iPad 4 months (almost 5) months in + Crystal Film iPad Review

August 27, 2010

Well everyone, sorry it has taken so long to write  a blog post. I have been extremely busy in my personal life as well as my professional life, and it has just been a nightmare.

Anyhow, you don’t want to hear about that I’m sure. Let’s talk about the iPad. It’s still truly remarkable. Best machine I have ever owned. I just love how light and easy it is to transport around, and how fast the Internet is on it (if you have a good connection of course). I do not regret buying the WiFi only version at all. I do have one complaint. Somehow, I got a scratch on the screen, visible when the machine is on. That, my friends, is a travesty. So immediately I went out and bought the Crystal Film for iPad.

http://www.powersupportusa.com/accessories/ipad/crystal-film.html

It’s awesome. It went on with no dust, and no bubbles. Now, at least, I’ll have piece of mind for the rest of my iPad screen. I have seen others with screen protectors and their application of it looks terrible. I am very happy that I went with the Crystal Film instead of any other type of screen protector. It’s like not having one on my iPad as well.

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Well I couldn’t resist. I got a 64GB WiFi iPad

April 3, 2010

Well I decided that i couldn’t wait for the 3G iPad. I needed to have his asap. I must say it is amazing. So far, it has utterly blown me away at how awesome it is. I haven’t stopped using it since I got it at 9am thus morning. I gotta say that I can definitely get used to using the onscreen keyboard however I do see the need for a real keyboard If you are writing a ridiculous article as typing fast on glass is not ideal.

I bought the Apple Case and the dock. What a big snafu that was. The iPad with the case on does not fit in the dock.

So far I bought Weather HD $0.99 cents, Comic Zeal 4 $7.99, and MLB for $14.99. The only one I regret is Weather HD. Other than that, the comics look amazing and MLB is awesome.

I love this thing. The screen is so vivid and bright. Browsing the Internet on it is ridiculous. Typing is not so ideal but not terrible. USA Today is awesome. So many great apps and this is just the beginning.

This blog post published and wrote on iPad. 🙂


Why I will be getting a 3G iPad.

February 27, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I figured I mind as well get back to writing on the blog. I’ve been jonesing for an iPad ever since the day after it’s release and I’ll give you the low down on why I will be getting an iPad.

As a tech aficionado my original response to the iPad was epic fail. I thought this exactly: “What is this? It’s just a big iPod Touch. What? It doesn’t have a camera? It doesn’t have Adobe Flash? It doesn’t have multitasking? It doesn’t run full OS X?”. Those are all the same questions that have been plaguing the Internets since the iPad was announced. However, after sleeping on it, and being an iPhone developer, I then realized my bourde.

As a developer, I now realize the incredible potential of the iPad. At first, I didn’t get it either, but hear me out. Mac OS X was written back in the late 1990s, early 2000’s. Mac OS X 10.0 was released on March 24th, 2001, a long time before the iPhone was realized. It’s primary input was a keyboard and mouse. Most of it’s focus is as a keyboard and mouse OS and not as a touch screen OS. Your (not just you) fingers are big. Imagine trying to hit the Red X with you finger. It would be tough on a 10″ screen. A lot of applications have been written for OSX that rely on the keyboard and mouse. There is no incentive for people to develop OSX based touch screen apps with no store for them. Being a developer on the Internet is a lot harder then being a developer on the iTunes App Store.

So then, the obvious choice is the iPhone OS. Why? Well, because developers like me will be able to write programs and get them into a common place to sell apps. Also, pure and simply, innovation. All iPhone OS were developed with touch controls and acceloremeter controls in mind, the same input / output controls as the iPad. So now, what can developers do? Make bigger, better iPhone programs.

I know what you are saying. “What does this mean? Doesn’t it mean it’s just a bigger iPod Touch?” No. I also said the word better. With this 1024×768 display as opposed to a 480×320 display, developers will be able to make better programs. Additional programs that will only work on the iPad due to the size nature of them. For instance, imagine a cook book with the ingredients on the left side and the directions on the bottom right and a video playing on the top right. That would be incredible.

That would be an amazing cookbook.

The possibilities are endless as a developer. It really is an amazing time. Think about AIM with a buddy list on the left, your conversation in the top right and a web browser in the bottom right. Essentially that is multitasking. Hopefully they’ll do more for us, but I have a feeling that most multitasking is web browsing plus something, so developers can add that in. I know it’s not true multitasking but until we get real multitasking, this will do.

About this Flash thing. I haven’t really missed it on the iPhone. Sure, it should be there. I’m not going to deny that. However, I have a feeling most developers will switch to HTML 5 if this thing takes off. That is something I’m willing to take a risk on.

Camera, of course it would be nice. The amount of times I video chat on my macbook pro are like 5 times since OSX came with Video Chat  of owning macs. So while I would love a camera, this will not be a show stopper to me. The ability of apps to go ridiculously wild on the iPad is enough for me to say, man, this thing is definitely worth owning.

Now, why am I getting the 3G one? Well because, the option for an unlocked internet device abroad is incredible. I never really travel but if I do and Micro-sims take off, it will be incredible to have. Plus, it has the GPS chip. I could see that being awesome as a passenger on a road trip. Lastly, $14.99 for data anywhere is incredible. That is not unreasonable at all.

So I’ll be picking up the 3G 32GB iPad.

I also have an iPhone. I do not think the iPad will sell as many units as the iPhone. However, I do think that being able to use the 10″ screen on the internet will make a big difference as opposed to browsing the internet on my 3.5″ iPhone screen. There have been times I tried to do something on iPhone but it was too small to do it. I think the iPad will be perfect for these tasks.


Stop and Shop Scan It! – Shopping in the 21st Century

August 8, 2009

Today, I really felt like I was in the 21st century. I walked into my local Stop and Shop at Cross County center, and there I encountered something technologically amazing; The ability to scan and bag as you walk threw the store. It was a completely phenomenal experience, and I recommend everyone to try it.

As soon as you walk in they give you the scanner and the bags. You have to scan your Stop and Shop card, then a scanner activates. You pick it up, and take a bunch of bags from where the scanners are hanging. When you are finished, you go up to the counter, scan this barcode at the register, and then it downloads it onto their main computer. Then you pay like normal.

I did not video tape the end of the experience, but I added a little ending to the video from the store. Watch the video embedded below to see the experience in action.


Asus EEE PC 900A

April 27, 2009

Just to give you the specs up front, it’s got a 4Gig SSD, Intel Atom 1.6ghz, 1GB Ram, SD Card slot, No bluetooth, No webcam. 

Recently, I read an article at TUAW detailing how a Dell Mini 9 failed a fellow blogger when he installed Mac OS X on it. I myself have been running into problems getting an opening system that is usable on it. I have used Linux since back in the mid 90s, and been an avid OSX user since 2000/2001 whenever the public beta dropped.

Linux has been a bear to install and run on here. Easy Peasy v1.0 was working fine but Jaunty Jackolepe came out (9.04) and decided I needed a run at that. So I had my run, and then eventually it would not boot. I would be able to log in but not be able to see any sort of screen or anything. Instead of trying a re-install I thought I’d go a different route.

I made an N-Lite WinXP CD and took out most stuff. I followed a great guide located here:http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=37047

Included in that link, is a link to the guide that creates your Windows XP CD. Then also, some other tips on improving the speed. This thing is working fantastic. Really, really fantastic. I have to say.

However, back to my original point. The TUAW Blogger stated that the machine was cramped and no good to type novels on. I have to agree with him. While I am banging away at the keyboard right now typing this post, I can see how my right and left hands both have to contort in a weird way to type what I need. This is causing discomfort in my right hand. However, for browsing the Internet, quick AIMs, and what not, this machine can not be beat. Especially when I got it from a friend for $150. This is the ultimate portable computer.

Final comment is that I think this machine can be used in the right conditions. To use this to type a novel, I doubt it. To use it as an internet/aim machine, definitely. If you get yourself an external mouse, that also increases the experience a million fold. I’m not a big fan of external mouses, but in this case it is way worth it.

This post was written on my Asus EEE PC 900A running Google Chrome on WinXP N’Lited!


Zamzar – Free Online File conversion

December 21, 2008

Now, threw my travels of the Internet I received an e-mail that was a WPS file. If you have never seen that extension, that’s ok. I barely have either. Threw my digging, I found that it was a Microsoft Works file. Now what is more befuddling then someone using Works? Well, how about the fact that Microsoft Office doesn’t open it. Jeez, Microsoft, get on the ball!

Anyhow, without any way to open this file, I scoured the Internet looking for a solution. I found one and it is awesome. It’s called Zamzar. Basically, you upload your file, and let me tell you, it can do almost ANY FILE to ANY OTHER FILE, and then when it’s finished they e-mail you a link to the finished file (Yes, you have to give them your e-mail address. Your conversion could take a very long time). That link is available for 24 hours. They also have a premium membership that is paid and you can keep your files in a digital locker so to speak on their website.

Anyhow, the link is here. Yes they have annoying ads on the website, but the service is amazing. Needless to say, I converted the WPS file to a DOC file. However, one of my friends converted a Youtube VIDEO FLV to a Animated GIF. That is CRAZY! Check it out seriously!