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Sorry about the lack of posting

But I’m getting used to a new toy – and I usually do that through total emersion. I’ve gotten my first Apple product, a gift for my recent birthday from my wife. She is a geek at heart and what this means is she wants one too.

Anyway, the product is an Ipad. I bought a wireless keyboard to go with it (I and virtual keyboards don’t get along – even ones with pretty big keys like the Ipad’s).

To say I’m in love would be an understatement. What a marvelous product. And the more I learn the more I recognize its power.

Look, I’ve been around computers since the ’80s. I remember buying my first computer with a hard drive – 10 whole megabytes – and wondering what I’d do with all that storage space.

I’m sure I’ll find things I don’t like or aren’t particuarly well done, but I haven’t foiund them yet. This is an elegant, well thought out product that has almost unlimited potential in all sorts of areas. As for applications – well, you could probably spend your waking hours pouring through all the apps for this thing and still have years to go to get through them all.

Anyway, I hope to be back to semi-normal by tomorrow. This is being done on the WP app for Ipad (I got the 16gig WiFi model).

The Ipad is one of those products that I feel, within a few months, will have me wondering how I lived without. Until tomorrow, you’ll have to excuse me while I play and enjoy. See you then.


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10 Responses to Sorry about the lack of posting

  • You must be new to Apple, because the proper way to write it capitalizes the P. The i is always lower case. Enjoy it, Apple makes good products, even if they do tend to be priced a little high.

  • Sorry about the lack of response.   🙂

  • Heh…
    My first computer had a whopping 42MB hard drive.  I was told that I needed that much to store all my engineering and architectural software.  Now I need 50 times that in RAM to run the software.
    I still use my ancient three button Logitech mouse however.

  • I recently got one too and I have to say it’s love/hate.  Apple’s design is very authoritarian, which drives me nuts.  Drag and drop songs legally downloaded from – nope, not without using iTunes first (a horrific piece of software, IMHO).  Rip DVDs in HD format to watch on a PC – iPad doesn’t like those either – even if you use opensource software like HandBrake to convert them to m4Vs.  The most annoying so far – try editing the “autocorrect” dictionary; what’s that?  You can’t find it?
    Seems that Apple assumes that their slick hardware/software combo versus a PC would convince users to dump their PCs in favor of Apple products – and I’m sure that’s true for many.  But the restrictions on flexibility (dare I say choice?) and its questionable ability to play nice with Wintel are enough to keep me longing for Android or other PC-friendly solutions.
    As for form factor and consumption of content, whether written, video, or audio – yeah, well that’s where the love is.

  • While on a trip last Christmas, I fell in love with my Galaxy Tablet running Android for presumably similar reasons. So much power and possibility packed into a small portable package! I hadn’t been so excited about a computer product since the first Macintosh.

    Within a few months, though, I found myself using it less. It’s an expensive, somewhat fragile gadget that doesn’t fit into a normal pocket and isn’t comfortable for writing. It is great though for air travel or when you’ve got some time to yourself away from your main computer.

  • If you can’t run a computer from the command line, you shouldn’t be on one. 🙂

  • Bruce, I’m really glad you like yours. I got an iPad eight months ago, primarily to learn touch interfaces at an intuitive level so that I could design touch interfaces for my clients. However, the iPad has been nothing but a frustration for me.

    It’s one of the original iPads, and perhaps the second model has addressed my concerns. But I saw similar sentiments about how wonderful the machine was among iPad owners in the first generation and was genuinely puzzled.

    The browser is slow and unstable. Lots of pages are incompatible, primarily because they use Flash. But that’s not the only incompatibiliy. Three times in three different places (two hotels and one airplane), I was unable to connect to a wireless network because of incompatibilities in the web page that was used to sign up.

    I tried several apps. Mapquest’s app was hopelessly buggy. I think it was created for the iPhone and never properly tested for the iPad when I used it (as I said, these things may have been fixed by now). Amazon’s app was pointless – I’d much rather use their web page. It proved impossible to order anything from, because it was not possible to remove the “1” from the quantity field to change quantities (I could order 11, or 21, or 31…). The Bing search app is supposed to be really nice, but it would not install until I connected via iTunes. Which leads to my most anger-inducing complaint.

    The need to install iTunes to activate the machine and put stuff on it was the worst insult. The iTunes installation switched out a DLL on my system, and that system can no longer rip CDs (from any of the three applications I have that would rip). I finally repaved the machine with iTunes to solve that problem, so now I have no active iTunes, and thus no way to coordinate with the iPad. I’ve been told that iTunes is no longer necessary with later iPads, but I don’t know the details on that.

    I didn’t skimp – I got the 64GB model with 3G. It’s got some good aspects. I love the instant-on, and having near-ubiquitous connectivity was nice. The screen is very clear, and the touch responsiveness is quite good. But on balance, the experience has been a big negative. I got what I wanted – touch interface experience – but now the only thing I use it for is to hold my notes when I’m on stage giving a presentation. And that darn note-taking app won’t let me make the font size any bigger…

  • I like the idea, I don’t like the pricepoint.  They are essentially a netbook optimized for some things, hobbled for others with a touch screen interface.  I don’t doubt that when the idea for it came about, netbooks were the new thing. 

  • My wife has always been a reluctant computer user. She views a computer as a tool, and a not very cooperative or intuitive tool. She loves her iPad. Won’t put it down. Price points aside, tablets are about as close as anyone has yet come to “a computer for the rest of us”.