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12 posts • joined 8 May 2010

Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2

gurner
Happy

iPad owner here...

It's an instant-on small computer which lives in the lounge. Great for:

- checking stuff on the internet

- games (lots, and many are very, very good)

- multiplayer games with the rest of the family (Marble Mixer is great fun for four)

- education (eg. helping kids with maths homework and need a graphplot: QuickGraph)

- music apps: some of the music apps use the multitouch interface in very imaginative ways

- excellent Apple TV remote app

(quick list off the top of my head)

Ok, most of this you can do with a laptop - but none of this requires a permanent, physical keyboard. And don't forget, this is about the size of a small magazine, is instant-on and has a battery life of over ten hours.

When I got ours there was an initial rush in using it, but it's settled down now to the point where it needs recharging every three / four days. It's just really, really useful.

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Apple to Microsoft: 'App Store name is not generic'

gurner

Not quite

I'll burn in hell for pointing this out but the Nokia-based jobbie is an 'Apps Store'. Also, it's not Nokia's own, it's 'unofficial'.

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gurner
Grenade

Meh

With a proper date range on there: 325 hits. That's as good as nothing.

As context is everything, there are 96000 hits for 'Windows' before 1985.

http://groups.google.com/groups/search?as_q=windows&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&scoring=&lr=&as_sitesearch=&as_qdr=&as_drrb=b&as_mind=1&as_minm=1&as_miny=1981&as_maxd=1&as_maxm=1&as_maxy=1985&as_ugroup=&as_usubject=&as_uauthors=&safe=off

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gurner
Thumb Up

better target...

'Microsoft argues in a January filing that both "App" and "Store" are generic, and thus can't be trademarked – an argument, Microsoft said, that's based on "undisputed facts"'

Ok, then a better target for Apple would be "SQL" and "Server" which Microsoft does think it can trademark (and, apparently, has).

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gurner
Alert

Hmmm...

'App' 'Store'...

How about: 'British' 'Telecom'. Similar (one generally used term, not a name; the other is an abbreviation). Anyone want to

Just sayin'.

Also, this is interesting:

http://www.google.com/trends?q=app+store

It may be a term made of generic words, but people weren't using it before Apple.

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gurner

Hm.

This is no different to people referring to a Goodmans MP3 player as an 'iPod'.

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Apple iPad vs... the rest

gurner

@mgale... ...toy?

Toy:

http://www.caterham.co.uk/assets/html/showroom/superlightr500.html

Not Toy:

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/7203800/Trail/searchtext%3ESPADE.htm

What's your point?

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Manchester cops hit Twitter - spoof feeds fall down stairs

gurner

London?

The list is nonsense - the population of the city of London is 7900.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_london

Compare like with like - don't compare cities with conurbations.

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Morgan Chase blames Oracle for online bank crash

gurner

Folly?

Not necessarily. If the production system suffered a corruption due to a memory issue, rebuilding the DB from an RMAN backup with little or no load on the system /may/ produce different results.

Mind you, I've managed Oracle DB's for 18 years and never had one corrupt on me.

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BBC new media boss defends iPlayer Flash, slaps Microsoft

gurner
Grenade

...seriously?

'When I complained, rather than fix it up and encourage the sharing of fun moments from the show...'

Damn right. As a licence payer I'd be pretty pissed off if the BBC had succumbed to your petulant demands.

Grow up.

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Apple not yet dominant enough for anti-trust action

gurner
Jobs Halo

Nice one ...

... conclusive evidence that Apple have not taken over the world, contrary to the drooling idiocy of some of their most ardent critics.

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Apple prices up iPad for UK

gurner
Jobs Halo

Why...

...is anyone surprised at these prices? My guess for the base model was about £420, so £429 is within my expectations.

If you compare Apple store prices at $499 (an iPod Touch) and $699 (a MacMini) with the equivalent UK prices, a UK price for a $599 device comes in at just under £410. Bung on a few quid as it's new and shiny and - hey presto - £420~£430. Besides, wasn't the HP Slate going to be about the same price?

Will I buy an iPad? Yeah, probably. Been a Mac user for four years or so, recently got an iPhone and am pretty impressed with the app store. Looks like a really neat device that the whole family can just pick up and use.

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