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iPad - My Post Keynote Impressions
So, I watched the Keynote last night, got a good night's sleep and woke up to more geek outrage on the internet. Part of the bigger problem with geeks is that much of the technology on the iPad was released with the iPhone back in 2007. If it had been released then, it would have been as popular as the iPhone. (In fact, it probably would have been MORE popular, considering that it comes ready made with an SDK and 140,000 apps). Also, geeks tend to want impossible technology, that is, technology from the future, but at rock-bottom-Apple-please-kill-yourself prices, but this is not a console. This isn't a PS3. This isn't a device that you sell far below manufacturing costs to recoup the losses in game sales. This device is simple. It's a device you can use to surf the web while sitting at the couch watching television, which is an odd image I know, but it's exactly what I do with my iPod Touch right now. Of course, I like this better than my iPod Touch because I don't have to strain my eyes while looking at the internet. And what's more, surfing the internet on a 3 inch screen is a chore. I appreciate that Apple led us out of the wilderness that is WAP browsers, but a little screen is a little screen. The iPhone/iPod Touch are great for games and talking and making notes and a bunch of other things, but for me, the browsing experience on the iPad is going to be so much better than an iPod touch or iPhone. The iPad is what ChromeOS and the JooJoo promises to be, but better. It's also going to be out in the not so distant future. I also like the iPad over my iPod Touch because it COMES WITH FREAKING 3G. Not so long ago, I advocated the idea that the iPod Touch could come with a 3G data plan, thereby erasing the need for anyone to have an iPhone and be tethered to an expensive cell phone plan. I mean, this is where the future is headed. If you have Skype over 3G, you will no longer need a cell phone. Well, folks, in case you weren't listening, this is revolutionary! This is what keeps cell phone providers up at night! Geeks aren't listening because they're still searching the iPad for their stupid HDMI slot. Engadget did a story about the iPad SDK and it seems that Apple just removed the restrictions on VoIP over 3G. Did you hear that? Apple just removed the restriction on VoIP over 3G! Apple should have put this at the forefront of their Keynote or at least added it for emphasis as a "one more thing," because this is the future delivered today. Can other phones do this? Sure. Droid probably does, but the iPad has the distinction of providing 3G data WITHOUT A CONTRACT. I learned in film school that if you want the audience to remember a detail, then you should present it in three different ways. Well, here it is again, my friends, in case you didn't hear the first two times. Apple just removed the restriction on VoIP over 3G and just offered you 3G data without a contract! Put Skype on this bad boy and you can wave your cell phone good bye. This is why Apple didn't add a phone app to the iPad. In fact, now that I think about it, maybe they didn't emphasize the 3G aspect because it would have scared the snot out of cell phone industry, which they still have to do business with. Now, does this mean that I like everything about the iPad? Absolutely not. For one thing, I don't really understand why this thing has to be tethered to iTunes on a desktop computer. A device this size should be able to use a desktop version of iTunes. I was puzzled to see what looked like a fully fledged version of iTunes demonstrated on the iPad, only to be told later in the Keynote that it would sync up with iTunes. Hopefully we'll be given an option, but knowing Apple, I would say that this is an all-or-nothing proposition. I also have expressed my outrage that Apple freaking screwed Delicious Library! iBooks is an obvious rip-off of Delicious Library. There's no way around it. Of course, Wil Shipley has been rather flippant about this and has even pointed out that he has no look-and-feel design patent for ebooks on a wooden shelf, so maybe I should calm down about it. Still, Apple should cut Wil a check. It's only fair. I also feel that the lack of a camera is a definite oversight, but not because I want one per se, but because the tweens just love cameras. I have a 11 year old niece, so I can eagerly attest to this. They love taking pictures of themselves. My criticisms aside, the iPad is a revolutionary product. The geeks won't like it, but of course, the geeks don't like anything that isn't revolutionary and under 2 dollars. One of the things that surprised me today and last night are geeks that are freaking COMPLAINING ABOUT THE PRICE. This after people regularly mocked the yet to be released Tablet for costing $1000. The same people who said they wouldn't buy the Tablet unless it was $499 are now saying they won't buy it unless it is $200. There is a growing part of me that is in a loTime [52 Stories-Week 8]
I decided to write today about something in my life that defines me. I know, you're thinking I'm going to write about my camera and how I have defined my world view with the images that have sprung forth from its many pixels. While the camera has been an essential part of my life, it isn't what defines me. Time defines me. I don't know when it began. I have always been addicted to the clock, watching each second tick. I was once given a watch as a gift with the following sentiment attached. "If you think of me every time you look at your watch, I'll be on your mind all day." It was a running joke in my younger days. I would always know the time. Why did I feel compelled to constantly watch the clock? Maybe it was that first watch I was given as a child or maybe it was counting off the minutes on the old percolator for Mom. I couldn't even enjoy a movie without keeping an eye on the time. Life was literally ticking by while I was preoccupied with watching the infernal clock. I couldn't even tell you why, it was a compulsion. As those minutes became years, I read countless books on how to find the ultimate fulfillment all the while, keeping track of each second. I read about being in the moment but how could I be in the moment? I was still watching the clock. My focus was always split between what I was doing and keeping one eye always on the clock. While I know it's important to keep appointments and know the time, I'm talking about something more. I am always prompt, usually early. Even now, that is not a problem. I remained convinced the answer somehow could be handed to me in a book, as if by reading somebody else's journey, I would arrive at the same place, no work involved, just reading (and watching the clock). It has taken years. At some point, I realized the moments in my life that I felt most connected and at peace with both myself and the universe, were those moments where I let go of the time. Yes, it was that simple. Those moments I forgot to check the watch. Those moments that swept me up in their moment. Those moments weren't always grand adventures. Plenty of those moments were spent watching the clock. Nope, it was as simple as taking a walk and really walking. The camera did aid me in some of those moments but it could still be a crutch to keep me from truly being in the moment. The camera can become a shield to hide behind. As I continue my battle with Time. I made a decision to take off the watch. I no longer wear a watch, ever. Those who know me well could attest to the strangeness of this behavior. I felt undressed as if the universe were suddenly watching me. Maybe it was, to see if somehow, I would become unbalanced and take a spectacular fall. I didn't fall. Our bodies have an inner time clock that when in sync with the universe, keeps us balanced. I eat when I'm hungry, I sleep when I'm tired and drink when I'm thirsty and not because some clock, ticking away, told me it was time. * Six months later, I no longer look at my wrist for the time. That's not to say I'm perfect. My cell phone is perfectly capable of keeping time for me. But I have committed myself to being more in the moment instead of outside, watching as it moves along to the next moment. My self discovery is mine. Your mileage will no doubt vary. I didn't take any grand adventures eating my way across a country but it is my little path around the neighborhood and the confines of my mind. *Disclosure: The author wishes to confess to eating when she's not hungry but because that piece of chocolate beckoned her. She also doesn't sleep when she's tired, although she would like to. Perhaps it's the copious amounts of caffeine she consumes during the course of a day making her nights long.
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