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Why I Want an iPad

February 3, 2010

I’m just looking at it for what it DOES offer. Some people, mostly Apple haters, are coming up with all kinds of ways it fails.

I’ll love it because it’s a very portable, easy to hold content device! I can sit in a chair or in bed and have a device that’s easy to hold and watch movies, email, surf the web, tweet and other social things like FB. Also do blog updates! It offers all of the things, besides graphics work, that I spend most of my time on the computer for but allows me to get away from the desk or holding a awkward laptop and let’s me get comfortable!

Yeah I don’t think it’s going to change everything but it has potential to bring a lot more media content to a easy to hold and portable device that’s easy to use and read on with color.

Movies, video blogs and normal, magazines, books, training content, how to video content, educational content (text books), email that’s easy to use and organize away from a computer, all the social media, music medical records for Dr’s offices and hospitals and more. Also controlling automated home devices and probably other remote control devices and the remotes can be user configurable to your prefs.

Anyways I see a lot of potential and Apples pretty good at doing deals and making things happen.

AT&T data detail filter options

AT&T data detail filter options

This may be nothing but I don’t recall seeing all of these choices before on my AT&T iPhone account area? Does anyone else know if they have always been there? The view filter choices just seemed interesting to me.

Could it have to do with planned iPhone video calling, multimedia messaging, and video exchange? Maybe these are choices that have been there all along but I just don’t recall seeing them.

What’s coming?

Sigma DP1

A full sized sensor in a point and shoot sized camera. The Sigma DP1 has a full sized DSLR Foveon X3 full color sensor. It should be able to produce higher ISO lower noise pictures than other small digital cameras. The DP1 site also says that they have produced a very high quality lens for the camera.

“The DP1 uses the same 14 megapixel (2652×1768×3 layers) direct image sensor as the SD14.”

The price has been reported at $999 US.
Reportedly available in Spring 2008.

Sigma DP1 site

Sigma DP1 announcement on DPReview

Sigma DP1 on DPReview

Come on Canon do this with the G 10!

Leopard Sharing with Older Computers Broke

With Leopard my old G4 tower was showing up in my Shared area of a Finder window and I was able to access the G4 and share it’s screen. Yesterday I noticed that my G4 was no longer showing up in Finder windows? A Windows PC is all that shows up now. The only thing I can think of that might have changed things was the Apple Security update recently released for Leopard Clients and Servers? If Apple disabled this intentionally that is RIDICULOUS!

I can’t update my old G4 to Leopard and I am not going to go out and buy a new computer to share iTunes and backup files to. Has anyone else noticed this? I do want to make sure it wasn’t some other small change that I made.

OK I turned off File Sharing on my G4 and then turned it back on and now I have access again!

Whew I was nervous!

I thought about removing this Blog entry but I will leave it in case it can help someone if they run into this.

Amazon Kindle

Amazon’s new e-book reader Kindle looks very interesting to me. It uses an electronic-paper display that looks and reads like real paper. The electroinc ink technology looks like real paper not a computer screen. It is not backlit. You never need to sync it to a computer or use cables of any sort except for recharging. It uses SD memory cards and better than that you can download books, newspapers, magazines, blogs and probably more wirelessly and there is no need to find a WiFi hotspot because it uses Amazon’s EVDO Amazon Whispernet which is built on Sprints EVDO network. There are no monthly wireless access fees because Amazon covers that, you only pay for the device and the content you buy.

Kindle weighs 10.3 ounces, the same or a little less than a paper back book. It is currently selling for $399.Basically you can read any book you want if it’s in their download library which now stocks more than 80,000 titles and more will be added daily. Wherever you are you just look for what you want to read and purchase it. The library includes 101 of the current 112 New York Times Best Sellers which are $9.99 unless marked otherwise. The device can hold about 200 books. All of your purchases are backed up for you online by Amazon in case you should need to download them again in the future.

I would have liked to have something like this when I was in school for text books rather than lugging a bag full of books all over campus. The only drawback is that it is currently black and white but E Ink who make the screen technology has a prototype for a color display. I would think they would look into this market if it would be friendly towards this technology but with the money the used textbook stores make on reselling there might be resistance?

Looks interesting. Maybe this e-book will take off?