On Monday, I walked into my office trying to pump myself up for another week of work, silently telling myself I’d accomplish everything on my to-do list and not get distracted by firedrills. My good intentions were quickly shattered as my computer booted up and I found my screen covered in warning messages about the 15 viruses that were detected. I quickly called tech support only to find that the virus was even preventing my virus detection software from working. For a non-technical person, this sounded pretty bad.
It turned out the only remedy was a complete rebuild. Working from home with no resident tech support personnel means shipping my laptop off to the main office. A slight state of depression set in; I’m a creature of habit and don’t like to have my routine interrupted.
It is now Thursday. I have survived the week and my laptop is on its way back. Living without my work computer was a bit of a challenge, but having my comfort zone disrupted wasn’t all bad. I decided to stray from the norm and experimented with different ways to join audio conferences and online meetings.
The best option was by far joining an online meeting with InterCall Unified Meeting using my iPad. It really was just like the real thing – no apps to download, no ‘light’ versions. It worked exactly like it does on my laptop and almost better because I could easily zoom in on areas of the slide I was viewing. I highly recommend it.
And, if you are a multitasker, I’ve heard using an iPad and speakerphone for meetings that require you to only be a silent participant work really well if you want to combine work and a treadmill. Word of caution, though: Keep the iPad in the display in front of you, not the table next to you.
How about you? Are you a fan of multitasking? Have you tried joining web meetings using your iPad or tablet?