ipadding around the apple orchard…

i haven’t mentioned it before, but i’ve written a few articles for a south african site called GirlGuides. we get various electronics/games/software to review, etc. and it’s aimed at women, written by women. below is my “snap-shot” review for my recently acquired ipad2.


Have I mentioned I love gadgets? And that I especially love gadgets made by a certain company signified by that object of sin, the Apple of knowledge?

Little did I know when I took that first bite almost 20 years ago that I would be exiled forever from anything PC, that I was confining myself (willingly) to the apple orchard for all eternity.

And all this preamble is merely to tell you that I – FINALLY – got my hands on that elusive object of desire, that holy grail of gadgets, the iPad2.

I could not wait to get this little beauty out of it’s very secure packaging. It really is gorgeous! I opted for black, rather than the white one, though more about why in the full review. I also went with the 64gb, wi-fi, 3G version, though already after 48 hours I realized that I don’t need the 3G option – I can up my data bundle on my iPhone4 and use the personal hotspot function instead.

I hate to admit that as a wanna-be geek I did not know that the iPad doesn’t have a USB port (covers head in embarrassment). I had originally planned to use the iPad to catch up on series in my dressing-room in-between scenes, using a memory stick, so imagine my chagrin when I perused the tablet from all angles to find no ports except those for the headphone, sim and charging. Shhhh….. Don’t tell anyone!

For what DO I plan to use the iPad? Seriously, I was less than impressed when a friend who owns the first generation, stated that he thought it was a white elephant. Realistically though, so far I’m not sure that the iPad will serve a purpose not already covered by my iPhone4. I’ll have to get back to you on that though. Watch this space!


i got my baby back.

i got my baby back yesterday. no, not the 4-legged one who’s about to go under the knife, but one almost as precious!

my macbook pro came home. i guess if you read my blog you know that i am an avowed macster. i’ve been an apple user since the early 90’s and i love my laptop about as much as i love my iphone 4. however, when we got home from our disastrous mozambique trip at new year, the click pad had stopped working.

i got out my wacom tablet and used that for a good few months until it started acting up as well and i was forced to take the computer in for repairs. i’d gotten a 3 year extended warranty and registered it immediately, but i discovered that here in south africa that isn’t good enough. one has to have the actual proof of purchase. makes no sense to me, but apparently those are apple’s rules. how’s them apples?!

the third street promenade istore in santa monica however came through with amazing customer service. i emailed them the serial number and the date of purchase and within 6 hours they’d emailed me a copy of the p.o.p.. so, just over a week later, i have a new clickpad, a new top-cover, a new battery and i have my life back! ok, i exaggerate, but not much!

i’m grateful that i had the use of another computer, but it was very tedious to not have my bookmarks and things set up the way i’m used to. the other annoying thing is that i couldn’t access my primary youtube account from any other computer. i have 2 youtube accounts, one personal and one for sass designs and now there’s some kind of glitch with the way one signs into youtube. you cannot sign in with only your youtube user name, you have to use your full gmail address,  so i kept getting signed into the sass designs account. fortunately i’m still signed in on this computer, so i have access again, but i’ve no idea how i would have got in otherwise.

oh and did i mention, i’m a girl guide? go check out my snapshot review of the camileo bw 1o videocam here.