Last year I made the decision to go back to school part-time. (If you’re curious, I’m working towards an LL.M in Taxation.) When I was in college and law school the first time around it was the late 90s and early 2000s. For some reference, the Titanium PowerBook G4 was released in January of 2001 and though I had one for my last years of undergraduate school, I did not use it regularly in class as wireless networks were not very common place and the infrastructure was simply not setup.
When I was in law school technology had evolved somewhat, but most legal programs were PC based. In fact, I bought a basic Dell PC my 1L year (first year of law school) to be in compliance with my school’s laptop policy, but I primarily used my Mac except during exams when the PC was required for compliance reasons. There was no iPad, there was no iPhone, and Microsoft Word was as fancy as things got for taking notes.
Fast-forward more than ten years and everything’s changed. One of the things I was most looking forward to about going back to school was being able to take advantage of all the new technology available to students. While most students in my program still use the Microsoft Office suite of products for taking notes and word processing, I am pleased to tell you that even in my graduate tax courses at the law school, Macs easily outnumber PCs among the student population. There are even a few students who have chosen to use a tablet, generally an iPad or a Microsoft Surface as their primary device.
While I love my iPad, I knew that I would primarily be using my Mac in class. Having a full size keyboard, larger screen, full Mac apps and the ability to switch between apps was too important to my daily workflow. However, I decided even before the first class started that any workflow I setup for my school work would be cross-platform across the Mac and iOS. This would allow me the greatest flexibility to work wherever I was, and have an additional device as a backup.
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