How To Turn Your iPad Into A Laptop

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Those are the titles you expect to see on Tiny House Blog. They are the sort of topics that evoke wonder and belief in the modern tiny house movement. They are but one aspect of the tiny house lifestyle though. They don’t necessarily cover the decisions, choices, sacrifices, and transitions that must first take place within oneself. They don’t always talk about the multiple trips to Goodwill, the ridding of the prized Tupperware collection, or the realization that few tiny homes have room for dual monitor, a large CPU, a 3-in-1 printer/scanner, and other dongle devices. Thus the reason it is important to talk about what can help us make these choices in order to have a happy, healthy, and efficient life in our tiny houses.



One of the most reasonable considerations for most potential tiny housers is whether or not to continue using a laptop (or even a desktop) or transition to a tablet device. For me the decision was rather easy when I realized that many Apps were near identical to their true software counterparts (on the MacBook) and that after-market tools were available to make the mirroring more accurate.

Case-in-point:  Microsoft Word as part of MS Office Suite on a laptop is a robust word processing program that has become the staple for offices and casual computer users the world over. While MS Office has been divided into separate Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) as part of a Microsoft 365 package the Word is 86% as robust as its laptop counterpart. You can choose formatting tools, font tools, insertion options, printing feature, etc. as you would be able to on a laptop. It is remarkable and when paired with the use of a Bluetooth keyboard, a much more space-conscious choice for the casual computer user. Still don’t believe me?

I invite you to spend the next 3 minutes watching this short video on how to make your iPad perform just like a laptop while saving you important space in your tiny house. Just click on the standard YouTube play button to view.

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By Andrew M. Odom for the [Tiny House Blog]

MorningStar Solar Home

MorningStar home, built by the Penn State Center for Sustainability has been around since 2007, but it will hopefully be the home of the near future. The 799 square foot building is a net-zero home that produces more energy than it consumes, and it has been used for educational and research activities on the university campus. It will also serve has a home for one lucky graduate student who will test the house systems in real life conditions.

The MorningStar not only has solar panels on the roof, but on the east- and west-facing sides of the home. The south-facing windows have sliding exterior shelving to regulate solar gain and the home has a sliding wall of liquid glass containers that, when filled with water, can retain heat during the day and release the warmth into the home during the night. Continue reading