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iPad controlled blimp?!

iPad controlled blimp?!
There seems to be no end to the creative used people find for iPads.  Recently one was used as the remote control for a do-it-yourself (DIY) blimp with a forward mounted camera that would stream video back to the device and to a large wall mounted LCD screen.  This odd pairing made an appearance at a party where the remotely controlled blimp would over fly the people attending the event and transmit its video feed to a large LCD panel. The DIY blimp is available as a kit from DIY Drones and a general description can be found here. If you are curious to see this odd pair in action the video is embedded below. * Images: DIY Drones * Sources: DIY Drones, Mac Stories and...
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iPad: Episode III – Revenge of the Chief

iPad: Episode III – Revenge of the Chief
This is the third episode of the iPad Trilogy.  Before you read this episode, you should read Episode I – Hidden Menace and Episode II – Attack of the Phones, if you’ve not done so already. The Company’s powerful new weapon would have the power to replace a small notebook and much more.  All along the Company’s phone had been running a special version of its powerful operating system, the same one that ran on the white gear the Company’s Shocktroopers carried proudly everywhere they went. Some suspicion that something was afoot was starting to run through the more sensitive members of the opposing factions.  Slowly, they began working in new ways to counter the potential of a new threat.  No one knew exactly when it would come, but tension was palpable in the air. Patiently, carefully the Supreme Executive and his most trusted followers had worked all the pieces in the board to the most favorable positions. They even managed to blind the opposition into building similar looking weapons, which, as with their phone versions, could not be as versatile and powerful as the Company’s new weapon could.  Inducing people to think that the Company would make a power play in keeping with its traditional strategy of attacking high value targets, they led themselves down the wrong direction. In truth, the plan involves a simultaneous attack, highly coordinated, to ensure that a series of individual targets are all knocked off in a single blow.  Portable media players, portable DVD players, eBook readers, mobile gaming consoles, netbooks, low power notebooks all are under the sights of the Company’s new weapon.  A Weapon so powerful that it already has large numbers of new will-be-followers preparing their credit cards to go out and buy it as it becomes available and has every holster manufacturer in existence working feverishly to create all kinds of new holsters for it. (Though I am sure, none will really hang at the hip.) The date is set.  The initial moves towards a great and bloody battle have started. A Battle from which the Company will emerge more powerful than ever, having claimed large portions of new territories and hugely increasing its penetration in its original territory: computers. As the smoke clears, we will see New Hope that the Company’s new computers. It will be in use everywhere, with the barriers to their usage within companies beaten down fiercely by an even larger army of Shocktroopers.  All of them armed with the Company’s latest weapon. *This is the third and final episode of the iPad Trilogy.  As I mentioned in the past, not everything about the iPad needs to be serious and I decided to write the posts in the trilogy just for the fun of...
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iPad: Episode II – Attack of the Phones

iPad: Episode II – Attack of the Phones
This is the second episode of the iPad Trilogy.  Before you read this episode, you should read Episode I – Hidden Menace,  if you’ve not done so already. With all the pieces set on the board, the Supreme Executive, made the opening moves in starting a war.  While everyone was sure that, the company was just producing its harmless white computers and white entertainment devices (black for higher ranked followers), it had secretly been building a mobile phone.  It was a phone like no other one before it, armed with a multi-touch interface. With this revelation, the Supreme Executive was hailed for the great leader that he was and took the opportunity to rename the Company breaking away from the limiting the bonds of the old company name and freeing it to expand in the future. This phone was a weapon so powerful that it had all opposing forces scrambling to duplicate it within days of its first use.  In distant lands, the opposition worked hard at trying to create working models of comparable of phones, which could face the company’s powerful weapon in battle.  A giant army of clones was born, but through lack of vision or a fundamental flaw in the process of creating the copies, none was as good as the company’s master weapon. The war raged on with the opposing forces struggling to gain an upper hand, but none making a dent in the relentless advance of the Company expanding further into the new territory it had invaded.   After a little time had passed, the Supreme Executive moved the next piece on the board and unveiled the fact that the phone was in reality a handheld computer and a mobile gaming device.  Suddenly, large numbers of more powerful followers, called developers, flocked to his banner and the power of the Company grew exponentially. A couple of years went by, the number of developers following the banner of the Supreme Executive skyrocketed, and while everyone was busy trying to replicate the powerful phone, and failing miserably at it, the Company’s secret labs were still busy.  This time they were building a larger and more powerful version of its phone weapon. *This is the second episode of the iPad Trilogy.  As I mentioned in the past, not everything about the iPad needs to be serious and I decided to write the posts in the trilogy just for the fun of it. This story is now continued in iPad: Episode III – Revenge of the Chief....
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iPad: Episode I – The Hidden Menace

iPad: Episode I – The Hidden Menace
A long long time ago, when the situation seemed grim for an embattled computer maker, its board rallied around a strong leadership figure, which promised to bring the Old Company back to its days of glory.  While modestly, refusing to take up the title of Supreme Executive this person started to put plans within plans into motion. While everyone else in the computer industry lived on with his or her lives this executive started the process, in a secret laboratory facility, to create the most powerful operating system the world had ever known. Under the guise of providing a more capable and modern operating system for the colorful and harmless looking computers the company presented to the public, this great weapon started to emerge. As years passed and the operating system was brought on line, still running on harmless looking computers with old processors, the secret lab was already testing a version of it for a more powerful processor. With great skill, the executive, elevated to the Supreme position by acclamation, maneuvered to grow public support for his company and products.  With incredible oratory skills, soon he had millions of followers rallying under his banner.  The Old Company started producing small devices which his followers could carry anywhere for entertainment while clearly distinguishing from other devices due to their white color.  These followers became the Old Company’s shocktroopers, going everywhere with their white gear. Not long after, under the pretense of allowing his followers to enjoy better performance in their everyday tasks the Old Company unveiled a new version of this operating system that could run on far more powerful, newer and multiple-core  processors. It could now also run on multiple hardware platforms with the justification of allowing existing users to have more performance. This was a  great sleight of hand that clouded the fact that it could also run on much less powerful processors as well. All was evolving as planned and the Supreme Executive was safe in his position as the pieces were set on the board… *This is the first episode of the iPad Trilogy.  As I mentioned in the past, not everything about the iPad needs to be serious and I decided to write the posts in the trilogy just for the fun of it. This story is now continued in iPad: Episode II – Attack of the...
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A diamond iPad for a mere $20.000

A diamond iPad for a mere $20.000
The world’s first diamond iPad has been announced and it can be yours for a mere $20.000,00, but only if you’re quick as availability is limited. This seventh iPad version, now is sure to murky the waters for all those with a bit of fashion sense.  Just a bit over $19.000 more expensive than the 64GB 3G model, this is certainly a bargain. I hope that it least is a 64GB 3G model, at that.  You wouldn’t want you diamond iPad running out of memory too soon and having to be...
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Not everything about the iPad needs to be serious…

I just ran across this parody of the iPad introduction video from Apple…
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10 Myths of the iPad…

Today I ran into a series of interesting comments by Daniel Eran Dilger, in video format, titled “The 10 myths of the Apple iPad”.  He’s got a video for each of the first 8 myths and the one I’ve watched so far were interesting. Specially interesting were his pointed comments on some of the critics of the...
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iPad humor…

Going through the tech news sites tonight I ran into a really humorous critique of the iPad titled “10 Things Apple Doesn’t Want You to Know About the iPad“. I really enjoyed the bit about the iPad not having a blu-ray drive, with a picture of desktop computer drive.  Just the thing for a 0.5 inch thin...
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Make your own paper iPad

Just got a link from a friend (@otaviors) pointing to a post on the MacRumors which shows a paper cutout of an iPad.   Now, if you can’t wait to get your hands on the real iPad you can make your own, lightweight, version of it. I should warn you, however, that even including the provided paper cutout A4 processor inside it, the performance  might be disappointing as the responsiveness of the touch screen is non-existent. by: Mauricio...
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