If you didn’t like the original iPad, you’re not going to like the iPad 2. If you liked the original iPad, you’re going to like the iPad 2 even better.
John Gruber in his review of the iPad 2.
This seems to be the general consensus I’m reading at the moment. I can’t wait to get one and experience iPad over a prolonged period.
Regardless of what type of artist you are, personal style is essential if you want to succeed and avoid just being “another performer” or “another” of anything.
Jorge Quinteros being yourself. Essentially, work out what you want to create and then create it in your own way.
Occasionally you read something that really resonates with you.
Originality is occasional. Secondhand inspiration can do wonders in the hands of craftsmen. But thirdhand inspiration is always slightly blurry around the edges. It lacks focus. Young muses rarely deliver what they promise. Energy gets lost in every creative exchange, like a game of Telephone. The universe favors entropy.
At the moment I'm trying to design my blog. I find myself looking at all my favourite bloggers and at my collection of screen grabbed websites. Instead I should be looking at who and what interests me so that the site I design reflects me rather than the people I read.
Jeff Carlson on Tibits indicates I may have been wrong in my assumptions of how home sharing on iOS works in his Hands-On Details about the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3.
A part of the iOS 4.3 update, iTunes Home Sharing lets you stream media from a copy of iTunes on your network to your iPad, rather than having to first transfer it during a sync operation. In addition, Home Sharing helps keep your library up to date. When you purchase a song on an iOS device and then connect to your iTunes library wirelessly, the song is automatically transferred to your library. It’s like turning your iOS device into an Apple TV.
(Via Shawn Blanc.)
Another very good blogger just launched a new site. I really like the clean, content centric look and feel to The Office of Chris Bowler. Chris is another one of those writers I suggest you go and subscribe to for some insightful thoughts on doing stuff and making the most of your time.
Instacast looks like just the cure for my slightly disappointed response to home sharing on iOS. I’ll be giving this a whirl.
(Via Patrick Rhone at Minimal Mac.)
Along with iPad 2, Apple announced iOS 4.3 with be coming to an iDevice near you on Friday March 11th.
More free cool software is always a bonus and so I thought the biggest feature in iOS 4.3 for me would be iTunes home sharing. I got extremely excited on hearing it would be arriving on my iPhone 4. Why? Well this is how the iTunes page describes home sharing.
Browse iTunes libraries on up to five authorised computers on your home network and import whatever you like. You can also automatically import new purchases made on any of the computers.
I make use of this feature a lot with my iMac and MacBook Pro. Any purchases I make on my MacBook Pro are instantly copied over to my iMac and consequently backed up. It’s an excellent feature and brings a lot of peace of mind that my iTunes purchases are backed up. In typical Apple fashion I don’t have to think about it.
So when Engadget informed me that iOS 4.3 was to bring home sharing to my iPhone I jumped for joy((Well lifted my arm up and said yes!)). The prospect of being able to wirelessly transfer my iTunes purchases from my iPhone to my other Macs without having to remember to plug it in is just what the doctor ordered. I envisaged a moment where I wouldn’t be caught out by forgetting to sync to get my latest Podcasts. That is, until the iOS 4.3 page shattered my dreams.
Now you can play your entire iTunes library from anywhere in the house. If it’s on your Mac or PC, you can play it on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over a shared Wi-Fi network.3 And not just music. Watch a film or TV programme. Play a podcast. Or listen to an audiobook. On whichever device you want — without having to download or sync.
It seems I’ll only be able to stream from my Macs and not have my Podcasts automatically transfer to my iPhone once downloaded. This makes me sad.
Aside from my disappointment in home sharing, I’m still looking forward to AirPlay becoming what I always hoped it would be and Personal Hotspot arriving for everyone.
The original iPad is listed on the Apple Store for £329, I’m hoping this is the new price of iPad 2 since $499 converts to £305. Please be so.
A wonderfully executed piece of branding for Burlingham Woodland Walks. Although I’ve spent some time in Norfolk, I’ve never been to Burlingham, and yet after seeing this I feel like I know the atmosphere of the place. A top piece of branding.
Now where did I put my walking boots…
Only today I was saying I needed a video to refer people to as an explanation for my job. This seems like a good fit for me.
Exciting news from Shawn Blanc today who is going to be writing shwanblanc.net full time. Massive congratulations to Shawn I’m sure he will be a great success and I’m looking forward to even more great content.
Ben Brooks on brain dumping that works for him.
This isn’t GTD, but is about getting things done.
His final line nails it for me. It's not about subscribing to a preconceived way of working, but instead on knowing how you work and developing ways of doing things around yourself.
One of my favourite bloggers being interviewed by a blogger quickly joining my favourites list.
Make coffee, sit comfortably and read.
Geckoboard is a Realtime Business Status Board. Basically like the Panic Status board but for your business and hosted for you.
I like the look of this so much I want to start a business just so I have a reason to use it.
(Via Shawn Blanc.)
Excellent article from Pat about the appropriateness of using @font-face to load new fonts on websites.
Being a Mac user it's easy to forget not everyone has the same clean rendering of fonts as I do, and Pat brings a great reminder that I can't just go with what I see. Essentially he raises a great point. Just because we can use any font we'd like, doesn't mean we should.
Some how I managed to miss this little ditty in Notational Velocity. Slightly confused that it is ticked by default, but delighted that I now have an app that works as I always wanted it to.
I would love to see something like this on iOS. Especially once I’ve got my iPad, but it’d be even better if it worked with my Mac too.
Interesting interview with Hewlett Packards CEO Leo Apotheker which includes this little nugget.
“HP will stop making announcements for stuff it doesn’t have. When HP makes announcements, it will be getting ready to ship,” he promises, saying the products launched on 9 February will be on sale just a few weeks later.
So how come everything launched today isn’t available til the summer?