iPad

OK - I know that fellow UKites haven’t got one yet but what about you US guys.

Whose got one and what do you think?

My other half is in Texas this week and I am sorely tempted to get her to bring one back for me.

David


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I haven’t got mine yet, but I will be getting a 3G model when they go
on sale. One of my clients got one last weekend, and has been coming
up with all sorts of things for me to build for it – he’s really
stoked about converting his library to ePub format. He told me on
Monday that it’s the most indescribably addictive thing he’s ever
used. It’s subtle, how it disappears and is replaced by whatever
you’re using it for. That’s the mark of an elegant design.

If you get one now, you’ll need to have WiFi wherever you use it, for
me that’s a lot of the time, but the few times when I’m not near it
and such a device would be useful, it would be REALLY useful to have
the 3G. So I’m waiting.

Walter

On Apr 8, 2010, at 12:56 PM, DeltaDave wrote:

OK - I know that fellow UKites haven’t got one yet but what about
you US guys.

Whose got one and what do you think?

My other half is in Texas this week and I am sorely tempted to get
her to bring one back for me.

David


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on 08/04/2010 17:56, DeltaDave at email@hidden wrote:

OK - I know that fellow UKites haven’t got one yet but what about you US guys.

Whose got one and what do you think?

My other half is in Texas this week and I am sorely tempted to get her to
bring one back for me.

David

Hi David,

I run the Oxford Mac Users Group, http://oxmug.org website produced in
Freeway of course, one of our committee bought an iPad while visiting family
in CA, she’ll be back and at our meeting next Tuesday and I’m sure will be
showing it off.

Along with a few security guards I guess ;~}}

She has already said it’s great, and has helped change family minds about
buying Apple next time. Another “halo” effect?

Best wishes Peter

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I am not too fussed about 3G as I have my iPhone for that but I do see it as being really useful even around my home on Wi-Fi. There are many demands on our home iMac from a teacher wife and a 10 yo who wants on to Club Penguin!

While the iPhone is fine I want something a bit bigger for my tired old eyes and I really can’t be bothered with Laptops.

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Yea, I would love to get the contract to re-write Club Penguin in
standards and get rid of the Flash! Until that happy day, the Penguin
will have to stay on the Mac.

Walter

On Apr 8, 2010, at 1:27 PM, DeltaDave wrote:

I am not too fussed about 3G as I have my iPhone for that but I do
see it as being really useful even around my home on Wi-Fi. There
are many demands on our home iMac from a teacher wife and a 10 yo
who wants on to Club Penguin!

While the iPhone is fine I want something a bit bigger for my tired
old eyes and I really can’t be bothered with Laptops.

D


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There is something quite surreal about Walter and Penguins…

D


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I am sorry Walter if that sounded insulting its just that, and I think that I can speak for a lot of folk here, we think of you as a sort of Uncle Bulgaria.

And I am sorry if the Wombles have never made it across the pond, but he was the Wise one of the Family - and shaped a bit like a Penguin! Hence the association.

OK - just shut up now!


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One of my favorite cartoon strips was Bloom County, featuring Opus the
penguin as the greek/geek chorus most of the time.

Walter

On Apr 8, 2010, at 2:05 PM, DeltaDave wrote:

I am sorry Walter if that sounded insulting its just that, and I
think that I can speak for a lot of folk here, we think of you as a
sort of Uncle Bulgaria.

And I am sorry if the Wombles have never made it across the pond,
but he was the Wise one of the Family - and shaped a bit like a
Penguin! Hence the association.

OK - just shut up now!


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One of my favorite cartoon strips was Bloom County…

Well that one has definitely never made it over here - unless we know it as something else?

D - Googling Bloom County


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I didn’t really “get” the point of the iPad but someone recently
turned me onto a neat little app for editing webpages which might be
good for couch-coding. Hoping Panic puts out something for Coda but in
the meantime I’m starting to slowly come around and will probably
order one.


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Never mind couch-coding what about couch-surfing FWT

And what was that ‘neat little app’?

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As far as the iPad is concerned (at least for now) couch-coding is the
only thing of any interest to me, though I’m sure that will change, it
always does.
http://appshopper.com/productivity/markup

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Never mind couch-coding what about couch-surfing FWT

And what was that ‘neat little app’?


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The real meat and potatoes will be in the new OS4. iPad is nice, but with mulitasking it will KILL!

Walt, with the iAd capabilities thrown in to OS4, you are going to be an ad producer pretty quick.


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With three kids on computers at home I end up pushed aside using an
iPod for email and simple browsing with newsreader apps and Twitter.

I’m really smitten by how good the iPod is and how it free’s you from
the desktop and go anywhere. If fact after a few months using at home
and if I’m not working I don’t want to use a desktop.

The same functions as the iPod but faster and bigger screen would be
great. I’m sure the iPad will be ideal for me at home.

David

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I didn’t really “get” the point of the iPad but someone recently
turned me onto a neat little app for editing webpages which might be
good for couch-coding. Hoping Panic puts out something for Coda but
in the meantime I’m starting to slowly come around and will probably
order one.


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but with mulitasking it will KILL!

Agreed - and it will shut up many detractors. Not that they, or the lack of Flash support, sways me at all.

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I think the people who are saying “it’s just a big iPod touch” are funny. I think the iPad is a game changer in the world of computing.

Think of all the people you know who use Macs because “they are easier,” yet they still say, “I don’t know where my files are” or just don’t understand computing or computers. Now, they won’t have to. Look at all the people who love their iPhones because of the things they can do with them easily.

Of course, “real” computers will continue to be around, because for serious number crunching, content creation, etc., they still will be useful. But I expect a lot of the simplicity from the iPad/iPhone will come to computers over time as well.

Up until now, the personal computer has been like the early car. You really had to understand it and be able to work on it yourself in order to use it, or you were dependent on others. The “iP” devices are now like the modern cars where you don’t even need to change the spark plugs for 100,000 miles (160,000 km). We’ve gone from hand cranking to automatic starters and beyond.

I haven’t bought an iPad, nor have I been to a store to try one yet. I don’t know when, but I expect there to be one or two in my household at some point. We might even wait until the next generation, but it’s coming.


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I haven’t bought an iPad, nor have I been to a store to try one yet. I don’t know when, but I expect there to be one or two in my household at some point. We might even wait until the next generation, but it’s coming.

This is my plan as well. After playing with one I recognize the superior ebook reading experience it gives, but it is very similar to using my iPhone. For that reason I am going to wait for the next generation with the next OS fully integrated. Then it will be time to seriously consider dumping the laptop.


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On 9 Apr 2010, 12:29 pm, Joe Muscara wrote:

Think of all the people you know who use Macs because >“they are easier,” yet they still say, “I don’t know where my >files are” or just don’t understand computing or computers. Now, they won’t have to.

So true. Interesting. I’ve been helping an elderly lady (75+) with her first attempts ever, using a computer (Mac) She just wants to mail with her sister who lives in France, and is curious to look ‘things’ up on the web. She understands zero (even less) of the file system, misses completely the whole point. I’m thinking iPad. I’m convinced this concept will change our behaviour, and our relation to computers. Can’t wait to have one in my hands myself, as soon as one comes out here in the lowlands.


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Yes, the iPhone has already changed the way people use the internet. As Steve pointed out during his presentation on iAds, people don’t search on mobile devices so much as use specialized apps like Yelp. I know a few people who are so-so with using their computers and Macs, but just love their iPhones because of this.


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Gruber has said it better than I, in his prediction about the “tablet” back in December.

If you’re thinking The Tablet is just a big iPhone, or just Apple’s take on the e-reader, or just a media player, or just anything, I say you’re thinking too small — the equivalent of thinking that the iPhone was going to be just a click wheel iPod that made phone calls. I think The Tablet is nothing short of Apple’s reconception of personal computing.

Read his review here.


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