16 April 2010
Can’t a Guy Have Some Fun?
I just came to the Apple store to check out the iPad once again. I really don’t care for this keyboard, but I could put up with it . . . and I’m going to use a Bluetooth keyboard anyway. Maybe I’ll develop a new, two-fingered typing method.
Now I have proven I can author here from the device, though I had to do it in html, not visual, mode.
Regardless, this is one special device. I’m going to get one even if I end up having to get a laptop anyway.
About Rick Ladd
I retired nearly 13 years ago, though I've continued to work during most of the time since then. I'm hoping to return to work on the RS-25 rocket engine program (formerly the SSME) which will power our return to the moon. Mostly I'm just cruising, making the most of what time I have remaining.
Although my time is nearly up, I still care deeply about the kind of world I'll be leaving to those who follow me and, to that end, I am devoted to seeing the forces of repression and authoritarianism are at least held at bay, if not crushed out of existence.
I write about things that interest me and, as an eclectic soul, my interests run the gamut from science to spirituality, governance to economics, art and engineering. I'm hopeful one day my children will read what I've left behind.
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April 19th, 2010 at 12:42 pm
A friend brought an iPad over this weekend and let me “play” with it. She hadn’t installed many apps yet, and I didn’t want to do too much “damage” to it that she’d have to undo, but I have to say I liked what I saw.
It may not be able to do everything, but it seems to do the things it does very well.
April 19th, 2010 at 1:25 pm
All I used for this entry was Safari. It wasn’t quite as seamless as I’d have liked it, but it worked . . . and that was what I was interested in. When I decided to go with Apple (I’ve been using a PC for the last 23 years), one of my considerations was being able to use an Ipad to “replace” a laptop for short trips. I also planned on working as much as possible “in the cloud”. I haven’t tested that out yet as fully as I’d like to, but being able to author directly on my WordPress blog is a start. I’m definitely getting a 3G iPad when they’re finally delivered (sometime in early May, it looks like now). I think it will be worth it even if the vast majority of what I do with it is consume. It’s a great learning device, IMO.
April 19th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Like you I limited myself to Safari. As for blogging, I would think that there are WordPress apps that would give you some good capability beyond Safari. (I use a WP app on my Droid, cause going through the browser is too painful.)
I could very easily see using the iPad instead of a laptop on a short trip, and agree the 3G model would be the one to get.
April 16th, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Comment section works with the iPad. Bonus! I’m getting used to the damned thing 🙂