Thoughts on the iPad

Apple released the iPad last week as many of you well know.  I had little interest in the device, but still see some great potential in the world of tablet computing.  After all I’ve seen and read, I feel the device, where it stands, is a great tool for someone like my parents but nothing more.  As it stands, it will be a great tool for the basics (email, calendars, and simple web-browsing).  I don’t think this hardware will be a great e-book reader.  The Kindle is good for a reason… it’s not a back-light LED display.

Either way, these are where I feel the iPad has fallen short:

  • No Multitasking
  • No Camera
  • No Flash
  • Over all UI Design of the OS (identical to the iPhone)
  • Closed Platform (Apple controls which applications developers can deploy)

With that said, I still have hope for the iPad.  I also think it’s exciting that all my iPhone developer friends are now developers for the iPad as well.

There are 3 short articles that I found good reads on this same subject at Gizmodoidsgn, and Mike Chambers.

Previewing FLVs on a Mac using Quicktime and Mac OS X 10.5’s Quick Look Feature

If you’re looking to get FLVs to playback in Quicktime I believe your best route is Perian.  It installs a preference pane in your System Preferences.  It’s simple to install and update.  Another great thing about installing Perian is you can convert FLVs to other formats using Quicktime Pro.

Also if you want to quickly preview FLVs from within Finder using the Quick Look feature try using this Quick Look plugin.  Place the flv.qlgenerator file in your Library/QuickLook folder.  This can go in your root library folder or your user library folder.

Hope this is helpful, I use it everyday.

Print CD Inserts with iTunes

So  I know there may be some iTunes hatters out there, but I just discovered a useful thing with iTunes. I’ve used iTunes for many years now, but never noticed this feature. Maybe this is a new feature? You can actually print out different templates for jewel cases based on album artwork and track listings.  iTunes automatically formats it for you.  When you have an album selected go to the file>>print… and you’ll find some nice templates.

http://www.apple.com/itunes/hottips/#printcdinserts

BTW… I use eMusic for downloads. 🙂
thank you Marky for eMusic. 

RadTech ProCable iPhone Headset Review

After seeing the ProCable headphones for the iPhone on TUAW.com, I decided to buy a pair for the low price of $24.95.  I wasn’t expecting much, but I was hoping for the best.  I also used the promo code to purchase them, which brought them down in price even more (RTPROMO1).

I received the headphone today.  The sound quality is what I expected, it sucks.  It’s worse than the headphones that come with the iPhone.  I don’t have a lot of experience with other headsets, but I was hoping to get a pair for less than $100 bucks that has the sound control and mic features of the apple headset.  The headphones do look amazing and the sound control and mic features work great, but the sound quality definitely reflects the price.  I guess they’ll be an ok backup to carry around in the car.

RadTech ProCable iPhone Headset

Writing first blog entry from my iPhone

I finally decided to drop sprint after 5 long years. After my contract expired in october I’ve had nothing but problems with sprint. In August they messed up my plan on my treo 700p and began charging me around 60 dollars a month. After numerous 45 min phone calls with customer service, I decided I’ve had enough.

I had been debating the iPhone for some time now. After the latest firmware update and the talk of opening the phone to third-party apps I decided I was ready.

So far 1 day later I’m very happy. I will be getting my girlfriend one shortly too. I have yet to really be disapointed with apple yet, being an avid mac user since high school. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how at&t treats me. I will say it was the easiest thing in the world to transfer my number and set up my service through iTunes. Bravo apple.

It’s nice having all these web apps made specifically for the iPhone. My treo never had anything like this. This wordpress admin theme is pretty damn sweet!

Safari has a very useful hidden debug menu.

Today, a coworker pointed out to me a feature he discovered in Apple Safari after doing a search for a random error code while writing an Ajax script for Chefmd.com. This is a very useful feature of safari that I’m surprised they don’t allow you to activate just in your preferences.

To activate this hidden debug menu in Safari type the following command into Terminal (located in applications >> utilities):

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1

To hide the menu again, just enter the following:

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 0

Enjoy.

Read more at macosxhints.com.

MAMP… is it a disease?

I just started using MAMP (Macintosh, Apache, Mysql and PHP) today at work.. amazing. Simple to install and easy to use. I strongly suggest anyone who codes with PHP and MySQL to use this program. I haven’t ever wanted to turn my computer into a web server by installing PHP and MySQL with the fear of updating configuration files and what not. I know I’m not as knowledgeable in the installation of this stuff as I should be. What I do know is this program is great and easy to install!

Check it out: www.mamp.info