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My iPad – first impressions!

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I got my iPad that I was lusting for since I saw Steve Jobs make his keynote in Jan this year.

1. The keyboard is awesome. For good measure and based on my experience from my iPhone, I had asked for the keyboard dock as well but it looks like I might not be using too much of it since I am typing this post off my iPad and it’s incredibly responsive.

2. The app store does not work at all. I am hoping with the International launch this issue will be resolved, even my old iPhone apps don’t get installed on this. This is a big letdown for now but since it’s gate controlled by Apple, it will have to wait for now.

3. The iPad for me right now is only a pretty web browser and an email device.

4. The iPhone 3 update brought with it the ability to cut/copy/paste so my old issues from my 2008  iPhone days with this are resolved for now.

5. File types such as zip etc. were not recognized on my iPad. PDF of course is also built-in natively into Mac OSX so it will work. It had worked even on my iPhone.

6. Enough things have been said on the iPad minimalistic design approach which is Apple philosophy as even Jack Sculley had remarked about this as one of Steve’s main strengths from the 80’s in his presentation talk at a TiE forum I attended some months back.

The iPad is a style statement – period. No questions asked.

7. I have the Wi-Fi only version since I had to look at the real value the 3G version had to offer in India. The 3G case is what I gave as my verdict but my cousin who bought this for me did not find the 3G version at the Apple store at Leawood in Kansas last week. I spoke to their store rep as well who confirmed a waiting list for the 3G version and I did not want to lose this opportunity to procure it legit without paying duty on it.

8. 3G card for the iPad is a micro card so I have to tweak the BSNL data card for 3G and there is no guarantee it will work with HSDPA connectivity. Also, the base issues of using this device in a market where it has not been officially launched yet remain such as lack of 3G, lack of the App store access which limits the usage of the device whose real power is in it’s apps aka my iPhone.

9. There is no file system here as well in virtual access terms though the iPad runs the stripped down version of the Mac OSX.

10. YouTube videos run flawlessly on my iPad.

11. Obviously no Flash after Steve Jobs made his intentions public here. This means even my wordpress photo upload did not work in addition to Flash enabled websites so I had to switch back to my desktop to upload the pics of my iPad. So, HTML5, here we come!

12. The iPhone 4.0 update should resolve many issues of the current iPad including the famous ‘multi tasking’ feature or lack of it right now on the iPad but it is a revolutionary device alright. Magical – not sure.

13. Learning for me was minimal since the user interface is a copy/paste of my iPhone of yesteryears!

14. I tried to download the famous iBooks amazon kindle killer app every which way but to no avail. Apple chopped me off saying I am in a country where I can’t download it’s apps – even the free ones. Well, this is legit for now since they also are busy tying up with publishers to make the iBooks app a real kindle killer. Let’s see. Till then, my amazon kindle is going strong and this iPad will not be my kindle replacement.

15. The color on the iPad is amazing – in Steve Jobs’ words. It uses LED-backlit with In-Plane Switching (IPS) found on LCD TV’s than on notebooks. It is also really sharp with the oleophobic coating to prevent hand grease/is fingerprint resistant and the capacitive touch screen multi touch technology making it really immersive. Yes, even this screen has the accelerometer so it switches from landscape to potrait.

Overall, I am happy! This is a very addictive device.

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Written by Naveen Athresh

May 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Windows 7 Ultimate – usage review from India

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Windows 7

Image courtesy: http://blogs.ft.com/techblog/files/2009/10/windows7.jpg

It’s early days in my usage of Windows 7 Ultimate but it’s way better than anything I have seen with my last 2.5 years of Vista Ultimate usage.

Let’s come back to some basic items that I feel have improved. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm

My NLSIU classes resume for the 2009/2010 season

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I resumed attending my NLS classes last week. However, it is going to be focused solely on trying to bridge the gaps where I had not attended last season else there will be repetition. I need to take up the exams also due in February 2010 and that will bring this law school course in IPR law to a logical close and ready for application to the real world.

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November 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

The amazon kindle 2 now available for the Indian market – I am going for it!

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amazon.com kindle2 (India)

amazon.com kindle2 (India)

amazon.com listened to me as I prayed for an International version of the kindle as Jeff Bezos wrote what sounded like music to my ears (rather what looked like a treat to my eye – since I was looking at the screen as I read it!)

This is not the first time that such customer centric companies such as Google, Apple, amazon.com have listened to our concerns and addressed them!

I had blogged earlier here, here and here on how and why the amazon.com kindle is not available for purchase in India and who it’s competitors were and what were the tricks of the trade one had to adopt to lay one’s hands on one of them albeit with access to less than half the features. Now we have ALL the features PLUS an affordable kindle almost at our fingertips! How cool can it get?

I did some quick checks and here are some bare facts before we start counting the chicken before they hatch: Read the rest of this entry »

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October 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Anaryst – The intellectual property game / pre-review / unboxing/first look

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Anaryst - the board game - unboxing#1

Anaryst - the board game - unboxing#1

I bought this first of it’s kind IPR game. My love for IPR is well documented in past posts and I have even been attending National law school for the last 1+ year in the specialized course run by them on IPR law.

This looks to be a very promising game designed and developed by an IPR lawyer, Pravin Anand. Kudos to him for recognizing the need for something of this kind and this will definitely go a long way it educating our youth and the younger genre on the importance of IPR. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 4, 2009 at 11:29 am

NLSIU classes/update

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It’s been a long time since I blogged about this endeavor I have undertaken.

I have to say that I found this course more demanding than what I envisaged. I had to postpone taking up my examinations to Jan 2010 due to time constraints I faced in balancing both my studies at NLSIU and my work schedule that has become hectic. I had 4 papers and 1 viva voce that I will take up in January 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 21, 2009 at 8:46 am

What makes a blog unique

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Moving up the value chain in blogging!

Moving up the value chain in blogging!

Content on a blog is king. Yet, many bloggers I see (I have been guilty of this myself!) use repeat content and not much of it appears unique.

I take a pledge: Even if my frequency of posts becomes irregular (it already is, by the way!), on my posts, I will hereon try to make a conscientious effort at putting together unique and different content.  This is not some syndicated web content that you can easily see in some other form on web pages of periodicals or news websites or online journals from where the idea germinated.

We blog with a purpose and that should be served – ensuring the information we disseminate is genuine, unique and interesting (jara hatke! in Hindi) and if taken from other sources, the root of that source is taken than going by heresay!

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April 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm