garylm wrote:... Do you bring gadgets to church, and where do you personally draw the line?
When I had a PDA, I would bring it to church meetings regularly. It was really tough trying to take notes on it, though. I eventually stopped using it altogether, and maybe 6 to 8 months later I got a MacBook, which I bring to church every Sunday.
garylm wrote:... What apps do you run at church and what materials do you access at church? Scriptures? Lessons? Conference talks? Church mags? Presentations? Attendance spreadsheet? Meeting minutes? Personal journal?
As the ward clerk, I use my laptop throughout the entire Sunday block. I use it to take notes in bishopric, ward council, welfare, PEC, and sacrament meetings. In Sunday School and Elders Quorum, I pull up the scriptures and class manuals, and take additional notes as I feel inspired. Sometimes I'll open the dictionary if I feel like digging into the meaning of a word more deeply. If something needs to go on the calendar or into my address book, I've got them right there. If I need to print something, I transfer it from the laptop to the ward computer with a USB memory stick.
garylm wrote:... What is the largest gadget you would feel comfortable powering up in a church meeting? Beeper? Cell phone? PDA? Tablet? Laptop?
I wouldn't want to go any larger than the MacBook. It would be nice if Apple put out a tablet Mac, as I still get a little self-conscious opening and closing the screen sometimes.
garylm wrote:... What precautions do you take to keep from distracting yourself and others?
The keyboard is very quiet, but even with that I try use a softer touch when typing during a meeting. I try to keep it as low as possible, especially if I'm near the front of the chapel or a class, but most of the ward is used to seeing me with it at this point. Once I was asked to download one of the testimony videos that the church posted in the newsroom so it could be used in a class, and it worked very well.