The iPad from Apple? No thanks!

I woke up this morning seriously disoriented. It actually took me almost half a minute to realize I was still living on planet Earth and that I still had blood flowing in me. Why you ask?
Because after the massive publicity that the iPad (sorry ladies, blame Apple for the name) received, I thought there would be no life after the hour and half long launch event by Steve Jobs yesterday. To say I was overwhelmingly disappointed will be an understatement. Not a single thing about the chopping board-like gizmo impressed me.

Thinking I was alone in my opinion, I hoped over to Twitter to see what others were saying and lo, iTampon was rather a trending topic instead of the iPad. As to why the Apple development team chose such a dumb name, I cannot tell. But for me, I do not long for the iPad (and Apple to a larger extent) for the following reasons.

Solution looking for a problem
I don’t know to which use you would put the iTampon, but I cannot find any need of mine that it would satisfy. I already carry my two devices with me that help me get things done; my phone and my lappy. There is nothing else I need.  I have never even been a fan of netbooks that are actually multitasking, let alone a sleek looking chopping board that is nice only for doing nothing. The latest gizmo as far as I know is just another Apple solution looking for a problem.

The iPad is simply defective by both design and form. Forget the hassle of trying to type on a *virtual* keyboard, I would never want to spend a dime on a machine that cannot multitask in this day and age. I also would not want a slab full of restricted software. Apple is a company that has grown to be a beacon of restriction for both developers and users alike. I would not want anything to do with another prison shrink wrapped in a shinny slab.

$499? No thanks!
Well that money might mean snacks to you, but it sure means a great deal to me. I cannot for the life of me spend that money on a beautiful looking piece of slab that cannot even do most things I can do with my simple phone. $499 is way too much money for something as trivial as the iTampon. Mr. Jobs however, will actually make lots of money given his track record. He’s the man that got the world to go crazy for a simple MP3 player.

iPad= lack of innovation
It does not multitask, no Flash, full of DRM, same old iPhone OS and what can you add? I am yet to see a simple bit of innovation in the latest Apple toy. It is only a means to get more people to spend even more money on even more Apple digital products. Simple as that.

Apple sure has got the shiniest and good looking hardware and software out there, but none of those entices me to use their products. I want innovation, consumer freedom, usefulness and value for money, not trivialities and eye popping products at monstrous prices. Ok. Enough about my rants over #Apple, time to hear what you think of them and the latest iPad, oops, I mean iTampon.

WordPress for iPhone and iPod – Mobile blogging made easy.

Are you a WordPress and iPhone user? Did you know there is WordPress for the iPhone? This version of WordPress in your hands lets you write posts, upload photos, edit pages, and manage comments on your blog from your iPhone or iPod touch.
It supports both WordPress the free hosting and WordPress self-hosting. You can take a photo with your iPhone camera and easily insert it into blog posts. You can also preview your posts before you publish them, manage multiple blogs, make draft posts and works on all models of the iPhone and iPod.
The latest version, WordPress for iPhone 2.1 boasts new features and some bug fixes. So if you are a WordPress user and have an iPhone or iPod, why not get a copy of your blogging platform right in your hands to take your readers with you everywhere you go? 

Top 2 iPod management tools for Ubuntu.

If you have an Apple iPod and running Ubuntu on your computer, the following 2 applications that are readily available in the Ubuntu Software Center should be of interest to you.
GTKpod iPod Manager
Using GTK2, it allows you to upload songs and playlists to your iPod with support for ID3 tag editing. It also supports multiple charsets for ID3 tags, detects duplicate songs and allows offline modification of the database with later synchronisation.
GPixPod iPod management tool
GPixPod is an application for organizing photos and photo albums on your iPod. It also helps you modify manually the elements in the photo database of your iPod as compared to the iTunes syncing only method.
These are by no means the only iPod management tools available for Ubuntu, but are a simple and easy to use applications for everyday.

Finally, Archos 5, a Linux device that rivals Apple’s Ipod Touch

If you are a Linux enthusiast, and have hoped for a Linux powered device similar to Apple’s Ipod Touch, then you are in luck. The new Archos 5 is your answer. This Internet Media Tablet is packed with features set to make Apple’s Ipod Touch a child’s play.
This Android powered device comes with a storage drive ranging from 60GB to 250GB, in slim and sleek enclosures. It also comes with a MicroSD card slot in case you want more storage. Surfing the net is a breeze and enjoyable experience with the built in ARM Cortex processor and the Adobe Flash 9 video support. The high resolution screen simply blurs the difference between your surfing on the computer and this hand held device. It also supports WI-FI and comes with  full email application that lets you read, write, download and send attachments, and manage your contacts.
It also comes with various office apps to make working on the go easy. You can also purchase apps from the Android market It also comes with E-Buddy IM client and a Twitter for app for Twitter fans.
In terms of multimedia, it can handle virtually every video file format you throw at it including Flash, HD, H.264 HD, WMV, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, Flac,OGG Vorbis, MPEG-4. You can watch your favorite TV programs and movies in HD. You can connect with all the various video sharing sites like Youtube, Hulu and Google Videos. There is also a built in Media Club where you can download a vast number of songs and videos from the unique selection of renowned movie and music partners.
The list of features that comes with this device is really amazing and I can go on and on. It is due out today and can be purchased for  $269.95 and ships free with super saver shipping. You can get one here Archos 5 250 GB Internet Media Tablet. It is a device that all mobile device enthusiasts must not do without. It’s the future of mobile entertainment and the fact that it runs Linux even makes it a more appealing. Get yours now.