Tag Archives: iPad


NYT: New iPad screen could be too good for the web:

Do they spend the extra cost to create, store and serve up retina-compatible images on their website or do they spend that money on a retina iPad app instead?

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))

Spend the money on the web, I’ll never go to the NYT app for that content and those that do will still probably get directed to the web site via things link Twitter and other places, links, on the web. That will still show the ugly graphics. Spend the money first on the web, later on the app. To help bandwidth cost you could also selectively serve the retina graphics to the compatible devices.

The $5 App That Might Justify (to me, not my wife) Buying a $500 iPad

“The $5 App That Justifies my $500 iPad”

(Via The $5 App That Justifies my $500 iPad — Shawn Blanc.)

Gave up my iPad a while back and I don’t’ miss it much. I do miss Instapaper a bit, and this update is really making me feel like I should have an iPad again! Instapapers Kindle integration is great but it’s still a fair amount of friction to reading things. Though I KNOW I’ll just be distracted on the iPad all the time, hell I can’t even read long article on my windows desktop!


Update: iOS 5 isn’t hurting either (iMessages is killer now that more the half the people I SMS with are on iPhones)!

I Like A Good Button

That’s a Good Question:

It seems to me that those two buttons would still be quite useful even though the screen now accepts touch input.

(Via Shawn Blanc)

The buttons on the Kindle 3 were a great improvement over the two. I never liked having to swipe page turns on the iPad. I’d like to feel how the new navigation works on the Kindle Touch before I complain. Either way I’m not sure I like the removal of the option.

Little Things

I very carefully curate my desktop. I hate things on the desktop and I need things a certain way to work effectively. An example of this as you can see I have the dock hidden. I don’t need it, there’s nothing in it except the running apps and that’s what CMD+Tab is for. I’ve even replaced that part of the default functionality by highjacking the keys into Witch so I can customize the way it acts. Mostly just switching between all windows instead of just the main window for each application. I can also launch a new Finder or Chrome window without having to switch to it then CMD+n. If your interested, ping me I’ll help get the setting right for ya. As you can tell I’m actually a little, ok a lot, obsessed with these things. The latest, after switching to this schweet new wallpaper, is this one last menu bar icon.


WeatherEye 1

It’s an app called WeatherEye. I used to love it, on the iPhone and iPad it’s a pretty good app. The ad’s in all version have been bugging me. The colour in the menu bar is the last straw. I’m off to Weather Snitch on the iPhone. Oh, seams Version 2 is now out. Kind of annoying that I have to pay but I’ll check it out.

From looking around I’m going to give Degrees a shot. It’s a little pricy for a simple weather app but I’d rather pay a few bucks for an ad free app that I think fits my needs. Weirdly, it can’t find London, Ontario. Not a big deal I’m closer to Strathroy and for and for some even stranger reason that IS in there!

Any other suggestions for a great MONOCHROME menu bar weather app?

How Much

“Last fall, I conducted an experiment: I quietly removed Instapaper Free from the App Store1 for three days, leaving only the full, $4.99 Instapaper app. Not only did sales increase incrementally, but nobody seemed to notice.”

(Via Why Instapaper Free is taking an extended vacation – Marco.org)


I’m really getting behind paying for good apps that look amazing. Instapaper is one, I’d even pay a couple bucks a month for it I bet.

I also love his take on the type of customers you get on a free app as apposed to a paid app. The reviews were better, reasonable. The payment is a barrier, just like PodCamp London!

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves – O’Reilly Radar

This is scary.

Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves
A hidden file in iOS 4 is regularly recording the position of devices.

Today at Where 2.0 Pete Warden and I will announce the discovery that your iPhone, and your 3G iPad, is regularly recording the position of your device into a hidden file. Ever since iOS 4 arrived, your device has been storing a long list of locations and time stamps. We’re not sure why Apple is gathering this data, but it’s clearly intentional, as the database is being restored across backups, and even device migrations.

[From Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves – O’Reilly Radar]

Try it for yourself. I just downloaded the app (Mac OSX only) and relived my last year of traveling!