Mac vs iPad/iPhone

Yesterday, Apple updated the Macbook Pro line of notebooks (with some pretty cool upgrades) but the frontpage of apple.com continued to show an iPad as it’s main feature.  Marco Arment has an interesting take on what’s going on and why he’s happy about it.

Internet Trends Report

I’ve been reading Fred Wilson’s blog, and found some interesting reads.

1. Good read on Successful Web Apps.
2. I disagree with his take on the iPad. I think he’s missing the point of the iPad (which isn’t mainly about the hardware). The killer function of the iPad, imho, is the touch full-screen apps… which are just starting to hit the AppStore. Developers see the opportunity, and you’ll start seeing iPad apps that will be jaw-dropping. Desktop/laptop apps won’t be able to compare because the potential of Touch OS by Apple is superior to Mac OS or Windows. Apps will make the iPad what it will be, and it’s just the beginning.
3. On his latest post, he links to a great report by Morgan Stanley on mobile internet trends. Really makes you think.

4. Startup advice…

Fred Wilson talks trends, advice for startups

Pivoting

Interesting post by Steve Blank (author of Four Steps to the Epiphany) on “pivoting”:
http://steveblank.com/2010/04/12/why-startups-are-agile-and-opportunistic-–-p…

He notes: “As a founder, you need to prepare yourself to think creatively and independently because more often than not, conditions on the ground will change so rapidly that your original well-thought-out business model will quickly become irrelevant.” And, “most startup business models are initially wrong.”

Some more interesting reading:
http://www.startuplessonslearned.com/2009/06/pivot-dont-jump-to-new-vision.html
http://steveblank.com/2010/01/25/whats-a-startup-first-principles/
http://steveblank.com/2009/04/10/good-enough-decision-making/

WordPress App on the iPad

I am trying out the WordPress app on the iPad. It’s pretty cool. So far, I have successfully edited an already published post (something I could not do online using my iPad), viewed comments, and generally had a better feeling of connection to our blogsite through it. And now, I am publishing my first post on it. Cheers!

How to Post a PDF as an Image onto Your Blog from an iPad

So after much experimentation, here’s the best solution that I’ve come up with so far. If there’s a better way, please share the wealth.If the image is in the facing the correct direction, meaning it is not I landscape but in portrait, you’re in luck!
1. Save your image to your iPad’s photo library by taking a screenshot. (hit home and on buttons at the same time)
2. Copy the image from your photo library.
3. Post it to your blog by pasting.

If your image is not facing correctly, like it’s in landscape, beware, your image will post sideways to your blog post or your Facebook wall or wherever. Here’s what you can do:
1. Save your image to your photo library.
2. Copy/paste your image to your Pages app.
3. Two-finger adjust your image until it is facing up/down in portrait mode.
4. Take a screenshot in portrait mode. ( I know, painful.)
5. Copy/ paste that onto your blog.

Touch on iPad Safari

It seems that some of the websites aren’t touch ready. The scrolling doesn’t work for some or sometimes clicking to edit an entry. That is an addition to sites that won’t work because they are flash supported.

iPad

Other than my programming tasks, all of the tasks that I normally do in my laptop, I can do now using my iPad. I can surf the web, read email, play games, read books, etc… Computing is so much fun with the touch interaction. The user interface is beautiful and functional. I can only wish this device would have been out a long time ago. That way, I would never have to deal with the frustrations of having blue screen coming out, finding software ‘drivers’ to behave with the current system configuration, reinstalling OS after few months, removing viruses and making sure you have Norton software installed. A computer should help me get the job done not interfere with my work. It shouldn’t be so technical that it will take me a long to get used to it and be productive. I think I have that computer in my hand right now with the iPad.