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Freebird
03-13-2011, 03:44 PM
It's a dark day here at the Nelson household. My son Dylan won an Apple IPad II in a raffle. He doesn't have it yet, they are shipping it to him and he is supposed to have it by April 1st. I told him he could keep it but it can't leave his room. :whistling:

tx2sturgis
03-13-2011, 05:39 PM
Funny....well you know I can take it off your hands...I'd pay a fair price for it!


Actually I bet you end up impressed...they are really cool....Im in midland sitting in my sleeper using the ipad as I write this...

tx2sturgis
03-13-2011, 11:25 PM
Back home now...on the iMac....

April 1st? Hope thats not some kinda joke they are playing on him...its in bad taste if it is....

Freebird
03-14-2011, 06:56 AM
No, it's not a joke. It's supposed to ship on the 1st and arrive on the 6th. It was not some online contest. He was at a fund raising raffle/dinner with his grandmother. I figure if nothing else, we can use it for a paper weight. :whistling:

Redneck
03-14-2011, 07:36 AM
I don't like my mac book much but I love my Ipad.

tx2sturgis
03-14-2011, 12:06 PM
No, it's not a joke. It's supposed to ship on the 1st and arrive on the 6th. It was not some online contest. He was at a fund raising raffle/dinner with his grandmother. I figure if nothing else, we can use it for a paper weight. :whistling:


So, uh....you wont even LOOK at the Forum Runner app? Just to see what VR looks like on there?

Yeah...right....

Since you guys seem to be all windows, all the time, you might have some questions...if so, I'm here for ya boss...


If he hasnt already done this, I would go ahead and download iTunes, and get his music library imported. That way the iPad will be ready to activate and synch. I'm assuming the benefit people are sending it sealed in the box of course, otherwise, they may have done some setup to it before the kid gets it.

I wonder if he will be getting the 3G version...if so, you will have the choice of a data plan so it will be able to surf the internet by using the cell towers. If not, its a wifi device only, so make sure you have wifi enabled on your household internet router.

If he wants to pre-load photos, set up a folder just for that, say, on your desktop, and load it with pictures. Now, when the ipad is connected, use the 'photos' tab in itunes to browse to and select that folder.

Some windows pc's wont charge the ipad off the USB port, but not to worry. If you see the 'not charging' logo, go ahead and use the included wall charger and give it a couple hours to charge up completely.

Oh...and get him a case...I like the Apple case thats $39 ( for the iPad 1) but Griffin makes some nice ones and they are available at your local Wal-Mart, or Best Buy. I think the market will be coming out with some good cases for the iPad2 pretty soon.

Lets say hypothetically, that YOU end up taking it on the road, ( and its a GREAT companion on the bike) be sure to get a 2 amp, (or 10 watt) charger that plugs in the cigarette lighter on the bike or in the cage. The little iphone and ipod chargers WONT charge it, even though the connector is the same.

When you sign up on the iTunes Store, you can either enter a credit card number, OR buy iTunes cards practically anywhere....discount stores, convenient stores etc. This will let you buy apps that arent free, and of course, buy and rent videos, and download music and books.

If he has a collection of mp3s in his music library, they will load up just fine on the ipad, whether they were bought, or 'borrowed' from a sharing site. I dont listen to music that often on the iPad, but you CAN listen to your tunes while you surf the net with the ipad....which is kinda cool.

And be sure to turn on home-sharing in itunes and on the iPad...if you do, the iPad will have access to the main computer's music and video library when its in wifi range....everything that is in the itunes library will be available to listen to or watch...(other than rented movies). It cant 'hack' into other parts of the computer, so no worries there.

As far as apps..(several are included) ....here are some good ones to download and get you...uh...I mean HIM...started:


Forum Runner!

CNN (news)

USA Today (iPad version of the daily paper)

ABC.com (free ABC shows)

Atomic Web (better than the builtin safari browser)

Twitbird (if using twitter)

Friendly Facebook (if using facebook)

Goby (finds cool stuff near you)

Skype (for free internet calling)

Amazon (shopping)

Amazon Kindle (the kindle reader app)

eBay (shopping)

Dropbox (file sharing between your devices)

Team Viewer (remote control for your home computer)

Adobe Ideas (way better than a napkin!)

Netflix ( if you have an account)

IMDb (movie and TV trivia)

PBS (lots of shows and clips)

ESPN Score Center (all kinds of sports info)

Whats On? (everything on TV and movies)

Zinio (magazine reader)

Hot Pursuit (fun racing game)

Wings (liteweight and relaxing flight sim)

Angry Birds (all the kids from 8 to 98 love this game)

Cut the Rope (cute game...women LOVE this!)

Talking Tom (punch the cat, he falls down)

Pool Bar-Online Hustle (save your quarters)

Alien Invaders (updated 80's game)

PS Express (photo editing)

TiltShiftGen (more photo editing)


Some of those are a couple of bucks but are worth it. With over 300,000 apps, it can be helpful to a 'newbie' to get an idea of some good apps.

If you DO find yourself wishing for more horsepower on the iPad, there are several business type apps available, including some 'power point' type apps.

Have fun!

Freebird
03-14-2011, 05:59 PM
No, I actually will not look at the forum runner app. Like I said, this is my son's toy and though I will take a look at it, I won't mess with it much at all. I'm sure that he will appreciate your tips though and I'll make sure he gets them.

He told me that it is a base model. WIFI only, no 3G. I already have wireless in the house though and he uses it already with him laptop, his droid and his IPOD.

tx2sturgis
03-14-2011, 06:02 PM
No, I actually will not look at the forum runner app. Like I said, this is my son's toy and though I will take a look at it, I won't mess with it much at all. I'm sure that he will appreciate your tips though and I'll make sure he gets them.

He told me that it is a base model. WIFI only, no 3G. I already have wireless in the house though and he uses it already with him laptop, his droid and his IPOD.


We shall see....we shall see....


:cool17:

friesman
03-14-2011, 07:31 PM
Kinda like reformed smokers arent they, Don? :innocent::smile5:

Brian:stickpoke:

Freebird
03-14-2011, 07:45 PM
Worse I think. The first thing I told me son was that I was going to burn it if he becomes obnoxious. :)

tx2sturgis
03-14-2011, 08:54 PM
Worse I think. The first thing I told me son was that I was going to burn it if he becomes obnoxious. :)

With an aluminum shell and a BIG lithium battery in the iPad....if you burn it, dont hang around it for very long!

Vance
03-14-2011, 08:57 PM
I see Freebird is keeping an open mind.

tx2sturgis
03-14-2011, 09:00 PM
I see Freebird is keeping an open mind.


Hes afraid of letting a little 'pleasure' into his computer world. I know some other guys like that.

:whistling:

Aussie Annie
03-14-2011, 10:33 PM
Brian....got a question. For our trip to the states would an IPad be all I'll need????????? Just want to be able to email, store photo's and have a ride planner [maps] stored.:think:
Or would I need a laptop?? [Apple of course]

Condor
03-14-2011, 11:43 PM
Brian....got a question. For our trip to the states would an IPad be all I'll need????????? Just want to be able to email, store photo's and have a ride planner [maps] stored.:think:
Or would I need a laptop?? [Apple of course]


I'd think about picking up a 10" netbook. Should do everything you want... They just don't have a CD.

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 12:13 AM
Brian....got a question. For our trip to the states would an IPad be all I'll need????????? Just want to be able to email, store photo's and have a ride planner [maps] stored.:think:
Or would I need a laptop?? [Apple of course]



As Condor mentioned, a netbook would work, and it is capable of being a standalone computer, since they normally run Windows XP. I like the iPad for portable computing, but it is NOT a standalone product. It forms a 'relationship' with your main computer. It depends on you being able to activate it and synch it with a home computer, or at least a laptop. So...

If you are planning on buying a portable computer when you get to the US, then an inexpensive netbook would work fine...of course an Apple Macbook Air is a fine netbook, but they are NOT cheap. It depends on how careful you want to be with a computer.

IF you are willing to buy and activate the iPad at home before you leave...then YES...by all means, an iPad will do a fine job for you. You can surf the web, check email, update facebook and twitter if that applies, check weather, news, listen to music, transfer photos to it with an SD card or USB adapter...and upload videos directly to youtube...they can do it all. You can upload maps as files to the iPad, or use various travel apps, or simply use google maps which is builtin to the iPad. You can watch youtube videos, rent movies, watch tv shows, and even play musical instruments on an iPad. Oh yeah, you can even read books and play games on the iPad!

iPads last about 10 hours per charge, so checking email, facebook, and weather reports for an hour or so per day will give you over a week of use. If you buy the 3G model, and pay for an inexpensive data plan, which is $25 per month, you wont even need to be anywhere near a wifi point to do your email and websurfing. It logs on to the cell towers and you have what you need anywhere, even at a rest area, campsite, or scenic park. If your phone has cell service, you will have data on the iPad in most cases. If you dont think you will need the data on the go, you dont have to activate it. And if you use it for a month or two, you can deactivate it later. There is no contract on the data plan.

iPads also have a builtin ability to let you know where you left them, if you lose it. You can check in on it's location with an internet connected computer, say, at a library, or use someones iphone to do it, inserting your password in the FindMyPhone app. Many netbooks and laptops are stolen every year...so thats a thought. If you DO lose the iPad, and you cant recover it, you can send a 'wipe' code, and poof...all your data is deleted....so the finder cant use any of your personal data.

Hey its only money, right?

Let me know if you have any more questions.


:happy34:

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 12:52 AM
Just thought of this, Annie, someone here could probably activate it for you. Either myself or someone you know here could buy it, activate it, set it up, and get it working for you.

Then when you pick it up, you can input your itunes password, get any apps that you need, and also, activate the email and/or facebook accounts. Duh.

Never said I was smart!

:crackup:

Aussie Annie
03-15-2011, 01:23 AM
Thanks for all that Brian. Will probably purchase here, so can get used to it. But when I do will pick your brains for help with set up :thumbsup2:

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 01:37 AM
Thanks for all that Brian. Will probably purchase here, so can get used to it. But when I do will pick your brains for help with set up :thumbsup2:

I dont actually know if you have the same 3G cell service there as we have here in the USA...so...


You can always buy the wifi only model, and then buy an inexpensive MiFi unit here if you find that you need cell data here. If thats not a concern, you can certainly use the wifi in motels and coffee shops and truck stops, if you need it.

You know you can always call me via skype if you need help...skype lets you make free calls around the world via internet. I'm not familiar with the Australian iTunes store, or the hardware differences, if any, but can certainly fill you in on things from the USA perspective.

autopilot
03-15-2011, 01:46 AM
No, it's not a joke. It's supposed to ship on the 1st and arrive on the 6th. It was not some online contest. He was at a fund raising raffle/dinner with his grandmother. I figure if nothing else, we can use it for a paper weight. :whistling:

I just ordered the 32 gig, wi-fi+3G, myself, this past Friday and they said the same thing ....ship April 1, deliver April 6. My son has a first gen ipad and after playing around with his a bit, I was sold! The touch response of the display, the virtually instant start-up, the apps, the size and convenience........ I may trade my current phone on an iphone,as well. My problem is I think I'm going to have to buy one for my wife, too! The only real disappointments are that since Steve Jobs hates Adobe, the ipad will not play any flash video done with Adobe....that and the fact you can't just arbitrarily "run" windows stuff on it. (that may not matter because I believe all I'd have to do is log in to my big windows computer remotely and then use everything I need, in a window on the ipad.....I think!)

Suffice to say, I'm rather looking forward to having it.

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 02:16 AM
I just ordered the 32 gig, wi-fi+3G, myself, this past Friday and they said the same thing ....ship April 1, deliver April 6. My son has a first gen ipad and after playing around with his a bit, I was sold! The touch response of the display, the virtually instant start-up, the apps, the size and convenience........ I may trade my current phone on an iphone,as well. My problem is I think I'm going to have to buy one for my wife, too! The only real disappointments are that since Steve Jobs hates Adobe, the ipad will not play any flash video done with Adobe....that and the fact you can't just arbitrarily "run" windows stuff on it. (that may not matter because I believe all I'd have to do is log in to my big windows computer remotely and then use everything I need, in a window on the ipad.....I think!)

Suffice to say, I'm rather looking forward to having it.


Team Viewer is a free app that lets you remotely login to your home pc or mac...its cool and it works great! If your on a fast wifi connection, its pretty quick...on a slower 3G link...it can take a while to get something done, but you can optimize the settings to accommodate a slow connection.

The only real downside is you need to leave the home computer on, although a mac has a sleep mode that lets it wakeup when team viewer knocks on the 'door'. Windows may also have that ability, I dont know.



As far as the Adobe Situation:

Its a love-hate thing. Adobe apps are fine...many are available on the mac, iphone, and ipad. Its when they went and bought Flash and Macromedia that things got complicated.

Flash has WAAAY too many security holes and bugs in it, its outdated, and its a battery and CPU hog.

Lots of websites still use it, but lots of other websites are either ditching it for HTML5, or adding some other workaround for all the iPad users out there. Or they just provide an 'app for that'.

There are only a few websites that I cant see the videos when using the iPad. I just get over it and do something else. They need us more than we need them!

Here is a short piece from the Wikipedia article about HTML5 Video:

Usage:

As of April 2010, in the wake of Apple iPad launch, a number of high-profile sites have started to serve H.264 HTML5 video instead of Flash for user-agents identifying as iPad.
As of May 2010, HTML5 video is not currently as widespread as Flash videos, though recent rollouts of experimental HTML5-based video players from DailyMotion (using Ogg Theora and Vorbis format), YouTube (using the H.264 and WebM formats) and Vimeo (using the H.264 format) suggest that interest in adopting HTML5 video is increasing.



So the websites are adapting to the changing needs of the users. As well it SHOULD be.


But yes, you will love the iPad. See my previous post for some cool apps to get you started. Dont forget Dropbox...its really cool and its free. With Dropbox on your home pc and the DropBox app on your ipad, its super simple to drag and drop files wirelessly from one device to the other..photos, pdf documents, small audio files, ringtones, whatever. You wont be using it for large video files though!

Forum Runner for iPad is a couple of bucks but it really speeds up loading of this website...it strips out most of the graphics and HTML codes and just lets you access and read the posts...quickly and efficiently...especially helpful when your on a 3G connection.


Enjoy!

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 02:22 AM
You KNOW youve arrived when you have a whole THREAD named after you. (never mind that its misspelled).

:D

Freebird
03-15-2011, 07:25 AM
what you talkin' about Willis? :whistling:

Lone Eagle
03-15-2011, 09:31 AM
Brian, dumb question. I have a Window's XP home desktop and use both Outlook (my main e-mail account) and Outlook Express (my secondary account for STAR Touring business only). I am not that savy on all this computer "stuff" - but may be in the market for something portable to carry around - to be able to check e-mail, etc. Would the IPAD do that - or am I "stuck" to getting the laptop, whatever? Good thread - thanks for sharing your knowledge on this.

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 10:09 AM
what you talkin' about Willis? :whistling:

Thankyou. Thankyou verymuch.


:cool17:

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 10:46 AM
Brian, dumb question. I have a Window's XP home desktop and use both Outlook (my main e-mail account) and Outlook Express (my secondary account for STAR Touring business only). I am not that savy on all this computer "stuff" - but may be in the market for something portable to carry around - to be able to check e-mail, etc. Would the IPAD do that - or am I "stuck" to getting the laptop, whatever? Good thread - thanks for sharing your knowledge on this.

Youre not 'stuck' in the windows world unless you choose to be. There are lots of options.

And yes, the iPad will do just about everything a laptop will do. There are a couple of notable exceptions, but I'm pretty sure they dont apply in your situation.

First, the original iPad (1) cant do video editing. At least, not as fluidly as the new iPad2. So if you DO want to do video editing on the 'fly', get an iPad2, which means a short wait. (as I write this, iPad2's are sold out in most places).

Second, the iPads are perfectly capable of sending and receiving email, but you probably wont want to write LONG text documents on one. You can certainly get by doing so, but the virtual keyboard is better suited for shorter typing sessions. By shorter, I'd say less than 15-20 minutes at a time. If you plan on actually typing for hours on end while on a business trip, or writing articles for a newsletter, you either need a regular full size laptop, or an external keyboard for the iPad, which makes it as bulky as a laptop. It can be done, but I would have to say in all fairness, its not really the right tool for that job. And it also depends on your typing prowess, the faster you are at touch typing, the SLOWER you will be on the iPad. If your a hunt-n-peck typist like me, the iPad wont slow you down much at all. If you touch type at a blazingly fast rate, say 70-90 wpm, you might do 40-50 on the iPad. If you normally type at 40-60 wpm, the iPad might have you down around say 30-40. And if you type at about 20-30 wpm, you will probably type at about 20-30 on the iPad also. It also depends on how much you practice on it. And, if you have large hands, the iPad will feel cramped. But if you have normal or small hands, its fine. One option availaible is the speech recognition apps, and they are actually pretty good. I have Dragon Dictation on mine and its a free app. It gets close to 95% accuracy, IF you speak distinctly, and speak into the mic. Its not perfect, but you can edit the text afterwards with the keyboard.

Another thing an iPad wont do: Run windows programs. Its not designed to do that at all. So if you NEED Outlook, (because your work email requires it for example) or some other Windows program like AutoCAD, or Adobe Photoshop X.x, then you wont be able to run those exact programs on an iPad. But in most cases, whatever that program does, there is an app for that on the iPad, and most of them are designed to be VERY easy to learn...and thats not lipservice...its a fact.


And one more thing an iPad wont do: They dont get hot while in use....they dont even get warm. Most laptops do.


Where the iPad excels is being portable and letting you get normal everyday things done at a rest area, roadside diner, airport, your bedroom, local beer drinking joint, McDonalds, your garage, anywhere. I love it and will not travel without it now. You get to hold the internet in your hands and its a very intimate experience. When was the last time you heard that about a computer? They dont need 'maintenence' or virus scanners, nor do they have a hard drive that can and will fail. Every couple of days, or every week or two, just plug it in to your main computer, to do whats called a 'synch', and all the files, pictures, documents, email, apps, songs, calendar events, and contacts are backed up to your main computer. (Hopefully you have a backup strategy on THAT computer as well)


If you are serious about these, I recommend that you watch the videos on the iPads.

http://www.apple.com/ipad/#video


Also, here is a listing of the builtin apps...but you will be downloading lots more from the App store.

http://www.apple.com/ipad/built-in-apps


I'm not trying to sound like a commercial, I dont get a penny from Apple if you buy one. I'm not even an Apple stockholder, although I sure wish I would have bought some Apple stock 10 or 15 years ago. I could almost retire now!

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 12:43 PM
Brian, dumb question. I have a Window's XP home desktop and use both Outlook (my main e-mail account) and Outlook Express (my secondary account for STAR Touring business only). I am not that savy on all this computer "stuff" - but may be in the market for something portable to carry around - to be able to check e-mail, etc. Would the IPAD do that - or am I "stuck" to getting the laptop, whatever? Good thread - thanks for sharing your knowledge on this.

Just in case your still wondering about email:

Your Outlook and Outlook Express are not email accounts...they are actually just an email 'program'...or what we call an email 'client'...meaning your email address actually exists whether you use those email clients or something else, like the 'Mail' program on an iPad.

Once you set up your email account for say, hotmail, gmail, or yahoo mail, or ALL of those, the iPad will retrieve the email automatically or manually, your choice.

You can also set the server settings so that any email downloaded is still on the server, so that lets say, you get the email on your home computer, and read thru it all. But then later in the week, you're 500 miles from home and you whip out the iPad in a coffee shop. Your email will be there on the iPad, also. Just like it was on your home computer. You can reply to those emails, and the replies are sent right out. You can attach pictures from your camera, or send links to articles on the web. Anything you can do on your home pc.

When you get home, the replies you sent will have been stored on the outgoing server, so copies are right there on your home computer in Outlook, just as if you had sent them from there.

Or you can set up different accounts, one for the iPad, and one for the home pc....its all up to you.

These are things that any portable laptop computer can do. But the iPad is WAY ahead in terms of portablility and ease of use. It THE portable computer for carrying on a motorcycle. The little power brick is about the size of 2 zippo lighters stuck together. Most other portable computers have this HUGE power brick. And since it has a 10 hours battery life, its ready when you are.

Right now the iPad 1 is on sale in most retail outlets...and i love my iPad1...and there are LOTS of accesories, cases, and apps for it right now. Cant go wrong!

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 03:42 PM
Hey Boss, it might be worthwhile to consider a new forum, one dedicated to computers, especially portable computing suitable for the life we lead on two wheels, and also...it might be helpful to eventually merge this thread with the other thread about iPads....

It's nice to see my nickname 'in lights', but it might not get the attention of some members who would otherwise be interested in iPad info.

Lots of threads pertaining to computers show up in the various forums....maybe it would be helpful to move most of those to one new forum?

Just a thought.

:2cents:

Freebird
03-15-2011, 04:51 PM
We've already got a computer forum. It's near the bottom. I should have posted this thread there. Didn't expect it to get so many responses. I'll move it.

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 05:32 PM
Dang...I felt the ground shaking on that one....but I thought this forum was for issues using the website....well I guess thats close enough!

Freebird
03-15-2011, 05:40 PM
Well...it says computer help AND tips for using this website. Maybe not name perfectly but as you said, I think it's close enough.

tx2sturgis
03-15-2011, 06:46 PM
I can already see this thread is gonna twist in the wind in THIS particular forum!


:doh:


( this is a bump in disguise)

Lone Eagle
03-15-2011, 09:14 PM
Wow, Brian, thanks for all the advise, suggestions, and taking time to help me with this. I have friends who are Apple nuts - so after reading your input on this, I am really thinking hard about this - and if I got into trouble, I could call my buddies over as well to help me out. Very informative, I really appreciate this - thank you again.

tx2sturgis
03-16-2011, 01:28 AM
http://usat.ly/hKbZrc


I would hate to see a tablet fail in the new market. But sure glad I bought the right one to start with.

Globewalker
03-16-2011, 01:54 AM
Wow lots of good info here Brian. I actually am responding from my iPad. I have had it awhile but slow to understand how useful it can be. In the Windows world on the desktop so not real integrated together yet.
The flash thing does bug me ...
This Dropbox app you speak of have a windows version or only for a Mac?

Anyhow I will look into your other tips and see if I can get more use from it.

Thanks,
Keith

tx2sturgis
03-16-2011, 02:53 AM
Wow lots of good info here Brian. I actually am responding from my iPad. I have had it awhile but slow to understand how useful it can be. In the Windows world on the desktop so not real integrated together yet.
The flash thing does bug me ...
This Dropbox app you speak of have a windows version or only for a Mac?

Anyhow I will look into your other tips and see if I can get more use from it.

Thanks,
Keith

Dropbox is free for up to 2 gig, and works on iPads, iPhones, laptops, desktops, macs, windows, whatever.

Dropbox creates a new 'shared' folder on your iPad, home or laptop windows pc or mac, or even linux computer.


You sign in on the webite, create an account, install the dropbox application on your home pc or mac, then also download the free app on the App Store to your iPad. Sign in with the same account there.

Now, when you drag and drop a picture, document, or file into the dropbox on your home computer, the file will show up on the OTHER device or computer, in that machines dropbox folder. This happens fairly quickly, but not instantly. No physical connection is required, but it does depend on whatever internet connections the various machines are using. Wifi, ethernet, 3G, whatever.

Say your at home, and reading a pdf file you got from work. But its 10 pages long and you want to finish reading it later. Drop a copy of it in your dropbox folder. Say your cousin sent an email with 25 pictures of his new house...fine.. when you save them from the email, save them TO the dropbox folder.

Now, 2 days later, and 1000 miles from home, you whip out the iPad at the motel, and tap the dropbox app on the screen. When dropbox opens, there is a list of all the files you put there. The pdf from work is there, you can open it and finish reading it. The 25 pics are there also...look them over when you have time. This all happens over the 'cloud'...but its considered secure. Still, I wouldnt put files there that you would not want the FBI to see.

Now...say that you have finished looking over the pdf file, and decide to delete it, and 20 of the house pics too. Careful! this is a synchronized folder. If you delete files, then POOF! they are gone from the dropbox folders on ALL the devices that you synced up.

When you get home 3 days later and fire up the windows machine, and look in the dropbox folder on your desktop, the pdf is GONE. And so are those 20 pics you deleted. But you do have a second copy of the pdf on the desktop, so no worries.

Dropbox has some other features, including a public folder and ability to email links to files....Just look over the dropbox website, and watch the video.





http://db.tt/eYO1lbO


www.dropbox.com

tx2sturgis
03-18-2011, 03:15 AM
In the not too distant future, your safe, on-time arrival by airline may be due in part to the iPad.


http://www.committedsardine.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=1765

Phoneman1981
03-18-2011, 07:56 AM
Hello Brian: Thanks for the Ipad info. We have had our wifi only ipad since Christmas. We really like it so far. Learn more every day. I hope to meet up with you in Bridgeport NE, on your travels to Sturgis some year. Take care...

tx2sturgis
03-18-2011, 07:24 PM
For the ipad and iphone owners, here is another update on Flash content:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/mobile/03/14/adobe.flash.war/index.html?iref=NS1


The gist of the article, if you dont want to read the whole thing, is that Apple is winning the battle...and Adobe is capitulating....well in reality, its the consumers that are winning.

This paragraph and a half says it all:


".... iPhone and iPad users will encounter fewer of those annoying blank holes on web pages where multimedia is supposed to appear.
But in the big picture, if most internet access goes mobile (as Gartner predicted will happen by 2013), then there might be less and less reason for web developers to use Flash. It could be that HTML5 might become the norm, and Flash might fade into the mists of tech history."


Good riddance.

Aussie Annie
03-30-2011, 11:10 PM
Well Brian, I bit the bullet and purchased an IPad 2 [WiFi 3G] and have put most of your recommended list on it. :thumbsup2:
My grandkids certainly like the games I put on for them, the three year old beats me in "cut the rope" :doh:
Will have fun learning bits before we travel

tx2sturgis
03-30-2011, 11:28 PM
Isn't that thing fun? And 'cut the rope' is very entertaining...there are lots more apps that I enjoy...if you find a few you reelly like that arent on my list, let me know! I have a lot more, but those were some of the main ones to get you started...


That iPad will come in handy when your traveling...it's all you need to keep informed and entertained...by the way....you will probably have to buy a new data plan for the USA when you get here...otherwise your 3G iPad will be 'roaming' when you get here...and roaming data is VERY expensive...please check into this before you get here...I would hate for you to return home only to get hit with a HUGE data bill....

Later!

Aussie Annie
03-31-2011, 10:34 AM
First official post on iPad. to:big-grin-emoticon:. No worries, I plan to get a plan in the states. do you recommend any in particular?

Aussie Annie
03-31-2011, 09:59 PM
Okay, what happened?? Was on the ipad last night, went to reply to a post....and no keyboard :bang head:

tx2sturgis
04-01-2011, 01:25 AM
Annie, have you downloaded the ForumRunner app for the iPad?


Right now, here in the USA we have two carriers for iPad data, ATT and Verizon......I'm on ATT...it's $25 for 2GB, or 30 days....if you go over, you can buy more data, or just use it for free in any public (free) wifi hotspot....which does not count against your data plan anyway...

I'm not up to date on the Verizon plan, but it depends on whether your iPad is the CDMA model or the GSM model. If it's the GSM model, then you will be using ATT....if it's the CDMA model, you will be on Verizon.

Aussie Annie
04-01-2011, 04:40 AM
Annie, have you downloaded the ForumRunner app for the iPad? YEP, prolly user error :doh:


Right now, here in the USA we have two carriers for iPad data, ATT and Verizon......I'm on ATT...it's $25 for 2GB, or 30 days....if you go over, you can buy more data, or just use it for free in any public (free) wifi hotspot....which does not count against your data plan anyway...

I'm not up to date on the Verizon plan, but it depends on whether your iPad is the CDMA model or the GSM model. If it's the GSM model, then you will be using ATT....if it's the CDMA model, you will be on Verizon. thanks

tx2sturgis
04-13-2011, 12:30 PM
Its been awfully quiet about the iPad from the Oberlin Ohio area....


:innocent:

Freebird
04-13-2011, 04:48 PM
Well, the Ipad was delivered right on schedule. I did play with it a couple evenings and I just honestly don't care for it. I absolutely do NOT understand the fascination that many folks have with the. It's not something that I can sit on my lap and tilt to a comfortable viewing position and have the keyboard remain in a comfortable typing position. Just makes absolutely no sense at ALL to me.

Now, I had refrained from reporting back on it because if other folks like those things, then it certainly doesn't bother me.

Now let me make something very clear. I am NOT anti Apple in any way. I have a couple of Ipods and I like them fine. I DO think that it is STUPID that Apple intentionally tries to prevent the consumer from installing replacement batteries though. Yes, I know that it CAN be done and have done so on one of my Ipods but they sure don't want you to.

I also don't have any problem with their computers. If that's what people want to spend their money on, it is absolutely none of my business. I just don't choose to spend two - four times as much for a computer that I don't like as well. :)

tx2sturgis
04-13-2011, 05:02 PM
Well ok then....

:yikes:

If you get a case for it that stands it up at a slight angle, its fine for typing on...and you can even get cases that have keyboards in them, IF you want to do a crapload of typing on an iPad...although thats NOT what they were made for. (yall dont know this but the iPads were actually made for bikers to carry on a motorcycle and access THIS forum!)

Well, you might have some fun on that iPad if you will buy and download GarageBand ($5)...if you play any instruments at all, this is a fun app.

You know, I just saw an add for a Samsung netbook computer called the Series 9 thats advertised as an Apple Air 'competitor'. I'm sure its a fine unit, but it lists at $1649. You can get an Apple Air for $999. or $1599, if you want one all optioned out.

Sometimes high tech carries a high price tag. I've seen some laptops in Walmart going for around a grand...who buys them? People who WANT (and can afford) a better computer than the $250 machines.

Hey...you gave it a try, thats all I can ask.

:)

Vance
04-13-2011, 05:31 PM
I'm just waiting now for Skype to catch up. Looking forward to a Skype app for the iPad 2.

tx2sturgis
08-03-2011, 01:05 AM
I also don't have any problem with their [Apple's] computers. If that's what people want to spend their money on, it is absolutely none of my business. I just don't choose to spend two - four times as much for a computer that I don't like as well. :)





http://www.informationweek.com/byte/news/231002608?cid=nl_byte_2011-08-02_html


From the article:



"....But Windows dying? I can't believe I've lived long enough to see such talk.

According to analysts and Microsoft's own financial reporting, earnings were better than expected, but Microsoft last week reported disappointing Windows sales for the third quarter in a row. Not a good sign. Not the Microsoft we once thought couldn’t lose, no matter how great, good, mediocre or bad its products were. And they did run the gamut.

Three sources close to the company, who asked not to be identified, told me Microsoft is desperately looking for ways to extend its brand into mobile--phones and tablet--where so far it has been unable to provide a product that really works well.

Execs at Microsoft, sources say, simply did not foresee the threat of Android and iOS based phones and tablets. Given Microsoft's tendency to lean toward the arrogant and sometimes the myopic, this doesn't surprise me. In the first edition of Gates' 1995 book ,The Road Ahead, Gates made scant if any mention of the Internet, even as Netscape and other players were recording record-high IPOs and prosumers were going online in droves."

Freebird
08-03-2011, 07:56 AM
Please understand that it's NOT that I am in love with Microsoft, it's just that for me, computers running Windows software do everything that I need them to do at MUCH less money than anything from Apple. Most of that article is about tablets and phones and I honestly have no passion for either of those things. If Microsoft was to go out of business tomorrow and I HAD to buy an Apple, it wouldn't be a big deal to me. I just don't have the need to do so at this time.

tx2sturgis
08-03-2011, 11:21 PM
Please understand that it's NOT that I am in love with Microsoft, it's just that for me, computers running Windows software do everything that I need them to do at MUCH less money than anything from Apple. Most of that article is about tablets and phones and I honestly have no passion for either of those things. If Microsoft was to go out of business tomorrow and I HAD to buy an Apple, it wouldn't be a big deal to me. I just don't have the need to do so at this time.

I would hate to see the competition disappear, since that's what made Apple so good...having to compete to stay alive. Microsoft is starting a slow journey into the drain BECAUSE they do not seem to grasp they have to COMPETE. Sitting at the top of the pile for so many years has made them complacent.

Competion in the marketplace is good. Choice is good. But it does make sense for us to stay abreast of the situation, no matter which side of the fence you reside on. If I was in charge of Microsoft, and could wave a magic wand, I would command the software engineers to start from scratch and design a small, niche OS, that would exist BESIDE windows, but not be compatible with it. Like most Lexus parts won't work in a Toyota, not EVERYTHING has to be compatible with everything else that's produced by a company.

A second, high quality, low volume, desktop OS thats geared toward the more affluent/experienced/hobbyist/whatever user, that has zero compatiblity with windows ( and therefore zero shared malware) seems to me would make huge market sense. Plus it would give Microsoft and its users a new sandbox to play in, and be ready for primetime in the next few years and provide a transition path for windows users to migrate to.

After all, Apple produces two OS's....one that runs on the Macs, and one that runs on iPads and iPhones...so it DOES work well to diversify.

Failing all that....you winders guys might want to plan your exit strategy. :-)

BuddyRich
08-03-2011, 11:25 PM
you winders guys might want to plan your exit strategy. :-)




Hear the same things twenty five years ago. :doh: :rotf: