Okay so it's not really the iPad 3 but it is the new iPad. Our adventure started off today at about quarter of five when I woke up and decided I was going go ahead to Best Buy. I finally had enough money saved that I could get my very own iPad and I decided I was going to wait until the announcements came out a week ago to make my move. Should I get a new iPad or should I go for a lower price iPad 2? So after some online consultation for others and after hearing the announcement it was decided I should go ahead and get the new iPad. Having been frugal with my Best Buy gift cards and some Best Buy rewards points I decided I was going to save those for this occasion. Of course selling a certain device on eBay helped a lot as well. So like a kid on Christmas morning I headed off to the Best Buy located in Wooster, Ohio. The Entire drive there was thinking to myself there's got to be a long line and I was wrong!
When I pulled into the Best Buy parking lot there was nobody else there. So I decided I was pretty safe so i headed over to Walmart to grab it a few things. When I got back to Best Buy I noticed the manager and another employee were walking in and they were talking to another potential customer I figured I better go get in line. Which was a smart move because the manager told me there was only five of the iPad I wanted. So for about a half an hour there I sat by myself one of those people standing outside of Best Buy awaiting a product launch.
And after a few minutes of standing there taking goofy pictures of myself with my iPhone another customer came up to join me and for the next two hours we sat there chatting as the only two people in line at the Wooster Best Buy waiting to buy an iPad. Finally at 8 AM the manager walked out and gave me my golden ticket
The only problem was the store still did not open until 10 o'clock so I had some time to kill. But after waiting patiently for a couple hours I finally had it my precious
After having time to play with it at work I really enjoy this device! As a matter of fact this entire blog post has been created using the dictate feature. Granted it does not do punctuation well but it does do text extremely well. Then again I don't do punctuation while when I'm typing. Everything you've heard about the retina display is true the pictures I've looked at online are stunning. I've also noticed that the older iPhone apps that I installed on this device look pretty clear compared to the iPad one I was using those look blurry. The speed of the device is beautiful you can definitely see an increase with that extra RAM that's added from what I've read online this has a gig of RAM. I haven't had a really good chance to play with the cameras yet and I'm looking forward to seeing how Skype performs. So I'll probably waste some time over the weekend sitting on the back porch with a cigar going over all the new features but from what I can tell this was the device to wait for. Again This dictation feature is really cool. That's all for now have a great weekend!
Andy's Guide to (dis)ConnectED2015!
Sat, Dec 13th 2014 12:14p Andy Donaldson Every year about this time, I sit down in front of my computer and bang out my guide and tips for making your yearly journey to the holy land of collaborative awesomeness, Lotusphere. (You can click here to see all of the past years write-ups.) Well, it used to be called Lotusphere, but over the past couple of years it's had a bit of an identity crisis. This coming January it has once again had a change of name and is called ConnectED. Okay, no problem. But this year for the first time sinc [read] Keywords: connections
Another one bites the dust.
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 7:09p Andy Donaldson I've been feeling it coming for a long time now. The eventuality that my days as a full time Domino Administrator coming to a close. I've known for some time at work, (past couple of years), that there has been a lot of conversation about migrating away from the Domino stack. At first I fought it. Nobody listened. Nobody cared. No help from IBM either. As far as I'm concerned, they gave up on us as a customer a long time ago. Haven't heard from my rep in months. So why fight it. My [read] Keywords: domino
17 years. 16 an honest man.
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 3:40a Andy Donaldson Back before the turn of the century, I didn't know what I wanted in the world. I thought I did and that took me down many roads. But most of the time, it was roads that others had already paved. I hadn't made any of my own. I was at a crossroads in life I felt. I was on the verge of making a decision to either sticking it out in Ohio, or move back to Michigan and live in my parents basement to start over. I was looking for answers on a direction in life and that's when I decided to look [read] Keywords: email
Sametime Video Calls on a MacBook Pro - not happening
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 9:10a Andy Donaldson Okay, blogosphere, I need your ear for a few minutes.The overlords here at the day job want to start support Macs. That's a good thing in my opinion. IBM has had a Notes client for Mac, (but not an Admin or Dev client), for some time now. But with rolling out new hardware, we have to make sure everything works of course. What's not working for me right now, and is reproducible on another like Mac, is that video calls in Sametime won't work. We have nice, shiny new MacBook Pro's with Re [read] Keywords: admin
Migrating Traveler to HA Error
Sat, Mar 15th 2014 6:48a Andy Donaldson Today was the day I made the leap to migrate our production Traveler server from running on the Derby database to an SQL database. While we are not taking full advantage of HA with multiple servers, I wanted to at least get us migrated to a more robust database. Having walked through the migration steps at this link in our test environment, I felt pretty confident with the task ahead. After the server restarted and Traveler launched, the migration process began. But not too long after the mi [read] Keywords: ibm