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Apple iPad? No thanks.

Apple iPad. Really? So that’s the best name Jobs and co. can come up with? For a device nearly a decade in the making, it is truly uninspiring and quite frankly useless.  Even thou there was unbelievable hype around this device, it offers nothing new or necessary at all.

The iPad is an overgrown iPhone at best. The data entry system is not revolutionary at all, but rather quite plain and dull. As for being a ground-breaking device as it was claimed to be, it is quite the opposite.  Simply put, it is an ebook reader with net surfing support.

 

Take a look at the specifications:-

Hardware

Color display               9.7 inches (25 cm) LED backlit in-plane switching LCD

Processor                    1 GHz Apple A4 system-on-a-chip

Graphics                     1024×768 pixel (XGA resolution), 20cm × 15cm, 132ppi

Storage                        16, 32 or 64 GB flash memory

Wireless                       Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

3G Internet                7.2 Mbps HSDPA using micro-SIM card tray (3G model only)

Operating system        iPhone OS

Battery                       Built-in lithium-polymer 25 W·h (10 h usage, 1 month standby)

Weight                        1.5 pounds (680 g), 1.6 pounds (730 g) (3G Model)

Dimensions                9.56 inches (24.3 cm) x 7.47 inches (19.0 cm) x 0.5 inches (1.3 cm)

Very unimpressive  specifications as you can see.

It does come with data plans, being a 3G device, under coverage of AT&T.

  • 250MB monthly data limit for $14.99
  • Unlimited data for $29.99The device will have accessories released by Apple, namely a keyboard and a docking port.

 

Being native to the App Store is not necessarily a good thing. The App Store is a closed ecosystem governed by the Kingdom of Apple. Hence there is still no support for voice apps like Skype and Google Voice.

This device has no camera. Therefore no videoconferencing or taking photos. That’s actually worse than an iPhone.

No USB/Firewire ports, hence no connectivity for devices for syncing or file transferring. That is plain awful. How can a device not have any USB ports? Well this an Apple device, and they aren’t very USB friendly at all.

No video outputs and widescreen support, so much for being a full featured multimedia device.  However, you can add a docking port to output to a monitor.

As we have come to expect from Apple, there is no Adobe Flash support. That is a huge disappoint as many sites withy streaming video will not be viewable. I do wonder how iPhone users can do without that.

Lack of multitasking has always been an Apple issue, but that has never bothered their fans before, so I doubt it will bother them now.

The iPad will be available in two months for the WiFi only version and in three months the time the WiFi and 3G version will be out. the pricing will be:-

  • 16GB WiFi only $499, WiFi + 3G $629
  • 32GB WiFi only $599, WiFi + 3G $729
  • 64GB WiFi only $699, WiFi + 3G $829

At the end of the day, Apple fans will always buy an Apple product, regardless of how useless it it. So for those people, any review is meaningless.

For people like myself for whom specifications and features do matter, I say
No thanks.
No thanks at all.

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Help Haiti Now. PLEASE.

Of course by now everyone knows what has happened in Haiti.
The entire country literally lies in ruins.
At a time like this, we all have to join together and help(if we haven’t already).

There are many fundraising activates going on.
By far the one that caught my attention the most is the one undertaken by Linkin Park and their Music For Relief foundation. They released an album called Download To Donate Haiti.

Download To Donate Haiti Features Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel,  Alanis Morissette, Slash, The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Kenna, Enrique Iglesias and Lupe Fiasco.
An album lineup does not get any better than this. All the artists mentioned have contributed unreleased tracks. The best thing about the album is that you pay whatever you can and you can download it first and pay later. Unheard off. That is a great digital sales model.

All proceeds from the album go directly to aid Haiti.

Checkout, http://www.musicforrelief.org/ .

For other ways to donate, checkout.

https://www.wfp.org/donate/haiti
https://www.habitat.org/cd/giving/donate.aspx?link=227
http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=1

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Windows 7 GodMode

Windows 7 is a piece of art. A classic. An OS like no other. I finally got around to installing my copy of Windows 7 Professional 64 bit yesterday.
Today I discovered something far far magnificant than imaginable.
GodMode.

Recently discovered by Windows 7 users, GodMode allows you to view the ultimate control panel of all your settings.
Setting up GodMode is very easy. All you have to do is create a new folder and rename it to
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
That’s it. The icon of the folder will change and opening the folder you will see all your settings and customizable options.

How cool is that?

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How To Be A Celebrity In Easy Steps


Anyone(or anything) can be a celebrity. All you have to do is follow the list. Remember, follow it in the given order.

  • Be absolutely talentless.(think about almost every single celebrity)
  • Have absolute killer looks (artificially enhanced, of course).
  • Follow everything said by management.
  • Have no knowledge of what you are doing.
  • Wear very weird (skimpy and fetish type) outfits.
  • Make stupid statements to the press.
  • Be followed around by the paparazzi.
  • Be in high profile relationships with other equally stupid stars.
  • (Bonus- Get abused by other stars.)
  • (Double bonus – Be in relationships not considered normal or legal.)
  • (Must – Declare every relationship as the one and have an even higher profile breakup.)
  • Have drug issues.
  • Have alcohol issues.
  • Enter rehab.
  • Exit rehab.
  • Repeat.
  • Die. (Must have some controversy associated). Bonus – (Controversy of suicide or murder or overdose.)
  • Or make a comeback. (in which case start again from Step 1)
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Highly Recommended : Avatar

Cast
Sam Worthington as Corporal Jake Sully.
Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine.
Zoë Saldaña as Neytiri.

Directed/Produced/Written by James Cameron

Music by James Horner

Released on 18th December 2009.

This is James Cameron’s Avatar. That makes expectations unrealistically high and untouchable. Avatar has been in the making for 15 years. For all you need to know, it lives up to the hype. The movie is an experience like no other. Made to be viewed in 3D and IMAX, it makes perfect use of this groundbreaking technology. This is the evolution of film.