Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-29

  • RT @atebits: "It's just a big iPod touch" is the new "less space than a nomad". πŸ™‚ #
  • Think of how the iPad will evolve as the software gets updated. Remember the first iPhone? No apps. One page of icons. #
  • @texturadesign I've never missed multitasking, either, because my eyes and fingers can only unitask. in reply to texturadesign #
  • The only convincing argument I've heard for "true" multitasking on iPhone is "I want to listen to Pandora in the background." #
  • @wesley83 I have no idea. They're diffierent architecture, so it's kind of apples and oranges. And I'm a software guy, not a chip guy. πŸ™‚ in reply to wesley83 #
  • @Metroknow thanks for @stephenfry's review. Instapaper'ed to read later. πŸ™‚ in reply to Metroknow #
  • For the record, I too would like to stream Pandora in the background on iPhone. But not at the expense of responsiveness and battery life. #
  • @PatrickMoorhead I bounce between email, phone, Twitter, web, and games on my iPhone, too. It works great. Apps save state. in reply to PatrickMoorhead #
  • @ahockley IM apps on iPhone make clever use of push notifications to keep you "logged in" without feeding a process CPU cycles and juice. in reply to ahockley #
  • And before anyone writes me off because I'm an Apple fanboy/apologist, I know I am. Says so right on the tin: http://tinyscreenfuls.com πŸ™‚ #
  • @PatrickMoorhead you're right, some apps don't save state perfectly. But most do. And that's up to each developer, not the OS. in reply to PatrickMoorhead #
  • @CptNemo9189 LOL I like to disclose my biases up front, even when they're painfully obvious. πŸ™‚ in reply to CptNemo9189 #
  • RT @aaroneiche: I think the simple answer is you stream Pandora on your iPhone while you're doing other stuff on your iPad. (/me: exactly!) #
  • Re: background Pandora, other apps, like WunderRadio can stream in the background by using the built in media player (which can background). #
  • I had no idea iPhone apps had 5 seconds after closing to do work and save app state: http://bit.ly/98tLHa /via @cldfactory #
  • Scored my iPad predictions. Not to be smug, but I didn't do too bad! (only missed the name and the keyboard dock) πŸ™‚ http://bit.ly/bXGCSd #
  • How I Spent My Afternoon: Mac, Mixer, Candy Wrappers http://post.ly/L4sd #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-28

  • Why so long? http://j.mp/9UWuH7 Fraser's right – the personal computing world is going to change this year. #
  • @blogan Not yet, but I'll be in the JF1 "living room" for the Apple event. πŸ™‚ in reply to blogan #
  • I'll be watching Ars, Engadget, Gizmodo, and Gdgt primarily for live info on the Apple tablet event. Expecting Twitter to implode. πŸ™‚ #
  • I updated my post about the Prediction app and score card with my own Apple predictions: http://bit.ly/9wmNh2 #
  • I'm all set up on the big TV in the JF1 living room area if you want to come join us Apple nerds at 10AM. πŸ™‚ #
  • My setup watching the Apple event http://post.ly/KqG5 #
  • @jwfrancis I'm watching the liveblogs from ArsTechnica, Engadget, Gdgt, and Gizmodo. in reply to jwfrancis #
  • My iPhone has become my main computer. The iPad is going to be my next computer. #
  • I'm giddy thinking about using my favorite iPhone apps on an iPad. Safari, Instapaper, Kindle. It's going to be SO great! πŸ™‚ #
  • Do I get an wifi iPad in 60 days, or hold out for 90 days and get a 3G one? Maybe I'll get the wifi one, and give it to my wife. πŸ™‚ #
  • Excited for iBooks. Pleasantly surprised that they went with ePub for the books (open). Also happy it will coexist with my Kindle books. #
  • Resolution on the iPad is 1024×768. Interesting it's not 1280×720 (aka 720P HD). So it's not true "HD". http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/ #
  • Interesting: iPad Camera Connection Kit – a pair of dongles that give it a USB port (for camera import) and/or an SD card slot. Cool! #
  • Only the 3G versions of the iPad have GPS ("Assisted GPS", which I assume is the same as the iPhone): http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/ #
  • @bobduffy I'm pretty sure you can buy a 3G iPad with no plan. It's unlocked, so you could put another SIM in it. in reply to bobduffy #
  • With a keyboard dock and camera connector kit, I could do probably 98% of what I typically do on a laptop on an iPad. #
  • @atmasphere But unlike a netbook, you don't have to sit down and find something to set the iPad on before you can use it. πŸ™‚ in reply to atmasphere #
  • @davechen I agree. Integration and the quality of the software are what make me love my iPhone so much. And why I'll get an iPad. πŸ™‚ in reply to davechen #
  • @rachelbancroft Yes, it's everything I dreamed of. πŸ™‚ And you're getting one. You need it. I'll explain why. πŸ™‚ Paper route ahoy! πŸ™‚ in reply to rachelbancroft #
  • Interesting that the screen on the iPad isn't "widescreen" 16:9 aspect ratio. It's 1024×768 pixels, which is standard 4:3. #
  • RT @fraying: Notice how no one's talking about Steve Jobs' health this time. I guess we only talk about that when announcements underwhelm. #
  • RT @fraying: The iPhone UI was built for thumbs. The iPad UI is built for index fingers. Big difference. #Apple #
  • I wonder if the new iPad iTunes/iPod apps will allow subscription and downloading of podcasts? #
  • @iSundevil I haven't touched my Kindle in months, but I read Kindle books every day on my iPhone. No one will buy it – it's a G1. Oh well! in reply to iSundevil #
  • Can't wait to see what @atebits does with @Tweetie for the iPad. SO many possibilities for a Twitter app there. Get on it, Loren! πŸ™‚ #
  • What happens when you plug an iPhone into the USB port that the iPad Camera Connector kit uses? Can you pull photos? #unansweredquestions #
  • My iPhone already killed my Kindle. I haven't physically touched my Kindle in 4-5 months. I read Kindle books every day on my iPhone. #
  • @jschultz I've been reading ebooks on PDA-sized devices for almost a decade, so the size doesn't bother me. Convenience wins out. #
  • "iPad also comes with Bluetooth, which lets you connect to devices like […] the Apple Wireless Keyboard" http://www.apple.com/ipad/design/ #
  • @blath Yes, I'll likely give my Kindle to my kids. My 6yo is a *voracious* reader. She'll love it. πŸ™‚ in reply to blath #
  • T-Mobile's 3G HSPA network uses AWS freqs (1700/2100MHz). iPad supports 2100 but not 1700. Will it work at 3G or EDGE speeds on T-Mobile? #
  • @jkendrick @palmsolo I agree that a MiFi is an almost perfect option. But it's $60/month, twice as much as a 3G iPad unlimited plan. in reply to jkendrick #
  • Another tidbit from the iPad tech specs page: "Support for 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter" http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/ #
  • As soon as someone makes a decently sturdy way to mount/hold it, the iPad is going to make an *awesome* car brain (the iPhone already is). #
  • The homescreen on the iPad rotates (unlike the iPhone). Guess that's why the icons are spaced so strangely. #
  • RT @Mona: Apple Keynote is up! http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/1001q3f8hhr/event/index.html /via @jamesjimmy23 #
  • RT @gruber: When you connect iPad to your Mac or PC, you get a file system mount point with "shared documents", for interchange with apps. #
  • To all who I offended today with my rabid fanboy enthusiasm, especially in person, I'm sorry. πŸ™ #
  • Just paid off the last of @rachelbancroft's student loans. Woo hoo! πŸ™‚ #
  • Thankfully I don't have any student loan debt, thanks to a very generous employer who reimbursed my school while I was finishing my degree. #
  • Now on to knocking out other debt before I blow all our money on iPads. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-27

  • Nice new HTML5 version of web Google Voice interface for iPhone and Android at m.google.com/voice http://twitpic.com/zuyuj #
  • @wpgrant Love the Google Voice integration on Android. I've been using the old web interface on my iPhone, so the new one is a nice upgrade. in reply to wpgrant #
  • Been using Chrome (dev) for Mac as primary for a few days. Sometimes my Google pages (Gmail, etc.) crash with the "Aw, snap!" frowny icon. #
  • Oops. I just suffered a near-catastrophic mishap with my magnetic Buckyballs (http://bit.ly/cHtOXu). Gotta be careful with those! πŸ™‚ #
  • Updating the firmware of my Apple Wireless Keyboard. Hidden tablet support being added? #obligatorytablethype #
  • @macfixer Ooh, good question. I'll have to try Airlock now. And I haven't forgotten about your ear hoop piece! in reply to macfixer #
  • Get Your Last Minute Apple Tablet Predictions In Now http://post.ly/KiC2 #
  • It just got really dark and stormy outside all of a sudden in Hillsboro. Ulp. #pdxtst #
  • I suppose I should try and go to sleep… #tableteve #

Get Your Last Minute Apple Tablet Predictions In Now

Update: I’ve scored my predictions below against reality, striking out ones I missed. Not to brag, but the only major items I missed were the keyboard dock (I didn’t think it would have one) and the name. Not too shabby! πŸ™‚

The hype is almost overwhelming now. Even for me. You’ve read up on what all the big thinkers have to say about an Apple Tablet device. If you’re like me, you’ve had endless conversations with friends and acquaintances about which rumors you think are true, and which ones aren’t.

You might as well formalize your predictions. I found this awesome PDF Prediction Score Card that David Weiss made, which you can print out, mark whether you think all the predictions are Correct or Incorrect, and then grade yourself after the announcement.

But printing stuff out on dead trees? Ugh. Isn’t there an app for that? Turns out there is. Weiss’ iPhone app Prediction just hit the App Store ($2.99, but worth it IMO) lets you make your own call on predictions for not only Apple’s event, but other upcoming tech stuff like MWC and Google I/O (all stuff I happen to be interested in). The interface is great, and auto-grading after an event takes place is much better than checking your own work on a paper list.

Prediction iPhone App

This time tomorrow, we’ll all know what the deal is. Time for the last few breathless hours of speculation.

This is almost bigger than Christmas for me. My nerves can hardly take it. πŸ™‚

For the record, here are my predictions (emailed/exported from the Prediction app). I’ll grade them after the event.

(stricken text means I got my prediction wrong):

Apple Tablet Supports Flash: Wrong

Tablet Has Textbook Content: Partially Correct

Tablet Dev API Based on Cocoa Touch: Correct

Tablet Size Between 10 and 11 Inches: Partially Correct

Tablet Plays Video Content: Correct

Tablet Has Docking Mechanism: Partially Correct

Indie Content for Tablet: Correct

Tablet Book, Newspaper and Magazine Content: Correct

Tablet Runs Existing iPhone Apps: Correct

Apple Tablet SDK Announced: Correct

Tablet Has Cell Phone Internet Capability: Correct

Apple Tablet Announced: Correct

Tablet Plays Music Content: Correct

Tablet OS Is a New OS: Correct

Tablet Has TV Content: Partially Correct

Tablet Has a Tactile Keyboard: Wrong

Tablet Apps Only from the App Store: Correct

Apple Tablet Has Hardware Keyboard Option: Wrong (it does, in fact, have a hardware keyboard dock, as well as Bluetooth keyboard support)

Tablet Has Built-In Camera: Correct

Tablet Ships in March 2010: Correct

Tablet named iPad: Wrong

Tablet Priced Around $1000: Partially Correct

Tablet named iBook: Wrong

Tablet named Apple iTablet: Wrong

iPhone OS 4.0 Announced: Correct (it was version 3.2, not 4.0)

T-Mobile Support for iPhone or Tablet: Wrong

Verizon Support for iPhone or Tablet: Wrong

New iLife and iWork Suites Released: Correct (only new iWork for iPad)

Bing on the iPhone: Wrong

Tablet named Apple tablet: Wrong

Paint App on Tablet: Partially Correct (the Brushes demo was awesome, but it’s 3rd party)

Tablet named Canvas: Correct (missed this one!)

Tablet named iSlate: Wrong

AT&T Exclusive Contract for iPhone Ends: Wrong

Tablet named iGuide: Wrong

Touch Screen Macs: Wrong

Apple Announces an iTunes Web App: Wrong


Panorama of the madness at Out of This World Pizza and Play

This place is AWESOME. A giant warehouse full of big playthings, tables and couches for parents, pizza, ice cream, and even wifi. And they have gluten-free pizza.

It’s kind of out in the middle of nowhere, north of Highway 26 off Cornelius Pass Rd. And it’s a zoo on Saturday night. But highly recommended if you have small kids.

Photo is an Autostich panorama made if seven or so shots on my iPhone 3GS.


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-23

  • Ignite Portland 8 planning meeting. It's getting close! πŸ™‚ #ip8 (@ E-San Thai Cuisine) http://4sq.com/6tSDuc #
  • @aaroneiche Pao de queijo group order? I'm all over that. Got a link to what you're ordering? in reply to aaroneiche #
  • @katusteve Again with the "we'll tell you what happened tonight" old-world TV tease… πŸ™ #fail #doingitwrong #thisistheweb in reply to katusteve #
  • Wait. Chrome for Mac doesn't display image alt text in a popup? How am I going to read XKCD? Might have to switch back to Firefox… πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @hotdogsladies: Ready to change the way you use your iPhone? As in, "Holy S$@!" levels of new awesome?

    Meet "Quix": http://bit.ly/31dwq7 #

  • Date night with @rachelbancroft! This place looks pretty good. (@ La Bella Vita Pizzeria) http://4sq.com/8Ikxz6 #
  • This Bella Vita pizza place has *screaming* fast wifi: http://twitpic.com/zaufm #
  • I just became the mayor of Regal Movies on TV 16 on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/6qnRnn #
  • Seeing Sherlock Holmes with @rachelbancroft. Love Robert Downy Jr. since Iron Man! πŸ™‚ (@ Regal Movies on TV 16) http://4sq.com/6qnRnn #
  • Sherlock Holmes was great. Loved how science wins over "magic". Holmes and Watson were the O.G. @Mythbusters. πŸ™‚ #