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An Englishman in New York. With an iPad.

May 8, 2010 1 comment

Several news sites are reporting the limited availability of the WiFi+3G iPad at Apple store, but in New York there’s a shortage of all models. I visited the 5th Ave store Thursday evening to be initially told at the entrance there were no iPads available at any of the New York Apple stores. Further enquiries inside revealed deliveries had been received every couple of days so I reserved a 32Gb WiFi only model. The “come get it” email arrived Friday morning, so after a visit to the Top of the Rock (awesome view) I headed to the store and got the iPad activated for immediate use.
Requests for iPads at the store are constant, and within five minutes of getting mine out of the box to set it up I had an offer of “whatever you paid plus a hundred dollars”. That was without even seeing what model it was. Setting up a US iTunes account is necessary since there is no UK iPad support until launch. A $25 iTunes gift card took care of the app store billing requirement.
Onto first impressions. It’s surprisingly heavy but more solid than cumbersome. Performance is very smooth, and there have been no lags or pauses so far. I bought the Acer Aspire One hackbook on this trip and it cannot play my holiday movies exported from iMovie at quarter HD (960×540). The iPad has no trouble and they look fantastic, no stuttering with vivid but realistic colour.
The camera connection kit is sold out as well so I haven’t been able to directly import photos. iPhoto is sluggish on the hackbook so I am only importing a select few photos for syncing to the iPad. Those viewed so far look just as good as movies.
Off to the New York public library today as Mrs Basshead loves The Day After Tomorrow film, so more thoughts to follow.

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Hiding Gmail folders in Mail.app

October 15, 2008 Leave a comment

For the past year or so I have been using a Gmail account for the convenience of IMAP access and online backup. The irritation when using Gmail through Leopard’s Mail.app was the extra folders that show up such as All Mail and the extra unused Trash, Drafts etc. A very usefull tip turned up on Mac OS X Hints a few days ago, explaining how to enable Gmail’s Advanced IMAP controls to select which folders are displayed for remote IMAP access. Following the advice I have now removed the unwanted folders making Mail a lot tidier and the world a happier place.

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Gmail security advice

August 20, 2008 2 comments

Google Mail has recently added the ability to use SSL to encrypt your browsers connection to the web client, and Webmonkey.com is recommending you turn it on. It appears that a Gmail account hacking tool is due for release in a couple of weeks that will make the process of hacking an email account a whole lot easier. It’s easy to enable SSL from the Gmail web setting page, so my advice to anyone using Gmail is to read the article and switch it on.

I’ve had a look at Mail on my Macs and iPod, and they use the SSL option by default. This only really applies if you use the Gmail web client, but since you never know when you might need to check your mail online it’s worth doing.

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iPod Mail.app problem and solution

August 9, 2008 4 comments

While the upgrade to 2.0.1 firmware on my iPod Touch went smoothly and appeared to be working fine, I later discovered a problem with the Mail.app. Since upgrading the firmware erases the installed OS, it also removes the mail messages. As I use Gmail with IMAP access these messages are stored in the Gmail account so should be synchronised when accessing the Mail application. What was happening was two attempts at downloading the mail messages then Mail.app quit. Read more…