Surfing the web today I came across a new simple tool for taking notes on the iPad. HelvetiNote provides a clear, well designed, environment for the capture of text and even simple drawings. The whole thing is optimised for emailing and, as the name suggests, the font used is Helvetica. The app costs £1.79 which is fantastic for such a beautiful experience.
Search for the name on the app store.
Update: At a local Orange store I tried to replicate the signal issue on a phone with five bars. I bridged the area between the two antennae on the lower left edge of the phone and could not reduce the number of indicator bars at all. Mmm, is this really an issue?
Anyone familiar with manufacturing knows that slight variations in the process leads to occasional products that do not meet the planned standard. Many companies use the parts per million measure for quantification. For reasons of economy samples are taken from the factory and checked which means that, invariably, others slip through to the customer. These are normally resolved under warranty or guarantee.
The solution is to improve the ‘quality’ throughout the manufacturing process.
This brings me to Apple and the bad press that the iPhone 4 is getting. A week ago I read that Apple had sold 1.7 million handsets. Against this figure some people have reported issues with reception that could be related to manufacturing faults (although not according to Apple who seem to point to incorrect reporting of signal strength). Only Apple knows the extent of these issues based on customer complaints but, what might be only a few cases, have spread like wildfire across the Internet.
If 0.5% of handsets produced had faults that would equate to 8,500 potential returns. That’s a lot of potential Internet traffic. It is also a success rate of 99.5% which is pretty good by any standard.
I have colleagues with the iPhone 4 who cannot produce the signal loss issue and I have enough experience of Apple products to know that they work damn hard to produce the best hardware and software they can. I just can’t believe that this is a design issue. Apple’s design and development is the best in the world.
I await the coming software update that should better report the real signal strength available and, when I purchase the white version, will let you know if I get any problems myself.
Well, after a long delay, I duly waited in line at my nearest Apple store to get my iPad. I went for a 32Gb WiFi version.
This post is being typed in the iPad Wordpress app. The keyboard is superb in my opinion.
I also got the Apple case which should offer some protection.
I am looking now for apps designed for the iPad as iPhone sized ones don’t scale well in my opinion. They work okay in a small window centred on the screen.
I am also waiting for the book store to carry some more, varied, titles. Perhaps I have unusual tastes.
Recommendation : Go buy one ( an iPad that is).
February 9th, 2010 by admin
I for one will join the digital elite and buy the new Apple iPad when it becomes available in a matter of weeks.
Why? – I think it is the ultimate lounge computer. I can leave it docked on the coffee table and use it whilst relaxing in my designer chair.
I hope to read Wallpaper and Monocle magazines on the iPad along with the odd graphic novel.
Whilst I watch LUXE.TV on SKY HD I can research destinations, tag and buy music, and manage my social calendar.
I will follow the blogs looking into the future and download and read Science Fiction books from the iBooks store.
I will browse the web sites of high end furniture stores and read reviews of top restaurants.
Above all else I will revel in the fact that I can do the above without the usual digital clutter and poor ergonomics of a Windows Netbook.
January 29th, 2010 by admin
So Apple launched their iPad this week. Almost two years ago it was the Macbook Air.
When the Air launched opinion was devided; Many praised the refreshing lightweight design. Others complained about the lack of features (many argue that these features are never, if hardly, used – including myself).
I purchased the Macbook Air at launch and have used it at home ever since. At the time I reasoned that my main usage was internet browsing and email and this has been the case ever since. I have fired up Front Row a couple of times and used iWork occaisionally. Of course I store my pictures and music on the Air and sync to the iPhone and iPod units I own.
I often think of how Apple products can be improved, “what can they possibly do to improve this or make it more desirable?”
A year ago I wrote “The Air is so pure – so esential that everything else seems excessive” and yet I consider the iPad to be the next evolutionary step for the Air.
Apple have minimised the Air hardware further to the point where the physical keyboard has gone along with the USB port, and the video out port. In terms of aesthetics the iPad represents an improvement over the Air being effectively the screen and enclosure with minimal switches and ports.
For the things I do with my Macbook Air the iPad would meet 80% of my needs. The only reason I cannot get rid of the Air is that I need to be able to sync the iPad with something. If I could backup the iPad to, say, a time capsule I could just get by with that. Once sync’d I could download music directly and transfer photos directly to it.
In it’s current spec the iPad will be a companion device. Perhaps in the future via the cloud or some other storage solution I could use the iPad as my only computer with a sync system over the air to my iPod etc..
December 21st, 2009 by admin
There is something about the Fossil watches designed by Philipe Starck. The latest to catch my attention is the PH5030 model, known as the Palindrome Too.
Palindrome means a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward. In respect of this watch it is symmetrical about the centreline.
This watch has two dials side by side in a minimal design. These dials sit behind an amber glass and the wrist band is in a grey resin.
Setting and operation is simplicity itself. Each dial has a separate crown and because there are hours and minutes only it is simply a case of moving the crown out, setting the time, and pushing the crown back in.
I have one dial set to UK time and one set to the USA east coast.
Of note is also the unusual packaging that the watch comes in. It has a hole in the middle and the watch band wraps around this.
I think this watch looks retro futuristic with its twin white dials sat behind the amber face.
December 18th, 2009 by admin
My favorite image search on Google at the moment is with the term “Futuristic Interiors“. I love the clean, bright, and smooth world I see there.
December 1st, 2009 by admin
I have been using a pair of Nike Aero headphones for the last few days. I really like these. My initial interest was aesthetic; I liked the look of the headphones in the packaging. I also saw that Philips had made these exclusively for Nike.
In use they fit comfortably over the ear and deliver good sound. One feature I like is that they stay in place when my head moves whereas the in-ear ones supplied with my iPod nano tend to pop out (especially my right ear). A soft gel-like coated band connects the two ear speakers and the cable is routed to the back of the head to minimise interference.
The cable manager is useful depending on where you store your iPod when in use. This is also designed along the lines of the ear covers which are white shiny plastic discs with the Nike swoosh logo set dead centre.
Whilst these headphones are designed for sports use I think they work equally well whilst walking around the metropolis.
- Nike-branded headphones by Philips for use in active sports
- A 1.2 m long cable that is ideal for outdoor use
- 30 mm speaker driver delivers big sound performance
- Nike AirPad cushions ensure excellent sporting comfort
- Nike cable manager brings you easy cable management
- Headphone weight is only 300g
November 23rd, 2009 by admin
This blog text was written using the a new piece of software called Ommwriter.
With this editor the user is allowed to focus on writing as the tool fills the whole screen. A minimal amount of configuration is provided. The background image can be altered along with the ambient soundtrack (this can also be turned off). Font and edit region can also be adjusted.
I love this software. Using it is a beautiful experience. A simple white background with black text and a relaxing ambient soundtrack. If only all life was as good as this.
Check it out at;
November 9th, 2009 by admin
Have you ever tried to sever all connections with Google? It is possible but not without some effort.
I have been reading a lot about minimalism lately. Not the art – more the lifestyle. I considered a reduction in my on-line presence. I had multiple email addresses and multiple web-sites.
My Google account was linked to email, Adsense, the RSS reader, YouTube, Calendar, and Docs.
As I did not use the email account and had had enough of Adsense I took the decision that I would delete all of my Google services. It was then I discovered how much of a grip on me Google had.
This ‘blog had Adsense links that had to be removed. My other websites had the same issue.
A regular habit of checking RSS feeds through Google Reader no longer worked because I could not login any more.
The Google App on my iPhone was removed as I could not use many of the features without an account. I had used the RSS reader that sync’d with the cloud.
I still use Google Search but I am also trying keyboardr.
At the moment I still feel a little bit lost. I am having to find alternatives for the tools and features I used. This proves to me how reliant I was becoming on Google.
Time will tell if I can cope without it permanantely.