Daily Archives: March 12, 2010

iPad Links: Friday, March 12, 2010

Stuff directly or indirectly for or about the iPad, in no real order. These posts will likely be discontinued once an iPad is in hand.

This one is shorter than usual. It’s been one of those Where Did The Time Go? kind of days.

Valve’s Gabe Newell shares his thoughts on DRM
If you’re not in a group, you better have a plan.
Why The ‘Fail Fast’ Mantra Needs to Fail

iPad:
How real?
New Ipad Ebook Store Already Shows More Book Insight Than Amazon
Microsoft’s Courier Is Already Doomed: A Simple iPad App Shows Why

Publishing:
Macmillan: Answers to some questions from the comments
Elsevier to Medical Hypotheses editor Bruce Charlton: Enough is enough
Who needs record labels?

Ui/Web Design:
The Single Page Interface Manifesto
Dynamic Charts with HTML5, Canvas, and Flotr for Prototype
Engineer Thinking
@font-face Generator

In every Links post, I try to pimp at least two eBooks (generally free ones). These will be consolidated into one post later on when traffic gets real here and people are looking for things to stuff into their iPad.

Writers/Writing
This one gets special attention. I had it in my Smashwords list to actually buy later and wound up getting for free during Read an eBook Week. Go get it yourself right now: Murder Piping Hot by Ann Morven
Don’t forget: This Week Only: Free eBook Library For Your iPad
Writer Anthony Neil Smith: Shit You Should Know About
Philip K. Dick: Letter to Jeff Walker regarding “Blade Runner”
Simon Singh: This is goodbye

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iBooks Will Do White Text On Black Screen

This isn’t a feature shown in any demo of iBooks nor is it even mentioned in the Apple description of iBooks. It might not even be a feature built-into iBooks.

But it will be possible via the Accessibility settings.

WTF? GTFOH! Srsly?

There are people who want to know if I’m getting WiFi or WiFi/3G. If I’ve pre-ordered or reserved. And if I’ve reserved, which frikkin Apple Store I’ll be at.

Bloody stalkers.

I’m saying nothing.

All of you will have to wait and see.

iPad 3G Disappointing Payment Options

Apple illustrates how to get 30 days of prepaid 3G wireless on the iPad.

The only payment options shown — and none are explicitly mentioned in the text — are these:

That’s a big personal disappointment.

I was really hoping there would also be the option of using iTunes Gift Cards or stopping into an AT&T Store (which are all over the place in NYC) to buy a prepay card.

Apple does explicitly state:

There’s no need to visit a store

But what about people who want to? Or even have to?

Aside from AT&T Stores being all over, so are iTunes Gift Cards. There’s even a local supermarket that sells them! And they’re available at most of the pharmacy chains (Duane Reade, CVS, etc) around here.

Jef Raskin: Unofficial Father Of The iPad?

Jef Raskin was the father of the Macintosh.

Those of you who don’t know the history, go catch up on that by reading his Wikipedia entry, then come back here for the rest.

Raskin, now unfortunately deceased, did a lot of thinking about what makes a good user interface.

Since his death, his website pages have been dispersed to their constituent electrons for recycling.

However, thanks to the wonderful Internet Archive and its glorious Wayback Machine, many of those web pages are still available for viewing.

I’m going to excerpt a variety of sentences from him because he seems to make part of the case for the iPad. In fact, some of these excerpts make me wonder if he should be acknowledged as the unofficial father of the iPad.

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I Told You This: Free ePubs On iPad Are Go

Sunday, January 31st, 2010: How To Build An ePub eBook Library For Your iPad

So, at the beginning, it’s best to stick with free ePub. They can be moved onto the iPad easily via iTunes or drag and drop to a Shared Folder. And they can be shared with friends easily by emailing them from your Mac or providing a link to them from one of the websites below.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

No one — and I mean no one — believed me.

Just like no one believed me when I said iWork was coming (for over two years!).

iWork came.

And now this from Apple itself:


Click = big

Are we on the same page now?

No. I’m still ahead of you.

I know that iBooks is shit and ePub is shit and you all still have to find that out.

And this is still coming.

But go ahead. Don’t believe me.

Previously here:

Now maybe you’ll use this, huh? This Week Only: Free eBook Library For Your iPad

Additional:

IDPF Screws Up ePub eBook Covers For Everyone!
iBooks: I Am Not Happy
Apple And eBooks: A Horror Story
ePub eBooks From Apple Will Use FairPlay DRM
Lie To Me, Steve Jobs