I lied

ipad-emailWell, not really.

But I was not able to stay away from the iPad. No, I didn’t buy one. But I did visit the Apple Store last night (separate from the opening day, when I did not go in the store, as previously reported). My sons and I tried out the iPad. We all liked it a lot!

A few observations:

- It would not rotate from landscape to portrait in some apps. (The rotation lock switch could have been turned on and I didn’t know it. I discovered its existence after leaving the store.)

- The interface was not intuitive on Pages (the Word equivalent). I couldn’t find tools in the page view.

- The keyboard takes some getting used to. If I bought one, I’d grab a bluetooth keyboard right away.

- I guess I’m used to the traditional Mac interface — not having access to the Finder would take some getting used to. (I do a lot with files.)

Advantages of Amazon’s Kindle? You can read it in direct sunlight. It has longer battery life. More titles are available. Everything else? iPad.

I had fun making my site the home page for Safari on some of the demo units. (My website hits will go up artificially till the store personnel fix that.) Also, one of my sons made the screen background on some of the demo units look like a page filled with app icons — stealth little trick! Alas, though — the Apple Store resets them every morning, so our little tricks lasted just a few hours.

Verdict? It looks like a great new toy (and useful work device, for many). If I could afford one, I’d add it to my toy chest. Alas, not for a while! And finally, David Pogue has a great FAQ page on the iPad here. And don’t forget to check out the great explanatory videos on the Apple site.

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The scent of an iPad

ipad-launchI visited the nearest Apple Store just before Saturday’s launch of the iPad.

I should clarify — I went to see how long the line was, a half an hour before the opening, so I could take this photo for you. Then I left.

What for? Somehow being that close to the launch was enough for me.

I can’t explain why.

(By the way, the security guard said some people had been waiting in line since around midnight, the night before.)

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A tale of grace

a-tale-of-graceMy friend Dave is shown with his last-born son Liam. What a blessing he has been to their family. And this picture shows how a newborn baby can be truly cute!

I would go into more details on why Liam is a tale of grace, but I respect others’ privacy. (I am baiting Dave by asking him to blog again… ever so discretely.)

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Not Denver

not-denverAs most of you know, I love noticing details.

Occasionally that pays off.

Apple’s Keynote (a wonderful alternative to Powerpoint) is demonstrated by Apple with these lovely examples. Problem? Neither of these photos is anything like Denver at all. Top? English countryside. Bottom? Deep south, USA.

No awards this time. Oh well. At least now you know that Apple’s Keynote project manager has no geographic sense. Maybe they work him or her so hard that they never get to travel. Time for a vacation, I’d say!

Since it’s April Fool’s Day, if this were a joke, I’d tell you. But it’s such a minor thing that it would have made a very poor joke.

Happy April Fool’s Day, whether you live in Deep-South-Denver or England-Denver.

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