"Come on, Steve, just think—think, dammit—you're running out of time," the exhausted CEO said as he glued nine separate iPhones to the back of a plastic cafeteria tray.
They're [laptops] bulky. There's a lot of abstraction going on that could be done without. There are many aesthetically nice ones, but I'm referring to usability. -- Rory Marinich
In every OS market there exist hundreds of small little applications that exist for no purpose other than to manage small little niggling irritations ...Right now I'm running an app that gives me a different menubar clock, another one that functions as a launcher for all my various things, one for quick keyboard file access, etc.--Rory Marinich
When Apple introduced the iPhone, there was a lot of acclaim from usability experts for the design, which does away with any and all interface ambiguity. No scrollbars. No issues with knowing what button does what. There's no dock that you need to comprehend, no weird metaphors you need to comprehend things.-- Rory Marinich
Window management issues. File management and browsing.
I know it's fun being an ignorant jackass and conflating my appraise of this thing with my being a jizzing fanboy, but that's not what I said. -- Rory Marinich
delmoi: The fact that the HP Slate runs the full OS is a BAD thing, for the same reason every Windows and Mac tablet is unpopular and unloved. But apparently you've been living in a cave for ten years where people like using touch screens for operating systems that weren't specifically designed for touch screens. -- Rory Marinich
Brother, this is my Super Bowl. Some people love watching teams of people throw a ball around. I love watching a team of industrial designers and software engineers create products and present it to me with the help of one of the world's best advertising agencies. -- Rory Marinich
Whatever "Abstraction going on that could be done without" is supposed to mean.
Dude, I've EXPLAINED it. When I want to open up, say, the Internet, I don't just push the Internet button. I put my finger on the trackpad, and move a little icon across the screen. I navigate to the Internet button. Then I put my finger on the mouse and click twice. Or, I can push two keybuttons, type in the name of the application (which isn't "Internet"), and hit the return button, which returns me nowhere and launches something new. Here, I put my finger on the fucking screen and push the fucking button.
Whatever "Abstraction going on that could be done without" is supposed to mean.
I don't like customizing things. I like getting things that work out of the box without my ever having to think about them.
"The iPad syncs over USB just like an iPhone or iPod."
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Set up a transcode batch job and convert those .avis to a modern container format. AVI is pretty terrible. 'It does not support modern container features like chapters, muxed-in subtitles, variable framerate video, or out of order frame display.'
Potential iPad competitors: the more basic, input-limited JooJoo, formerly Crunchpad ($499 pre-order, shipping in "8 to 10 weeks"), and the more laptop-like Lenovo IdeaPad U1 (scheduled to be available June 1, with an estimated retail price of $999), which will run Windows 7 Home Premium with Lenovo's Skylight UI.
The bottom line on the Newton Message Pad is that Apple promised too much and failed to deliver a useful device for everyday executive chores. On the other hand, the Message Pad practically hums with untapped potential, and six months (or moths) to a year from now it is likely to be a popular executive tool. -1993 NY Times article
How about you just back right up and not post massive generalized insults next time and you won't have to retcon your arguments?
You did not state that it is acceptable for me to find it more intuitive, you stated that I think that because I'm used to it and my self worth is tied up in my computer and I should get a life.
No, you addressed people who are happy about their macs that post about them being intuitive and awesome. I see you realize now that it was idiotic claim since you are pretending you didn't say it.
If people (1) are happy with Macs, good for them. But I find it obnoxious how they go on and on about how awesome and intuitive they are, when in fact it's just seems intuitive because they're used to it. And then on top of that you have this bizarre insistence that windows isn't annoying them because it's intrinsically wrong because for a lot of people (2), sadly, their attachment to their computer is like an important part of their personality, their own sense of self worth is tied up in having made a good consumer choice and they attack anyone one who disagrees with their ridiculous premises.
They need to get a life.
So, er... what happens when you try to install a JRE2 program on OS X? Does OS X really come bundled with a copy of Java Runtime? And, if not, does every single JRE2 program really have to carry its own copy of Java Runtime? I have a feeling there must be a package manager running in OS X that does this, even if it's invisible and seamless.
You will see characters in movies use the iPad. Jack Bauer will want to return for another season of 24 just so he can download schematics and track vehicles on it. Bond will have one. Jason Bourne will have one. Some character, in a Tron like way, might even be trapped in one.
Compared to my laptop, the iPad lacks a keyboard, software development tools, writers’ tools, photographers’ tools, a Web server, a camera, a useful row of connectors for different sorts of wires, and the ability to run whatever software I choose. Compared to my Android phone, it lacks a phone, a camera, pocketability, and the ability to run whatever software I choose. Compared to the iPad, my phone lacks book-reading capability, performance, and screen real-estate. Compared to the iPad, my computer lacks a touch interface and suffers from excessive weight and bulk.
It’s probably a pretty sweet tool for consuming media, even given the unfortunate 4:3 aspect ratio. And consuming media is obviously a big deal for a whole lot of people.
For creative people, this device is nothing.
i8ny3x: All this and no one has mentioned Microsoft's Courier, and though I think it is still a prototype, it seems much more revolutionary than the iPad. I mean, it has TWO touch screens, so that you can read two full pages or something like that. And uh, Nintendo DS emulation.
Used to be that to drive a car, you, the driver, needed to operate a clutch pedal and gear shifter and manually change gears for the transmission as you accelerated and decelerated. Then came the automatic transmission. With an automatic, the transmission is entirely abstracted away. The clutch is gone. To go faster, you just press harder on the gas pedal.
That’s where Apple is taking computing. A car with an automatic transmission still shifts gears; the driver just doesn’t need to know about it. A computer running iPhone OS still has a hierarchical file system; the user just never sees it.
Considering that neither a Droid nor an iPhone/iPod/iPad does much without its respective suite of applications, and that such a comparison is therefore unequal, I'll ask again to drive the point home into thick skulls: Do Droids run apps from the Capital-A App Capital-S Store? It's a simple yes or no.
I already did, namely that Droids are not iPhones (and vice versa). No passive-aggressivity was used in making that point. The fact that you would not simply say yes or no despite understanding this is more than enough to convince me you're being obstinate and thick-headed about an unpleasant answer.
Delmoi, I know you're an apple hater. But this is below you. Yes, he introduced the HP slate two weeks ago, SPECIFICALLY because of apples announcement. And it sucked, and no one cared, and did I tell you that it sucked? It was announced two weeks ago and no one gives a damn about it It's gone. POOF! Bye bye.
hincandenza: That thing is dead sexy- the Gizmodo video is pretty much exactly what I'd always want from a portable computer: use it like a nice journal, but computerized and taggable!Dennis Murphy: LOL hincandenza.
hincandenza: That thing is dead sexy- the Gizmodo video is pretty much exactly what I'd always want from a portable computer: use it like a nice journal, but computerized and taggable!
On a totally nonserious note, I’ve been reading all the stories about the iPad and sort of wishing I could find some reason to get one. But I can’t come up with a justification.
Right now, I carry a dumb phone — GSM, so it works all over the world and in parts of New Jersey; a Lenovo X61 (with an aircard, so that New Jersey Transit is my mobile office); and a Kindle 2. I lug all of them almost everywhere, so I’m kind of a beast of burden.
If the iPad were an adequate substitute for the notebook, it would let me lighten that load. But from what I’m seeing, it isn’t: I need lots of files available, number-crunching capacity, basically the ability to do whatever I would do sitting at my regular desk.
Well, the fact remains that you won't be able to SSH in remotely...
jeremias: So as your hand approaches the screen a menu would fade in and as you move it away it disappears. So yeah, basic "Minority Report" shit.
Except it will be real and we're seeing a hint of what this will look like now.
A filesystem is just a giant, tagged database.
Meanwhile, independent of all the opinions and hype was a quiet announcement yesterday of a new patent given to Apple for advanced multitouch. The debate on the wisdom of issuing such patents will take place elsewhere of course, but this patent is for a "proximity sensor" for multitouch devices.
In fact, thinking about it, the Modbook pretty much renders the top-of-line $700 iPad pointless, at least in my mind; since for the same price you can get the same form of device with a much higher screen resolution, full operating system, and better hardware - the only step down is from 64GB to 60GB on the hard drive - why would you get the iPad?
We seem to be in a marketing phase somewhere between the first two waves of extend, embrace, and extinguish. It's up to end users to keep us from ending up at the tail end of that story.
Scrolling has momentum? I've never noticed that. A sheet of paper on a flat surface tends to have high friction compared to its weight, and quickly stops in the absence of force. Scrolling with momentum only makes sense in a cartoon physics world with banana peels and acme anvils, not real-world physics. And again, in what world do you live in that pinching a page makes it smaller rather than wrinkles it in unsightly ways? This isn't real-world physics we're talking about, it's Willy Wonka physics. Which is fine, but don't pretend it's got some real world intuitiveness to it.
I, too, have a hard time imagining a computer where there isn't a big tree. Trees are neat: instead of using, say, a unique number, you can refer to a piece of information by a path from the root node. It's unique, and it can be used by humans. I think we'll keep using trees for many things, including the underlying infrastructure.
The flick to scroll thing feels so natural that I forget it's an innovation - previous touchscreen devices still had scrollbars, right? It doesn't really feel like a metaphor for anything so much as an imitation of a physical thing.