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Apr 20, 2010

An Affair to Remember

What adventure this week has been. I have attempted to explore every possible feature this machine has to offer and I have seen things good and bad, but, in the end, one side has to win. Although there are many aspects of this machine that I enjoyed greatly, I am spoken for. My true love lies with my Mac Book Pro and iPhone. The iPad, although cool, is simply a gadget. It is not practical for everyday use. 

Apr 20, 2010

It was a great relationship, but it was time to go our separate ways

After a week of late-night chats, watching hilarious movies together, and introducing him to basically everyone I know, Donovan and I decided it just wasn't going to work out. It's all going to be fine. Friends come and go, and it's rare that someone sticks around for a really long time. I get that. 

Apr 14, 2010

I’ve got this friend… who basically drives me crazy

He's really nice though! If you want a nice, friendly, attractive guy, he's totally it. However, you should know that he will never hold down a "real" job. I'm just trying to let you know what you're getting in to. You see, multi-tasking is just not his thing. For some folks, that's okay. "No big deal!" they say  For me, it's just not going to cut it. 

Apr 12, 2010

iPad Verdict

My time with the iPad is drawing to a close. It's been a good run, but we weren't meant for each other. It's time for us to see other people/devices. Also, I'm pretty sure that the library staff wants their iPad back so that other people can check it out. Therefore, these are my closing thoughts on the device. 

Apr 12, 2010

It’s like that guy at the party that everyone loves. No substance, but TONS of charisma.

Here we are at hour 59 since they gave me Donovan, and I have to say he definitely has his role. (What? I name things. It gives them character. And personality. Besides, I just cannot continue to use the label "iPad'. It gives me the creeps every time I even think it.) 

Apr 9, 2010

The iPad has a place in this world, sort of…

Well, one of the things that I've heard most about the iPad is that people expect it to replace a Netbook as a computer-on-the-go. I'm currently on a lengthy bus ride to Atlanta so, for once, my ability to be productive is not so much an issue of efficiency. 

Apr 9, 2010

Will this be for here or to go?

Following the trend of my fellow bloggers, I am going to add my two-cents about the portability of the iPad. I must agree that the iPad does seem a bit "slippery," but overall, I think the iPad, which was designed for portable use, is quite portable. 

Apr 9, 2010

Kindle Killer! (What?)

In case you haven't heard, Amazon released an E-book reader called the Kindle in 2007. When the iPad was announced, certain news sources immediately dubbed it the "Kindle Killer." iPads are really, really cool, but the Kindle is a superior digital reading device. No contest. 

Apr 9, 2010

I’m already an Apps addict

It showed up! Are you surprised? I have to tell you, I kind of am. I received an onslaught of emails, gchats, and texts via my PunkBerry informing me my iPad was ready for pickup, and I immediately began to think of the possibilities. "I can charge my phone with the USB port! I can transfer files from my iPod to the iPad! I can look at my Design PowerPoints on it rather than print them out!" Sadly, none of those things happened. 

Apr 8, 2010

Test Drive

NCSU Libraries has long been a technology incubator for the university, helping students with budgets based around Ramen Noodles to have free access to the latest computing platforms, ebooks and multimedia gear. This week, we put iPads in the hands of five students, who agreed to blog about the gadget as they head to class, do their work, and surf the Web. 

Apr 8, 2010

Compare and Contrast

While a friend was going to class, I asked if I could test out their netbook, just to see what it was all about. He willingly gave it to me and said, "You'll love it!" So, here I am, typing this blog on this netbook, just to try it out – all while my iPad is sitting right next to me, taunting me. 

Apr 8, 2010

Written on an iPad

All in all, though, I'm impressed at how well the iPad seemed to work – until I tried to be productive in it by writing this entry. I'll see how the week progresses, but right now, it still feels like just an over-sized iPod. 

Apr 7, 2010

Class Notes and Games

The iPad will play YouTube videos, ABC videos and games, read the news and even show you the pages of a book. After all that, the iPad still won't do a very good job for notetaking. 

Apr 7, 2010

7 Thoughts after 24 Hours

I've had the iPad for a day now - here are seven thoughts ranging from the good to the 'What were they thinking!' 

Apr 7, 2010

iPad and its night on the town

So, I'm tired of using this iPad in the safety of the office. Seeing as it's Wednesday and there is not too much going on to corrupt the innocence of my new iPad, I'm going to Cafe Helios for a drink with a friend, and I'm bringing it along for the journey. I'm curious as to how the iPad stands up on the go.