I went out shopping last night only to come home and find that my Internet was acting funky. I wasn’t sure what the problem was since all of my equipment seemed to be in working order and a quick IPCONFIG ping showed me connected to the Comcast servers. What was really weird was that I was just using it a little bit earlier to watch some Slingbox action while I was eating dinner at Panera.
I was planning on writing a post about my upcoming book and some other stuff from this weekend but my lack of connection was really bumming me out. Never fear though, it’s iPad and AT&T 3G service to the rescue. That’s right, this post is actually coming from my iPad, not my computer. I’m using the WordPress app, which is not as good as I wish it could be, but it really beats the alternative.
I’m often asked by folks if I still like my iPad and the answer is no, I don’t like it, I love it, even more than the day it showed up on my front porch. Sure, it could be better in some ways but the recent release of iOS 4.2 really took things up a notch (I spent my Thanksgiving morning moving all my apps into folders). I rarely travel without my iPad these days, which I’m sure is making my laptops extremely jealous. The truth is that most everything I want to do on short trips can be handled by my iPad, even making short blog posts like this one.
I know that there will be a lot of pad/tablets coming to market over the next year. In fact I expect the tablets to be the dominant piece of tech at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in January. I don’t, however, foresee any of them passing the iPad. It’s not only the first, but it set the bar so high that it will be hard for anyone to come close much less surpass it in form and function. By the way, if you were thinking of buying one this holiday season, I heard that Apple is going to be announcing the second generation shortly into the new year. Just a rumor, but definitely food for thought.
As for my Internet service, I just saw on the news that Comcast is having problems with their servers all along the East coast so hopefully they will have things fixed by tomorrow. My Comcast Internet service is pretty rock solid and they give me little room to complain. Besides, it gave me lots of practice typing on the iPad 🙂