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  • Oh, and to add: I‘m not sure you should retire yous iPad. The reading and browsing experience of the iPad can’t be duplicated in the Air. The Air’s keyboard gets in the way.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Jan 24, 2011 Posts: 47
    MacBook Air or iPad: Which Should You Buy?
  • Thanks, Chris, for your feedback. I’m not sure if you saw my previous article on the Air and iPad, but I can say you will experience some overlap between both devices. I’ve actually laid in bed and switched back and forth between the two—using the iPad for reading and browsing, and the Air for writing. My PowerBook finally died out on me over a year ago. I thought I’d be able to use the iPad as a laptop replacement, though I knew of its limitations. But it just wasn’t happening. Writing on the iPad sucks. So at first I started to get a bottom line MBP which is about the same price as the 11” Air, but boy am I glad I didn’t. The form factor of the Air is just amazing. Though I think the Air should be a few hundred dollars cheaper, I seriously enjoy using it and taking it with me. When you get used to the iPad, carrying around and using a netbook like the Air only makes sense. I would hate carrying around a heavier MBP. But like I said, you will feel some overlap, to the point of thinking, why can’t Apple just somehow combine the two into one machine, incorporating both the iOS and OS X systems. That is what my previous article is about.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Jan 24, 2011 Posts: 47
    MacBook Air or iPad: Which Should You Buy?
  • Yeah, Parky, I remember him saying that. And I agree. However, I'm wondering if it were possible to build an iPad that can run both the iOS and OS X systems, and users could switch between the two.
  • James, you make a point. I think my bias comes from not really being a tv watcher, but at the same time, I just think Apple could have easily created an similar app to ZumoCast by now.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Oct 06, 2010 Posts: 47
    ZumoCast: What Remote Should Be
  • This is the first since I started using iTunes years ago that I didn’t immediately download the upgrade. There is nothing I‘m looking forward to about Ping, or even the new iTunes grayed out design. Plus, since Apple took away, I am seriously avoiding any iTunes music purchases. Lala was a great web based music site, and since Apple hasn’t deemed it necessary to replace it, so fuck Ping.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Sep 07, 2010 Posts: 47
    Ping: Apple's Dismal Foray into Social Media
  • Kris, sorry to hear that app isn’t what you expected. If it’s any consultation, I actually purchased myself. I didn’t get review license for it. As for the Google feeds, I wasn’t annoyed by that because I didn’t want to add all of them to the Pulse reader. Nevertheless, thanks for your comments. Hopefully they will give other possible readers something to think about.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Jun 16, 2010 Posts: 47
    Pulse: An Effective RSS Reader for the iPad
  • Matt, I’m not sure why that’s happening.The fact that it’s on a server may well be the problem. Create the folder action again using a folder on your desktop, instead of the server, to see if that makes a difference. You might also join this list-serve and ask the question: Automator listserv
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Jun 09, 2010 Posts: 47
    Create a Folder Action Using Automator
  • Beeblebrox, I agree that there are advantages to a netbook. I purchased one for my daughter, but for the life of me, I can never spend more than 10 minutes on her netbook. Though the screen is larger than my iPhone, the size of the iPad screen is more comfortable to me. If you read my first articles about the iPad here on AppleMatters, you’d see that I recommended to readers to only purchase the base model of the iPad and/or wait until the second gen to see what type of improvements will be made. I think Jobs ever tried to sell the iPad as a laptop replacement. He would sound silly doing, given that he has a solid line of MacBooks and MacBook pros to sell. But as I have written in still other articles for this site, I’ve felt it was shameful that Apple hadn’t produced some sort of netbook device that would fulfill simple computing needs. I think the iPad comes close to what I and other user users were looking for, but there’s of course areas that need improving, which this latest article tries to point out. Thanks for your feedback. Great to have you as a regular reader of the site.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Jun 04, 2010 Posts: 47
    Can You Blog On the iPad?
  • Flyboybob, I agree with you that the iPad is "a big iPod touch with better battery capacity", but that’s precisely what I like about the device. Its larger size makes for a really nice media consumption tablet. I believe the iPad is the first gen Apple device I’ve ever purchased. I typically purchase the second or third gen devices—sometimes simply because I can’t afford the first gen anyway. But in the case of the iPad, I don’t feel too put out about the purchase. Sure, the price might come down in future updates, but besides having written numerous articles about the device and related apps, I really like the iPad (even with its limitations), for its portability and speed. Maybe this should be a subject of another article, because I do think in time the iPad has the potential to be a great laptop for average users.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Jun 04, 2010 Posts: 47
    Can You Blog On the iPad?
  • Turleymuller, yeah I had forgotten about the pop-up option in Safari. But even that option doesn’t compare with Atomic Web’s options. It’s almost embarrassing to compare the two. And I agree somewhat that Apple tries to keep its apps simple for a wide range of users. But in this case, most Mac users are probably very familiar with tabbing in the desktop version of Safari, so it only makes sense to bring that same feature and user interface to the mobile app versions. RayCon, there are many apps that duplicate the function of Apple‘s programs, so I think Apple really has to be flexible enough to allow third-party developers to produce programs that are going enhance the mobile devices; otherwise, advance Mac users are simply going to get frustrated by the lack of features that should exist to make the devices more productive.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on May 27, 2010 Posts: 47
    Atomic Web: the Best Web Browser for the iPad
  • I think cloud technology is essential for small computers like this one and the iPad. Unless you‘re not getting good Wi-Fi or 3G access, there’s little reason that I can think of not to load a bunch content on a single device. There’s only so much media that you can consume at any given time. Good cloud services like DropBox can nearly replace the Finder on a computer. If Apple doesn’t want to add a Finder to the iPad, it should at least make it easier for apps to connect to a user’s central cloud service for backing up and saving documents.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Apr 21, 2010 Posts: 47
    litl [The Competitors]
  • I downloaded Opera Mini last night and tested it out for a few minutes. It definitely contains features that need to be put into Safari, especially when it comes to Safari on the iPad. Opera’s tap feature and full page view bring a better user experience to browsing on the iPhone. However, I don’t see this 3rd party app shifting enough users away from Safari. Mainly because Safari is the default app that other apps will link to. Secondly, many users simply don’t get involved enough with their iPhone to learn about alternatives to many of Apple‘s default apps. I mean seriously, my sister-in-law’s husband has had his iPhone for several months now and he still doesn’t know how to copy and paste. On the contrary, the best thing about many these third-party coming online is that challenges Apple to include more features in its future updates. For those of us who want t take advantage of advance features, we seek them and use them, while most users are content with the basic stuff.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Apr 16, 2010 Posts: 47
    Opera for iPhone: Does It Matter?
  • Turley, thanks for sharing about the bookmark note. I think I overlooked it. And I agree, I have several apps (five screen capture apps!) that I wish could be merged into one.
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Apr 07, 2010 Posts: 47
    Why I Use SOHO Notes
  • Yep, sounds like you can do this. Create an iCal workflow that runs (as an alarm) every week. Here’s a screenshot:
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Mar 31, 2010 Posts: 47
    Create a Folder Action Using Automator
  • Doug1, it doesn’t sound like you can do this. But maybe if you give me more specifics about what type of folder action you would like attached to each new folder, maybe I can see if there’s a work around. Feel free to contact me directly. bakari at
    Bakari Chavanu had this to say on Mar 31, 2010 Posts: 47
    Create a Folder Action Using Automator