[SATLUG] Apple announces iPad

kcoriginal at yahoo.com kcoriginal at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 27 18:47:12 CST 2010

My lady would like me reading the web or eBooks in the bedroom everynight instead of the man-cave. This will enable that ability where a laptop with a big keyboard, no touchscreen and a hot/loud fan have failed me...

If we all hate Apple so much, then fine, give me an HP Slate, but the form-factor is light-years overdue and utterly game-changing.

(I probably also have to remind you that our stupid users and their whiz-bang new ideas generate our salaries, my fellow geeks...! )

This thing IS cool.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 18:34:28 
To: The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List<satlug at satlug.org>
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Apple announces iPad

Nate wrote:
> On 1/27/10 2:02 PM, kcoriginal at yahoo.com wrote:
>> I hate Apple and can't WAIT to buy one...! Will probably buy 2...
> Yawn. It'll probably sell like hotcakes, but it's really not all that 
> revolutionary. An iPod Touch with a bigger screen and iWork. Where is 
> the 'there' in that? 'Blazing fast' A4, but it doesn't multitask. Just a 
> big toy.
> Moving on to something more interesting.

 From what I see it is basically a read only device.  You can't do 
substantial input without a tactile keyboard.  You use your fingers for 
a mouse, but one of the advantages of a mouse is that you can pick it up 
and move it without moving the cursor.  Moving your whole arm all the 
time will get tiring fast.

It does have Bluetooth keyboard support, but if you have to carry around 
a keyboard too, how is this better than a laptop?

And a 9.7 inch display at 1024x768?  My 6 year old laptop has a 12 inch 
1600x1200 display.

It is light weight at 1.6 pounds (without keyboard).

After the newness wears off, I think that it will fade to toy status.

   -- Bruce

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