Been meaning to post these. Here are the pictures from JavaOne 2010. I took them with my iPhone so take it for what it’s worth.
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- No flash support still!
- No USB
- No CD/DVD drive
- No stylus pen
- It’s a big iPod Touch… no really, it is!
Now the reason for no USB and CD/DVD might not seem apparent at first but let me explain why I consider this con. Computer makers have been trying to break into the Tablet market for a long time now. There’s the traditional slate design which the iPad follows, the laptop hybrid/convertible style, and the Ultra-Mobile PC. All of these have been tried and for the most part flopped with the exception of a small following (doctors/physicians). Why they failed is up for debate; weight, portability, design, software, take your pick. Of the different variety of tablets most of them have USB support and a few actually have the CD/DVD drives. And then there’s Apple who wants to break into the market and doesn’t have either one?! Seriously? Apple, the guys who made one of the lightest, if not the lightest notebook around which has USB support and they suddenly couldn’t put it in a tablet computer? What’s up with that? Oh yeah, it’s a big iPod Touch! The iPad isn’t running OSX, it’s running the iPhone/iPod OS. This is the biggest reason why I’m not impressed! Apple takes pride in inventing and revolutionizing the industry and then they release a blown up iPod Touch and call it ground breaking… No.
Now let me change gears a little to the stylus pen. Why a stylus pen when it’s touch based? Well, believe it or not some people would actually like to use a tablet computer like a tablet. Meaning if you’re going to design a “computer” that can be held like a notepad and written on perhaps you’d want to give the users the ability to write! Sure you can lay it on your lap and type with the keyboard but if I’m a doctor or an ‘on-the-move’ assistant I don’t have time to sit down and type, I’m writing on the notepad I have with me on the go. This is a critical design flaw in my opinion. There is no out-of-the-box incentive for people who want to replace their notepad to pick up and iPad. Instead they’ll still rely on whatever means they already rely on be it their current tablet PC, pen and paper, or their phone/PDA.
Now I don’t completely hate the iPad. I will say it’s nice to see how far companies are taking touch based computing and using the accelerometer. I think the Kindle and other eBook readers are in a world of hurt now. Apple did their home work with their new “book store” and they could probably corner a good portion of the market. It’s also nice to see solid state drives really taking off. Give it another year or two and they’ll be standard in computers.
Will the iPad sell? It’s an Apple product so yes it will. Apple could wrap up dog poop, put a pretty case on it, and call it the iPoop and people would still buy it…. Flame on Mac Zealots, flame on.
Sometimes you just need to leave the classics alone…. Sure Hollywood hasn’t really come up with an original movie in a LONG time but the Karate Kid? Seriously! Apple Trailers has a link to the new Karate Kid movie. I think part of me died when I saw Jackie Chan is playing the role of Mr. Miyagi. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jackie Chan but this is border line sacrilegious!
I spent some time playing around with Windows 7 RC a few weeks ago and I have to say it was actually kind of nice. I don’t know if I would be saying the same thing if I ran it on my older hardware. Lets just say anything better be running fast on an Intel Core i7 920, x58 mobo, 150GB raptor, and 6Gigs of triple channel memory. To this day I have never run Vista so it took sometime to get used to the new Areo interface and the Vista-ish start menu. The UAC really does remind me of the Get a Mac commerical but thankfully it was easy enough to turn off (Obligitory plug for just disabling it by default).
Currently I’m toying around with the idea of running it again for a while. I was able to run all my usually applications and get my development environment up and running after learning how to navigate the new file structure. I just hate the idea of having to reload everything again…. CNET has a good review for those of you thinking/wondering about Windows 7.
The Dell and Ubuntu deal was announced a while back and to be honest I’m pumped about it yet a little scared at the same time. I’ve been using Ubuntu for some time now and I’ve said many in the past it’s the most user-friendly Linux distribution out there. My sentiment is shared by a lot of other people too so that it’s a comforting to know that an easy to use Linux distribution will be the guinea pig.
To better understand my fear we have to break down users into categories. While there is no official break down, these are mine:
The Grandma knows what a computer is but if she has to spend more than 5 minutes doing something she’s going to get flustered and give up. Grandmas check their email, write a document, and like to see photos of their kids via the “interweb”. Grandmas will go to the “not so” Best Buy or Dell and get the biggest piece of crap that is way too much computer for them. Ask them how big their hard drive is and they’ll give you a blank stare and eventually make a shape of an ‘L’ with both hands and hold them up to make a rectangle.