Two in One

Photo an iPad with keyboard attached. Caption reads: “Two in one.”

Two in One by Iris Carden

One of my biggest problems with tech is the cost of replacing things over and over again. I make things last as long as I possibly can, but eventually things need replacing.  

For some reason everything needs to be replaced at the same time.

Recently, my iPad had been struggling with the amount of memory available. I have a lot of drawings and photographs on my iPad.  It’s where I draw pictures or edit photos for the illustrations that go with my stories/poetry/pet stories/random glurge I put on this blog. I also use it to read Ebooks, and play occasional games.  For quite a while I’d been playing storage Tetris, uninstalling and reinstalling things as I needed them.  It reached the point where I didn’t have the storage for updates.

At the same time, the laptop I did all my writing on was making ominous noises, the fan getting louder and louder, just under the strain of normal use. I guess I shouldn’t complain about the laptop too much.  My daughter used it for five years before passing it on to me, and I’ve been using it for three years.

My techie daughter had the solution: replace the iPad first, because it was most urgent, then rather than $1500 for a new laptop as well, get a $500 keyboard case.  Last month I got the iPad, along with an Apple Pencil which is much better for drawing than the stylus I used with the old iPad.  (I don’t know if that means my drawing has improved, but it has pressure sensitivity, and I’m finding it much better to use.)

This week, I got the keyboard case.  It’s smaller than the old laptop, but I can use it the same way. I’ve got all I need and effectively saved a thousand dollars at the same time. I was a bit worried that I might have trouble adapting back to the smaller keyboard, although I had used one this size before.  (My first two novels were written on a little netbook.) Actually, once I started typing, I found the changeover not difficult at all. 

So I’ve managed to replace to pieces of tech with one and a couple of accessories, and done it without interrupting the workflow for the blog.  I’m quite pleased with myself.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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