The Refurbished Apple iPad 1 Arrived And My Wife Loves It! How Does It Compare To The Cr-48?

Thanks to Ron Knights and his heads-up on the refurbished Apple iPad 1 tablets over at the Apple Store, the one I purchased for my wife arrived yesterday. The unit was in perfect condition without a mark or scratch on it. Kudos, Apple. In addition, the tablets are ‘Apple Certified Refurbished’ and carry the full one year warranty as the new units do. After logging into the Apple iTunes Store and going through the registration process, I had the tablet connected to my home Wi-Fi and was surfing the Internet.

My wife does some very basic functions on the Internet, which are mainly confined to Facebook and email. She also surfs occasionally for recipes, grocery coupons, and a few other things that interest her. But over all her surfing is extremely light and the little Apple iPad 1 was a delight for her to use. Oh, for those who state that the new Apple iPad 2 is going to be blazing fast, that might be, but this unit is plenty fast on my 10 Mbps cable connection, which I am sure helps while surfing.

The wife had a meeting last evening so I was able to play with the Apple iPad 1. One word that I think that describes the little computer is ‘fun.’ It is really fun to use. It is lightweight, surfs the Internet with ease, and using it on Facebook was a breeze. The only problem I have is that the keyboard is OK for typing short messages, but I don’t think I would want to write an entire blog article on it. The built-in keyboard is slow for me and I found it awkward for typing. But that is just me. On the flip side I really like using the touch screen. It is quick with a light feel to get around a Web page quickly without the use of a mouse or trackpad.

So how does the Apple iPad 1 compare to the Google Chrome Cr-48 prototype?

My wife told me what she thought. She liked the Cr-48 but found the weight on her lap heavier than that of the Apple iPad 1. The weight difference is about 2 lbs. + and is noticeable to both of us. She also stated that she liked using a device where you didn’t need to use a mouse. The Cr-48 trackpad still is quirky and she had mentioned this to me before even using the iPad. She mentioned to me that, in her opinion, it is apparent to her that Apple makes a superior high quality product compared to any other device she has used, including the Cr-48. She mentioned that the Cr-48 was just a small laptop, nothing more, nothing less.

For what I do on the Internet, I need a real keyboard to type on. The Cr-48 fits my needs better than does the iPad. But I do have to agree with my wife on one point. Apple makes a superior product and it is going to be very difficult for others to catch up. In about a month we are going on vacation and my wife will bring the iPad with her and I will bring the Cr-48 with me.

After we return home I will do another review and post both of our opinions in another article.

Comments welcome.

Will Yahoo! Fail Even With Microsoft Bailout?

When Microsoft and Yahoo! reached a deal recently there were glowing accolades that Yahoo! would now be free to do its real business, which was not search. The company CEO claimed that Yahoo! would be free to explore its other development options. But behind the scenes all was not well in Yahoo! land.

According to one report there was a memo sent out to the troops which stated:

An unhappy memo from Yahoo! Inc. CEO Carol Bartz was published Tuesday, a day after investor Carl Icahn revealed he recently sold about 13 million shares in the company.

The Bartz memo, published in Dow Jones All Things Digital blog, urges employees at the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company (NASDAQ: YHOO) to get back to work and stop debating the merits of her recent search deal with Microsoft Corp.

In it she tells employees to “get out of the sugar low — we have work to do. Stop staring at our navels, stop arguing with each other. Stop debate, debate, debate, and let’s focus on the competition.”

But it gets better. It seems that the Yahoo! CEO along with other Yahoo! executives are selling their Yahoo! stock:

According to regulatory filings, Bartz has made two major stock sales in the past nine months — more than $830,000 (£500,000) in March and a further $1.14m in June.

The 61-year-old former boss of the software company AutoDesk, who also receives a salary of $1m and is eligible for an annual bonus worth up to $4m, was granted options on 5m shares of Yahoo! stock when she took the top job at the beginning of the year.

The news does not fit with the image she has tried to portray since taking over at the company earlier this year, hired as a pragmatic and efficient replacement for Yahoo!’s co-founder, Jerry Yang.

So I would venture a guess that Yahoo! is going to fall right on its face as everyone at the company starts to bail out. It comes down to only one thing. Money.

Comments welcome.

Yahoo! CEO memo leaked

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Man Kills Wife After Facebook Profile Change

This unfortunate incident occurred in the UK after a man found out that after he left, his wife changed her Facebook profile from married to single. The husband got drunk and high on cocaine and took her life after a very brutal assault against her person. According to the article is also stated that:

He beat her, tore out clumps of her hair, and repeatedly stabbed her in the head and neck.

Neighbours were woken up by her screams. They found him sitting outside the house covered in blood and called the police.

The court heard Forrester thought his wife, a payroll administrator, was having an affair and had threatened to kill her.

The couple, who had been together for 15 years, had a “volatile” marriage, jurors were told.

This unfortunate event and tragic loss of life fully demonstrates the battered wife syndrome. This woman paid with her life as a result of her staying with an abuser. Sad.


Airline Loses Corpse

What do you do when your wife’s body is to be flown home and you are at the airport and the body doesn’t arrive? How about if the Airline can’t find the body for 4 days? Needless to say the family was slightly peeved at American Airlines when they couldn’t find the corpse. In a country where frivolous lawsuits are common, this lawsuit against the airline appears to have merit.

The saga began when a man had lost his wife to pelvic cancer. He made arrangements to have the body shipped from the US to their home country of Ecuador via American Airlines. The man and his daughter flew home first and waited for the arrival of the deceased. But at the airport the body could not be found. After a search around the country, the corpse was finally located and arrived some 4 days later. The body was not refrigerated during transport and apparently, according to the story, was showing signs of decomposition. The story also states:

When Teresa’s body finally arrived late at night on April 4, Olaya saw that it hadn’t been property refrigerated.

“When I opened the casket, it was a terrible shock,” said Olaya. “I still can’t get it out of my mind”

“They treated the body like a piece of baggage,” said lawyer Christopher Robles, who said his client was seeking an unspecified seven-figure sum. “They didn’t keep it refrigerated.”

A spokeswoman for the airline said the company could not comment on pending litigation.

I could not even imagine having this happen to one of my loved ones. It would appear that American Airlines better get out their checkbook.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.