Posts From July 2011

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In short, if you’re buying an 11-inch MacBook Air the increase in performance over the 1.6GHz i5 is noticeable; if you’re buying a 13-inch Air that comes stock with the 1.7GHz i5 then the improvement is more subtle.

Alas, no mention of battery life comparisons. Hopefully future in-depth tests will compare the battery life of the i5 MacBook Air against the i7.

Scott Adams (who lives in San Francisco) got rid of his iPhone because it got worthless reception and he went to Android:

Anyway, my Android phone works most of the time for voice calls. But I’m afraid to actually use it because the battery life is about an hour and it’s no good to me with no power.

Now I only think of my phone as an emergency device, like my first brick-sized cell phone. I wouldn’t use it to make a social phone call. My battery wouldn’t last. And I wouldn’t often use it for email because the keyboard sucks and the battery drains then as well.

Jim Dalrymple, in his review of the 13-inch MacBook Air, hits on exactly why I think the 15-inch MacBook Pro will be replaced by a powerful 15-inch MacBook Air:

With the release of the latest 13-inch MacBook [Air], Apple has once again reduced the number of factors users have to consider when purchasing a laptop computer.

There was a time when you went shopping for a laptop that you would have to consider all the things you wanted to do with the machine and eliminate models based on those criteria. Things like having enough power to record music or process a mix are a thing of the past.

All of Apple’s laptops are powerful enough to do all of those things these days. The only real consideration left is the screen size you want.

Great review of Alfred by application-launcher newcomer, Jon Beebe.

I use LaunchBar, but I’ve spent a good amount of time with Alfred and, like Jon, I have nothing but good things to say about it. Both utility apps are feature rich, quick and powerful — I honestly don’t know that one is better than the other. It really boils down to personal preference.

Jay J. Nelson wrote a nice overview of Adobe InDesign CS5.5 for Macworld. InDesign is my favorite Creative Suite app and the one I’m most familiar with. I still use CS3 (though I haven’t yet installed it onto my MacBook Air, and even when I do I’ve heard rumors that I won’t be able anyway), but with these new digital publishing tools that InDesign CS5.5 has it may be worth it to upgrade.

Though I’m a fan of Dialvetica I never felt compelled to try Calvetica. However, Ben’s review and the just-released Calvetica 4.0 changed my mind.

Many new features including Simplenote tag syncing, and (even more importantly) Simplenote syncing now works in Lion.

By far, one of the best shows around. Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor did a great job with season one. Episode 4, Grooming, was my favorite.

Chris Ziegler at This is My Next:

There’s an unexpected processor bump from 1.2GHz up to 1.5GHz of dual-core Snapdragon power. No change to RAM (still 1GB) or battery (still around 6300 mAh) — the battery life drain is “slightly more,” but there’s no specifically quoted times. The current unit here is using a special build of webOS 3.0, with so far none of the promised changes in the upcoming OTA update — not to worry, though, the upcoming firmware fix is coming to the 4G model, as well. The Kindle and HP MovieStore apps are both still stubs promising that the actual apps are “coming very soon.”

If Steve Jobs got on stage this fall and all he said was, “We’ve designed a new iPhone and we think it’s pretty great. It goes on sale next week.” Then I would still be in line to buy one. So would a third of those in this survey by eWeek.

I would be in line because: (a) I know I can sell my iPhone 4 on Craigslist to cover the cost of my iPhone upgrade; (b) using and being familiar with the latest tech (within reason) is a big part of my job; and (c) I’m a huge nerd (Big surprise, right?).

Good marketing may get people in the door the first time, but good product design gets them in the door the second (and third, and fourth, and fifth) time.

Check out allisnotlo.st using Google Chrome.

“Data caps that may make logical sense today make no sense tomorrow, yet once they are in place they’ll tend to stay in place.”

PeachMac is an Apple retail store owned by Darryl Peck. Darryl is a long-time Apple user, former developer, and founder of the first ever Internet retail site outpost.com.

Nicole Carter interviewed Darryl for Inc.com, talking about how he maintains and supports the Apple brand, while also being competitive with Apple stores:

Even though I am competing with this powerhouse brand, I think we’ve done a good job keeping up. And it’s also awe-inspiring. The iPad, for example, is the hottest piece of consumer electronics in the world. I’ve been in this business a long time, and the iPad launch was like being in 1995 when the World Wide Web came around. You just knew it was going to change the way we lived.

I don’t use Spaces ever. And I only use full-screen apps when I have my MacBook Air detached from my external monitor (full-screen apps on a 23-inch Cinema display have been known to cause neck strain). But, for the ardent enthusiasts of Spaces who find themselves frustrated to no end about the re-org that Mission Control brought, Matt Gemmell’s tips may put you at ease.

Thomas Brand, though he loves his 13-inch MacBook Pro, concedes that its days are numbered. And I agree.

Want to know my wild guess on how it will all pan out? I see it happening something like this:

  • Apple introduces a 15-inch MacBook Air.
  • The Air lineup (11, 13, 15) becomes the premier family of laptops.
  • The 13-inch MacBook Pro gets discontinued.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if the 15-inch MacBook Pro (as we know it today) gets discontinued as well. I could see the MacBook Pro line as only being available in the 17-inch model, the way the MacBook model was only available in 13-inch.

(Via Stephen M. Hackett.)

David Smith looked up the Geekbench scores for every Mac available in the Apple Store today and then compared those against the costs. According to David’s comparisons the 2.3GHz i5 Mac Mini gives you the best bang for your buck and the i7 MacBook Air gives you the worst. Obviously there are many factors that David intentionally left out, but nonetheless, this is a very interesting look at a very specific data set.

Last week I picked up a 256 GB i7 and fortunately it came with a Samsung SSD.

The tech blogs are saying that in real-world experience we probably wouldn’t even notice the difference between the slower Toshiba drive and the faster Samsung drive. But as nerds, that’s not the point. Knowing you just bought something that’s even the slightest bit slower than another available option makes you want to shake your fist in the air and shout, ARRG!

Ben and I talk about MacBook Airs: my new i7 and his old Core 2 Duo. All in all it’s a pretty light conversation.

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Jurjen Versteeg’s graduation project as part of his dissertation on title design:

Designed as a possible title sequence for a fictitious documentary, this film shows a history of the title sequence in a nutshell. The sequence includes all the names of title designers who had a revolutionary impact on the history and evolution of the title sequence. The names of the title designers all refer to specific characteristics of the revolutionary titles that they designed.

More info about Versteeg’s video in this interview on Forget the Film, Watch the Titles.

Joseph Cohen:

They reversed the direction of mouse scrolling! Crazy! But really, they needed to. With Lion, Apple is trying to change the user experience metaphor that has governed OS design since the 80s. It was a symbolic move, but one, to me, that ties together the new interaction paradigm — you interact with the content, not the OS.

A few months ago, when I first installed the Developer Preview of Lion, I turned off the reverse (“Natural”) scrolling in about 10 seconds. Once Lion shipped last week a lot of folks kept touting that if you give it a week or two you’ll learn to love it. So I turned the Natural Scrolling back on and committed to give it 2 weeks.

Similar to when I transitioned to a standing desk, the first few days were rough. But I’ve quickly acclimated to the Natural Scrolling. Though there have been a handful of times when I had to stop and think about which way to scroll to move the page the way I wanted to, the truth is I’m now a fan.

Horace Dediu:

When Apple changed its name from Apple Computer to Apple Inc. they signaled that their business has moved on.

They skate to where the puck is going to be.

Not to get all philosophical all of a sudden, but Horace’s post this morning reminds me about about how important it is to not settle in and get comfortable where we’re at. Don’t bask in the successes, nor mope in the failures, of past products shipped and past projects accomplished. Instead, look to what’s next. Press on. Grow, mature, take risks, and get more awesome.

A clever workaround from Andy McCray for when you’re doing web design mockup in Photoshop and you want Typekit fonts to be in the design:

On a recent project, I began using a local Typekit sandbox — a static HTML page where I could run wild playing with my desired typeface and, as my design evolved, manipulate it with ultimate precision. Using basic HTML to markup my page and CSS to style it, I was able to easily create and style paragraphs, headings, lists, and, best of all, position text in boxes that fitted snugly into my Photoshop mockup.

(Via Matt Haughey.)

Thanks to MacStories’ miscellaneous Lion tips and tricks for this Terminal code to disabling the bouncing and sliding animations in Mail:


defaults write com.apple.Mail DisableReplyAnimations -bool YES

Ahhh. That's much better.

This “Moomumentary” from Coudal Partners captures the origin stories of 3 of the many unique curators found in the Museum of Online Museums.

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Diary of a TouchPad Owner

Thursday, June 30, 2011

10:27am: Just called Walmart and Best Buy to see if they would be selling the TouchPad tomorrow.

The lady in Walmart electronics had no clue what I was talking about. She apologized that they would not have them, and that perhaps later they would and I could call and check again in a week or so.

The guy at Best Buy told me they had one on display already, that they had none in stock and that it would be a few days before they got any. I had a sneaking suspicion he didn’t realize that tomorrow was the official launch day of the TouchPad, so I say to him: “Since tomorrow is the day they officially launch, can you look to see if any Kansas City Best Buys will have them in stock?”

He replies: “Oh. Well if they go on sale tomorrow, then we will have them. It’s just not showing up in our inventory yet because it’s not on sale.”

So that settles it. Tomorrow morning I’ll be heading to Best Buy. Will there be a line?

Friday, July 1, 2011

7:15 am: Should I head over to Best Buy now, or wait until they open at 10:00 am? I cannot imagine that there will be more than a few people there at opening to pick one up. Unless there are other tech writers or nerds in Kansas City. Are there any?

Going early to stand in line for an iPad or iPhone has always been fun. You know there’ll be a group of folks there whom you can talk to, and so getting there plenty early is never an issue. Getting to Best Buy plenty early seems more like a faux pas rather than an event. I think I’ll wait.

9:30 am: Leaving for Best Buy. I decided that even if there is a line, I don’t want to stand in it. Standing outside of Best Buy just seems awkward to me, rather than fun.

9:58 am: I drive in to the Best Buy parking lot, and there is no line. As I am parking I see a manager walk out of the store and wave his arms in the air with a “come on in” motion. About a dozen folks all get out of their cars and begin walking toward the door. I think to myself how amazing it is that all these people are here for the TouchPad. Though once we all got into the store, only two of us were looking for TouchPads.

I am one of the first to walk in the doors, and the first display I see is for iPods. The electronics section of the store is toward the right, so I head that direction. I pass the cell phone counter, a display for iPhones, then the Apple section of Best Buy and a display for iPads and MacBooks. Then I pass the display for a Kindle and a PlayBook. Then, the TouchPad. It’s display looks no fancier or newer than any of the others. It’s just there.

Next to the TouchPad was a plastic, fake display version of the Veer. I looked around the display but did not see any TouchPad boxes available to pick up and purchase. Moreover, the display was in pretty poor condition. It was a 3×5-foot table with a display in the center.

It’s just me and one other guy interested in the TouchPad (I sped-walked for nothing). A customer service guy asks the two of us if we need help. I ask him to get me a 16GB version, and my new friend wants a 32GB. We also ask about covers but apparently they are already on back order. (I think in Best Buy when they don’t have something, the default answer is that it’s on back order because it makes the item sound more popular.)

While we’re waiting for the TouchPads, the other guy and I small talk about the TouchPad versus the iPad. His wife has an iPad and there’s no way she’d give it up. He loves webOS and he’s very excited about the TouchPad; he’s owned an iPhone before and didn’t like it as much as his Pre.

I say nothing about how I’ve owned every iPhone and iPad and that I am only here because I want to see if the TouchPad stacks up.

The Best Buy employee returns with our TouchPads. I go check out and return home.

11:04 AM: I have now set up my own WebOS Account so that I can activate the TouchPad and begin using it.

11:37 am: I’m recording some rapid fire thoughts into a voice memo.

  • Trying to find a Twitter app. The only one I can find is SpazHD for Twitter.
  • Everything is slightly annoying, just a little bit slow.
  • The card view is killer. Love it.
  • The time is right next to the battery icon, but I thought it was the time left in the battery. It is now 11:38, but that means 11:38 in the morning not 11 hours and 38 minutes left on the battery.
  • Typekit does not work on my site. (Note: I found out later from Typekit that they intentionally blocked the TouchPad until they could do proper testing to ensure that their fonts would not cause usability issues on the webOS Browser.)
  • The keyboard has little emoticons.
  • When taking a screenshot you see a giant yellow orb.
  • It appears that instances of a browser are not isolated to the browser app.

11:54 am: Text selection bugs me; Cut/copy/paste is awkward at best.

Something that I love is that I am always just one tap from common settings like turning on/off Wi-Fi, adjusting brightness, etc.

3:01 pm: Attempting to add Instapaper to the bookmarks list. I can’t add it from the Instapaper website, so I try emailing myself the Instapaper javascript URL, pasting that into the address bar and then adding that as a bookmark. But that does not work.

3:04 pm: Go to browser help, and discover there is a place for live help chat. So I jump on, and only have to wait for 1 minute. I start a live chat with “Seth” trying to figure out how to add the Instapaper bookmarklet. (All typos in the transcript are [sic].)

  • Seth: Hello.

    Thank you for contacting HP webOS customer support.How can I help you today?

  • SHAWN: Hi seth. I’m trying to create a bookmark in the browser, from a URL that is not a webpage.
  • Seth: Okay.
  • SHAWN: Is there a way to manualoy add or edit the adreses es of bookmarks?

    The examples are for adding a website’s rss feed to Google reader, and adding a url to Instapaper.

  • Seth: Follow the steps to create a Bookmark.

    Can I have 3 minutes to work on the issue?

  • SHAWN: Of course.
  • Seth: Thank you for staying onhold.

    Open the page you want to bookmark.

    Open the application menu and tap Add Bookmark.

  • SHAWN: The trouble is that these are javascript bookmark lets. They dont open like a standard website does.

    Does that make sense?

  • Seth: Yes, I got it.
  • SHAWN: I tried pasting the address cor the bookmarklet, but the page has to load in order to add it as a bookmark, and the browser treats it as a Google search.
  • Seth: Can I have 2 minutes to work on the issue?
  • SHAWN: Of course.
  • Seth: Thank you for staying on hold.

    We can only add the Bookmark it it is a webpage.

  • SHAWN: That is unfortunate. And there is no way to edit the URL of a bookmark once it has been created?
  • Seth: Yes, we can edit the bookmark once it is created.

    Open the application menu and tap Bookmarks.

    Edit the bookmark name: Tap i to the right of the bookmark name. Enter the new thumbnail, title, or URL and tap Save Bookmark.

  • SHAWN: Okay, can I try that real quick?
  • Seth: Sure.

    I will stay connected.

  • SHAWN: Hmmm. I was able to edit a bookmark once it was created, but it will not take the javascript url as a valid address for the bookmark.
  • Seth: May I know the complete Javascript URL that you are trying to add?
  • SHAWN: javascript:function%20iprl5()%7Bvar %20d=document,z=d.createElement('scr'+'ipt'), b=d.body,l=d.location;try%7Bif(!b)throw(0);d.title='(Saving...) %20'+d.title;z.setAttribute('src',l.protocol+'//www.instapaper.com /j/WnlMKBaHBm1w?u='+encodeURIComponent(l.href)+'&t=' +(new%20Date().getTime()));b.appendChild(z);%7 Dcatch(e)%7Balert('Please%20wait%20until%20the %20page%20has%20loaded.');%7D%7Diprl5();void(0)

    This is for a web app called Instapaper http://www.instapaper.com

  • Seth: Did you try editing this webpage and open from the bookmark?
  • SHAWN: Yes. I was able to get the address stored, but was then given an error: "Cannot open MIME type"
  • Seth: I'm sorry we cannot open the javascript URL from the bookmark.
  • SHAWN: Okay. Can this be filed as a bug?
  • Seth: This is not a Bug. We cannot open the Javascript URL from the bookmarks any webOS devices.

    However, I will put forward your concern to the development team.

  • SHAWN: Okay. Thanks, Seth.
  • Seth: You are welcome!

    Can I be of any further help?

  • SHAWN: Nope. Thanks though.
  • Seth: My pleasure!

    Thank you for contacting HP webOS customer support and feel free to contact us for further assistance.

    Bye!

    Take Care!

3:54 pm: Downloaded Paper Mache. I can at least use it to read my Instapaper queue. Ryan Watkins gets it. This is a classy app that serves Instapaper well.

5:29 pm: Attempting to get music onto the device. You can run it in USB mode and add DRM-free MP3s. Or you can download HP Play and sync music from your iTunes account to the TouchPad, just like you would on iTunes.

6:44 pm: After plugging it in and ejecting it a couple times from the "USB mode" something changed about the OS. The background turned to a grey slate, all my open apps went away, all my downloaded apps that were in the Launcher disappeared, and certain bits of functionality stopped working.

7:02 pm: I can not figure out how to power down the device. I assumed that you simply hold down the lock button, like you do on an iPad, and that it would power down. However, it's not working for me.

Reading through the instruction manual there are no obvious instructions about powering the device off. Though, I did finally read that I was attempting to power the device off correctly. Alas, my attempts to power it off are not working. There must literally be a bug in the OS that won't allow me to power the TouchPad off.

Fortunately, Martin Dufort reminded me that perhaps there is a way to force reboot the device. I held down the lock and home buttons and it forced a reboot. Afterwards things came back to normal.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

4:41 PM: Log into Mint to check my site stats. It seems that the browser on the TouchPad is the fastest and most responsive app in the whole device. Though Web pages load a bit funky at times, they do load quickly and are very responsive.

4:59 pm: Friends will be arriving for the BBQ birthday dinner tonight, so I grab the iPad to go hook it up downstairs and stream Pandora. But I remember that I’m committing to use the TouchPad for the next week. So I search the HP App Catalog for a Pandora app.

Lo and behold there is one, but it is not TouchPad optimized. No matter, I download it because it’s free.

I heard that some apps that are not TouchPad optimized may not run on the TouchPad. Since Pandora is free, I figure why not give it a shot. It downloads and runs just fine.

When Pandora is running, you get the typical Pandora controls on the front of the TouchPad’s Lock Screen. However, you can’t control the music with those buttons. How odd.

In fact, this is something that is a bit frustrating. Though the Lock Screen displays notifications (such as new emails, Twitter replies and DMs, new IMs, etc…) you cannot act on those notifications.

10:01 pm: After running Pandora radio for 5 hours the battery only drained 13-percent, from 86 to 73.

10:23 pm: perhaps a better Twitter client has arrived? Check the App Catalog. Nope, Spaz HD is still the only one.

10:32 pm: Hey, what's that magazine I heard about? The one that showcases apps? It's not advertised on the Catalog home page, nor is it listed in the featured section of the Catalog.

Ah, I read here in this paragraph of text that the magazine is called Pivot. I guess I have to search for it on my own...

Hmm. Apparently it's not in the catalog; a search for Pivot brings up no results.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

9:00 PM: In an attempt to test the limits of webOS’s multitasking capabilities, I begin opening as many apps and web pages as I can. I launch 15 cards (5 browser cards, email, the App Catalog, pondNotes, Paper Mache, Memos, Spaz HD, Photos & Videos, Music, Video and Voice calls, and Calendar) and then a blank notification appears in the top-right of the screen along with an accompanying alert sound and slight buzz.

I assume this blank notification has something to do with alerting me that there are a whole lot of apps open and I should do something about it. But it’s blank, so I ignore it.

One thing I do like about this notification is that I can continue to use the TouchPad even while the notification is showing. In iOS things come to a halt when a notification appears. Though, never has iOS notified me that I should be a little more prudent in my app launching endeavors.

I go into the Twitter app, Spaz, and find a link. Tapping on the link normally would have opened a new browser window. However, in this case it slides me all the way to the far-left browser card and brings it up. And then the blank notification pops up again… And that Twitter link never did open.

Monday, July 4, 2011

8:30 am: Marinating some BBQ chicken for grilling later tonight.

9:30 am: With a hot cup of coffee in hand, and a relaxing July 4 holiday ahead of me, I'm ready to do some reading. I've searched many times for an RSS reader in the HP App Catalog but there are only a couple, and so far as I can tell none of them sync with Google Reader.

I launch google.com/reader but am greeted with the standard view, which is literally unusable on a touchpad. Is this how it works on the iPad, too? I use Reeder so I actually don't know, but surely there is a way to read your RSS feeds from a touch screen.

I launch google.com/reader on my iPad and am redirected to the mobile version: google.com/reader/i/. Returning now to the TouchPad I manually type in the mobile URL and am greeted with a usable version. (In some ways, I'm a bit bummed that I won't be forced to read my RSS feeds on the iPad.)

10:45 am: Since the Kindle app is still unavailable, I am curious about how the TouchPad handles reading. I do a lot of reading on my iPad through Instapaper, Reeder, iBooks, and a few magazine apps like Wired and The New Yorker. I remember there being demos on the HP TouchPad website about their reading apps, so I go there to see if I can find something.

The whole website has changed. Now there is far less information about the TouchPad and instead lots of links to go buy one.

Side note: Those Russell Brand advertisements are horrendous.

The only reading app that I see advertised is Time Magazine. So I pick up my touchPad, launch the App Catalog and search for Time. It's free to download and you can subscribe to it for $2.99/month which includes both the print and HP TouchPad Edition delivered each week. The first 4 weekly issues are free. If you like, you can just get the digital version for the same price.

Honestly I do not feel like signing up for this. I have a gut feeling that it will be a poorly rendered PDF version of the magazine, and that navigating and reading it on the TouchPad will be more maddening than entertaining. However, for the sake of science, I feel that I must. Maybe later...

10:52 am: I am still wanting to get ahold of their App Catalog app, Pivot. It still does not appear in the search results when trying to find it in the App Catalog. I decide to launch Help and start a live chat with a service rep asking if they know.

The Help screen is taking a while to load; perhaps the TouchPad needs a reboot.

I go out to the card view and begin closing some apps. There are a few websites open that I want bookmarked so I email them to myself. Suddenly, the screen goes blank and I see the glowing HP logo.

10:53 am: I just crashed webOS.

10:57 am: Okay, back to the App Catalog. Well hey, would you look at that! Pivot is now front and center on the App Catalog app. How did they know?

11:04 am: Pivot is a great idea. It's a magazine all about app discovery, which, since Friday morning, is something I have had a hard time with. In theory it looks like you should be able to buy the apps from within Pivot. However, the purchase links are all stuck to the top-left corner of the screen, and you have no idea which purchase link is for which app.

I thought I was re-downloading the Kindle app (because based on Pivot it seems that the app is ready and available), but I actually ended up downloading Royal Opera House. Whatever that is.

11:07 am: I download HP MovieStore (which is powered by Roxio). This is apparently where you can download movies and TV shows right to your TouchPad. Alas, it seems to have the same development team as Kindle...

Now I'm curious if the Software Manager is supposed to notify me when updates are available or if I have to hunt them down myself. I launch Software Manager and am presented with a list of all the Apps I have installed. About 10 seconds later a green button appears at the bottom of the screen letting me know I have 3 updates available.

11:43 am: Okay, I take back what I said about being able to read feeds on the TouchPad — I can't. Sure, I can get Google Reader's mobile version to load, but it doesn't exactly work like it should. Loading more items pops you back to the top of the list, and marking all the currently viewed items as read does just that but without a refresh of new unread items.

The TouchPad may tout that I get the full web because it's Webkit-based browser supports HTML5 and Adobe Flash. But it does not appear to ever want to render the full web in a usable fashion.

11:45 am: I found a good use for Flash: Rdio.

11:57 am: A notification appears informing me that Paper Mache, the Instapaper app, is syncing. I don't even have Paper Mache running. My first thought is, hey, that's fantastic! My second thought is, wait, how much is this affecting my battery?

3:08 pm: Trying to watch the latest episode of Put This On. The Vimeo flash player isn't working well. So I bust out the iPad, because it's about time there was a head-to-head competition between these two. The iPad pulls up the .MOV file splendidly, and plays it in full-screen with no trouble whatsoever. Thank you, iPad.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

10:41 am: The Internet just went out. Delightful.

2:19 pm: With no Internet, I've decided to start writing the review itself.

6:45 pm: Wrote a little over 3,000 words today. Maybe the Internet should go out more often.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

8:41 am: Still no Internet.

8:45 am:I transferred over some old Superman cartoons because that’s about the only DRM-free video I have around here. (One day, if I ever own a Mac Mini I suppose I’ll get around to turning all my plastic video media into digital).

The video transferred over just fine, though the low-resolution cartoon looks pretty crummy. But hey, that’s half the fun, right?

12:58 pm: There are still some final bits of research I need to do and I need an Internet connection. So I am heading over to my local coffee shop to work. The second-half of this review may come across as more caffeinated than I originally anticipated.

10:26 pm: Internet's back!

10:56 pm: Finally published my review. I am a bit surprised by the conclusion I ended up with. I truly did expect the TouchPad to be more than it was. But that’s why I titled the article “The HP TouchPad 1.0”. I think webOS has a bright future. The operating system does seem mostly suited for a tablet device, and I think that with more refinement the TouchPad could be the number two tablet. But, that is not what it is today. It’s buggy and awkward.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

10:18 am: Time to either return or sell this thing.

In the Settings pane there's a way to do a secure erase. I erase the TouchPad, power it off, and put it completely back in all its original packaging and plastic wrap.

Before posting it to Craigslist I decide to call Best Buy. I let them know I bought it last week, but that I don't like it. They have no problem whatsoever with me returning it. So I do.