Apple didn’t do what I expected. Yet I still expect them to.
I can either stick around spinning my wheels until then or use my time productively.
Without this blog, I will have time …
As everyone’s anticipation to own an iPad increases, I’ve discovered that some Mac owners have never dipped into the ePub eBook pool.
This post is a brief guide to building a library of DRM-free and legally-free ePub eBooks.
My take on the iPad
A New Angle on the iPad
Why the iPad Matters
Same Ol’ Same Ol’…
The invisible e-book
I need to talk to you about computers
The iPad isn’t what you think it is
And thanks to @fakebaldur on Twitter for these wonderful ones:
Hate the Name, Want the iPad
iPad is a Big Deal Guys
iPad is the web made physical
On the iPad
iPad will help us most when it disappears
iPad – Inspirational Hardware
This is your very, very early wake-up call:
New Macs for 2010 are going to take Apple to the next level
Touchscreens are coming to the Mac.
There will be one later this year.
What are you going to do about that?
Social without the internet? Yeah, Apple haven’t forgotten about real life. They’re not led by trying to build new innovative devices, with tonnes of features and taking advantage of the latest trends in social networks. They think how the masses could use it and then they obsess over making that experience great. They think through hundreds of scenarios and make sure their technology supports how people behave. Their goal is to make the technology disappear. Far too many tech companies want to make the technology as obvious as possible.
Like every other company, Apple has to make compromises. But they choose a different set of compromises to everyone else. The camera will come later because the camera makes sense to the masses. But it isn’t their priority. Other features won’t get added at all, because Apple have decided it doesn’t fit any experience that an ordinary person would desire.
An excellent post written from the point of view of real people.
He nails exactly why the iPad will sell in the jillions.
This has never been a question in my mind so I’m really shocked to see posts around wondering if the ePub eBooks sold through the iBookstore will have DRM.
Of course they will!
I was thinking of a post where I would collect the dumbest Fear of iPad quotes. But I’m afraid I’d suffer a seizure of stupidity if I had to go back and re-read them.
Just as well because, really, this is the dumbest of them all:
Molly Wood: The Apple iPad: It’s just ahead of its time
Right now, the iPad is a product in search of a market. It’s kind of poorly implemented, feature-wise; it’s been poorly articulated, market-wise; and it’s hard to imagine why on earth you’d ever need such a thing at such a price.
Previously at Mike Cane’s Blog:
The site for the Sony Reader used to load quickly. Recently they did a revamp and clogged it all to hell with Flash. I had to go there today to find out a two-second bit of information: What dictionaries were in the Sony Reader.
I had to wait forever for this crap Flash to load first!
Count the spinning wheels! And those are only the ones on-screen. There’s a bunch more off-screen too!
(Don’t bother trying this on your iPhone. Sony might have an iPhone-friendly version of the site.)
My crap desktop PC is old. A 1.6GHz Celeron. But still — the CPU in the iPad is a 1GHz A4. How much of that CPU do you want to see wasted on some insane web designer’s Flash wanking?
Kill off Flash, Apple. And good riddance to it!
That’s what I surmise from a list of iPhone OS 3.2 SDK features listed over at Engadget.
Included dictionaries: Apple Dictionary, New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, Shogakukan Daijisen, Shogakukan Progressive English-Japanese Japanese-English Dictionary, and Shogakukan Ruigo Reikai Jiten (may also be used for a Dictionary app perhaps?)
I understand the need for a dictionary for Pages. That’s necessary for spellcheck.
But with a dictionary baked in the OS anyway, adding dictionary word lookup to iBooks wouldn’t be a difficult thing.
Models of the Sony Reader with dictionary word lookup use New Oxford American Dictionary and Oxford Dictionary of English.
The Kindle uses The New Oxford American Dictionary.
The Barnes & Noble Nook uses Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
Much richer text API including low-level access to font data and highlevel support for drawing formatted text
I don’t know if that will help eCrap ePub any. I suspect it’s more for a future use.
If you think that’s insignificant, here’s a flashback for you from when the iPhone came out:
After fiddling with it for an hour, I know how to work the iPhone better than the Nokia I had for the past 2 years, even though the Nokia has far less capabilities.