iPad Life

May 14, 2010 in IPad Life | Comments (3)

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.

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  1. Comment by slh — May 16, 2010 at 9:57 am  

    Hi, sorry to blast back to something old and unrelated, but I saw your post for a ten-year journal. I have been looking far and wide for a five year journal exactly like your ten-year version. I spent a week trying to figure out OOo Writer macros so I could generate one kind of like what you did, but I got lost and gave up. Any chance you could post an updated five-year version, starting in 2010? You’d get a lot of hits, as I’ve seen many people online looking for these (I guess printed journals are considered to be antiquated now?).
    The reason I need one is that my boyfriend is a farmer and he wants to track the progess of his crops, the timing of seeding over the years, etc. His corn is growing and I’m still tangled up in the spaghetti-documentation of the OOo world! He asked me to find him a five-year journal (“like the one my father used to use”) two months ago! help!

  2. Comment by Vramin — May 16, 2010 at 10:15 am  

    I went back and dug up my source code a while back, thinking I might publish a new one, but it’s really a hassle and seems to be something I’m only willing to do once every ten years. The first one was a Word macro, ten years later I did it with a script that generated an XML file and then an XSLT stylesheet that created the PDF using XML-FO. If it sounds like a lot of work, you’re right.

    That being said, there do appear to be a number of five year journals available on Amazon, in fact a couple of them seem to be specifically made for gardeners or farmers. Do any of these fit the bill for you?

    Maybe I should revisit and build one that will just generate from a given date and spit out a PDF, but I won’t personally need a new one for another seven years, so it’s hard to get inspired.

    • Comment by slh — May 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm  

      Yeah, it is a lot of work. Unfortunately I could have created one manually for all the time I tried to figure out OOo macros.

      I’ve seen the ones on Amazon etc. but I was in a hurry and wanted to get this done for him. I’ve also had bad experiences in the past ordering things online.

      I think his corn is up to a of couple leaves (is that how they say it?) and I’m so bummed I can’t get this for him …aahhhhh!