Category Archives: Diary Entry

Apple iPad PDF FAIL – DD – 31st July 2010

Second time I’m typing this due to the iPad WordPress App crashing and losing my post, not a good day on the iPad.

This entry is just a moan about the iPad. I feel I’m slowly moving away from using it.

I will start with me making a bad decision and bringing only the iPad away with me on a business trip. I assumed the iPad would be able to handle everything I would want it to do while away from home. So in an attempt to travel light I left the MacBook at home – FAIL

It was going well until I wanted to download a PDF, which iBook reads and can display quite well. I opened up Safari, found the PDF file – FAIL. Unable to do anything with it. I assumed that because I can download pictures in Safari and see them in the Photo App I would be able to download PDFs and see them in iBooks – FAIL

Everyone talks about how Apple make things easy but they don’t in this case. To load PDFs onto my iPad I have to download them on my desktop or laptop and transfer them to my iPad using iTunes, is it me or does that seem silly? I know there is probably an App that will download the PDFs but I bet none of them will store it in iBooks.

So going forward, if I want to bring the iPad I need to make sure I have everything pre loaded onto it before setting out and if anything is missing TOUGH!

Second is to travel heavy and bring both the iPad and the laptop but that is just silly don’t you think?

I guess I’ll have to wait, like I’m waiting for iOS 4. Probably won’t be supported until the third generation, a bit like copy and paste!

So I’m left with a picture frame, sofa surfer, bedtime reader 🙁

Thanks for reading and hope you can relate.

EH

World of Warcraft – Blizzard Reveals All

Being a World of Warcrafter, this makes a good read.

Blizzard reveals full scale of World of Warcraft operation

Blizzard has revealed the full scale of its World of Warcraft operation, from the number of computer systems it uses (20,000) to the amount of people it takes to create the game’s numerous classes, items and levels (37 – who have created some 70,000 spells and 40,000 NPCs since the game’s launch five years ago).


Blizzard reveals full scale of World of Warcraft operation // News

SSD Performance in Windows 7

I came across this website after getting my hands on a OCZ – SSD 2,5” Hard Drive – 128 MB Cache – Summit 60GB.

I can say I’m very impressed with its performance so please read the quote below and follow link for the results.

Well I finally got my hands on an X25-M SSD drive from Intel (Thanks Alistair!) and have put it through its paces on my home built PC. The main thing to say here is that you don’t need the latest SSD to get an improvement when using Windows 7 as the operating system is an improvement in itself in terms of performance tweaks and such like.

Whenever I write a new review based on an operating system, I always like to see how the disk performance is; one of the main problems in Windows Vista was that the operating system was nearly always thrashing away at the system hard drive. There were a number of reasons for this such as indexing, caching etc but when you first boot up, it could be some time before you could actually get into folders, files or generally do anything you wanted.

Loads of users inundated Microsoft forums and newsgroups with complaints about slow disk performance, so much so that Microsoft eventually (nearly a year later) released an update to their disk caching algorithms within Windows Vista Service Pack 1. This was quite a major improvement over the original which improved both performance and the general feel of using the operating system. Again the problem was that it wasn’t enough for most users and a lot of people avoided bothering to upgrade to Windows Vista for this reason, it was viewed as a slower operating system than Windows XP – something it shouldn’t have been.

Now with Windows 7, no matter what type of hard drive you use, you will notice that there is an improvement right away with disk performance, for normal hard drive users things are not at lightening speed, but the hard drive does settle down much faster than it did in Windows Vista, it also spends less time rattling away when you first boot up.

SSD Performance in Windows 7 – Does it Really Make a Difference?