Look Out Boston, Here I Come

Along with a couple hundred (?) of my best virtual friends, I’ll be in Boston next week for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference. Last Friday I treated myself – for my 63rd birthday – to a new Apple 64Gb, 3G iPad and I’m taking it with instead of my laptop.

At the very least, I expect it will provide me with enough entertainment to keep me occupied on the plane both ways, as well as give me something to do with my time if (God forbid) I should at any time get bored.

As someone who has been constrained to use the technology that was given to me by the company I worked for, and generally only had the same kind of technology at home (inasmuch as my personal life has always been so intertwined with my professional life), this has been a real treat. Additionally, I’ve not had an iPhone so I’m not used to having so many apps available and, this is really fun, I haven’t had a touch screen . . . ever.

I’m going to do what I can to both tweet and blog from the conference, but I expect to spend a lot of time with the carbon-based representations of the many people I have only gotten to know virtually over the past few years. I’m truly excited; no mean feat for a guy like me.

About Rick Ladd

Since my retirement from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2010, I have spent quite a bit of energy on developing work as a social media marketer for small business, a business manager for an AI software development firm, and as an editor/proofreader for a number of business books and a couple of novels, as well as a two-year return engagement at Rocketdyne from 2015 to 2017. I have decided to stop actively pursuing business in these fields and am now positioning myself to be a writer. I have done quite a bit of writing over the years, but I’ve never really attempted to make any money at it; at least not specifically. I’m starting out with a couple of memoirs and, currently, I’m studying the craft, creating a detailed outline and timeline, and honing my skills as a storyteller. Pretty sure I’ll be writing some fiction as well. View all posts by Rick Ladd

4 responses to “Look Out Boston, Here I Come

  • Marianne Barrett

    Rick, good choice of productivity tool for travel. I saw at a Symposium recently an iPad in action by a fellow meeting attendee who traveled from Thailand.

    My Thai colleague felt the iPad offered him all the bells and whistles necessary to keep him productively occupied while awaiting flights in airports, taking notes at the Symposium, and getting work done during meeting lulls. He bragged, portability was a snap! And he was quite pleased with battery life, meaning he was no longer tethered to a power outlet most of the day.
    I predict an iPad in my future, someday.

    Enjoy your new toy … er, I mean, your very cool green productivity tool!

    • Rick Ladd

      Thanks, MB. I keep thinking of reasons I might want to bring a laptop as well but, on balance, I just can’t justify the extra weight and the constant need to suck power from wherever I’m at. The iPad batteries seem to provide close to 10 hours of nearly continuous service, even if you listen to music or watch videos, podcasts, etc. We’ll see how it goes. I’m leaving in a few hours. Straight from Burbank to Boston, with a small side trip to Dallas/Ft. Worth. Ah, the wonders of Economy class.

  • Chuck Hall

    Your comments are poetic Rick, in that un-“constrained” like you were previously you have the freedom to explore something, discover new things and experience a different world. Interesting as you head to Enterpise 2.0!

    Like you, I have recently embarked on the path of exploration with the iPad. I have found it has completely changed the way I market to my clients with some unexpected benefits. Suddenly, my business is greener in more ways than one. It is amazing what happens when we can live, work, explore free of prior constraints.

    • Rick Ladd

      Thanks for the kind words, Chuck. I, too, am finding the iPad is changing the way I work and play. I have no doubt, as an early adopter, I’m “dooming” myself to a less than optimal experience. However, this is so far above what I’ve become accustomed to, I believe it will be sometime before I feel as though I’m missing anything.

      I’m looking forward to spending some quality (perhaps slightly inebriated) face-time with you next week.

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