Apple iPad, shitty name, nice device.

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9.7 inch touch screen, 1024×768 resolution, WiFi, 3G, Accelerometer, compass, 1Ghz CPU, running iPhone OS, this is pretty much a gigantic iPhone (without being an actual phone).

I think for someone who doesn’t already have an iPhone (and wants one but is most likely locked in to a contract with a shitty device) this would be a good option. Same goes for anyone looking to buy a netbook who only cares about social networking, IM, surfing the web or reading ebooks. This makes the Kindle look like a sad little joke in that regard.

I’ll be interested to see how the 3G data is packaged in Australia especially since there will be an unlimited data plan in the US for $29.99 which is cool since you can run Skype on this and essentially use it as a phone, if you wanted to.

I’m puzzled over the lack of a camera, but then again, the iPhone doesn’t have a camera for use in teleconferences either (i.e. no front facing camera) so it’s not surprising.

I’m torn about if I like that it’s based on the iPhone OS rather than Mac OS, but each has it advantages. iPhone OS means all the apps you own on your iPhone will run on the iPad, but it obviously means you can’t run full apps you are running on your Mac. I think they went the right direction with this, considering the target market.

For US$499 for the base model, the iPad is competing with the netbook segment but interestingly would be about the cheapest netbook with a touch screen, of course, if you go for the 64Gb 3G model you’ll be looking at US$829, which is approaching full laptop price.

I think for sitting on the couch surfing the web and IM’ing this is pretty much a winner. I’m looking forward to using it when someone enters my study and swinging around in my chair holding it and saying “What is it, number one?” in a British accent.

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(note, doing a google image search for “Picard trek padd” revealed some pretty damn disturbing images)

Time for a new OMGWTFBBQ

Our old 3 burner beast is about to give up the ghost after 15 years of faithful service. It’s had some issues in the past which I’ve overlooked, the flame tamers don’t, there’s rust/other gross stuff where there shouldn’t be, it look generally old and tired and the auto lighter thingo hasn’t worked on two of the burners for years.

The other night the middle burner wouldn’t light so I tried doing it with a match..nothing…I could hear gas coming from somewhere so I just left the match there a couple of second and WOOOF, the section near the dial lit up like Christmas and started happily flaming away, nowhere near where the flame actually needed to be to cook anything unfortunately. Then last night Kristie went to do the same thing on another previously working burner and the same thing happened…this time enough gas has built up to give her arms a little scorch so we decided it’s time to put the old thing out to pasture and look around for a new one.

I’m kind of partial to the new Webber kinda-compact ones like this

Webber Q 300

…but Kristie wants one with a cabinet underneath to hide all the usual BBQ junk in….so something like the …

BEEFMASTER 4

 

This is good because it has an awesome name.

So, anyone gone through this same exercise recently and have any advice to offer?

EDIT: I think I found a winner, I like the idea of the enamel hotplates (rather than cast iron):

Cordon Bleu 4

…despite the utterly gay name.

Happy/Merry whatever whatever

Two months since the last post and not much to report.

My continuing work on the Terminator 2 pinball restore has come to several screaming halts after I powered it on for the first time since stripping it down and it went completely mental (technical term), after having the main power board looked at and a fair bit of work done to it, it worked for a grand total of about 30 minutes then went completely mental again. I’m beginning to realise that restoring a 20 year old pinball is both an exercise in frustration and a money pit, but it sure if character building! Again, check out the picasa gallery for ongoing pictures of the T2 and other junk: http://picasaweb.google.com/royalla

We had the open part of our shed closed in just before Christmas which gave us a bit more (about 6mx3m) storage/workshop room, I build a 3mx2m mezzanine  floor which was supposed to be used for storage but I made the mistake of lifting Alex up to it and he has now claimed it as his “junk shop”, to which I has since added some carpet and will soon be building a set of steps or ladder..I really wish I’d build it better now! (kidding, it’s typically over-engineered and takes my weight easily).

Apart from that, we had about a week away in Forster for Christmas, 2000% humidity is a killer and I was glad to be back in a climate where you can dry a towel or sit completely still without breaking in to a sweat.