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My personal laptop died this week, mere minutes after I had just moved everything on my local drive to Dropbox. The timing couldn’t have been stranger. The screen went black and then when I tried to reboot it, smoke started coming out of the keyboard. My Mac had met a similar fate a couple months prior. I will now be bringing in an electrician to look at the outlets in my home office before anything else gets plugged in.
This leaves me with only my work-issued laptop plus an iPad for connectivity. After years of self-employment, my recent return to the ranks of working for someone else has been delightful (in that someone else gets to worry about the state of my technology) but also required some thoughtful redirection of my technology habits. It’s been a full ten years since this was last a concern and the world is a much different space. And don’t get me started on weeding through email with the address I’ve had for close to 15 years – I’ve unsubscribee from no less than 250 things in the last month in an attempt to tame that!
Granted, I’m not downloading porn (on any device!) but I do a lot of my volunteer work via Gmail and of course I blog here, which is much easier on a computer than on a mobile device.
So I thought I’d ask YOU, my readers, how you travel with a company issued laptop. Specifically, what do you do differently? If you don’t maintain a personal computer, how do you manage? What apps or tricks exist for iPads that might make the jump easier for me? I’m looking for any and all tips to reboot my digital road warrior lifestyle!