While we’ve been building out our new redundant infrastructure for energysys.com, I’ve been using the Get Console iPad app quite extensively, in combination with the Redpark C2-RJ45 console cable. The latter seems expensive to me, and the lack of protection of the RJ-45 pin is disappointing given it will probably be thrown in a bag with other cables, but it does the job.Details
First and foremost, they simply worked. Pop your Palm in the bundled cradle, press the button, and your calendar, contacts and other information were in sync with your desktop, and you had a complete backup.
Secondly, the Palm really was small enough to slip in the pocket. The Psion Series 5, which came along in 1997, was a brick in comparison, though the fact it had a keyboard was sufficient to convince many of its merits. Personally, I found the Palm’s weird, shorthand notation for text entry to be easy to learn and extremely fast.Details
As I discussed in my recent blog post, Oracle and Apple have reached an agreement that ensures the continuation of Java on the Mac. In essence, Apple are going to drop the majority, if not all, of their code into an OpenJDK project, and this will allow Oracle to supply future versions of Java on Mac OS X.Details
The recent announcement by Apple that the “Java runtime ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X is deprecated” has caused some concern and rather extreme responses. As a company that has recently invested heavily in Apple hardware for our development team, it might seem that we have fallen victim to the latest idiosyncratic or autocratic move from Apple and Steve Jobs. However, while I do think the story has implications, I don’t think it’s particularly troubling or consequential, except to those for whom the announcement is reinforcement of whatever particular world view they support (for example, is it proof that Java is dying, or evidence that Apple doesn’t understand the enterprise, or developers?).Details
I was in London on the day they launched the iPad in the UK, the queue wasn’t long, and… what can I say? I’m now the proud owner of an iPad. Despite the apparent impulsive nature of the purchase, I had actually thought fairly long and hard about it and decided that Apple’s newest baby really could represent a game changer in every sense.Details
With the release of the iPad this week, Apple demonstrated their ability to do two things: build desirable products and generate unbelievable hype. Arguably, the second frequently acts to the detriment of the first, in that nothing can match the frenzy of speculation reported by the various rumour sites. However, it seems clear, even at this stage, that the iPad is likely to be a huge success, representing as it does a media device that people really will use in their living rooms for surfing, listening to music, watching movies and TV, and sending email. Unlike netbooks or laptops, it will feel much more natural and available. Even though it does so much less than the speculation considered likely, it does appear to do what it does brilliantly, and given the success of the iPhone it’s clear that people are drawn to the experience of a true computing appliance, without the file systems and the Start menu or whatever.Details
Yet another good reason to rush out and buy your own iPhone, as we begin the process of certifying EnergySys for use with the phone’s Safari browser. Overall, initial impressions are that it works pretty well out of the box, as the screenshots below show. What could be a better reason for acquiring an iPhone…Details