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Back in the 1950s there was no such thing as the per- sonal computer. They were giants like the Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Com- puting from Harwell -- acrony- med the WITCH. Other com- puters included the Swedish BESK; and the IBM 305 RAMAC. None of these were portable. A tipping RAMAC would likely kill or maim you. On the other hand there is perennial mistrust of what com- puting technology means for the intellectual, physical and moral fibre of the nation. If every per- son can afford a tablet, what will they waste their time doing on it? But relaxation doesn't mean inactivity. I think you can create with the tablet, not just consume: here are a couple of the apps -- downloadable programs -- that give more power to the people. If you're an iPad owner then you could try Book Creator, which for a few dollars from iTunes allows you to create and publish you're own books. It is probably not the best for publi- shing the next 50 Shades of Grey or Twilight: that would be inap- propriate given it is more suited to children's books. The app allows you to mix together a tale including audio, video text and illustrations -- then drop it through to iBooks or email it to lucky friends. The WITCH was never able to do this. It was however left run- ning over Christmas holidays once in the 50s and continued processing input data for 10 days on its own. That's appar- ently a true story -- check out the website http://royal.pin- gdom.com/2009/12/11/retro- delight-gallery-of-early- computers-1940s-1960s/ to see a history of extinct computers. If you are writing a longer work over the break like a novel but you are particular about the physical act of writing it, then the free Upad app could be help- ful. Upad lets you handwrite notes into your iPad, using a stylus. The app works well -- a journalist in my newsroom used it to take notes while out gather- ing a story, which is a good test. Meanwhile, there is a long history of everyday people hav- ing a go at writing their own books: many millions have a manuscript, most admittedly lousy, hidden in their top drawer. Book Creator merely extends this to e-publication, but my next app Garageband -- available on Apple and Android -- gives people a chance to apply their creativity to an area that used to require skill. WhenIwas16Ipickedupmy first guitar and started learning intensively for the next 10 years. If tablets were around in the late 80s and early 90s then I might have saved myself the hassle and bought this app instead. Garageband lets personal computer owners play' instru- ments and record songs. No experience required. Guitars made from strings and wood can be plugged in and recorded too. As someone who spent hours trying to create songs on ana- logue eight-track recorders in the 90s, I feel both respect and hostility about something avail- able for a few bucks that does so much for so many, so easily. Without ever having played a note, you can merge drums, guitars -- whole orchestras in fact -- into songs. Groups of friends with touchscreen devices can gather with Wi-Fi and play songs together -- the devices automatically synch the key and tempo for the band'. Times have changed -- not just from the monsters of the old computing world, but also from creativity's analogue era. Since 2010 when Apple released the iPad, the first popu- lar tablet, things changed for- ever. You can get programs for almost everything on tablets for summer, even Mosquito Repel- lent Plus, which emits a high frequency noise to keep the insects away.
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