Mobile Computing

It was one of those innocent questions a thoughtful wife often asks when holidays are approaching: "Honey, What do you think about your Mom's Sony Reader?" and later, "Which do you like better: the Sony Reader, the Kindle or the Nook?" I replied, "Amazon is evil... Continue reading

I decided to take a look at the statistics for InetDaemon.Com with an eye towards looking for mobile users to see if access to my site corresponded to trends I saw elsewhere.  I have a tool called AWSTATS installed which logs the basic TCP and HTTP transaction information for all accesses to the website.  This provides me a fairly comprehensive look at what sorts of computerized devices are accessing my website.

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Mobile phone use is exploding all over the planet. Mobile access to the web in North America was up more than 148% in 2009, according to Quantcast.  Asian and South American countries still lag behind but are growing. More than 50% of the mobile web users are on iPhones, according to Quantcast.

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Found an Adobe demo video on YouTube of the HP Slate:

The HP slate is Windows 7 based, as Steve Ballmer demonstrated at CES. The HP Slate Ballmer demonstrated appears to have the Kindle software for Windows installed. The HP Slate also runs Adobe Air and Flash, the iPad does not, which means the iPad can’t display the vast majority of video content on the Internet.  If you’re using the iPad, you won’t be able to view the embedded video in this page.  The Adobe demo video also demonstrates that the HP Slate surface is multi-touch–you can use gestures. The HP Slate has multitasking capability which the iPad lacks.

For now, the Slate has yet to be released, or have a release date announced, so there aren’t any available for purchase.. yet.  But they look cool.  The iPad is slated for release April 3rd.

Gee, I really have lived long enough for those Star Trek digital pads to become a reality.