I use Micorosoft Bing, Pulse News, Flipboard, and sometimes FLUD to browse blogs and read news. Quite often I’ll find an interesting story that is hosted on some newspaper or magazine site. Every newspaper and magazine site seems to have its own iPad app these days and, since they can tell I’m running the Safari mobile app, they always a present a page advertising the app before I get to the news story. Sure, I know that this is a modern problem and really not worth complaining about, but really – I don’t need a special app to read news that popped up in the headlines, I’ve already got one. It’s called Safari. These apps are great for regulars, but a regular would find out you had an app through regular reading, not through such obnoxious, in-your-face advertising.
Publishers, I’m thrilled that you have a reader app, but please don’t shove it in my face because I asked to see one article. I don’t want your app.
This is one of those bugs that I hope will be fixed in every iOS update that comes out, but so far the problem lingers.
Here’s the problem:
You load up the Mail app and start browsing through you messages looking for a new one to read. You tap on an entry. The header information loads up into the window and… that’s it.
I’m not sure how it happens, but the app gets to where it just won’t download (or just won’t display) the body of the message. Kind of annoying.
Workaround 1 (fast):
Hit the Reply button.
The reply window will appear and the body of the message will have been copied into the reply. The good news is that now you can see what was written, and you’re also a step ahead if you do in fact want to reply. The bad news is that you’re going to have to keep doing that for every message you want to read unless you try…
Workaround 2 (takes a little longer):
Hit the home button twice (or do a four finger swipe up if you have advanced gestures enabled) so that you can see the list of running app icons along the bottom of the screen. Find the Mail icon. Put your finger on it and hold it there until the icons start to wiggle, like you would if you wanted to rearrange the apps on your home screen. A little X will have appeared on the icon. Tap this X and it will end the task and remove the app from memory so it gets a clean start the next time you run it. Fire the app back up and now it should display messages correctly as you select them from the list.
It’s been over a year since I posted anything on this so-called blog, but when I looked back at the old articles they didn’t seem so bad. Sure, my categories are a good indicator of how old and out of date the thing has gotten, but that doesn’t mean I can’t breath a gust of life back into it. Better to have something worth ignoring than nothing at all. So this post essentially just documents my new dedication to post something here off and on so that it doesn’t just dry up.
So looking back at my last post about the iPad, it’s pretty interesting in retrospective. Since I wrote that, the iPad has completely changed the landscape for portable computing. People can jump up and down about whether iOS or Adroid is better if they want, but so far the iPad has the table market ruled. I’ve seen a couple of interesting new offerings (Toshiba’s Thrive tablet looks especially interesting to me at the moment) but it’s another case where Apple has created the market and now everyone else is jumping in to play. Say what you will about the company and its practices, but I don’t see anyone else inventing the technology space the way that they do. Would you rather have a product that is “better than” someone else’s, or would you rather your product be the one that everyone else is comparing theirs to? Apple keeps setting itself as the standard against which others should be measured.
I’m one of the early adopters. I had my iPad on April 3rd, day one. I scrambled for eight weeks prior to have a game built and ready and waiting in the app store on day one as well (more on that later). So some six weeks later, I’ve been living with my iPad day to day.
I follow the news, I follow the feeds, I follow the pundits, but for the most part I don’t listen to what they say… No secret that you generally get negative opinions on the web. They’ll tell you that the device will not sell, will not catch on, and will not go mainstream, and in the same breath they’ll tell you that HP and Google and others are bringing tablets go market to compete with the iPad. If it’s destined to fail, why are so many emulating it?
Experts aside, I’ve made up my own mind. I love my iPad. Say what you will about the on screen keyboard, but I’m a fast touch typist, and I’m getting to where I can type pretty near full speed on the thing. Say what you will about the lack of a camera, front facing or back, but I still have my phone in my pocket if I want to take a picture, and I just don’t do the video chat thing anyway, so i haven’t missed the camera. Say what you will about the lack of Flash, but I don’t miss Flash at all, and in most cases I’m glad it’s blocked without me having to run a browser add-on to do it. The web without Flash is a much quieter, calmer place.
It’s still early, but I do think it’s a game changing device. I’ve been leaving the laptop at the desk and taking nothing but the iPad to meetings lately. Until you try working with it in this way day to day it may look like an expensive toy to you, but it’s so nice to be able to leave the laptop bag behind, leave the power supply behind, and not have to look for the nearest power outlet if it’s going to be a long meeting because you know the iPad is just going to keep going all day long.
I say it’s a winner.