99 Year Old iPad User (YouTube video)

I stumbled across a Youtube video of a 99 year old iPad user... 

 

My iPad review is up

I have posted my iPad review here.

I will be adding to it in the weeks to come.  Enjoy, and please comment!

r0k's iPad review...

Have You Heard About Those 2 New Phones...

Here is an artist's rendering of the 2 new phones from our friends up in Redmond...

Another Side of the iPad Story

Over at Macworld, Ben Long wrote an interesting article where he pretty well summed up many of the negatives of the iPad. Let's hope someone from Apple is listening. I've been struggling to find ways to do things like edit documents and transfer files and yes typing is not straightforward either. I lent my iPad to a friend and watched as he tried to type and got aaaaaaaasssssllllllll because he was letting multiple fingers touch the keys. These things aren't a deal killer for me. I like the size and weight of the iPad. But Ben makes some excellent points. Last night at Max and Irma's, our waiter asked about the iPad. I told him it's great as long as you don't try to make it your main computer (yet). Read Ben's article. Read about somebody trying to make their iPad their main computer.

I should also mention what a pain it was to create and edit this article on my iPad. I use Drupal and it comes with a visual editor that the iPad browser simply cannot figure out. I have to switch to the "plain text editor" which means that for URLs I'm typing h t t p : / / and etc etc. And this very article caused me problems with too many colons, not enough slashes, and misspelled HREF. And isn't that the sort of thing Apple wants to make easy for me? So why oh why can't the webkit JavaScript engine on the iPad work with drupal's visual editor. Also I cannot properly drag and drop things. I thought this thing was supposed ti speak html5. Isn't drag and drop on the list of features to support? I'm not jumping in my car to drive back to the Apple store for a refund but I am spending a lot of time visiting jail-breaking sites.

I hooked up my bt keyboard and now I've got arrow keys. I still don't have full Drupal visual editing support but at least I'm not trying to get the Ipad to tell the difference between a scroll and a select! So does this mean I gotta pack my bt keyboard any time I want to use the iPad for "real work". For now I think it does. I wonder if Apple will see their way clear to allow a different browser on this thing.

Update: After all this talk about the iPad, I bet you're wondering "Will it Blend?"...

Tea Party Movement More Attractive to Bigots?

The liberal media has been drawing a connection between the Tea Party movement and bigotry for some time, but now the University of Washington has announced the results of a survey that support this conclusion.  It's too bad because I wish there was a credible inclusive conservative option so people with conservative values wouldn't feel they had to run into the arms of kooks in order to be listened to.

Read More at Futurity.org...

 

“Are we in a post-racial society? Our survey indicates a resounding no,” Parker says.

Conducted by telephone from Feb. 8 to March 15, the survey reached 494 whites, 380 blacks, 
77 Latinos and 64 members of other races. The sampling error margin is plus or minus 3.1 
percentage points.

Of course, for me the fact that they feel they need to report the race of the persons surveyed tends to convince me we are a long way from a post racial society.

At last! A simple way to get files on and off your iPad...

Here is a diagram showing the elegant simplicity of moving files to and from my iPad! Way to go, Apple!

 

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Ipad as car audio

I stumbled across this youtube video of some guys dropping an iPad in their car...

 

Books are Dead and Boring ?

Be sure to watch the video all the way through...

Farewell Fr. Jim...

In a recent post, I mentioned that I was on retreat this past weekend.  It was there that I found out that the retreat director I'd known for 10 years died last week.  Fr. Jim Thoman was a deeply spiritual man of faith who advised me often and I will miss him. Visitation was yesterday and today and the funeral is tomorrow.

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It was ugly, put it passed...

This past weekend I went on retreat and took a break from all the tech news, health care news, etc.  But this morning as I was catching up on reading my favorite RSS feeds, I saw an article about some ugly stuff that went on on Saturday.  I was appalled.  While I'm relieved the bill passed, I'm disappointed in how the "other side of the aisle" approached things.  Even this morning, as I listened to John McCain blathering on about how people wanted this thing overturned even after he had promised the same thing in his campaign, I was more disappointed.  I think our political discourse needs conservative input, but right now there sadly just aren't any sane conservatives running around.
I don't want my web site to become regarded as a beacon for either party or any particular cause but I feel strongly about health care.  It turns out that our friend Denise came to church with us this weekend and she explained that because she doesn't have health care she must pay $150 out of her own pocket for orthopedic shoes, inserts ans orthopedic hose.  And she still can't afford the surgery.  Hopefully the passage of this bill means that in a few years' time, she won't have to focus so much attention on how to pay for health care. 
Congrats to Democrats and shame on "The Party of No".  Ok. That's enough politics for a while.

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