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What's the Point?

What's The Point?
by Gary Woods

When the founder of a great institution passes away the people who remain usually spend a lot of time trying to imagine what that founder would have wanted to happen with the company. When Henry Ford passed Ford Motor Company wandered around for several years and when Walt Disney died the company definitely lost its way to the point of being ripe for take over before the Bass Brothers and Roy Disney Jr. came in to right the ship.

Steve Jobs was very aware of this and made sure there were lots of ideas in the pipeline and he installed Tim Cook in the driver's seat to make sure Apple kept moving forward. So, where am I going with all this? Where I'm going is one of the things that Steve hated most was having a stylus used on one of his iOS devices. For Steve fingers are there for a purpose and no pointy appendage need be applied.

Well I'm here to tell ya' that since Steve left the building I found the Targus 3 in 1 Stylus for what are called Capacitive Devices, i.e. iPads and iPhones and it is pretty dang cool. The stylus which features a durable and soft rubber tip which prevents scratches to the touchscreen surface also facilitates greater typing accuracy and comfort when writing. The 3 in 1 also has a standard ballpoint pen which is the second part of three so you can jot down notes for times when a traditional pen and paper are really what you need. Then, the third part of the 3 in 1 is a laser pointer with a 1mW beam which you can use to in a boardroom or a class room to highlight content on a projector screen or blackboard.

The Targus 3 in 1 pen retails for $39.99 on the Targus website but I found it on Amazon for just $14.99. So if you feel like your pudgy little fingers are just too much for your iPad or iPhone and occasionally need to write stuff down and highlight things on a screen, check it out!

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc