Personal Electronics: Migration to the Tablet

Back in June I bought an Android tablet. It was a good deal at the time but later the same new ViewSonic gTablet came on sale at $10 then $20 then $30 less than what I paid. A friend suggested that I switch from the tower to the tablet. I haven’t decided exactly how and when I’m going to do that. I have things a certain way with the tower and I’ll have to come up with a different method set for that.

I sleep with something playing, either a video on the computer or audiobooks playing on my iPod. I don’t want to do that with the tablet. I’m not worried about it wearing out this soon. I guess at this point I don’t want to charge it up all the time.

Right now I do the following with my electronics:

PC (Ubuntu Linux OS/Win7 dual boot):

  1. Watching videos
  2. Bill pay/Financial Stuff
  3. Photo editing
  4. Blogging
  5. Games (very rarely)


  1. Listening to music and podcasts
  2. Running various apps
  3. Internet functions


  1. Games
  2. eBooks
  3. Internet functions

Under the new setup:


  1. Watching videos
  2. Bill pay/financial stuff
  3. Blogging
  4. Games
  5. eBooks
  6. Internet functions


  1. No change


  1. Backup and file storage.
  2. Photo editing
  3. Syncing and updating mobile devices

I plan on trying out a USB or bluetooth keyboard for the gTablet. The tough keyboard in the GUI is hard to operate at least while holding the tablet. I wrote a blog post a few days ago from it and had to do a lot of extra keystroking to accomplish the same things. I’ll have to try laying it flat and typing on the screen.

Apple’s proprietary arrangement has been tiresome. I am also looking at a handheld Android device to replace the iPod. I am going to save up and get the handheld and then sell the iPod. I’ll see how things work out regarding overtime. It’ll mean less storage space but that’s not a problem anymore.


I am installing iOS5 on the iPod. This is not an upgrade. So it does a full restore to factory settings. Right now we’re about 43% done restoring the music and videos. Next come the apps. I wasn’t expecting this. Normally I’d have finished syncing and restarted the machine into Ubuntu. I keep Windows on a very short leash as it likes to attract a lot of crapware.

Since Apple won’t support Linux as far as iTunes is concerned. I think I’ll look for an Android-based media player…maybe get a phone off eBay that works with Sprint.

Another hole in my EDC preps

I sat in a waiting room yesterday for several hours. I hadn’t charged my phone and iPod fully. The iPod was first to go while I was reading a book in the Stanza library app and checking email intermittently. I had to go there in a hurry so I didn’t grab my bag with the AC/DC kit. I know…cardinal EDC rule broken. I have one Energizer xPal battery. I need another one to keep in my pack. Of course this will increase the weight but there were no outlets in sight.