iWin — Hitler finds out about the iPad Notta lotta people know this, but the iPAD is actually a New Zealand design. Full marks to Andrew Hodgskin for the stylish work, but starting at 50 plus 55m square and starting at $125,000, his iPADs are possibly a little too big and likely out of most Apple customers’ reach, unlike the Cupertino variants. What’s interesting to see about the Apple iPad is how it’s being misconstrued. To start with, this device is aimed at middle-class people who can afford to buy an iPad to go with their iPhones and iMacs/Macbooks. The iPad isn’t aimed at hacky and narcissistic youngsters — without camera and potentially no SMS, the device is social media handicapped and it’s not the best choice for study or games either. Enterprises aren’t very likely to roll out iPads either, unless it’s for very specific applications that take advantage of the mobility and long battery life of the device. Bearing that in mind, the criticism of the iPad meted out by bloggers that saw Apple shares drop 4.3 percent is mostly misguided. No Flash support, no USB, no GPS, no widescreen, no multi-tasking, no voice calls, no OLED display… so what? Apple rightly worked out that its target market can quite happily live without those things on the iPad. You can probably get those things on an HP Slate, but would you buy that instead of an iPad? Journos will probably buy iPads in large numbers because it is the Saviour of Media. People will once again pay to read things like newspapers and watch video clips. That’s the hype at least. We’ve not heard of any local publishers talking to Apple and if the whole thing ends up being totally US-centric with “this material is not available in your location” due to copyright issues then it’ll just accelerate the Death of Media in the rest of the world. — The New Zealand iPAD — It’s official: Jobs announces Apple’s iPad — Techs rattle Wall Street — Print media hail iPad’s potential — iPad’s reception in NZ promising
The iPad will hurt Microsoft’s pride because it’s cooler than anything slatey Redmond’s come up with. Imagine perfecting pen and clipboard computing, and having fantastic optical character recognition, only to discover that people like to use their fingers instead of a stylus. What’s more, the iPad is likely sell better than TabletPCs just like the iPhone is sweeping the floor with Win Mobile. That’s not stopping Microsoft from rolling in it, with revenue flowing in like a Hawke’s Bay flood. Windows 7 is the star performer, as predicted. Microsoft needs to do to WinMobile what it did with Win7, basically, if it wants to regain some pride. — Microsoft reports record second-quarter results
ALU at sea over XT
The hottest seat in New Zealand at the moment must be the one occupied by the person at Alcatel-Lucent responsible for building and managing XT for Telecom. Telecom is copping bucket loads of criticism for multiple long outages on XT and that’s fair enough, as phone service falls into that “must work at all times” category. Nothing’s been heard from Telecom’s “technology and operations partner Alcatel-Lucent” however, despite Doc Reynolds now launching an independent review of XT. What’s going on here? Why did ALU design XT with just two radio network controllers for the whole country, when Vodafone apparently has six of them for redundancy? There’s scope for enlightenment here. - Reynolds calls for independent XT network review http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/netw/A79EA5366565D3B3CC2576B80026CE61
DNS embraced and extended
A little knowledge is often said to be dangerous, but so are increased amounts of information used for other purposes than intended. Google and Neustar want to improve on the Domain Name System or DNS, to ensure people enjoy a faster and more responsive browsing experience on the web. This is understandable because the web is where both companies’ business lives. The proposed improvement to the DNS protocol from Google and Neustar would allow authoritative name servers to send replies to resolution queries that depend on the Internet Protocol address of the client that asked the question in the first place. By transmitting the three first octets of the client’s IP address, the nameserver can then figure out where the closest server is for responses. Ergo, wide-area network optimisation on the fly and you’ll get responses from optimal servers, so that’s good, isn’t it? Yes, it is, but that depends on what’s done with the additional information. What if it’s used to filter out certain areas of the world, so as not to serve up specific content that’s banned there? The idea seems fraught with security concerns too, despite the RFC listing attack mitigation measures. Extending the DNS like Google and Neustar propose could end up as a case of Doing Very Evil Indeed. — Google proposes to extend DNS protocol, optimise speed of browsing
Speaking of filtering, cleaning up the internet by having someone else decide automatically what’s good and what’s bad is such an obviously flawed idea that it shouldn’t have ever been put forward. InternetNZ is entirely correct to say the responsibility for what material anyone partakes of on the Internet isn’t the responsibility of ISPs and they shouldn’t be press-ganged into managing their customers’ content. Australia’s walking down a wrong and dangerous path on this, and we shouldn’t follow them. Listen to Hillary Clinton instead. — InternetNZ rejects internet filtering
Robert X Cringely Apple's iPad iPalooza: The aftermath
The iPad: It slices, it dices, it builds strong bodies 12 ways — but there are a few things Apple didn't quite get right The circus is finally over. The carnies are pulling down the tents, the clowns have packed up their seltzer bottles, and we are basking in the soft, sweet afterglow of greatness. So much for Obama's State of the Union address — now about that Apple event earlier today. By now you've probably seen or read dozens of stories about the iPad, as well as stories about stories about the iPad. Well, here's my take, post facto. First, the iPad really does look like a game changer. I honestly didn't think Apple could pull it off. Colour me stupid. Yet again Apple seems to have created a new product category — as well as possibly a netbook and e-book killer — out of sweat, Red Bull, and Steve Jobs' fevered imagination. Still, this wouldn't be a Cringely blog post if I didn't have a few quibbles. The name: iPad, eh? I know — it's like iPod, only with an "a". Personally, I see problems brewing. As eSarcasm's JR Raphael snarks: "Mass confusion will ensue at all Boston-area retail outlets when accent-heavy customers ask for an 'iPod' (e.g., an 'iPahd'). Prepare to hear frequent yelling of such phrases as: 'I said iPahd, not iPad. Whatayou, fahkin’ retahdid?'" Also, as I've said before, that name carries some off-putting connotations for me. Or as another wag put it, "On especially heavy surfing days they call it the MaxiPad." The specs: Impressive, to say the least: a 10-inch, 720p touchscreen; 1.5 pounds; optional physical keyboard; and as whizzy an interface as you'll find anywhere. But 10 hours of active battery life and 30 days on standby? I'll believe that when I see it. Once people can get their hands on this sucker and play with it, I expect we'll find a few more flies in the honey.
The price: I gotta say, I never expected it to come in at US$499. But when you add in all the goodies they showed off at today's unveiling — including 64GB of memory, 3G, and wi-fi — we're talking $829. That's much closer to what I expected. The bigger price news, IMHO, is the data plan: $15 a month for 250MB of data, or $30 unlimited, and no customer headlock (aka contract). If that's not a model for future wireless connectivity, I don't know what is. The 3G carrier: AT&T. Thud. I guess you can't have everything. Still, I hear they have a really good map. The press coverage: It's become almost mandatory. Whenever there's a product announcement of any import, hundreds or even thousands of attendees must "liveblog" the event. So many tried to capture the iPad announcement in real time that they temporarily overloaded liveblogging platforms at CoverItLive, bollixing coverage from sites like SiliconValley.com, Ars Technica, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, and The Technologizer. (Ars and TT later recovered.) Then, of course, there are the sites liveblogging the liveblogging of the event. It's a little like watching a movie by having someone write down summaries of each scene onto a blackboard. Maybe this is a stupid question, but: Why doesn't somebody just digitally capture the entire event and stream it live to the world? Do we really need interpreters to tell us what Steve Jobs is saying? It's not like he's speaking Swahili. The mantra: Jobs said it (twice) near the end of the event, then put it up on a large screen in case anybody missed it: “Our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.” Or to make it easier to fit on a tattoo: OMATIAMARDAAUP. Remember that; you will be tested later. Twitter: As I write this, half a dozen of the top trending topics on Twitter are related to the iPad announcement — including "Tampon." See, I told you it was a bad name. What do you think of the JesusPad? Post your thoughts below or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.