just a couple of random thoughts…

First, I went with Occam’s razor on my ATI driver issue.  after reading close to 20 web pages (mostly forum posts, but some blogs too) and came up with renaming the xorg.conf file and rebooting…  This got me up and working again, now I just need to check and find out if it is still using the ATI drivers (I think not, but I’ll get there sooner or later… not on the top of my list of things to do, considering my leg).  So, I’ll get back to that later. Now, on to a very popular topic, the Apple iPad, I love the jokes, made many of my own, but all things considered, I won’t be buying one unless the price drops significantly.  Else maybe when the gen 2 comes out.  My main complaints are the same as most everyone else.  No flash support pretty much kills it, I mean that covers nearly 50% of the web, and closer to 70% of the websites I frequent.  Not that I like having to deal with flash on websites, but there are just too many web pages that will not function at all without flash that I find it to be a major FAIL on any business to not support flash at this point in time.  The multitasking issue is another big one for me, as on my computer I frequently have 20 or so different windows open (mostly web pages) sometimes as many as 30 web pages plus 3 or 4 other programs.  Now I understand this allows the system to devote 100% of it’s processing power to the app you are currently using, but most of the things I leave open need constant, even if its once every 10 seconds, attention from the OS/CPU.  Last complaint… NO E-INK!!!

Now for some good things, I think the price is great for what you get, the storage sizes are fantastic at those prices, they included bluetooth which although I use it semi-regularly with my current devices I find it to be one of those Boy Scout things you need, in order to “be prepared” at all times.  The battery life, well I’ll believe it when I see it.  a 1 GHz processor is also fantastic, although not unheard of, nor top of the line.  I like the fact they kept the iphone’s compass, accelerometer, it auto detects the ambient light to auto-adjust the back lighting (I hope), it supports 720p and can output 576p via component cables.  So there are a lot more good things than bad, but for a WEB and ebook reader (the things I see as it’s main purpose) I think it just plain fails by not supporting flash.  Now if Google can get it’s chrome browser on it, then I may just be tempted to get one.  Else I am holding out for a Android/Chrome OS tablet that’ll rock my socks off…

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