I love my iPad, but how ’bout some new “iVentions”?

April 6, 2010

Yes, I bought an iPad.  I’m one of those people.   I didn’t realize I was one of those people until I found myself standing in line in front of the Apple Store Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., anxiously awaiting reports as to whether the supply would meet the exhaustive demand of the eager line of dweebs. As it turns out, all dweebs were satisfied.  Like everything else in life – Y2K, Obama, anything George Lucas has touched since 1980 – the reality didn’t live up to the hype.  There were no iPad shortages.   Nobody left empty handed, wondering how without an iPad they could possibly manage to do… er… whatever the hell you’re supposed to do with an iPad.

*note to the faintly impressed. I’m writing this post on my iPad! You can type with it. Imagine that! A device you can type on!  What will they think of next?

Well, instead of posting what is probably the 90,000th iPad blog review I figured I would turn my attention to what every Apple fetishist wonders most — WHAT’S NEXT?

What else do we need? The iPad is a super fun gadget, this much I’ll reveal (oops, I guess i should have posted “spoiler alert!“) but certainly there are other aspects of modern living that could use an assist from Steve Jobs and his crew of magical elf nerds.   So what should they work on next?

Here are some suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

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The iPad dilemma

February 1, 2010

The mixed reception of Apple’s new doohicky-gizmo-thingamabob, the iPad has made me re-evaluate several  things:

What do we “need”?  What do we want?  What do we feel obligated to own to keep up in the modern world?

Here’s a little personal history of my own attachment to gadgets.

I didn’t own a cell phone until April of 1999.  I think that’s pretty late in the game, right? (At least, for someone who was under the age of 75)   Eleven years later, I so attached to my cellphone that I sometimes have trouble remembering what life was like before it:

“So I guess if we wanted to talk to someone we had to, like, make plans to talk on the phone? Is that how we did it?”  Did I used to go around saying things like “I’ll call you later.  At 10:45 am.”  Weird.

I first browsed the internet in 1995 via AOL and I can even recall my first words in a chat room:  “Are we on the world wide web?”

I wasn’t even sure.  (It’s funny how things fade in and out of vogue.  Do people still congregate in chat rooms?  Or are we all too busy tweeting to Wolf Blitzer on CNN instead?  Has cable news become one giant chat room instead?)

Back to my own timeline:  Read the rest of this entry »