On March 7th like countless others I was glued to my computer screen to listen as Apple announced the new iPad. I was an early adopter of the iPad when it was initially released. The tablet form factor was intriguing and I wondered whether Apple could pull it off?
Not only did they “pull it off” but they redefined a market segment and brought truly portable computing to the masses with a simple interface and a powerful ecosystem of applications that allowed the user to personalize the device to do exactly what they wanted.
It’s hard to believe that it has only been two short years since Apple introduced the iPad. Before the original iPad existed there were other tablet computers but they found limited success in the marketplace. Somehow Steve Jobs found a way to capture the exact user experience that the public wanted and the iPad became an immediate success. Now it is hard to imagine my life without my iPad.
I was one of the early adopters of the iPad. I initially purchased one out of curiosity and to see how difficult it would be to develop software. What I found surprised me. I quickly reached for my iPad rather than my laptop to do general work. When I was called to Grand Jury Duty, which lasted three months, I took my iPad with me to read or write columns during breaks from the courtroom. I was amazed at how much I could do with this small portable device as compared to my more bulky laptop.
Initially when I began having problems with my NetGear ReadyNAS system I blamed the issue on bad power. It had all of the symptoms of spikes or brown-outs that were causing the device to freeze.
Add to this the fact that the electrician on my house had to be one of the Marx Brothers and I knew I needed to find a power solution that could protect my network storage device.
Recently I wrote about having severe problems with the NetGear ReadyNAS. These problems were causing the device to fall off the network requiring a hard re-boot to make it available on the network again.
The hard reboot was bad enough but the subsequent media check meant the reboot time would stretch into hours before service was restored. Not exactly the kind of customer experience I was hoping for when I bought the device.
It has come to my attention that I am again somehow involved in a dispute with the manufacturers of MacPadd. I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight and provide some details on my transaction with this company.
While I have written of my experiences in a previous post, let me recap for those who do not want to read that lengthy account. In an impulse purchase I bought a MacPadd Pro mouse pad through the manufacturer’s (QMS) web site.