So, I was chastised for not carrying around the tablet all day, but that’s only because I wouldn’t have been using my laptop while all over campus today either. I decided to do my regular evening catch up work solely on the tablet and see what happened.
I came home and used vpn to access my work desktop computer. Easy! Yay!
I am still having trouble getting used to being able to touch the screen which makes me feel a bit clumsy. And, now that I don’t have it, I realize that I rely very heavily on the ability to right-click on my mouse. I don’t know what the Acer Iconia equivalent of the mouse right-click is yet. (Note to self: look that one up!) After messing with a heavily formatted Excel spreadsheet for about 30 minutes I caved and went and got my mouse and plugged it in. It installed the necessary driver w/o even a pop-up notification and I was in business.
I realize that I’m not supposed to be using this like a miniature laptop but for tonight, I need to. On the flip-side, the fact that I do have a fabulous keyboard and can plug in my mouse and use this like miniature laptop, makes this particular tablet highly appealing to me. It’s nice to have the option without having to buy more stuff. The keyboard really works much better for me than any laptop keyboard ever has, which is also a huge plus in my book. I am a big fan of typing and I can do that with the Iconia Tab.
My other observation this evening has been something that happens while I’m remotely accessing my desktop MS Outlook account. When I open an email it defaults to the “File” tab instead of the actual default tab, “Message”. The first time it happened I was a bit baffled at first because that’s not something I’ve ever seen. Not sure but I think it might be because I don’t have MS Office installed on the tablet? That doesn’t seem like it should matter since I’m remotely accessing the Outlook on my desktop but I can’t think of what else it could be. Interesting and now that I know that’s what’s happening it’s easily remedied.
So far, so good.