Sep 29th 2010 8:59PM You're assuming, of course, that they are fine with $1.99 purchases :)
Its always funny to watch CEOs make such poor decisions that are counter even to the theories of economics. Right now if someone wants a digital version of the content (the market) their only opportunity is to pirate it or purchase it. Unlike music where the long tail makes more sense, they've already set the price for "renting" old versions of the shows to Comcast, Hulu, and Netflix where the price to rent is bundled in a subscription and based upon consumption is already pretty damn near zero. Instead of pushing a freemium model that is ad supported like the existing channel play, these fools would rather rage against the articulated demands of the market (much less the unarticulated ones) and try to enact cartel like properties on the marketplace. The only problem is that with the cost of bandwidth "near free" there is little reason for the consumer to expect or accept ANY price for renting of TV shows much less 0.99 cents.
These TV/Cable CEOs didn't learn ANYTHING from what happen to the record industry and are going to repeat history with a different segment of users. Its sad really, considering that they have the opportunity to put a solution in place that is economically viable for themselves. But when you lack any vision (same issue that happened to Blockbuster) whatsoever - this is when the market disruptors show up and eat your business right in front of you (i.e. iTunes to the music business).
Sep 23rd 2010 3:27PM I recently made the switch from using my MacBookPro to just carrying around my iPad and I have several observations:
1) I tend to be more comfortable just moving my iPad everywhere I go and I mean EVERYWHERE. I wouldn't take my Pro to every meeting because I knew I would be fighting to get a plug, whereas with the iPad I know that it will last the entire meeting and then some.
2) Evernote is one of my most important applications as it helps me keep things organized or just lets me record things on the go.
3) Having a WiFi only iPad has its own set of complications unless you have a jailbroken iPhone that you can tether it with. I have a Sprint EVO as well, but when I really looked at it - a jailbroken iPhone was doing the job just fine. This is one of those rare moments where i think the 3G version would have been a better purchase for me as I don't tend to jailbreak my iPhone unless its necessary.
4) Printing remains an issue - even with iOS 4.2 beta as not everything cleanly integrates with the iPad.
5) Exchange support still isn't great as there are issues with calendars and changing/updating meeting requests.
You will continue to think that you need your laptop until you actually cut the cord. However once you cut the cord you will find that you really survive much BETTER with an iPad - at least that's been my experience.
Sep 23rd 2010 12:16AM Have they added a substitute for the Tab key on the keyboard yet?
Sep 23rd 2010 12:14AM When Microsoft REMOVES support from BlueRay then they had taken a stance. All they have done is troll the press organizations of the world with a pointless statement that isn't supported by their actions.
Sep 22nd 2010 12:39PM @mullam You could use Safari on the iPhone too - but they built a native application and there was a good reason to do so, people don't use the iPhone the way they use a computer and there are a number of people (myself included) that don't use the iPad within the same constraints as a computer.
Sep 21st 2010 2:30PM Don't think anyone forgot it. I think everyone is waiting for LTE so that this isn't an issue. With AT&T and Verizon going for LTE - it should be possible for there to be a universal iPhone at some point in 2011-2012
Sep 21st 2010 11:13AM Maybe the band sucked so much that they figured it wasn't worth keeping the power on.
Sep 21st 2010 11:09AM I'm still getting an iPad because if I'm at the pool with a hottie in the sunlight, I'm paying attention to her - not trying to read a book.
Sep 15th 2010 8:20PM Can't wait to see this ported over. There are also a number of other Source games out there and I'm surprised that there isn't a more readily available "recompile and deploy" option for them.