PC based appliances, touchscreens, technology & innovation

iPad: Feature of the Week

I’ve had the iPad for a month. I’ve been surprised by the number of people that have told me that I’ve sold out.  I’m still involved with #SWUG when I can get along.

Feature of the week for me over the course of this month has been instant on.  I love the no-wait, absolutely instant access to internet, email and Twitter. I’m still working out the applications that are useful to me to do all the things that I want to be able to do on the bus.  I’ll talk about typing on it, and reading and double clicking, and the inability to store my files on my piece of hardware, but for the moment, instant on is the magical feature.

Now that I’ve had time with the iPad, I bought a case today – it’s an Elano from Next Byte. I can’t find a website for the case (and the picture is merely something that looks very similar), but the decision point was the little metal clips on the bottom and both sides that retain the iPad in place, rather than the loose leather pouch arrangement that many sport. The end result is a very clean and tidy installation.  Similar to the original Apple case, the case can be arranged for a variety of typing and viewing angles.  It’s black leather(ette probably), and also available in store in brown and read.  It is so very hard to find perfection. This one was on special at AUD$50.

In some ways, I think I’ve looking for a business case for an iPad since they were first released.  There was a lot of humming and hawing about the fact that it involved buying Apple, but ultimately the form factor and the business case won out.

Business case?

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The Digital Divide

I mentioned a while ago that I was preparing for an upgrade to Win7 for the home theatre PC. This machine is probably the most important in the house after my laptop, as it is the absolute centre of our home entertainment world. With three kids under five, having a simple way to manage and access our media for recording and watching tv, movies, endless episodes of PlaySchool and Charlie & Lola, as well as accessing our music and photo collection is vital.

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The first thing that’s important about pre-schools from a governance perspective is that they aren’t governed by the Department of Education. Rather, their oversight is from the Department of Community Services. This has a number of impacts. For example, in some instances, the requirements to retain data extend beyond 20 years. That isn’t a typo.

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For the past year and a half, I’ve served our local community pre-school as their IT Officer.  It’s been an interesting ride.  What started as a simple reactive role – fixing the odd printer and wireless working glitch, validating software licence status, documenting passwords is now at a point where I can turn my mind to longer term planning and strategy.

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More touch magic

My getting my comments about love for touch computing was timely; N-trig, who are responsible for the touch-screen on my HP TX2z have released video showing their new multi-touch capability and gesture vocabulary.  An article on Engadget and a link to the video can be found here.  Will these drivers be compatible with the touchscreen in the TX2z – I’ll let you know if they come back to me.

In December, I took delivery of my fourth touch screen computer.  The first two were Compaq TC-1000’s with their futuristic removable keyboards, and lack of processing power and memory.  They were followed by a Fujitsu U1010, which was my idea of what a netbook ought to be, except I found that to be slow as a wet week as well.  To my complete surprise, I found that the Fujitsu was too small to be practical for use – something that I never thought that I’d ever say!  In fact – make it the fifth:  the CarPC had a 7″ WVGA touchscreen embedded in the dash.

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