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Archive for April, 2011

If I was RIM I would be embarrassed with PlayBook


First off, I don’t have and never used the RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. I’ve followed on twitter and different news sources, from what I have seen I would be embarrassed to release this product in this condition.

One person got home and went to turn it on and nada, it needed to be charged first. Then after that had to create login and it wanted to do an update. Total time to get to use it, 2 hours. OK, maybe it’s just me, but after spending $500+ on a new toy I don’t want to wait 2 hours to get to use it. When I bought the first iPad I only made it to the car before I opened it up. That be like, here’s the keys to your new electric car, oh by the way you need to charge it up before you can drive it.

One app developer had to pull her app because it wasn’t working right until she can fix it. It worked perfectly in the simulator but not on the real device.

One person had 2 updates within 24 hours at about 250MB each.

AT&T is blocking the update. Don’t know why but I think it’s because they are tethering with the blackberry and not paying extra for it, or at 250MB, don’t want all that extra traffic at one time.

It doesn’t come with Email, Contacts or Calendar apps. You have to use the bridge app tied to your blackberry phone. Also you will find it doesn’t have very many apps. Some are loving the Flash player although some sites thinks it’s an old version. With all the security holes in Flash, I wonder how RIM is going to keep the playbook secure? It will be a while before you can run Android software.

This person here is already finding it hard to find a reason to keep it. He can’t even get it to tether to the iPhone and it took him an hour just to type up the short message. Another one found it sluggish didn’t respond quickly to gestures. Twitter client works only over wifi and not bb bridge, so no tweeting on the go. The list goes on and on.

Saw this joke. What is the difference between the playbook and a flat tire….nothing.

One of the largest electronic stores in Toronto had 2 people waiting this morning for it. They were expecting lines, they even had catering and cupcakes. People that had pre-ordered wasn’t even there to pick it up first thing in the morning. Some are selling at other stores. One went to a Best Buy to take a look at the display one and couldn’t because it was being updated. People are already saying DOA.

Like I said, if I was RIM I would be embarrassed all to hell. It’s almost worst then a beta product. You can tell that by how quickly the updates are coming and lack of main apps. They would have been much better off waiting another 2 months and got their act together. You don’t want to keep working on a product to perfection before you take it to market because it will never get there, on the other hand, too early and you’ll fall flat on your face. I’d say they are heading for a big face plant and I bet their stock is going to drop in the next couple of days. Motorola Zoom came out too early too but not nearly as bad as the playbook. I really feel sorry for the programmers at RIM, they are probably working to death trying to get everything working correctly because some Manager/VP wanted it out now.

Blog comments and links


I welcome your opinions, ideas and comments on any of my blog entries.  I have noticed that a good number of comments have been marked as spam so your post might not be approved right away and I miss some of them because they are in the spam section.

I’m not going to allow links to advertisement that doesn’t pertain to the blog entry or isn’t legit.  I check out any websites or links in comments.  If it goes to a seedy/questionable site, bad page or advertisement I will remove the link.  Or if you are just making a comment just to put in a link and doesn’t contribute to the blog, the comment will be completely deleted.

I know what it’s like to take the time to type up a comment only for it to say it’s spam or not get posted, specially when you strong feelings about the subject.  So I try to make sure your comment gets seen, I just don’t check WordPress everyday.

Links can be valuable and can save time or prove a point.  There is also a bad side to them, they can take you to a site with viruses etc.  There is enough of that going around and why I’m checking and doing what I’m doing so the readers don’t have to worry about it.  Try and use full URLs instead of shorten ones so that people know where it’s pointing to.  This isn’t twitter and you have plenty of space.

Feel free to link to any of my blogs and Thank you for reading my blogs.

Facebook, Email, viruses and what to watch out for


I just received an email supposedly from Facebook.  It said my password has been changed because my password is not safe.  When in fact opening the attachment would not safe, as this is a fake email.  That prompted me to blog about some things to watch out for and possibly avoid problems.  There are all sorts of tactics that they have trying to get information from you or login information.

No company is going to change your password for any reason and another, even bigger one, no one is going to ask you for your password, ever!  If they do, a HUGE red flag so be waving in front of your face.  Like the Facebook email.  Besides it saying they changed my password it also had CC some other variations on my email address.  Also the one that they sent it to, Facebook doesn’t even have.  Facebook has a lot of users and makes a good target for the scumbags.

Since we are talking about emails.  Don’t click on a link (URL) in an email, they can hide the real link.  In other words it can show you one thing but take you to another.  Always type in the URL into the browser.  Example.  Say you received an email from your bank.  It says there is a problem with your account and they provide a link to go to your account.  You click on it and it takes you to the website and you login.  Here’s what really happened.  It was a fake email and the link you clicked on takes you to a site that looks exactly like your bank’s website but is also fake.  Since you logged in they now have your user name and password that they can use on the real website.  If you should fall for this, close your browser and open up a new one and type in the URL, login and change your password immediately.  Other things to watch out for is all caps or improper sentences.  Here’s another one, there are pictures of you naked or at a party or something along those lines and provides a link.  Or an email from a friend that just has a link in it or just doesn’t sound like them.  There are several viruses out there that will try to spread itself when an infected machine is logged into, say yahoo mail and starts sending out email to your contacts making it look like it’s from you.  I’m not even going to get starting about attachments.  Tiny or short urls, like http://bit.ly/hvJ2F9, are good for twitter since they are short but bad because you have no idea of where it’s taking you.

You go to a website and all of a sudden a window pops up saying you have a virus and to do a scan.  If you click yes or scan it will then actually give you a virus and it’s a pain to remove it.  You should know what your virus scanner messages looks like.  If it catches one it will take care of it and won’t ask you to scan your computer.

You go to watch a video on a website and just before it begins it tells you that you need a newer version of Flash player.  Do not click on the link to install it.  First off, you should keep up with the latest version of software specially flash since they have more security holes than a sieve. If you believe that you might not have the latest then open a new browser window and search for adobe flash player update website and do the update yourself.  If you have the latest flash player then get away from that website asap because they are trying to infect you.

As always.  You don’t get something for nothing.  If it’s sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

Spring time, finally


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It’s finally warm enough to sit outside in the morning and have my cup of coffee and use my iPad. This winter seem to last forever and wasn’t letting go. I’ve been dying to get outside and enjoy my my mornings outside when it’s not raining. Just in a the short time typing this it’s already time to refill my cup :-).

Of course I’ve done is in previous years but last year is when the iPad came out and allowed me to stay outside for most of the early morning before heading to work. Hardly even remember what it was like before the iPad came out last April. I have a vague recollection of being outside for a short time then going in to use my laptop. I know, I could have used my laptop outside but it’s too much of a hassle. I would have to unplug 3 cables and tote the 7 lbs beast, then when I’m done I would have to hook it back up. I like to kick my feet up and that laptop just isn’t fun using it on my lap. Think I’ll call it notebook from now one. Remember school days when you were carting that thick heavy notebook in school and the heavy backpack? I even have a backpack for it and almost weights in at 30 lbs with all the extra stuff, just like back in school. Now school kids get an iPad, saving a lot of backs. Kids these days have it too easy lol.

Although I do now have a MacBook Air that is light and do use it on my lap, even with my feet up, most of the time and no wires connected to it. I still prefer to use the iPad outside. It is much more enjoyable to use. I have several apps that I use to get the news and social sites that’s more of a pain to do on a laptop.

I’ve forgotten how uncomfortable these chairs are, need to get a pad for the chair lol.

Time to get another cup of coffee. Enjoy spring!

Example of too many choices


While doing a little surfing, I came across an article about “How Many Apps is Too Many Apps” here, on Gizmodo.  It is a good example of what I mean about too many choices is not good, even worse than just one or two, as I mention in a earlier post.  After you read it you might even be able to associate with what this person has gone through.

Don’t even think of saying, but we need choices. OK, but just a couple.  The main reason we need choices is more to make sure a company keeps innovating and keeping price low.

 

Consumer Reports Agrees with me about iPad 2


In Consumer Reports, it picks iPad 2 above all other tablets.  The only other tablet that came close was the Xoom and it tied for second with the first generation iPad and personally I wouldn’t have given Xoom second place as Honeycomb is still buggy causing crashes and feels more like a beta equipment.  Even Google said it rushed Honeycomb.  They also reported that the iPad 2 lasted 12.2 hours playing a looped video.  Does anyone know how long the Xoom lasted, as I don’t have a subscription to the consumer reports?

It all comes down to the experience and the iPad is just wonderful to use and yes I would call it magical.  Magical, not in you don’t know how it works but in the way you feel when using it.  You can read the CNN report here or here for 9 to 5 Mac.

Apple iPad summed up


I was thinking about the iPad the other day about how it has effected my life, trying to put my finger on what it was.  It couldn’t be only the touching, although it’s a huge part, there had to be something more.  Then Apple released its new commercial “We Believe” and it struck a chord with me.  It’s a direct and elegant way to put it.  Gotta love those Apple commercials 🙂

It’s hard for me to put down in words what’s it like, it’s something that really needs to be experienced.  It has effected and changed so many lives.  From children to the 100-year-old woman with impaired vision and everyone in between.

Here is Apples video of the 1st year of the iPad.

 

Truth about choices, open and Dell


It has been scientifically proven that too many choices are worse than not having enough.  There is a TED talk about it if you want to know more.  Choices are good to keep companies on their toes to innovate and keep prices down.

Dell your opinions are full of crap.  iPad will not make it in the Enterprise space because it’s not open, doesn’t give you choices and is expensive.  That’s generally what they have said, lets look at this.  Expensive, the iPad is cost less than most tablets.  Choices, there are many choices for amount of memory, wi-fi only or 3G and 2 different 3G carriers.  Open, most Enterprises use Microsoft and that’s not open.  I’m not sure if the iPad will make it in the Enterprise space but they are currently doing pretty good.  Now lets translate this.  Dell is upset because they can’t make and sell iPads, it’s not open to them to make it so customers can’t choose Dell iPads.  They were trying to say how expensive it was, something like $1600, WTF.  I could buy almost 3 iPads for that price, I wonder if they do their accounting the same way.

Dell also mention they will be coming out with another Android tablet (see the Dell Streak, didn’t do so well) and a windows 7 tablet.  Oh, yes please, give me a windows tablet where I have to spend another $200+ to add office, oh and don’t forget to install anti-virus program and make sure you keep up with your adobe reader and flash updates because of all the security issues.  Lets bring an OS to tablet that has tens of thousands of viruses and spyware and malware out there for it.  And after a while where I have to spend hours reinstalling the OS because of it slowing to a crawl and other crap.  Windows 7 wasn’t even designed for tablets.

Microsoft has made tablets for about 10 years and it hasn’t caught on.  Apple comes along with one and sells more iPads in the first 9 months then 10 years of all tablets combined.

Open.  Enough with this open crap.  MS Windows isn’t open, Windows phone 7 isn’t open, black berry isn’t open.  Android really isn’t truly open, might be open for the carriers but that’s about it.  So why is it that the only company they complain about not being open is Apple?  Because they don’t have a product that can compete decently and they use it to create fear in people.  Oh, it’s not open, you can’t do what you want with it, better not buy it.  They use the fear and the mob mentality to sway people away.  If you don’t have a product that can stand on its own then all you can do is attack the competitor.

Android Honeycomb is not open and might not be, also Google now wants to keep it from fragmenting and is saying that any changes that a company or carrier makes needs to get approval.  Something that Apple doesn’t have to worry or deal with.  I like writing programs and then spending my time making adjustments to it to make it work on all the different phones and tablets instead of adding features or writing other programs.  I’ve had first hand experience of this fragmenting, it sucks and is a pain in the ass!  Something is not a joy to use if you want to smash it most of the time.  Open is not all that it’s cracked up to be.  How come open office hasn’t won over MS office?

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