Favorite Tech of 2022
I had fun incorporating some new technologies into my daily life in 2022. Here are some of my favorites.
I love my iPad. I use it all the time for reading, playing games, watching videos, and drawing. It’s the best art supply I’ve ever owned. But I don’t like using it to take notes. It’s a bit too much. It’s large, bright, and it’s easy to be distracted by all the other things I could be doing while taking notes, such as checking Reddit for more cat posts.
So, in addition to an iPad, I also use a Remarkable. It’s an electronic paper tablet, and that’s it. I can use it to take notes, to draw, to read — and that’s about it. I can’t check Facebook. I can’t play Words with Friends. I can’t watch Glass Onion again. And as a note-taker, it’s pretty, well, remarkable:
- One of my favoritesMark up PDFs. I can take notes and have them converted into text (and it does a pretty good job, even with my lousy handwriting).
- Create grey-scale pencil sketches when I’m doodling and thinking at the same time. The screen is a bit rough, so it feels like I’m working directly on paper.
- Use various virtual writing tools – pencils, pens, paintbrush, highlighter, using different widths and, for some, different gradients.
- Choose from a wide selection of backgrounds (lined paper, calendars, graph paper, and more) as well as add and remove layers.
- Add notes on the tablet and by using the desktop app.
- Write emails and send them directly from the tablet.
I find it great for meeting notes, doodling while thinking, reviewing documents, and jotting down quick ideas.
Note: It’s less expensive than an iPad, but be aware that you’ll need to buy both the tablet and Remarkable pencil to use it (you can’t use a separate stylus). You’ll also need a subscription to use all of the features. You can use a cheaper case.
I don’t like carpet. Yet, in my new house, the basement is covered with the stuff. Without help, I was never going to keep up with the vacuuming needed for two rather furry cats. Thus the Roomba. It vacuums the whole place three times a week, then empties itself. I get to enjoy having a relatively clean basement. The cats get to stare bemusedly at the robot invader every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Note: I bought my vacuum before Amazon bought iRobot (so this is really from 2021, I guess?). If you want to outsource this thankless job to an “Amazon Free” bot, there are other automatic vacuums like Shark IQ.
When you get old, gripping those little crochet hooks gets a bit harder. Addi hooks are curved, easy to use, and come in all kinds of sizes. I can crochet for hours in comfort. Right now I have several of these hooks stashed away in various half-finished projects, waiting for the day when I can remember exactly what stitches I was using.