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brian cork’s iPad 2


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


turns out Google is evil after all


MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – “Whether you’re Michael Paulson who lives at 3425 Longview Terrace and makes $86,400 a year, or Jessica Goldblatt from Lynnwood, WA, who already has well-established trust issues, we at Google would just like to say how very, truly sorry we are,” said CEO Eric Schmidt.

that’s fiction, mind you. we made it up. maybe that’s funny.

however, I do like it that Google told China to @*&%-off over censorship.

but, they did that for reasons you don’t understand.

in any event…

turns out Google is evil after all. that’s decidedly not so funny.

details coming shortly.


obama is playing world poker with the race card


I’m reasonably convinced Barack Obama is a lousy businessman. I doubt he’s ever written a business plan, or had to submit a budget, let alone manage and be held accountable for one. but, he’s proven to be an able politician. and, I’m certain he’s looking for a job amidst the shenanigans realized through the United Nations. if you read this blog consistently, that’s not new information.

saying things like that requires qualification. I always have an opinion. and, I have a great deal of experience. Barack Obama does not have any real experience, other than aligning himself to become President as a stepping-stone for something else, sinister, or otherwise. and, I’ll throw out the controversial ideal of the “race card”. people seem to want to focus on the fact that Obama is black. somehow his being black was going to help ignite “change” in this country. that’s oversimplifying things, here. but, I have you nodding (caught you), so let’s keep moving.

there is a dude here in Georgia named Herman Cain. he is an accomplished and well-spoken businessman that happens to be black. as it turns out, he does not like Obama. he does like, appreciate, and promote the free market, it’s potential, and credibility. Cain is like Newt Gingrich in many ways. this includes they both talk about running for President, themselves. although I’ll remind you that Gingrich isn’t black, like Cain. but, they are both great students of history, and capable of drawing astonishing parallels with current events that help them make excellent points for us to focus on as a nation. as I’ve mentioned in this post recently with history is always in the making but understanding makes it meaningful, Obama only came to the United States in time to attend college (kind of like a sleeper agent for a hostile organization). that means he missed growing up here and may be oblivious to a great many “credibility markers” (I’ve made that term up, what do you think of it?) that include perspective.

so… I’d likely support Herman Cain if and when he runs for President. I hope your learning this does not hurt his chances! Cain understands business, best practices, the free market, economics in general, and appears to have a limited agenda outside of being a genuine public servant (which history teaches us is what Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers had in mind when it came to the House and then the Senate). with those credentials in mind, he is completely opposite to Obama (aside from being black). and, the best part is that if he ascended to the White House he would virtually eliminate any further discussion around the race card.

…oh, I dropped Gingrich into this post mostly for the sake of comparison and contrast. that’s another credibility marker. like history, if you can’t cite relevant examples for reasonable application, it shouldn’t count. that’s part of being both Jeffersonian and heterodox.

by the way… it’s late, but my Google (and Larry Page) infomercial expose should makes it’s appearance later this week. next week at the latest.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

the weatherman ate my Data


the recent snow storm here in Atlanta now known as: “Snowageddon” made me start asking myself questions like:

what happens to all our information if we lose the internet?

I mean, the internet and the entire infrastructure that keeps it working the way we like it to.

I don’t pretend to know all the answers. my eight year old already knows I’m not quite all that powerful.

but, can we lose the internet?

maybe we’ll find out, collectively, come 20102. and, maybe just any ol’ HUGE catastrophe will do the trick.

all that said, the implications are certainly ominous. what would Larry Page do (for a job, I mean [hello Troy Brown”!])?

if the lights went out, so to speak, meaning we’ve lost power, and most of the back-up (let’s assume world leaders might desire, and so, be able to keep reading Nick Milne’s blog) amongst “the cloud”, and all… we would lose our online statements, subscriptions to Macworld and have no idea who was leading the English Premiere League.

…oh, and exactly what is the vital difference between “the cloud” and the internet? and, do storms, as referenced above, affect “the cloud”, more than the plain ‘ol internet?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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