Success! I have had success. Admittedly, this is only a small win but it's the first time I have felt vindicated in my endeavours to ditch my Mac and manage all my day-to-day computing on my iPad.
When truly began to discover my inner-geek, about eighteen months ago, I embarked on a mission to train myself in the ancient art of basic web development. Y'see, I had learned the simple HTML when I was at school but I felt if I were truly to call myself a 'geek' I would need to, at the very least, be able to set up my own installation of Wordpress and build a custom theme for it.
This was a goal that I nearly (I had a few problems creating a decent recommended posts widget, and there were a few responsive elements in the theme that I'd hacked away at Bootstrap to create... anyway, I digress) accomplished about 6 months later when I built, from sctratch (aside from a handful of excellent plug-ins), a fully opperational website. It was a proud moment for me, especially as I was largely self taught and had scrapped the site a number of times during its development as I learned better ways to do things
Now don't get me wrong, I am no web developer - I worked with a bunch of them at the time and if they'd seen my code they'd have probably hung their collective professional web developer head in shame; it was certainly a mess - but what I built worked, looked nice and even had a handful of features that I showed to those web developer pals earned me a few surprised smiles and curious questions.
But a year on, and even though I'd been dedicated in setting the site up, I got too busy to begin populating it with content. All my enthusiasm for the bigger project started to drip away and I was left paying hosting costs for a website that was locked behind a password its entire life.
I had debated bringing that site back to life for this blog but after a serious amount of research, I decided that I'd be better off with an all-in-one package that gave me a site that was up and running without any need for code (cus, y'know, how the flip am I going to write a full website's worth of code on an iPad? - maybe that's the topic for another post).
What I did decide to reuse though, was the name. The site I had originally conceptualised was a music and technology magazine site for which I chose the name Keys and Code (inspired by Death Cab for Cutie because I am so painfully hipster it's unbearable). Cus, like, 'keys' like in music but also as in keyboards, both sorts of keyboards, and 'code' because.... ah, you get it, you're a smart reader.
When it came to this blog I arsed around for a couple of weeks trying to come up with decent name before I remembered that I had bought the keysandcode.com and .co.uk domains and, as they had burned a small, well I-live-in-one-of-the-most-expensive-cities-in-the-world-so-not-so-small hole in my wallet, I thought it best to put them to good use.
Happily, the name works here too - trust me, we'll get onto the music side of things eventually too so that super-duper clever double meaning that you were so impressed by will seem even more relevant to the topic of this blog eventually.
Now, this is where things get a little tablet-y - It's been a while since I've mapped any domains (actually I bought the domain from the same provider as I had my hosting with so actually I'm not even sure if I had to do it then) and it's also been a while since I'd used Squarespace so even with a laptop, this was going to require a bit of patience.
After 20 minutes of research though, I realised that it was actually a very easy thing to do and within another 20 minutes I'd completed the process and pointed the domain 'www.keysandcode.com' at this cheeky little blog.
So perhaps it's not the biggest win ever but, with only my iPad, I was able to do the whole thing, end-to-end, without the need for a computer - both on the Squarespace side, and the TSOhost side (if you need web hosting or a domain registrar check them out, their service is comparible with Squarespace, which is ace)
As far as I'm concerned that's a win.
Mac 0 - iPad 1.
ps. 'The Contest' is one of the few Seinfeld episodes I've seen, so am I allowed to reference it for a cheap double entendre?