me another hour-and-a-half of work (including charging my iPhone, used for tethering). Great stuff!

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Exciting is a small word. More here!

Some of the folders and keyboard solutions will fit the new iPad better, some worse. Stay tuned! (as I try out the Zaggmate)

/in Göteborg/Gothenburg, this is Johan Lange

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Once your business cards are scanned – you can recycle them – clearing off space in your office – and your
computer can make all data trackable. great stuff, saves time – and you will find the “long tail effect” to be
true for business cards as well!


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The market is flooded with rumours on all kinds of pads this Spring. And of course, iPad2 is one of them. There’s been rumours of a 7″ machine with retina display. Now, this rumour tells another story:

* same form factor (facing you as a user)

* front facing camera (for conference calls and more)

* faster processor

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Buildning your own business – and succeeding – is something I wish every single person could live through. Althoug I understand all do not share this dream… Without realizing it – I have accumulated huge amounts of printed media – others, yes – but also my own. Reasons being keeping track, control maybe. But overview diminishes in piles of paper – and both keeping track and control are lost. The solution? Scanning!!!

So, I saw the new scanner at the Apple Store – planned to get it – but gave my HP All-in-one a final chance. And after downloading the Snow Leopard version for my Photosmart C8100 it’s like Sleeping Beauty waking up once more. That cumbersome machine now dances all from Riverdance to Super Bowl mid-game entertainment!

So – my first choice was to attack the piles of  business cards. Beying  I recently scanned ALL of mine, freeing space in my office space. Relying on inventive services and apps being able to search, organise and update all my data. In a quiet moment, pleased with the rapidly diminishing piles – I realised something else. Midst of all that – add, scan , store, throw aways… Suddenly I understood that as my piles of cards shrunk – my story grew. The story of the people that made me the one i am today. Like an archeologist I made my way through weeks, months – and eventually – years.

I’ve always taken notes on business cards. They now together make up quite an interesting timeline of my business (and probably of me as well!) Now, what if I’d scan everything that passes my hands? Are there anything that I can let go of? May I become the “scanning monk”? Isn’t that what it’s about for monks – having access to “everything” while having few earthly belongings…

Amazing what a scanner can do for you in an afternoon…

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Yes, it’s true! The Eye-Fi You can flow your pictures and videos to a number of sites including Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and more. Set up the SD card in your Mac or PC, enter data and allow for access – and you’re done! The SD card includes a wifi transmitter that carries your pictures and videos to your designated sites – BUT ONLY IN LISTED WIFI SITES. The ones you listed at setup.

Any con’s? Well, accidentally uploaded pictures MAY be a problem – I’ll feedback some experiences as they grow. What happens once you enter an area with an open wifi network?


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