Make Your Own Charging Station and Clear the Kitchen Counter

DIY Charging Station for your gadgets and gizmos

DIY Charging Station

I’m brilliant! I made a charging station for our gadgets. Slots in this organizer are wide enough to accommodate the iPad, iPhone, Surface Pro, etc., without removing their protective covers.

Recharge up to six items with a desktop organizer along with a surge protector with six swivel outlets (here on Amazon). I already had this desktop organizer and saw some other ideas that would work on Amazon (like this acrylic one or mesh). And any outlet strip surge protector will work.

We use this overnight for all our gadgets and gizmos, all nice and neat, and didn’t have to spend $60 on a fancy one.

Any ideas on this are welcome in comments.

PEACE.

 

My On-the-Go Toolkit for Working and Presenting Using iPad – Mobile Work

Peggy Duncan presentsSince I have easy access to my files through the Dropbox app on my iPad, I wanted to travel more without my laptop. Here’s my on-the-go toolkit for working while mobile, complete with my links to each on Amazon.

Present Using iPad Adapters for Projectors

Here are the two adapters I purchased so I can use my iPad for either type of projector a conference makes available.

Wireless Presentation Mouse, Adapter

USB adapter for the iPad

USB adapter for the iPad

I have a wireless presentation mouse I purchased in 2012, Satechi SP800 Smart-Pointer, and it wasn’t compatible with my iPad. This USB camera adapter for the iPad made it work (although an “unsupported” message popped up).

External Keyboard – Logitech K480

keyboard logitech K480

External Keyboard

I’m a power typist, and when I’m using apps such as Word or PowerPoint on my iPad, I need a bigger keyboard with shortcuts I’m used to. Here’s the external keyboard I chose. It’s the Logitech K480. You set the dial to tell the keyboard which gadget you’re typing on (iPad or iPhone, for example), or if you’re using it on a computer.

Mobile Charger

mobile charger for iPad, iPhone, and more

Charge without outlet

To avoid being without any way to charge my gadgets, this mobile charger is a must-have. This one is more compact than my older one.

Car Charger

For long trips in the car, it just makes sense to add a car charger to the list.

Stylus

I use the OneNote app (free from Microsoft) to organize my notes. Its Draw command allows you to handwrite/draw on a page. I like the feel of this stylus.

Screen Cleaner

After so much tapping and swiping, the screen on your gadget or computer can get rather cloudy. This cleaner pad fits right on your hand and wipes the surface to clear.

iPad Training Peggy Duncan presents

Contact me directly to schedule a SKYPE session, Webinar, conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop. The focus of the training is improving your personal productivity while on the go.

Get work done on the go using the iPad.

  • Explore important Settings you have unfortunately ignored.
  • Organize an on-the-go toolkit of must-have apps and iStuff built for mobile productivity.
  • Capture and organize notes and photos, file everything, and find it quickly when you need it.
  • Create and edit documents using tap and flick shortcuts and Office apps you’re already used to.
  • Sync the Safari browser and navigate with ease.
  • And so much more!

Whether you want individual, customized training via SKYPE (or in person), a Webinar, a conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop, contact me directly to get started.

Let me know in comments if you have anything to add to this list. I’m a sucker for gadgets and gizmos that boost productivity.

PEACE.

 

How to Use an Older USB Presentation Mouse with the iPad Using a Digital Camera Adapter

USB adapter for the iPad

USB adapter for the iPad

I’m using the PowerPoint app on my iPad, and am accessing all my presentations from the Dropbox app. I have adapters for both a VGA and digital projector. The only thing lacking was a wireless presentation mouse that would plug into the iPad lightning port.

I’d purchased the Satechi SP800 Smart-Pointer in 2012 to use with my laptop. It’d be nice if I could get it to work, but the iPad has no USB port. I found a USB adapter for the iPad, but it was for digital cameras. I love shopping on Amazon because previous buyers always offer such great tips and advice. Several of them had mentioned getting this adapter to work with more than just a digital camera. But no guarantees. Couldn’t find anyone who had used it with this wireless mouse.

I ordered it anyway. (There is a newer presenter that works with the iPad, etc., but this adapter would help me save money.)

I plugged the adapter into the iPad’s lightning port, and plugged the presenter’s dongle into this adapter. Although I got a “not supported” message, it worked! It also worked with my Samson Go-Mic, and my Logitech headset. (I have the iPad 4.)

I’m traveling lighter these days. When I’m doing a PowerPoint-only presentation, no need to take the laptop. Here are my other purchases to accompany my iPad.

Links to each on Amazon.

Present Using iPad Adapters for Projectors

Here are the two adapters I purchased so I can use my iPad for either type of projector a conference makes available.

External Keyboard – Logitech K480

keyboard logitech K480

External Keyboard

I’m a power typist, and when I’m using apps such as Word or PowerPoint on my iPad, I need a bigger keyboard with shortcuts I’m used to. Here’s the external keyboard I chose. It’s the Logitech K480. You set the dial to tell the keyboard which gadget you’re typing on (iPad or iPhone, for example), or if you’re using it on a computer.

Mobile Charger

To avoid being without any way to charge my gadgets, this mobile charger is a must-have. This one is more compact than my older one.

Car Charger

For long trips in the car, it just makes sense to add a car charger to the list.

Stylus

I use the OneNote app (free from Microsoft) to organize my notes. Its Draw command allows you to handwrite/draw on a page. I like the feel of this stylus.

Screen Cleaner

After so much tapping and swiping, the screen on your gadget or computer can get rather cloudy. This cleaner pad fits right on your hand and wipes the surface to clear.

iPad Training workshop, seminar, Webinar

Get work done on the go using the iPad. Contact me directly to schedule a SKYPE session, Webinar, conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop. The focus of the training is improving your personal productivity while on the go.

  • Explore important Settings you have unfortunately ignored.
  • Organize an on-the-go toolkit of must-have apps and iStuff built for mobile productivity.
  • Capture and organize notes and photos, file everything, and find it quickly when you need it.
  • Create and edit documents using tap and flick shortcuts and Office apps you’re already used to.
  • Sync the Safari browser and navigate with ease.
  • And so much more!

Whether you want individual, customized training via SKYPE (or in person), a Webinar, a conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop, contact me directly to get started.

PEACE.

How to Add a Web Page to Your iPad or iPhone Home Screen

Share icon ipad iphoneIt’s easy to add Websites you visit often to your device Home Screen.

  1. Open the Web page using the Safari browser.
  2. Tap the Share icon, then tap Add to Home Screen.
  3. Tap inside the title box, and rename the link if desired.
  4. Tap ADD.

I needed a very long URL with /s that was too difficult to type in the browser bar (it’s also a link that wouldn’t have shown up if I’d Googled it). I copied the link and emailed it to my iCloud email address (or whatever email account you’ve set up on your device). When the email came in (on the iPad), I tapped the link to open it in Safari. Then added to Home Screen as outlined above.?

Any tips to share? Please leave a comment.

PEACE.

 

How to Call and Text from the iPad for Free and Almost Free – SKYPE and Google Voice

Google Voice ConnectMy new iPad is AT&T 4G LTE enabled. But to be able to text or call using it, I’d have to pay for an extra AT&T plan. Ha! Here’s what I do instead of adding another bill to my budget.

With my SKYPE app for the iPad, I can call any land line I want to in the US or Canada for almost FREE, and the sound is crystal clear. I pay $8.52 every 3 months so I can call land lines. Or if they’re on SKYPE, I can call their SKYPE handle as usual.

For texting, I use the Google Voice Connect app, and can text for FREE.

If you’ve discovered other solutions, let me know in comments.

PEACE.