Point, Squeeze, and Drag

02 November 2014

I have (finally) entered the “mobile” computing universe.  Connie, my wife, gave me an early Xmas present a while back, so I am now the proud owner of an Apple iPad.  Perhaps I should say “a confused owner”.

Yes, I can use the iPad for fundamental stuff, such as creating this blog entry and doing email, but the”other” capabilities of mobile computing have caused much confusing and frustration over the past few weeks.

First of all, I had to go through three updates of my “Big” computer (an Apple iMac) in order to set up the media syncing between the iMac and the iPad (which still doesn’t work)   and other capabilities that simply don’t work quite right.  You may have noticed there is no photo in this blog entry – that’s because I have yet to figure out how to send photos from my huge collection in the iMac to this iPad.

I hasen to point out that I am not completely in the dark ragarding things computational, having written my first computer program in 1957 for an IBM  RAMAC computer, which was one of the first commercial computers to use disk storage.  My career had many twists, turns, peaks, and valleys before I retired from IBM June 1, 1987 – but that’s a story for another day.

Be that as it may, I am looking forward to learning about using this iPad for a variety of applications.  One thing I am considering is starting a new blog about computers in general, and my learning experiences with the iPad in particular  –  of course, all blog entries  will be created on this iPad.

About w6bky

Retired 29 May 1987. Now do hobbies: blogging, ham radio, gardening, etc.
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4 Responses to Point, Squeeze, and Drag

  1. john zande says:

    Love it! A pioneer in computer programming can’t work out how to get Apple devices to communicate 🙂 My friend, I still haven’t joined the mobile computing world, and I don’t see it happening any time soon, either. I have a phone that makes calls while i’m out = I’m happy. I really don’t need any of the other stuff. I’m guessing though, once you have it you crate the need, right?


    • john zande says:

      *create the need…


      • w6bky says:

        John,thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

        Perhaps I will eventually feel the need for this iPad, once I climb to a higher rung on the learning curve. Now that I have upgraded my iMac to OS X 10.1.1 there is a bit of a learning curve related to using the new and wonderful capabilities offered there.

        For an old Luddite like me there is ready little “need” for any of this new stuff, but it is kinda fun learning about it.

        My early experiences with computers involved punched paper tape, 80-column punched paper cards, and toggle switches – all of which were used to “communicate” with the computer system. “Memory” for computers in those day was measured in KB’s – that is kiloBITS, not kiloBytes, and the cost of a computer system was about $1 per bit, and the system was about the size of a small house, complete with air conditioning to keep the system cool. The bulk of a computer system could be measured in tons, not pounds or ounces.

        Ah, for the bad old days of computing.

        I would never want to go back to those times and places !

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      • john zande says:

        It is an astonishing history of compression, isn’t it. At uni, I was invited to do a major dissertation, which was a sort of leap-frog work into Masters. My subject: the emergent internet and immersive technologies. Arpanet had only recently shut down and I was playing futurologist imagining how things would play out… and all my research was done at the National Library, reading books! It still makes me laugh. It’s a pity transportation (air and space, specifically) hasn’t experienced a similar Moore’s Law-like exponential technological explosion. Off to a great start, but failed to maintain the innovative drive.


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