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The Big Issue About the iPad — Will It Blend? April 6, 2010

Posted by Michael in News, Science, Stupid shit, Technology.
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1. xbradtc - April 6, 2010

Everything will blend.

Just depends on the blender…

2. skinbad - April 6, 2010

Forget the tech toy. Buy the blender.

3. Michael - April 6, 2010

Forget the tech toy. Buy the blender.

Oh no. Buy the tech toy, and the data package from your carrier that supports it. I have stock options which depend on this behavior.

Next up — wireless data dog collars to find your dog if it gets loose.

Plus, wireless meter reading that gives you all kinds of information about your home energy consumption, and talks to your thermostat so you can save money.

4. wiserbud - April 6, 2010

Plus, wireless meter reading that gives you all kinds of information about your home energy consumption, and talks to your thermostat so you can save money.

Can they turn off my AC when I use too much energy too?

5. daveintexas - April 6, 2010

They’ll sell a bunch of em. But I don’t really need an 8×11 internet device. I have a portable one now, and the larger size is called a laptop computer.

Be interesting to see what happens with them.

6. Michael - April 6, 2010

Can they turn off my AC when I use too much energy too?

Yes. They can briefly pause your AC to prevent brownouts. This is mostly an issue in California. Most of us won’t really notice. I signed up for a plan with TXU Energy like this. They are giving me the fancy internet-accessible thermostats for next to nothing.

7. Michael - April 6, 2010

The upside is, when you are on vacation, you can control your home temp from your laptop in Costa Rica to minimize energy costs, and when you land at your home airport, you can set the temp at home so it will be just right when you arrive.

8. Michael - April 6, 2010

Be interesting to see what happens with them.

The most interesting review I read said that people will use them in the bathroom while they take a crap, kinda like they used to read the newspaper.

You can count me among the skeptics about the iPad. Apple is trying to create a new niche in the market, between the light PC and the iPhone, and I’m not convinced they are going to succeed, despite their marketing prowess. There are a bunch of netbooks out there already which are lighter and work just fine if you want to read a book by the pool.

9. Michael - April 6, 2010

Oh, by the way, the iPad has a screen-glare issue. Like the iPhone, you have to paste a filter on the screen if you want to read it on a sunny day by the pool. iPhone users routinely do this. iPad users will also get sucked into the aftermarket for screen filters, only they will be much more expensive.

10. Lipstick - April 6, 2010

I just got a Kindle, the smaller 2nd generation version.

Yep, it’s been in the bathroom.

You’re welcome.

11. Michael - April 6, 2010

You’re welcome.

Lipstick, I’m glad that our networks have made your morning experience better, and I’m proud to have played a small part in making that happen.

12. Michael - April 6, 2010

Meaning, if you have a Kindle, the screen you are looking at whilst perched on the porcelain throne is data that was moved through fiber optic lines and over-the-air connections by my company.

13. Lipstick - April 6, 2010

Thank you, Michael. I’m wondering if I can connect to your network while on a cruise ship. They have something in place that enables cell phones to work.

14. Lipstick - April 7, 2010

I can now take 1,500 books on vacation and not have to use up luggage space and weight.

15. Retired Geezer - April 7, 2010

My iPhone has about 50 bibles in it. Most of them free.
It’s neat to read the NIV, King Jimmy, NASB and Greek (NT and Septuagint), along with the Pastor.

Some people might think i’m texting during the service.

16. Dave in Texas - April 7, 2010

I use my iPhone to look up verses during the sermon too, but it does look bad. I think it’s called YouVersion, it’s got all the ones I care about and a bunch that I don’t.

Like Tobit.

17. Michael - April 7, 2010

but it does look bad

What looks bad is when you raise your hand to correct the pastor. People really don’t appreciate that, even if you’re right.

Trust me.

18. Dave in Texas - April 7, 2010

I only do that if he seriously fucks up Hebrew pronunciation.

19. kevlarchick - April 7, 2010

Just correct him in Aramaic. That’ll fix him.

20. kevlarchick - April 7, 2010

I am loathe to get a Kindle. Seems like I’m cheating on my precious books.

I said the same thing when I cheated on my albums, AM Radio, 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs.

21. dan-O - April 7, 2010

I’m not sure if the iPad (and the “new paradigm” of computing in general) is here to stay either.

They keep telling us that there is a market demand for a product that is somewhere between a laptop and an iPhone.

But I just don’t see that. For tasks that are too complicated for the iPhone, then… it’s too complicated for the iPad too. It is the same thing, just bigger and bulkier.

If it were free, I suppose I wouldn’t mind having it lying around on my coffee table, but meh.

22. dan-O - April 7, 2010

>>> Some people might think i’m texting during the service.

Haha, I follow the readings during Mass with my iPhone too. People look at me like I’m some kind of jerk.

23. Lipstick - April 7, 2010

I am loathe to get a Kindle. Seems like I’m cheating on my precious books.

KC, that’s exactly how I felt, but the Kindle was a surprise gift. After warily circling around it and giving it the stink-eye I gradually came to appreciate it. I love that they let you download free samples, too.

24. Dave in Texas - April 7, 2010

>> Just correct him in Aramaic. That’ll fix him.

My Aramaic is horrible. Everything sounds southern twangy, like I just fell off the turnip truck from بئر السبع

25. Christopher Taylor - April 7, 2010

I guess “will it be overpriced, over hyped, and not as good as competitors” isn’t really in question by anyone but an apple fanatic

26. Cathy - April 7, 2010

Glad to hear you like your Kindle, Lipstick.

Hadn’t figured I’d have or enjoy one…

27. Lipstick - April 7, 2010

Hi Cathy!

*huge hug*

28. BrewFan - April 7, 2010

Hi Cathy! *huge hug*

*quick jumps in between Cathy and Lipstick*

Heeellllloooooooo!!!

29. skinbad - April 7, 2010

Next up — wireless data dog collars to find your dog if it gets loose.

Pupster always checks in. Sometimes you just have to be patient.

30. Pupster - April 7, 2010

*sniffs around in flowerbeds*

31. sandy burger - April 7, 2010

I like the “]” Michael signed this post with.

I’m pretty sure he’s keepin’ it old school, Apple ][ DOS style.

32. Michael - April 7, 2010

Aw, Sandy, you’re so sweet. That was really just a typo, but I appreciate you giving me the benefit of the doubt.

You are one of the nicest ladies on the internet. Did I tell you that “Sandy” was my mother’s nickname?

Yes, I think I did, way back when at AOSHQ.

33. Tushar - April 7, 2010

Sandy is a woman? Isn’t s/he the person who was infatuated with Condi Rice?

34. Mrs. Peel - April 7, 2010

I can’t wait to get my Nook. That will be my graduation present from my parents. It will be so awesome.

35. sandy burger - April 8, 2010

Isn’t s/he the person who was infatuated with Condi Rice?

After years where every night I’d drunkenly sob into my body-pillow before passing out, alone, totally alone, I think I’m finally over her. But thanks for re-opening old wounds.

36. sandy burger - April 8, 2010

Did I tell you that “Sandy” was my mother’s nickname?

Michael, whenever we interact, I always think of this scene from the movie Rocketman.

37. sandy burger - April 8, 2010

I can’t wait to get my Nook.

Aside from the silly name, it looks like a good product. I want one.

It’s funny all the places the Linux OS is ending up these days.

38. Katie Tam - May 4, 2010

Apple Guru and co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs described the device as ‘magic’ (many times in his recent unveiling). Many now agree with the feel of an iPhone but 4 times larger there is a comfortable feel about the device. Using it, the screen almost seems 3D, due to the video card built into the device.

Some like the iPad considering it unique to computing others do not see the point of it.

In my case I wanted a device (Apple or PC), that I could listen to audio books, read books and pdfs, and listen to media especially videos (podcasts and movies) and of course games whilst being mobile on public transport, airports or even at work not wanting to be in violation of internal internet issues. The iPhone is great but bigger in this case is definitely better.

So for some the iPad is just a device 3-4 times bigger than an iPhone or an iPod Touch. As the iPad doesn’t make std. phone calls even with 3 . However, you can Skype and make phone calls Wi-Fi or 3G aspects


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