# Saturday, 10 April 2010

I was contemplating wheter or not to actually write this post, but since people seem to be asking wheter I’ll be getting the iPad I might as well just write the answer and point people to it next time they ask.

The first reason why the iPad isn’t for me is it’s size, for capabilities which are slightly better than an iPod Touch doesn’t justify the 10” size of the device. Since I can’t fit the thing in my pockets (and considering that I’m wearing Docker’s Mobile Pants which have a few deeeeeep pockets) I’d need to carry a bag to hold it, and if I’m gonna have to carry a bag to hold a device, that device better damn do everything I want to do on go. And when I carry my UH900 with me I can do ANYTHING I NEED, surf the net, watch movies, deal with my servers, and even write some code.

The people who question why I don’t want an iPad usually call it a revolutionary new experience of using a computer. Imagine being able to surf from the couch, watch videos, share photos with friends. etc. etc. I agree that those are valid points, but when those revolutionary experiences are mentioned to someone who has been using convertible Tablet PCs whose average size has been less than 12” I’ve done all that! I’ve surfed the net from my couch using my ultra lights since 2005, reading in bed, done that, surfing from the throne, done that too. So this revolutionary experience the iPad is offering? I’ve BEEN LIVING IT already.

Then the argument of battery life comes up, saying that the iPad has 10 hours of battery life, well that’s all nice and great. But if I know I need to use my UH900 longer than 2 hours, I’ll be bringing some form of extra power. Then they bring up the point that I need to carry extra stuff then, I remind them that as they pointed out previously a BAG is needed to carry the iPad around, and once a bag is involved you can pretty much put anything into it to extend system lifespan.

The main reason that I will never get an iPad is because I CAN’T WRITE ON IT properly. But it’s a touch screen you say? Yes… it’s a CAPACITIVE touchscreen, great when you have nice big contact points touching the screen like your fingers, but there’s no solution to simulate a pen on paper form of writing. As I found out when experimenting with the Lenovo S10-3T. Here’s the video with my findings.

The reason I NEED the ability to write on the screen is mainly due to one program, one singular program that pretty much holds my thoughts and ideas.

Microsoft Onenote

For every platform, there’s always one must have application, that one program that justifies the existence of the platform. If you ask me, for the Windows Tablet PC platform what this program is. It’s Onenote.

Most people haven’t heard of Onenote, so when they ask me what does it do I point to their paper A4 pad which they’re scribbling their meeting notes into and tell them “Onenote is that pad you’re using, but all the notes that I’ve ever written can be easily retreived, searched through and organized”

The most ironic view came one day when I noticed that my old Fujitsu U1010 was thinner than my colleagues paper notebook. And it does more!

While you can use Onenote on non touch capable systems, you’ll find that you can do so much more with a touch capable system. (and if you currently keep meeting notes as bulleted lists in a Word document you really should check out Onenote!)

With my pen I can easily and quickly sketch out system flows, design ideas, architecture and many more. In fact I’m so hooked onto OneNote that when my main workhorse system was upgraded to a NON touchscreen system, I had withdrawal issues because I couldn’t write down my ideas anymore. Until I found a pen system which I could use with the notebook.

Writing onto my portable device is VERY IMPORTANT to me, and since Steve Jobs would die before allowing a stylus to be shown with Apple devices there’s no way I’m getting an iPad cause it can’t perform that one function which I want.

Actually the industry’s obsession with capacitive touch really scares me since it would mean that the bulk of the tablets that consumers will buy is unable to be written on effectively and that turns a tablet from being a great productivity tool to just… Windows 7 operated with your finger.

I’m looking at you HP Slate!

Saturday, 10 April 2010 10:10:28 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 08 April 2010

The Apple iPad was just launched a few days ago and people are constantly comparing it with other touch enabled Windows 7 PCs like the Lenovo S10-3T and constantly saying the Windows 7 pales compared to the iPad even with all it's touch features. Well let me just say it for you in simple terms.

Windows 7 Touch Will NEVER Be Better Than The Apple iPad

The main reason is because while the Apple iPad was DESIGNED (ok.. imported from the iPhone) to be operated exclusively using touch. Windows 7 was not. Windows 7's touch features were added in order to allow both users and system builders to build PCs whose only form of input might be touch only NOT to redesign the entire OS to be operated exclusively by touch.

And even if the OS was redesigned to be fully operated by touch only, one of the main complaints that is heard by users who tried using Windows 7 using a touch interface is that the apps aren't designed for touch operation and Microsoft should have made the apps more touch friendly. The one question to ask those people is that WHERE do they draw the line on which apps Microsoft should work on? This is Windows we're talking about, an OS that has DECADES worth of old applications, and any one of them might be used on these touch only Windows 7 PCs.

The key point to remember is that with the touch enhancements that is present in Windows 7, Microsoft is not trying to make an OS that exclusively works via touch interaction. But rather it's to provide a platform for developers to create apps that are designed for touch interaction, and more importantly to allow users to use as many of their applications as possible even though the apps are NOT MEANT FOR TOUCH OPERATION. And in this area the touch enhancements present in Windows 7 do a pretty good job and I want to show this very least understood area of Windows 7 soon.

So to take a platform that's designed for touch like the iPad and then say that a general purpose OS like Windows 7 will never be as touch friendly as the iPad is just ridiculous. And you're not comparing Apples to Apples... and that always sounds funny when talking about Apple products.

More on this topic soon.

UPDATE If you want to find out how to optmize your Touch Enabled Windows 7 PC, check this page out!

Thursday, 08 April 2010 01:06:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 04 April 2010

Trying out some new techniques in Geometry Wars 2

I do believe I'm gonna get some flak for this!

Sunday, 04 April 2010 01:38:08 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 30 March 2010

All of these hold about 32GB of data.


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# Saturday, 27 March 2010

So I decided to make a trip down to Putrajaya during said fiesta, mainly because I wanted to try and take some pics of the fireworks. Boy was there a LOT of people when we got there.


A LOT of people.


Seems like they were all crowding around on the path of the marching band.


The traders around were selling LED decorations, and also.. umbrellas since it looked like the sky was going to open up.


But likely it didn't actually rain... phew. And the most interesting thing I saw during the event was a pair of blimps. But as you'll see in the video below. The way they moved around I'm pretty sure they're remote controlled camera blimps.

As the time for the fireworks drew near, I could see people setting up their tripods and getting their cameras ready for their shots. I didn't bring a tripod as it'd be hard for me to setup and move around with WZ around. And I was there to test something else anyway. The Sony CX-150 I newly bought that day.

The launch started BEFORE I could set the scene mode to fireworks display, if I did, I think the autofocus would do less hunting around, and also exposure would be controlled to catch more of the fireworks color. But the results were still not too bad lar.

The funny situation was AFTER the fireworks display, everyone left AT THE SAME TIME! So the traffic situation was like everyone in Putrajaya deciding to leave at the same time. Very very chaotic.

Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:40:34 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |