Going paperless…

By Posted in - Technology on August 30th, 2011 0 Comments

…is something I’d like to do, but not sure I can bring myself to store and access all of my documents electronically. I’m a list-maker, and I remember what I hear better if I hand-write my notes rather than type. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind if I wasn’t always hauling folders full of papers and notes.

If you keep up with the FCPR crew on our blog and Twitter, you probably know we’re new iPad enthusiasts. My iPad has helped me consolidate notes and documents in one place, but it was been daunting to make the full transition to working from a cloud.

Today a read a timely article from Mashable – especially with fall right around the corner – about how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are replacing their paper playbooks with iPads. Each of the team’s 90 players will use the tablet computers to store their playbooks, reference game footage and review videos of opponents.

There are two major advantages to a digital playbook: The first is that players no longer will need a DVD to review game footage at home and they can flip through plays instead of fast-forwarding to the right spot in the game. The second is that printing plays on paper creates a risk that copies will end up in the wrong hands, but the content on a lost iPad can be deleted with the press of a button.

Several airlines have announced intentions to equip their pilots with iPads instead of paper operating manuals, navigation charts, reference handbooks, flight checklists, logbooks and weather information. Schools and businesses are also increasingly finding ways to replace papers with iPads. This might be the first time, however, that an iPad will be put to use in a work environment that regularly involves rain, sweat and flying Gatorade.

Who out there has made – or is attempting to make – the switch to a paperless lifestyle? Is it liberating, or does a complete reliance on technology make you a little nervous?

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