The iPad has not changed my life

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apple-creation-0097-rm-engWell, it’s here.

It would have been good to have a couple more billable hours today, but I used my time to follow two live blogs (Gizmodo, Engadget) of the Event That Will Change Everything, while edging ever closer to the slippery slope of the fanboy. I already have several faded black turtlenecks. I may start wearing my jeans without a belt.

There are a few things keeping me from putting a tent up on Michigan Avenue in front of the Apple store. The iPad doesn’t have a camera. This would be a great tool for on the go video conferencing via Skype. It’s also not clear whether it can, in fact, be used for VOIP applications. It’s also not cheap. How much memory is really needed? It comes with 16, 32, and 64GB at $100 for each bump from base. And the 3G capability is another big chunk of change, even before adding $15 or $30 per month for service.

The big reason to wait is that this is version 1. We all know that a year from now, Steve will be on stage showing off iPad 2.0 and It Will Change Everything.

Tech will be exciting in 2010

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I’m looking forward to an exciting year.  In addition to moving my career in new direction, there’s a lot of cool tech that I hope to get my hands on and that I’m working with right now.

  • Atlassian Confluence  is a combination of web site, content distribution system, wiki, and content management system.  I’m currently developing an intranet site using it, may be expanding that into an extranet and, maybe too, into a public web site.  Although not open source, it’s not too expensive, and has developed an ecosystem of developers and fans who help provide tools and support. For more info, click here.
  • iPhone 4 rumors are swirling.  My wish list is a replaceable battery, better battery life, an integrated task list via Exchange Active Sync, and (though it will never happen) the ability to manage music without having to use iTunes.  In the past week, I’ve seen release dates in March, April, and June.   Whatever.  I don’t think I’m eligible for an upgrade until late summer.  And then, maybe there will be a Nexus Two.
  • The Apple Tablet is probably the most hotly rumored bit of hardware right now. I don’t think I want one, but it would be so cool to have one.  It’s yet another step closer to Star Trek.  My real decision in this area this year will be whether to repair or replace my existing laptop computer and, if replacing it, to stay with Windows, go with Linux, or get a Mac.

2010 is going to be a better year, personally, professionally, and technologically.