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June 01, 2010

iPad on the Road -- Part I

Well, I am at Chicago O'Hare, waiting for my flight to Stockholm, Sweden, where I'll be giving a presentation on trends and concepts in mobile computing. The plan is that I'll woo the audience by whipping out my iPad and do a long Keynote presentation on it. It should work, in theory. Best Buy ad the requisite iPad dock-to-VGA converter in stock, and the iPad version of my Keynote presentation looks almost identical to the original. The only issues I noticed are that my 3D graphics where converted into 2D, and the iPad version cannot pick a small part of a larger QuickTime file, so I had to crop that file.

For now, I am not off to a good start. During my four hour layover at Chicago O'Hare's International Terminal, I was not able to get the iPad to communicate at all. Not via 3G where AT&T shamefully had no usable signal. A weak 2-bar winked in and out, and I wasn't even able to get email. Or even notify AT&T of this egregious situation; their own notification app couldn't connect either. Okay, there's always the WiFi fallback. Or is there. I do have a Boingo account, but, sadly, Boingo wants you to log in via it own downloaded application, which, of course, is not available for the iPad. So now I am on Plan C: my MacBook. Honestly, right now I am a bit torqued. I mean, what good is wondrous technology like the iPad when I need to shlep along a big old MacBook anyway, just in case?

Posted by conradb212 at June 1, 2010 12:52 PM