April 4, 2010


Mac Roundtable 2010.04.03 Episode #81

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 2:20 pm

This episode was hosted by:

Katie Floyd – Mac Power Users http://www.macpowerusers.com Twitter- @katiefloyd

John F. Braun – The Mac Observer’s Mac Geek Gab http://www.macgeekgab.com/, Monday’s Mac Gadget http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/features/mondays_mac_gadget/ Twitter – @johnfbraun

Allison Sheridan – NosillaCast Podcast http://podfeet.com Twitter @podfeet

Adam Christiansonhttp://www.maccast.com Twitter – @maccast

Victor Cajiao www.Typicalmacuser.Com Twitter – @victorcajiao

In this episode we discussed the iPad:

How we got our iPads

preorder vs. reserve vs. show up?

how was it?

First impressions

Happy Impressions

  • books
  • maps
  • typing is better than I thought

Negative impressions:

  • heavier than I thought
  • hard to plug in the connector
  • can’t figure out how to sync up my podfeet.com email
  • tried creating calendar event – add invitee, but NO….
  • gathers dust and finger prints pretty easily
  • Apple case: $39, bought it instead of a dock, weird flap, very thin, roundy standing up, maybe it will get a crease? not very Apple-like, kinda hinky.
  • Fail on download of Pages. Had to download via iTunes. Didn’t tell me it failed, just stopped and didn’t show up. grrr… trying to download again told me I had to go to iTunes

Mini rant 2: I did go out and get 1PW for iPad and then found out I did not have to do that. 1PW did send out a link to clarify but I had not seen it before. I put a post up to let people know and that has a link to the iTunes store to get a refund.

iPad Apps

  • Some are VERY expensive
  • Ability to do hybrid Apps
  • Some developers (1Password) are offering iPad upgrades for those who have alerady purchased.
  • Other developers are requiring you to purchase new versions at a premium

Mini-rant about apps, a well-written app, be it on a iPhone/iPod Touch, Mac, PC or iPad, should not make assumptions about screen size. If companies are just charging extra for something they should have done to begin with, that’s a ripoff. If it takes advantage of the features of the iPad, that’s different.

Font Scaling?

  • The old raster (bitmap) versus vector (paths) font issue
  • iPhone apps at (2x) size suck

Charging issue


LCD Visibility Outdoors

  • Any different than any other LCD screen?
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8+ required

iPad Internals:

iPad versus Baseball Bat:
Best and Worst apps:

Worst – we give them 60 days to fix them

  • Netflix but we applaud them for being there
  • Wall street journal – expensive AND popup ads! plus it’s slow, unintuitive


  • Marvel (free with some free comics)
  • Google Maps
  • Drawing Pad
  • USA Today
  • ABC App (no scrubbing through the movie tho)
  • Twitterific