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Talking tablets: what makes a great tablet?

Working with Microsoft Surface Pro X

Apr. 14, 2020
Over the past few weeks I worked with Microsoft Surface Pro X to see if it is any good, can it be your main computer?

Earlier this year Microsoft released their brand new Surface Pro X tablet computer, in many ways this is a forward thinking device. As I like working with tablets I wondered what exactly makes a great tablet? Is Surface Pro X any good? Read along to find out.

Designing and implementing a (micro) payment system

Monetising my blog with coffee, Apple Pay and Mollie

Mar. 25, 2020
Designing and implementing a micro payment system with an emphasis on simplicity. Read about how I did it in this post.

Online payments are now more important than ever as businesses are disrupted by the COVID-19 virus. It drives my customers to seek new ways to make money online. I designed and implemented a (micro)payment system. This post is about achieving simplicity by solving complex challenges.

Making my own tablet OS

Installing and modifying Debian GNU/Linux on Surface Go

Mar. 9, 2020
I wondered if I could escape Windows by installing Debian GNU/Linux on a Surface Go, read along to find out how to do this!

For some years now I use a tablet as main computer, I like its versatility. But, most tablets come with a locked down operating system, like iPadOS, Windows 10S or Android. As I like things my own (weird) way, I wondered if I could escape these "software jails" by installing a free operating system on a tablet. It's possible, read along to find out how I escaped!

Multi-Window support in your iPad app

Native development for iPadOS

Oct. 7, 2019
Take advantage of the improved support for multiple windows on iPadOS by implementing new UI concepts enabling different use cases for your app.

Last month Apple released iPadOS, the first dedicated operating system for iPad. It differs from iOS with its support for the larger iPad screen, including multi / split screen windows. I develop apps and it was time to take advantage of these new possibilities that iPadOS offers.

Business in a bag

Using a waterproof backpack to fit my gear

Dec. 22, 2018
After much testing I have selected a bag and set of cases to fit my entire business, wherever I go.

Over the past few months I have been testing different bags and cases to fit everything I need to run my business. As I commute by bike, the bag needs to be waterproof. The problem with waterproof gear is that it is usually very bulky. I need my gear to be both portable and representative, a challenge worth a blog post!

Tablet as main computer

Comparing the Microsoft Surface Pro to iPad Pro

Mar. 7, 2018
I have been using a tablet as my main computer for quite some time now. In this blog post I share you my experience on using Surface Pro and iPad Pro to get my work done.

For the past few weeks I have been using the Microsoft Surface Pro as my main computer. It's a modern tablet computer that can be used as laptop with the type cover. With the Surface Pen, it's a versatile PC that works in a lot of different ways. Time to find out if it's any good and how it compares to my other tablet computer, iPad Pro.

iPad Pro as primary computer

testing iOS as primairy development platform

Aug. 15, 2016
Is the time right to use an iPad as primary development platform to get some real work done?

The lack of physical clutter, distracting branding, or blinking LED's makes the iPad Pro a textbook example of minimal design. My despiction of distraction explains my interest in using the iPad Pro as only computer to test if it is up to the task. Is Apple's latest effort on iOS enough to enable it to do serious development work?

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Interface concept sketches, exploring different options to leave a message and buying multiple cups of coffee
Interface concept sketches, exploring different options to leave a message and buying multiple cups of coffee
Developing the user interface using Blink and Inspect Browser on iPad
Developing the user interface using Blink and Inspect Browser on iPad
Developing software with Microsoft Visual Studio on a Surface Pro tablet
Developing software with Microsoft Visual Studio on a Surface Pro tablet
Functional roles in the lifecycle of an iPadOS app (WWDC 2019, Steve Holt, Apple)
Functional roles in the lifecycle of an iPadOS app (WWDC 2019, Steve Holt, Apple)
Ken Ferry explaining the design of multiple window support for iOS during WWDC 2019
Ken Ferry explaining the design of multiple window support for iOS during WWDC 2019
Comparing different months in the calendar app
Comparing different months in the calendar app
Editing a DNS record using my
Editing a DNS record using my "Lemmid Domain" app while preserving context of the entire DNS zone
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
Using the customised Surface Go (right) for programming, similar to how I work using an iPad Pro (left)
"Look ma, no Putty" - SSH into anything, natively on Windows
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Missing firmware renders hardware unusable during installation
Translating the design sketch (left) into a prototype (right) on iPad
Translating the design sketch (left) into a prototype (right) on iPad
Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard with the Slim Pen
Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard with the Slim Pen
The Smart Keyboard has a very nice tactile feel, but lacks certain keys (like ESC, HOME, END)
The Smart Keyboard has a very nice tactile feel, but lacks certain keys (like ESC, HOME, END)
Windows on iPad is possible using Remote Desktop
Windows on iPad is possible using Remote Desktop
Conceptual overview UI structure iPadOS as explained by Steve Holt during WWDC 2019
Conceptual overview UI structure iPadOS as explained by Steve Holt during WWDC 2019
Steve Jobs announcing the Keynote app at MacWorld 2003, joking that it was build for himself, him being an underpaid beta tester
Steve Jobs announcing the Keynote app at MacWorld 2003, joking that it was build for himself, him being an underpaid beta tester
Me wearing the hardcore Ortlieb Velocity bag through bad weather, fantastic but a little bit bulky...
Me wearing the hardcore Ortlieb Velocity bag through bad weather, fantastic but a little bit bulky...
Using my
Using my "Lemmid Count" app to analyse views and traffic an article on willem.com

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