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Dandy Cast 033: Set phasers to stunned!

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on July 14, 2020.

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My favorite computer, hands-down, is my iPad Pro. I’ve had several amazing computers over the years (and some not so good ones), but this thing is just the gift that keeps on giving. Not only does it help me get my work done every day, it’s also a great media viewer, communication tool, and even a pretty decent gaming platform.

With all it’s got going for it, I don’t really get the incessant refrain that it’s not a computer for “real” work, whatever the hell that means. This thing is amazing. I won’t have any of that naysaying. It’s exactly what I need it to be, it’s gorgeous, and I’m happy to use it every day. It’s the best of many worlds and it should get more respect.

There’s also a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, Quick Tip: Why I Use Trello for My Project Management.

Trello is a phenomenal tool for managing projects, either by yourself or by working collaboratively with others. It can be dead simple to use or you can scale it up to be a capable as you want it to be. I don’t know where I’d be without it. Read this post today to learn why I use it for my own project management and how you can use it for yours.

We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.

Links to stuff that was mentioned:


WWDC - Apple

iMac G5 - Wikipedia

Star Trek - Wikipedia

macOS Big Sur - Apple

Equal Emphasis - Accidental Tech Podcast

June 22, 2020 entry to the Dandy Cat Design microblog

Xcode - Apple

Final Cut Pro X - Apple

Quick Tip: Why I Use Trello for My Project Management - Dandy Cat Design


Psychologically Prepared | Road Work - 5by5

Justified - IMDb

Steppenwolf Essentials - Apple Music

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The Dandy Newsletter — 07/14/20

I’m coming to you from the corner of my office space, mostly because I have an L-shaped desk that’s been placed into the corner of this room. I’m sitting on a somewhat new desk chair. A fan is running behind me because it’s summer here in Southern California and the world is now hot enough to melt me into a puddle of Sean. I’m doing my best to fend off that potential demise. I’m typing these words into the Ulysses app on my iPad Pro, which is attached to its Magic Keyboard.

Mondays can’t get any better than this for me. Well, perhaps a Monday sometime in January could get better than this. I’m not a fan of this sort of heat and would much rather be bundled up in a comfy sweater, but I haven’t found a way to control the weather yet. Once I do, prepare for cooler temperatures, friend. I’m going to bring seasons back!

Since the most recent WWDC, I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite computing device: my iPad Pro. My first Apple computer was an iMac G5 (the one with the iSight camera) that I got back in 2005. Before then, I’d only used the family computer, which was some hulking HP tower thing that I couldn’t possibly find and link to here. Since that first iMac, I’ve had a small assortment of other Apple computers, both laptop and desktop machines. I’ve loved them all and each one has been, when I got them, the best computer I’d ever used.

I’ve loved the Mac since the first time I used one as my personal computer. They’ve helped me through school, entertained me, and allowed me to make connections with people all over the world. I love those computers and I love macOS. Every time I sit in front of one, I feel complete. I never imagined I could enjoy a computer more than those, but I was proven wrong.

I believe iPad, in all its various forms, is the ideal device. For me anyway. Many people may feel otherwise, and you can bet on them letting you know exactly why, and that’s okay. I still love this computer, what it’s capable of doing, and the immense potential it has. iPad is many things:

  • A powerful computer
  • An adaptable entertainment viewer
  • A great web browser
  • A capable gaming machine
  • A pleasant e-reader
  • Even a pretty dang brilliant camera

And those are just the qualities that appeal to me. It can be many other things to people. For instance, it can be a canvas for artists, beginners and advanced alike. It can be an invaluable tool for replacing charts and manuals in airplane cockpits. It can be the thing that keeps parents of young children from driving them crazy when they just need to get some work done. The possibilities are endless.

I’m not saying anything that hasn’t already been covered by Apple themselves. They do a great job of touting iPad’s usefulness.

Since the release of the first iPad back on April 3, 2010 (also my first iPad), it’s also been the subject of condescension and sometimes ridicule. Many people saw iPad as a toy for bored consumers. It wasn’t until the release of the first iPad Pro on November 11, 2015 that the narrative changed a bit, but damage had already been done. The thinking was that iPad Pro is just a bigger iPad. Surely it can’t replace the Mac for work. It’s just the thing people use to watch Netflix!

As it’s been too often claimed by people with limited imaginations, if you’re serious about computers, then you’re not going to use an iPad for your work.

I believe that thinking is not only incorrect for most people, it’s actually a denial of the reason why we love computers as much as we do. Sure, there will be developers, filmmakers, 3d modelers, and the like who may not be able to use it for their work. That’s more of a flaw in the iPadOS software and not iPad itself (it’s also not something I expect to be true forever). However, for most people now, those who need it for school, writing, illustrating, design, research, and similar pursuits, it can be the perfect device. Hell, it can be the perfect device for anybody, even the nerds who scoff at it for not being as powerful as a $50,000 beast of a computer. Again, the fault isn’t with the device, it’s with the lack of imagination in those who write it off.

It’s such a damn shame that some of its biggest detractors are the people who should love it the most. It’s exactly the device that us nerds have marveled at and fawned over for our entire lives. This marvel of glass, metal, software, and miniaturization is not some “lesser” device. In fact, it’s what we’ve all wanted since we first saw the crews in any Star Trek series manipulating the screens of their stations on the bridges of their ships. I’m disappointed in the people who dislike iPad with such loudness and vehemence because they tend to be the ones who should love it the most. They’ve dreamed of having real life versions of the tools used in their favorite media for their whole lives, and now that they have it right in front of them, they scoff at it.

Some of the tech that we’ve marveled over in the films we love are actually available to us right now. They deserve more credit. It’s a shame to see so many deny themselves the joy and wonder they had as young people.

I’m thinking about this stuff now because of the upcoming update to Mac’s operating system, macOS Big Sur. It’s a dramatic reimagining of how macOS should look and feel like. It’s clear that this new update will create a greater unity between the appearance and behavior of the Mac and iPad. As you can imagine, many longtime Mac lovers are upset about this change. On the day Big Sur was announced, I wrote,

It’s fascinating to watch older Mac users/developers grumble about the appearance of macOS Big Sur while also watching younger users really see the beauty and potential of these changes. Me? I‘m not going to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future. I’m all in.

The animosity toward macOS Big Sur is coming from the same people who have mostly written off iPad as a tool/toy for watching videos, browsing the internet, and occasionally answering emails. Would they use one if Xcode or Final Cut Pro were to ever become available for tablet devices? My guess is probably not. Old prejudices are hard to break.

I do know that the younger versions of the most cynical people out there would be ashamed of their older selves. They might even say, “You’re holding the future in your hands. Why aren’t you as excited about this as I am?”

A device like iPad used to be a fantasy or just a prop on a tv show set. Now it’s a dream come true.

Cards are a powerful organizational tool

There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Hip-hip-hooray! 🎉

It’s called: Quick Tip: Why I Use Trello for My Project Management.

Organization and communication are essential for work of any type and size. You’re doing things the hardest way possible if you’re trying to get things done without planning and visualizing what you’re doing. It doesn’t have to be that way, and Trello can be the tool you need to become the most organized person in any room.

I’ve used Trello for a number of years and it’s a tool that I value and probably couldn’t live without. I use it for a number of things that are essential to running Dandy Cat Design, including tracking blog posts and collaborating with others. Best of all, while it can be powerful, it’s also simple enough for anyone to pick up and start using right away.

Your business can run smoother than you could have ever imagined with Trello. Click through the link above to read about the various ways this inventive tool can transform your working life. In no time, you’ll be wondering how you ever lived without it. Give it a read right this moment!

If you ever want to throw some suggestions my way, then send me a reply to this email. They’re always wonderful to receive.

Seriously friend, I'd love to hear from you.

Until next time cats, stay informed, stay safe, and stand up for what’s right. Black lives matter.


Sean Anderson

Lover of productivity tips, Apple devices, and vegan ice cream. Mostly, I'm busy petting cats 🐱 and dogs 🐶

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