October 13th, 2011 §
A few months back I updated my iPad and did some developer things to enable multitouch gestures. Four and five finger swipes that are just awesome. In fact I really can’t live without them. Then I waited for iOS 5 to come out and give official support for them. But the it happened. iOS 5 only supports gestures on the iPad 2. Are you effing kidding me. From what I have read they claim it is because it is a hardware issue. They run slow or slow things down. Uh, yeah no. They have worked awesomely. I had no problems what so ever. I call BS. I say that it’s because they want people to buy a iPad 2 to get the features. So, uh, I’m going to have to hack, jailbreak, and or do something else that they don’t want me to do.
It’s easy. If you don’t want me to mod my iPad them give me the features that I want. I’m not some super nerd that wants my iPad to start my car. I’m an advanced user that has realistic ideas about what it should do. And it should do what it’s been doing. So.. yeah. We’ll see what I can make happen. If I can’t do it I’m throwing it in the river across the street. Without the gestures it’s useless.
April 3rd, 2011 §
First let me say, yes, I have an iPad. I just got it about a week ago. Don’t think that I that I am that person with all the latest gadgets because I have more money than I know what to do with. China has it’s fair share of those. China probably has more than its fair share. I got the iPad for work, and play, but mostly for work. And let me tell you that it has turned out better than have imagined, it’s basically built for exactly what I do.
When I am in the factory I have to look at PDFs of designs, drawings, orders, etc. I for one don’t like to lug around a computer, nor a massive stack of papers. But with the iPad, I don’t have to. Every single thing that I need is with me at all times. It’s amazing.
I got a dictionary that has handwriting input, radical input, and pinying input. I got the ability to edit excel docs, view PDFs, and photos. I can play games, look at the Internet, and even edit photos. I can take photos with my phone and send them to the iPad, I can email all of the above. Really it replaces my commuter for everything but actual designing and heavy computing. Freedom at last.
Right this moment I am typing on Ia writer. Which is a beautiful writing app. I can listen to my music or Pandora radio. I can play two player games one it or over Bluetooth. Really this is what my mom and dad should both have. It will for the most part never slow down, get a virus, or crash like stupid pcs do. It’s hands on and intuitive. You can Skype on it, watch movies and everything else they want to do. No mouse, long battery life and Internet. My mother lives in the sticks and can’t get anything but dialup for Internet. Not really the best of the web you could say. But I could get her one of these and a prepaid at&t sim card and she could finally actually read this blog.
I’m thinking about it. At least it would give her something to do.
Anyway, time to actually write about something that maybe someone actually cares about besides me
March 19th, 2011 §
So I have recently bought an Ipad. I haven’t received it yet. I had an someone help me and purchase it in Taiwan. Why would I do such a thing you might ask, well, it’s simple. China can not be trusted sometimes.
It was a hard decision. I wanted to get the latest greatest and get the newly released Ipad 2. However with not living in America acquiring one can be somewhat of a cumbersome task. I could of ordered one online, and had it shipped to my Dad who would of undoubtedly opened it and declare it his. That was basically the only option. Ship it to someone and wait for them to come over and bring it. 2-3 months, maybe more maybe less. But I wanted one now. I am now in a new position at work where I need to use Excel, read Pdfs, and do an whole bunch of junk. I have to do this in a massive building. I don’t always want to carry a bunch of papers with me when I wonder around to check the status of something. I also need the internet on the go for trouble shooting and fixing problems that come up. My phone doesn’t have internet yet. I’m working on getting an Iphone 4 soon. But in the meantime I thought that a 3G Ipad would be the bee’s knees.
So off I went to do some research on one. What I found what rather troubling. In China you technically can’t sell a legit Ipad 3G. The only Ipads that are approved to sell here are the Wi-Fi version. Those you can find easy. Apple stores and other resellers. But what you can’t find is a 3G version. If you do they are from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, New Zealand, America. Even if you do find one they will probably switch the box or something. A Hong Kong version has a warranty that is valid in China so there is a high demand for that one in particular.
I read a story about a person who went to get one. He asked for a Hong Kong version. They brought a American version. Then one from New Zealand, then Hong Kong but it was opened. He gave up. So I took that advice and just had someone buy one in Taiwan. It will be a 32gb 3G Ipad, unopened, legit and fully awesome. Not grey market, not fake, just plain goodness. It may not have a warranty valid here in China but I’m not worried. The chances of something going wrong is slim. But if something were to happen, my friend goes to Taiwan often. So it will not be a big deal.
Angry Birds, I got you number… Watch your tail feathers.