Morning Dew on the sunroof

Dew

Went to breakfast with the wife’s family, and was able to take this with the iPhone. I love water droplet photos like this. This also works great as a iPhone/iPad background. Click through to go to the flickr page to download the full sized one.

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Kitchen Remodel – Part 2 – Demolition!

With about 3 weeks to go before everything was going to be installed, we finally started tearing out the kitchen. While we probably could have done everything in a day or two, we had to do all the work after we got off work, and it’s actually much harder than you think. It was a lot of fun tearing things out, but also very tiring.

Over the course of a week or so, we did one of these a night.

Once of the last things we did was remove the sink and the cabinets around it. We had one of the plumbers come out a week before demo to let us know how to unhook everything. But when I started doing what he said, I realized we were going to have a few problems. Mainly, the knob on the water supply line was somewhat broken, and would not shut off. Luckily another plumber from the same company came out and took care of it for us. I started to take apart the rest of the sink, but decided to wait until later to actual remove the drain.

The week before things were to be installed, the guy in charge of installations came out to measure everything, make any final notes, and make sure things were good to go. While he was here, he wanted to help us remove the rest of the sink so he could check it all out. We cut the drain line, removed the rest of the counters and cabinets, and then noticed a pretty big problem.

We had years of water damage underneath it all.

Under our cabinets there was a bit of particle board used above the subfloor, below the actual ‘flooring’. This has swollen over an inch in some areas, and was going to have to be fixed before we could get the new cabinets put in. This was the thursday before Memorial Day, a long holiday weekend. Who could we get out on such short notice, and how would we know we were getting the work done at a fair price, etc?

The guy we were working with noticed our confusion and concern. And then the unimaginable happened. He went outside and grabbed his saw. 30 minutes later, this is what the floor looked like. He told us he realized our concerns, and due to various reasons, wanted to help us out. After showing me what was left to be done, I removed the rest of the floor under where the stove was going. He left us with a shopping list, and told us he would be back later during the weekend.

Sure enough, that weekend we got back together, and finished the task, plus plenty more. We cut and fit the plywood you see in this picture, removed a bit of drywall on the inside wall (where the fridge and stove are) and planed the studs to make the wall more even, and he even showed us how to skim coat the walls. We were blown away by this companies hospitality, and are so happy for this. We went from just a quick refresh of our kitchen, to worrying if it would ever be done, to knocking it out of the park in just 2 weeks.

While we did ‘take our time’ when it came to demolishing everything – we really should have planned things out slightly better. Some notes to take away are:

  • Start early. You can’t start ‘too early’. We put it off here and there, and ended up having some late nights in the end. Nothing was too bad, but there were plenty of days in the end where we had to work every night, and didn’t get to take a break.
  • Demo before you even order if you can. We ordered and planned everything out with original measurements. This isn’t a big deal – but if you can give the company building everything a completely clean slate, they may be able to even better plan things out. Due to our 50+ year home, things are sagging a little bit, and some measurements were slightly off (but fixed in the end).
  • Work with great people. We are still amazed by the company we went with, and have already referred multiple customers to them.
  • People like to tear things out. Invite friends over. Get rid of your anger. It can be tiring, but was a lot of fun doing this. Plus just the general activity was fun.

iPhone 4

Now that I have been using the iPhone 4 for a few weeks, I thought I would take some time to write a few notes about it. I assure you this won’t be as long as the iPad post, but would like to record some of my notes about the new phone.

Our contract was near its end (we bought the iPhone 3G a month or so after release). We were excited to see this years new iPhone, and when it was announced at WWDC 2010 – we instantly knew that it was our next phone. I (unlike a few people I know) didn’t spend all day reloading the page trying to order mine the day orders went on sale. Instead, after a few failed attempts – we pre-ordered both of ours through the new iOS Apple Store app (iTunes Link). After clearing a few things up with Apple (is this a true pre-order?, are we going to get one launch day?, etc), we waited a week for them to go on sale. On release day – I was rather worried. Sure enough, people were easily standing in line for 2-5 hours. I wasn’t going to go until after work – when the expected temperature was around 100. I went up there right around 5 – and to my amazement – there were only about 10 people in line. It took us only about 45 minutes in line and in the store to be up and running on our new phones.

Water beading on my car after a storm

So what do I think about it?

  • The antenna issue is media overkill, its close to the best I have used. It’s not that bad, every phone does it, etc. I can easily replicate it in my house, but never had a connection problem due to it. Actually, I have better coverage than ever. Many stores that I continuously lost signal in easily work throughout the store.
  • The screen is insane. It’s amazing how a change like that really changes your experience with the phone. And looking at anything else, its hard to believe we have lived with phones like this for so long. When I first used the phone, it was surreal. Now, its like the display just fades away. I enjoy reading on this phone, and look forward to more apps using this screen. Non-updated apps look OK, but kinda crappy at times too. I think I still like reading on the iPad more though, just due to the size.
  • Very fast. I never used a 3GS for a real amount of time, but the iPhone 4 is insanely fast to me. After using the 3G for so long, I was used to waiting for things. Now I don’t feel that is an issue. Its nice for the camera to be up and ready in an instant.
  • Great Cameras. The main camera is pretty awesome. I have taken a few shots with it – but nothing much. And the fact that it does HD video amazes me – and the reason I got the 32GB phone. It’s just been to hot outside to do much with it – so I still haven’t really used these cameras as much as I would like. The front facing camera is nice, and a welcome addition, but can’t say that I think I will use it much. The two images in this post are from the new phone.
  • I hope this makes video chat even more mainstream. I personally don’t video chat as much as I would like to. I wish I used this feature on my computer more than I do. I just don’t chat with that many people online anymore, and never had much of a use for it. But I know plenty of people – non technical even – that use it all the time. Now that my phone has it – I hope to use this technology more. But all I have used FaceTime so far is to just test it out with the wife. I feel its very ‘this is cool, but what do we do with it’ right now. I also wished it integrated with iChat. I am sure this will all come at some point in the future.
  • We bought bumpers. We both got cases right after we got the phone from Best Buy (only people locally with anything in stock). My first one just had too much friction. So we both picked up black bumpers. With last Friday’s press conference – we will probably be getting a refund for these unless one of the approved cases catches our eyes. We did this for two reasons: 1) to not grip the metal and have a better grip on the phone, and 2) lift the phone off the surface of a table. I keep my phone out all day long, and it worried me leaving flat on the desk  (although there is a very slight height difference on the side – so it’s not actually on the table). The bumper has been great, even though its overpriced. I’m sure cheaper options will come up at some point, but its a decent case, and decently built. And with our rebates – they are free anyways. Although, if the rebate is in gift cards – we may pick up a dock or keyboard for the iPad.
  • I don’t regret the iPad. Even though I have found myself using the iPad less since I got this phone, I still have different uses for the iPad. I prefer reading on it, writing on it, and some of the games. I feel that while a faster phone does make me want to use it more to do things – the iPad lets me do ‘other’ things better.
  • iOS feels rushed/fragmented right now. I keep wanting to use fast app switching on the iPad. Certain features are on the iPad that I felt should have been in iOS 4.0. Also, I don’t personally like the various number of icon sizes needed – and not even Apple’s apps are fully upgraded. For example – the App Store still uses lower resolution icons for apps, which I don’t like. I think if it’s a Retina Display app – its icon should reflect that. This will all be worked out over time.

Our first Flying Squirrels game.

San Francisco Panoramas

I finally got a chance to process many of the shots I took in San Francisco into panoramas of the city. You can view all of them on my flickr page, under the tag ‘panorama’.

Looking East from Alcatraz into the bay

Exercise area outside Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge in distance

Alcatraz island from Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco skyline from Alcatraz

Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square

Kitchen Remodel – Part 1 – Planning

While remodeling any room in your house will add value to your home – due to the housing market – there is not as much profit compared to what you spend. But this shouldn’t deter you from making your house a better place for YOU. We kept this in mind and did this remodel with our interests first, but also making sure that our decisions added value to our home.

Our kitchen was so bad, in so many ways:

  • Everything is white. Different shades of white. Different levels of dirty white.
  • It was poorly installed 25+ years ago. Cabinets were hacked into place, countertop wasn’t even secured correctly, etc.
  • It was falling apart. Odd stick-on tiles were cracking and pulling up, doors were ‘fixed’ so many times that screws wouldn’t stay in a few of them, etc.

We decided a little over a year ago that our kitchen was the next ‘big project’. We had already re-finished our floors, updated our Den, painted most rooms for the second time, etc. Other side projects (not house related) had finally calmed down – so we finally had the time to work on this.

We started by meeting with two contractors that work with my wifes work – first with the cabinet guys, then with the flooring guys. We were able to save quite a bit of money using these guys, as well as know they were doing high quality work. I recommend finding your contractors through family, friends, and coworkers first. Check out their work, check reviews, and make sure you are comfortable through the ENTIRE process.

When working with our cabinet contractors, they were great in helping us pick out the actual cabinets, cabinet doors, countertops, and whatever upgrades we wanted. We also slightly wanted to move a few things – our fridge area was misaligned, as well as our stove. We also had about 8″ of wasted space on the other side of the kitchen. We wanted all of this to line up, as well as allow someone to use a larger fridge as well. Finally, we wanted to replace an unfinished island that came with the house with a matching cabinet/countertop combo.

The hardest part of this for us was choosing the countertop color. It’s really hard to choose something so big and important with a 1 x 1.5 inch card sample. We kept a few of the samples, so we could match them to floor colors before placing the final order. We did know we were going to use the same paint color as part of the rest of the house – so everything had to be based around this for now.

A few days later, we visited the flooring company with my mom to pick out a few flooring samples with the countertop samples we already had. We picked up about 4 different types of vinyl, and about 3 samples of laminate flooring. All of these were taken home, matched with the walls, countertop samples, and a white piece of cardboard (to simulate the cabinets, including distance and lightning between the floor and counter). We ended up settling on one particular vinyl floor – because it honestly looked better than some of the laminate, was at a great price, and matched everything perfectly.

Right before we left to go to San Francisco for a week, we received the first draft of our new kitchen. This included two layouts, their estimated costs, and 3D renderings from multiple angles. We sent back some minor modifications and left town.

While away – we managed everything from our iPad. We had almost daily emails back and forth about modifications, clarifications, and new renderings. Our contractor was great to explain everything for us, as well as answer any questions we had. Once everything was finally decided, we were able apply for a loan, confirm the order for the cabinets, order the floor – all over the phone and using our iPad! We had everything set up for the day we got back to sign needed papers and get things rolling! This also meant that we had less of a week of downtime before we had to rip everything out – because everything was being installed in less than 4 weeks!

Some notes about this whole process:

  • Find people you are comfortable with. We loved our contractors. You should too. If you want the name of ours or any info – email me!
  • More things match than you would think – we (well, more so I) was nervous every day that things wouldn’t match. My OCD wanted everything the same color, same direction, etc. You don’t want this. And you would be surprised how many things just blend. If they don’t right away, you can always used accents to adjust things.
  • Find example rooms you like – We were rather locked into our paint choice – due to our homes layout and trying to find matches. So we searched for various pictures online to find designs we liked. I started by searching for ‘white kitchens’, and gathered ideas from there.
  • Keep some design sense, or get help – I don’t have the best eye for design, but I do like doing things myself. I also asked for help and got ideas through the entire process. If you can’t do this – don’t waste your time (and money), and get a designer.
  • Don’t go overboard – our home was built-in the 50’s, is about 1400 sq ft, and in a somewhat working-class neighborhood. Buying granite countertops, top of the line cabinets, and high-end flooring was not only out of our price range – but a stupid choice for the house. We would never recover that cost, and it honestly wouldn’t fit the house. Our new kitchen not only came at a reasonable price – we think it is a major update for the house but also fits the house perfectly.

Kitchen Remodel – Introduction

After being in our house for over 3 years now, we finally got around to remodeling our kitchen. When we purchased the house – it was something we always wanted to do. We never really liked the way the room looked – everything was white (which gets really dirty), falling apart, and dated. Since my wife works with a local homebuilder, we were able to work with some of their contractors to help us through the whole process.

These posts are going to be posted in sets. Part One will cover our planning. Part Two will document our demolition (which we did), and Part Three will be about the prep and installation of everything. Im planning on posting these back to back over the coming week or two.

I have already posted pictures to my flickr account of the whole process. I plan on taking a few more pics soon now that even more stuff is ‘in place’, as well as do a little better job at lighting (most of these were shot quickly while in the middle of stuff).

The whole project was rather overwhelming – and we are glad its done. It took 2-3 months to do everything (and about 2-3 weeks of not having a real kitchen). But we could not be happier!

More posts soon!

The Apple iPad

The iPad is now about two months old. I had actually started writing this post the first week we had it, but never got around to finishing it. Luckily, my view has stayed pretty consistent over time. By now, you probably have read tons of reviews (both positive and negative), many of them saying the same thing. I am not saying that I will say anything new or different – I just want to record and share my thoughts on the device as well.

Sorry if some of the thoughts below are random and mixed together. While I want to say a little about each of these, none of them warrant their own section. Most of this is a list I have been building over the last month. Also, this is a rather long post. I couldn’t decide on a good way to split everything up between multiple posts.

  • Why we got it – I can’t say I have always wanted a tablet-like device, but ever since owning an iPhone, I really wanted something larger as well. But more recently – I have really wanted an extra low-end machine to keep in the living room so I could browse the web while our laptop may be in use (its my wife’s primary machine). I do this on my iPhone already, but that gets tedious after a while – and wanted something only slightly larger – not having to be more powerful. After the announcement – I still wasn’t sure about purchasing this versus a netbook. Right before the launch though, we also started talking about replacing my primary machine (our almost 3-year-old 24″ iMac) – with either a new MacBook Pro or another iMac. I went with the iPad vs Netbook since I didn’t want another ‘machine’. If I had the netbook, that’s another profile to manage, documents to keep, etc. For something just for web browsing and other random things – it’s a lot of overhead for a full-blown OS.
  • I didn’t preorder – I really wanted to feel the device in my hands before preordering. I wanted to feel the weight, see it hands on, and use one before I dropped the cash on mine. Luckily, almost everyone I know through our local Cocoaheads ordered one – and one of the guys had a cookout on the release date. My wife and I got to use some of theirs – and then decided that if there were some in stock – we would buy one. Luckily that afternoon – all 3 sizes were still in stock – so we purchased one (as well as the Apple case for it).
  • Don’t buy the Apple case – We bought the Apple case on day one. I then sold it a week or two later. While it worked great and fit the iPad perfectly – it has major flaws for me. It feels rather cheap (for its cost). It also collects WAY too much dust and fingerprints. Finally, it’s a pain to get on and off the device. While I am at home, I didn’t want to use it in the case much – and it was a pain to keep taking the case on and off. Instead, I purchased a Belkin netbook case, which keeps the unit safe. It doesn’t hold the device snugly, but I am also not throwing the device around the house.
  • The San Francisco trip – Shortly after purchasing the iPad, we went on vacation to San Francisco. Instead of bringing our MacBook or my work Dell, we decided to just use the iPad for the whole week, as well as our iPhones. This worked PERFECTLY. Our hotel had wi-fi, and we had no issues connecting to it (on the other hand, it was a very slow network). We used many different apps, including Maps, Mail, Yelp, GoodReader, and Safari. We were able to keep in touch with everyone, as well as plan a kitchen remodel across the country, on the iPad. Our contractor would send email and PDF’s, and we could share the iPad to check things out and respond. We also used Game Table and solitaire to play a few games on the flight, and I also started reading The Lost Symbol through Amazon’s Kindle app. We had no issues with this device out there, and it honestly was more enjoyable (and lighter) than having a laptop to carry around. The camera connection kit was not available while we were out there – but we were hoping it was. I was getting close to running out of space on some of my SD cards from our T1i, and it would have been great to copy them over to the iPad.
  • My next machine – The device has really made me start questioning what I would like for my next machine. I was planning on getting a MacBook Pro, so I could be a bit more mobile with the device. But when it came down to it – other than development and photography – the iPad let me do all of this. Therefore I could get more machine for my money by going with another iMac (plus a lot more screen real estate).
  • User Interface and Experience Decisions – One thing I found interesting is that most of the Apple apps have a very rich UI, and very tied into real-life materials. For example, the notepad app has a UI that shows stitching in leather. While very clean and nice looking – I wonder why they went into such detail to make it so ‘real’ looking. Another observation is the paper-turn animation in iBooks. While very cool and pretty – its honestly a little distracting at times. Plus – I know I am not reading a dead-tree version of the book – so why imitate all this? The one reason I think they did all this is to help bridge a bunch of mental gaps. They want you to feel comfortable using these – and it helps. Also, many 3rd Party developers realize there are more “power users”, and develop their apps to look very clean and pretty – but remove a lot of the bells and whistles of the UI. The most interesting UI choice for me was this – the keyboard has dimples on the F and J keys. On a normal keyboard this lets you find the keys without looking, and then prepare your hands accordingly. But on a virtual keyboard?
  • iBooks (and Kindle) – I don’t read much, but have been wanting too. I did download a few books with iBooks, and I do like it, but the library just isn’t there yet. But thankfully with the Kindle app for iPad, there are plenty of books to choose from. I plan on mostly using the Kindle app for now – but downloaded a lot of the free classics in iBooks. Reading on this device has been great, and not as distracting as I once thought it would be. Though, over time and depending on how you are sitting/laying, the device does start to get heavy.
  • Is 16GB enough? – When I got the wife’s approval to get the iPad – we decided on the 16GB one. When getting ready to checkout – she failed to mention I could have picked up the 32GB instead! But I am not worried about it – the 16GB has been enough for me. That may be due to my usage of the device:
    • I currently stream my videos (Netflix or podcasts or YouTube – and may use StreamToMe later)
    • I don’t carry music on the device. I hope Apple does release this rumored ‘iTunes in the Cloud’ at some point, but not holding my breath yet. I can stream some music if I really want to, as well as usually always have my iPod with me.

    Since these are two things that take up the most space on the device – you can see I am not using all of that. So I have plenty of room for Apps and other things. I still even only have less than 2 pages of apps. I feel that 16GB is plenty for someone who isn’t carrying all the other stuff around.

  • Insane battery life – its true. I easily can go a week or two of using this a few hours every night to check feeds a few times, check twitter and Facebook, and read some. I am easily getting 10-12 hours a charge.
  • What’s missing?
    • Flash – Steve Jobs said it perfectly in his D8 talk – while everyone didn’t like that Flash wasn’t on the iPhone – it really went to another level when we found out the iPad didn’t have it either. This is nearly the number one thing people complain about. For me – I don’t care. You need flash for 2 main things – games and videos. I personally don’t play any flash games at all – and actually many of them (or their concepts) are available in the app store as full games. You will see even more of this over time. And the games that are on the iOS devices are much better than most flash games I have seen. As far as videos – I don’t feel like I am missing much. And over time – this will change too. You only need flash for the ‘container’ or player – not the video. As more sites embed using HTML5 and the like, it will be even better. This is not to say I wish we didn’t have it – but I am glad I am not hindered by it when it’s not working well on a mobile device (plus, every crash I have on my Mac in Safari is related to Flash).
    • Multitasking – Now using the iPhone for 2 years, I can’t say that I was in dire need for this. But this point is now moot – Multitasking will be in iOS 4. I can say I do welcome the feature, and look forward to using it – but never felt this hindered what I used the iPad or iPhone for.
    • A Camera – a rear camera would have been nearly useless on this device. Could you imaging how you would have to hold the thing to take a picture? But I do think a front-facing camera would have been nice – especially with iPhone 4’s new FaceTime feature. I am sure the next iPad will have a front-facing camera, and will be able to use this feature as well.
    • Multiple Users – one thing that I would love on this device is the ability to have multiple users. My wife and I share the device – and so we always have to login/logout of various web sites or use various different apps (for example, she reads here feeds in the Google Reader webapp, while I use NewsReader). This works great for us but it would be great if some apps (especially Safari) would let us have separate profiles or something. I guess the other solution is to eventually just buy another iPad (which I know quite a few people that did this).
  • My iPhone feels so slow/second class now – I have a 3G, so I haven’t yet had the experience of using a 3GS (or now 4) as a day-in, day-out phone. But when I picked up the iPad, used it, then picked up my iPhone, what a world of difference. Since then, my iPhone feels so slow. But this changes in just a few weeks – as we are picking up the new iPhone 4.
  • iOS 4 – You may have seen me mention this already – but iOS 4 is what Apple renamed their iPhone OS too – since its now on more devices than just the iPhone. You can read on Apple’s site all of the features coming to these devices soon. But while on the topic of the iOS, I do have two things to mention
    • Apple has already thought of everything you are thinking of – this is pretty general (and not iPad specific), but many people complain about iOS not having certain features, and think Apple just doesn’t care or doesn’t think things through. Let me tell you – that is not the case. I am sure, without a doubt, they have thought of everything people complain about, and tried it at one point or another. There is usually a good reason why a particular feature is not available.
    • iPad will be getting iOS 4 late – Many people are complaining about getting this fancy new device, but the phone getting the features months ahead of the others. There is a reason for this as well, I am sure. iPad was a very secretive product, and I am sure many people on the OS/Phone teams did not know what was going on. I feel that at some point, they branched the OS 3.x codebase – and went their own way. The results of this were shown off in January, at the devices announcement. At that point – the two teams could merge back together – and basically had to unify everything again. Secondly, with the huge changes in iOS 4, not only did OS 3.2 have to merge back into the 3.x branch, they also had to get all the updates to 4. This is going to take time, and that’s why the iPad will get 4 later than the phones or iPod Touch.
  • Development for it – I am finally getting around to getting my iPhone Dev Connection stuff setup, and finally able to develop for all the different types of iOS products. With the now 3 key screen resolutions (iPhone 1-3, iPhone 4, and iPad), the tools are in place to really make some cool apps for all the devices. I have some plans for these, and will write more about it when the time comes.
  • It is still an appliance/tool. It does not change you as a person. I find it funny just how many people think that because you own any Apple product – you are a consumer whore, zombie, or fanboy. Look – it’s just a tool. You pick the right tool for the job. I chose Apple a long time ago, and I feel like I have the best tools. Other tools may do the job better – but for what I do, I am very happy with my choice of tools. Many people don’t understand this concept – and feel that a computer is more than a tool.
  • Smugness of non-users – above and beyond what I just wrote above, I have noticed a very odd backlash of non-users against those that purchase one of these. Even though I have been using Apple things for a LONG time, and used to the usual ‘Oh you have a Mac, get a real computer’ – the iPad really seems to really increase the volume of the non users, using the same old argument. I really just don’t understand it. Not a big deal, but just an observation.
  • The mom test (multi-touch, still took getting used to, still needs a purpose) – A few days after I got it, I showed it off to my mom, stepdad, brother, and his fiance. Watching my moms use the device was the most interesting. When I showed her multi-touch – she wanted it everywhere. Every place she got a chance to use multi-touch – she wanted to, and thought it was nice. It made sense, and she picked it up quickly, for not being a computer person (she seriously asked me when learning on our first Mac what exactly a double-click was). She was a bit overwhelmed by what it could do – and I think this relates to the ‘Sales Pitch’ below. Finally – she said she just didn’t have a use for it. She couldn’t play Farmville (which is actually changing – as its coming out the end of this month), she liked her big computer, etc. Though I do think when she (if ever) wants a mobile – this would be the device for her rather than a laptop.
  • It’s a big iPod Touch, but is that a bad thing? – I swear I hear this all the time. And when I first started hearing it – I came back with just as silly jokes. For example – isn’t your BMW just an expensive car? But then I realized – it’s not the question – it’s the way people ask. This question seems to always have a negative connotation (why would I want one if I can just get a cheaper iPod Touch). So I decided the best route was to answer this question as ‘Yes, it is, basically’, but then dive in deeper with what makes it better having a big iPod Touch. The screen is the HUGE factor here, and lets you do a lot of things you couldn’t do on the smaller devices.
  • The Sales Pitch – I have found this device, more than anything, the hardest to demo to friends/family. Many people seem to have already made up their minds – because the media/bloggers told them what to think. To top this off – it’s very hard to ‘show’ the product off, what do you really demo? I found it best to let those people play with it, or recommend they check it out at the store. They need to sell themselves. Explaining how I use it has helped a lot too. People either get it, or they don’t. You don’t really need to waste your time selling it to them.
  • A first gen product? – This is actually the first “first generation” Apple product I had ever purchased – though it doesn’t feel like a first-gen product. I say this for two reasons: 1) This device has been in development for years, possibly before the iPhone, and refined like crazy and 2) Already owning an iPhone and using almost every iteration since – it just feels like a continuation of that line, to an extent.
  • Do I regret purchasing it? – I ask myself this question at times, but no – I don’t. I don’t think anyone has a need for this product – it’s just something cool to have and use. I happen to be lucky and have some disposable income to put toward this product – and generally very happy with my purchase. Sure I could have saved that money or bought something else, but I don’t regret purchasing this one. I also at one point worried that iPhone 4 would make me never use the iPad again, but I don’t think that will happen. The extra screen space makes a big difference.
  • Won’t the next one have _______ and be so much better – Of course it will, and then the one after that too, and so on. And hopefully I am lucky enough (and the feature set is worth it) to upgrade to the next one (or purchase a second one – one for me, one for the wife – as I mentioned above). We will have to wait and see.

If you really read this far – thanks! I hope to look back at this post one day to see if I feel the same way. But as you can see, I am very happy with my purchase, and really recommend it to everyone.