In my column last week, we posed, “Are you an 'app addict?'"
71.4 percent answered no, 14.3 percent answered yes, and one person who answered "other" wrote, "Love the benefits, cautious of the side effects, slow adopter."
We then asked, "If you are an app addict, what are you doing about it?"
Here are the responses:
> Feeding my addiction because my Blackberry died and I now have a Samsung Galaxy S4. I would have got a less "powerful" model, but this one was "free" and it has no long-term contract. At least I am sorting through them and can uninstall as soon as I see what they can really do. First download was a simple calculator....just like the TI with nixi tubes that the lab bought to augment the Marchant you bought (clunk, clunk, clunk...). They only got one since it cost $200 and we passed it around instead of going down to the lab and using the Marchant (when the technicians weren't). Weyerhaeuser used your suggested approach. Only bought from one or two vendors (Dell and Compac) and only used one Windows OS at one level (93-97) until 2003!. Apps were only added by the IT folks, but they supported them well, which saved a LOT of time in trying to personally troubleshoot. Yes....hire your own app gatekeeper Is this a new business idea for someone you could contract? Safety apps? PUPID had several papers at a conference in ??? on use of tablets in process control. Now that you have sparked my app hunger, I will poke around the Pulp and Paper Safety Association members.
> I identify my need first then try out a bunch of apps that claim to fill that need. I read user reviews before downloading. I'll pick the most popular first and if it fills the needs then great, otherwise I try one of the others. After I've chosen one I delete the rest. The last app I did this with was a gps exercise tracker. I would Hate, hate, hate to have an app guru on my site. My current work PC is running windows XP and IE7. True they are about to upgrade but only because it is now unsupported. Of course the IT dept are trying to convince everyone of how much better it is and what gains there are to be had. Before support stopped they claimed there was absolutely no benefit in upgrading the OS. Only the privileged few get smartphones anyway. I think we should give them to the operators and tie in system alarms etc.
Finally, we asked, "Can you recommend any good safety apps? Please give name/function and URL so we can post."
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