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brian cork’s iPad 2

March11

so… we have our iPad 2’s now, and you don’t.

did you know that Larry Page owns an iPad?

they are, indeed, thinner and lighter. the front-facing video and still-action camera will be useful. but, to optimize all that you still need adaptors. the blog geeks can go into more detail over that. but, that’s what hardware “refreshing” is all about with Apple’s brilliant scheme of drawing you in at six month intervals. oddly, the camera does not have a flash feature like it’s iPhone 4 cousin.

I’m glad we stuck with AT&T (my prior rants aside). Verizon has some real “gotcha’s” in their pricing. Verizon assesses a thirty five dollar ($35) “activation fee” when you activate 3G data service for the first time, and charges it again if you let your data service lapse for more than three months. not cool for the infrequent, but determined traveller.

Santi confirms he can’t use his iPad 2 on the Sprint network. oddly, he is still able to use his Verizon iPhone on Sprint, but for the life of any of us, we don’t know how or why.

you can put in the SIM from an iPhone in the iPad 2 if you have a Micro-SIM used in iPhone 4 (by the way… you can get the SIM card and/ or configuration kits straight off Amazon if you want to use your T-Mobile SIMs on both the iPhone 4 and iPad 2). I can’t say for certain it’s ironic, but the T-Mobile data plan is faster than AT&T’s, for now. and apparently users do have fewer dropped calls.

NOTE: it looks like the iPad 2, itself, does not support the new Personal Hotspot feature of the iPhone. but, the iPad 2 can use an iPhone’s Personal Hotspot to connect to the Internet.

here’s a bugger you, you, collectively, although not for my people, for reasons I can’t explain… when using an external display, there’s no way to indicate a “finger” pointer on the external display. that appears to be a custom feature Apple created for its demo. (…and, this is ironic, for Adobe’s demos of their un-FLASH related products). since I’ve blown the cover off of that Adobe revelation, you should know there is more coming. more on that in a few weeks. but, as I remind you that Apple remains philosophically opposed to Flash on iOS devices, Adobe has yet to ship a version of FLASH that works on Android 3.0 devices such as the new Motorola Xoom (which is pretty slick, by the way), and Adobe FLASH performance on Android 2.2 devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab is awful. this information will annoy if not unhinge Google kool-aid guzzlers.

something (amongst a plethora of so many other things) most of you don’t know you would not be able to live without until you try it is the simple fact that you can use USB audio input or output. although this is not officially supported, the iPad supports generic USB audio devices, both input and output. USB audio devices, among others, can be connected using the USB adapter in Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit. a powered USB hub may be required for some devices which draw more power than iPad can supply.

more later. being me is fun.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

banks are the problem and the fed is their accomplice

February1

a benefit, I’ll submit, of coaching high-level decision-makers, is access to reliable information, offered or discerned.

I’ll define “reliable” for the purpose of this post as being relative to making informed decisions of my own, and helping you to pin-down a strategy.

a question being pondered by many, but with exposure all to rare in the media, is why banks aren’t being part of the solution and lending money. it’s fundamental economics. banks lend money to citizens and small businesses – and, the economy would kicks into a higher gear. I’ve touched on the matter before letting you know that banks count on Wall Street for direction. Wall Street want public companies to thrive so stocks can be touted (after Barons stake a claim, and before you do). so, Wall Street wants banks to drive cash towards larger companies. those companies don’t want competition from pesky (albeit inspired) startups.

so, banks are not lending money for three fundamental reasons:

1.  Wall street needs the cash directed towards public companies that don’t want competition so the stock can go up for insider benefit;

2.  banks are waiting for the Fed to raise interest rates; and,

3.  bankers and their regulators are watching the commercial real estate market waiting for the next (and it’s big) foot to drop.

NOTE: this information is corollary.

at some point I’ll delve into this with more details. but, although it would be great for citizens, at a cursory level, and the economy for the next seven years (why seven years?), it’s not to a banks advantage to offer a domestic loan at today’s current interest rates. for the moment, you need to make other arrangements. and, just so we are clear, Wall Street will send the signal when it wants interest rates to climb. it will be akin to a flare in the darkened sky lighting the path for their own insiders.

there yet remains great hope. follow the trends and look for convergence. for example, Apple is leading efforts to get “video any where and every where”. trust me on this. so, what industries and companies are needed to make that a reality?

think! do it!

hint… I’ve touched on that trend in prior posts. go look. do that as well!

this post is categorized under “good vs. evil”. my information is quite good, and I’m helping you against evil (rather like Green Lantern).

this is, in part, what Prudent and Optimistic Gentlemen do.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

facebook is proof we have a Problem

July1

Preamble:

Long before the dawn hours I saw the encrypted email with the news blink into existence on my “other” laptop, and I could barely believe my eyes, and stifle a laugh:

…BONO IS BUYING A BIGGER STAKE IN FACEBOOK. THE DEAL HAPPENS TUESDAY.

As a father of a thirteen-year-old girl, I have many issues with Facebook. Mind, you the site represents many opportunities for character to be both tested and proven. But, it more often than not creates more problems than shining moments for kids mis-communicating through poorly monitored social media. I have a Facebook page, myself. But, I don’t use it; and, I don’t accept friends on it – to make a point.

I’ve addressed concerns over Facebook before. You can ponder that, here.

Hmmm. Maybe a few of you hold-outs might not know about this Facebook. So, here is a training video:

In any event… Now we have additional proof that Facebook defines poor decision-making and obfuscates reality.

It’s true… Irish rocker BONO thinks he can cash-in on the popularity of social networking website by investing money into Facebook.com. It’s inconceivable to me, but he U2 frontman has nearly doubled a prior investment in the company.

Bono, with managers at his California-based private-equity business Elevation Partners have ploughed £80 million ($120 million) into the privately-held site. This brings their total investment in Facebook to a stupendous £140 million ($210 million).

NOTE: According to a letter to investors published by the TechCrunch blog, Elevation managers were able to buy shares from insiders on the secondary market.

This would reasonably indicate that people who know what’s happening inside Facebook were eager to dump shares into the lap of a misinformed entertainer that can now add inadvertent comedian to his repetoire.

Look… BONO has been dubbed: “the face of fusion philanthropy”. We need him for that. And, I genuinely enjoy and value U2 both as musicians and environmental evangelists. But, I don’t like or value his political ranting (but, I’ll suffer it for a U2 concert). And, I’ll never follow their financial sense.

Analysts that I’ve spoken to about this (okay, that alerted me to the situation) say that the deal could actually be the start of an investment turnaround for the rocker. But, I seriously doubt it. BONO and his, otherwise, Motley Crew, also backed troubled cellphone maker Palm Inc. back in 2008. They dropped nearly  £312.5 million ($500 million) into the debt-riddled firm, known as the the maker of Treo and Centro smart phones. Shortly after that (days in fact) the stock shares plummeted (I knew about the investment, but I didn’t short the stock – I swear!). This won him the dishonour of being named “Worst Investor in America” by Financial Journal 24/7 off Wall Street earlier this year (10).

Editors highlighted “an unprecedented string of disastrous investments which even bad luck could not explain” as the reason for choosing Bono, adding that Elevation Partners is: “arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States”.

So, Facebook is a challenge for me as a Dad. Its also a yoke for poor BONO, and an abyss for hapless investors that should know better than to follow investment advice from an Irishman with a chip on his shoulder.

For the rest of the day I’ll be listening to: Sunday Bloody Sunday.

Peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


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"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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