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unwatchable > Show 26: The iPad

Another great show, and thanks for tossing a bone to Mac listeners. We like the coverage you do.

I think iPad is a winner. I'd like better specs (16:9, more pixels, a file system and syncing), but Apple doesn't design these things in a vacuum. They can afford to do a lot of market research and I think they have enough basic computer functionality, internet, ebook, showing photos to relatives, and so on, to carve a market for the device. Here's an actual size (from Apple's specs) iPad to print and see how you like the size and screen.

I'll probably wait until next year when Apple realise that if it's netbook sized, it needs to be more like a computer, but I still think there's enough functionality for people to buy the base model, at least.

I'm in Australia and the country is going nuts over the federal government internet filter. Government websites have been down for a week at a time due to DDoS attacks, there's been rallies and protests in the streets. And as if to top that, one state government has outlawed anonymous commenting on the internet durning election campaigns. Sure it exposes opposing parties' disinformation, but the general public is up in arms about their privacy. And another state government is already trying to do the same.

March 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterMac Idiot

I hate it.

Simple I know, but if they had the full Mac OSX or scaled it down, I would buy it, but I could get a cheap netbook, which would do more for me, for a lower price and it would be less bulky to carry round.

It's the fact that it has a large screen that won't do it justice. It looks just like an oversized iPod Touch.

Anyway, try living in Saudi where the internet connection is S-L-O-W and all known Proxies, Porn, Gambling or anything the government don't like or anything against the Islamic law... are blocked by a green screen that says "site blocked".

Really annoying and it is normally on quite innocent sites... even some specific YouTube videos...

and TinyURL is blocked as well!!! That has to top the lot!

March 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterJamie

I have not listened to this episode yet because for some reason, although it is downloaded to my iPhone it just won't play back. Every time I click on the episode to play it, the 'player screen' displays briefly and then it just crashes and returns me to the podcast playlist. I have listened to every other "Unwatchable" podcast on my iPhone since it first started without a problem in fact, I still have Episodes 24 & 25 on the iPhone and they play back OK, has anyone got the same problem and can anyone offer a solution please? I should also mention that Show 26 does play back in iTunes correctly!

March 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterDavid Atkinson

I have had this with videos to my iPod Nano. Delete the file completely and re-sync it back across, it normally solves the problem.

Also, I would skip the last 9 minutes unless you would like to hear all about how Su-Fay will edit the episodes and when will Nicky upload some new logo (basically, unedited off-air banter).

Oh, episode 26 should not have an explicit tag as I didn't hear anything offensive or explicit in it at all! Well done guys!

March 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterJamie

I tried this Jamie, I even deleted the episode from iTunes and re-downloaded it before transferring it to the iPhone but it still does not work!!
UPDATE I tried again and this time I just deleted the episode from the iPhone and re-synced it back and this time it worked so thanks Jamie!

March 5, 2010 | Registered CommenterDavid Atkinson

No problems. I have also had this problem with videos I've downloaded from YouTube and I think if the files get corrupted slightly. iTunes / your computer can manage skipping over the bit that causes the problems, where as iPods/iPhones just crash.

March 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterJamie
Pay for a VPN solution if you can afford it then the Saudi government won't be able to block your traffic. All their see is encrypted traffic coming into your home but won't know what it contains.
April 8, 2010 | Registered Commenterjoey pesci