iPad2 vs. The Playbook


The RIM PlayBook - You'd be surprised.When looking at the newest trend in portable computing, you can’t ignore the development of the tablet PC or simply the “tablet”. The term tablet now refers to a computing device roughly the dimensions of a piece of paper or smaller that uses a touch screen as its primary user interface. Two of the major examples on the market include the Apple Ipad2 and the RIM Playbook by Research In Motion. In this article, I will not be discussing the wide assortment of tablets available running on the popular Android operating system created by Google. Phentermine is a drug that is part of the sympathomimetic amine class of drugs, and it is used along with a sensible diet, exercise and behavior modification to aid in weight loss. Xanax works by enhancing the effects of GABA in the brain. One good night\'s sleep should be enough to recover from most of the symptoms of sleep deprivation and limiting the use of Zolpidem will help to ensure its effectiveness when it is needed. The difference between the two conditions lies primarily in the underlying source that is causing the dominant symptoms. valium.html. Ativan is typically prescribed for a short period of time when used for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia. Social anxiety is a general discomfort that results from being around or having to interact with other people. Klonopin.

Physical Size & Resolution

The Apple iPad2 is the second generation of Apple’s iconic, ground breaking tablet device. With diagonal screen dimensions of 9.7 inches with a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels, the iPad is approximately the size of a peice of 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of standard paper. This makes the iPad the perfect size to hold in one’s hands when reading e-books or browsing the web, especially if it is enclosed in a handy carrying case.

The RIM Playbook, still on its first product released was made smaller to fit into the suit pocket of its target audience – business executives. The screen size is 7″ diagonally, with a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, though its form factor makes it look like it would be more appropriate for watching widescreen movies (although the aspect ratio isn’t exactly correct). Along this line of thinking, the 32GB and the 64GB version both come with an HDMI cable for connecting to a television or other compatible viewing device, so you can watch movies that are stored on the Playbook on a much larger screen.

Quick Comparison

iPad2 Playbook
Diagonal Size 9.7″ 7″
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 600
Weight 1.3 lbs 0.9 lbs

The Apps

Apple is widely touted as having the largest supply of apps available for its platform, which makes sense as they have been in the business of creating apps for a number of years now, since almost all of their apps run on an iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad. It is estimated that there are more than 500000 apps available at the appstore, and about 37% of them are free.

On the other hand, the RIM Playbook is getting a lot of flack for there not being enough apps in the Blackberry App World. But really, what could you not find if there are only 250000 apps? It is expected that in future releases, a Playbook will be able to run any of the more than 35000 Android apps I feel this is not really a reason to complain. Besides, the Playbook is primarily targetted to corporate users so expect less apps.

What are you going to buy?

In the end, your decision on what to buy should depend on your needs and what you intend to use the device for. Hopefully your decision aren’t based on what is cool and what is hot, but who among us does not dream of the newest Apple technology? A lot of people think RIM should stick with the corporate market, and frankly the cost of most Apple products is quite prohibitive. I’m looking for a cheap deal on an Android tablet from my wireless provider at the moment, but I was able to get a 65GB RIM Playbook from a friend as part of the employee discount plan and while I CANNOT WAIT FOR IT TO BE DELIVERED!!! I did agree to give it to my wife for Christmas :)

So what’s your tablet? Tell me in the comments below or follow me on Twitter here.


The folks over at LinoType.com have just graciously released two excellent typefaces and made them available for free to celebrate the re-launch of their website. The site has a few stylistic changes and all in all browsing is a pleasant experience, though I can’t exactly say I’m a long term lurker on their site.

They have made available a 5-computer license for two fonts that go well together – Trump Mediaeval Italic as a heading font and Neuzeit Office as a body font.

I tried them out in Word 2007, but I haven’t tried them out in any other graphics software yet. Also available is a web font version which I also haven’t tried. I put together a little sample and was going to see how it rendered as a PDF (from Word) when I noticed quite a difference:

Left is a screenshot from Word 2007 under Windows 7. On the right is the same document saved as a PDF using Standard optimization.On the left is the document in Word 2007. On the right is the exact same file converted to a PDF using Standard optimization. The difference in weight may only be an optical illusion, but the difference in size is quite noticeable. Since this is a screenshot of the document it may not appear as crisp as it does when viewed in Word (I’ve always wondered about that… I guess printing is the only way to tell for sure) but I did find Neuzeit Office to be extremely clear and crisp.

Do you know about the difference in rendering between Word and its PDF generator? Are you able to duplicate results like this? Leave me a comment below and tell me how you did it.

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It was quite a surprise to hear about the death of Steve Jobs today. It really is hard to imagine what life would be like today without Steve Jobs. A quick search turns out he has his name on over 300 patents. Unlike the Macbook and iPad users of today, I had an early introduction to Apple products.

In my high school days in 89 – 93, I had science class in a room of Mac Classics. I remember using the spreadsheet program to plot data, though I don’t remember the name of the software at the time.

When I was in grade 10 I took part in a summer programme working with our provincial park system (I was an Ontario Ranger at Potter’s Creek). I clearly remember playing a game called Shuffle Puck which was totally cool at the time. In the year before I went to university I worked a convenience store where we rented videos (VHS!) and we used a database on the Mac Classic to keep track of the rentals.

Fast forward to my second job out of university, and I was a support dude for a design department where the digital designers had PCs (Windows NT workstations) and the graphic designers used Macs. A number of them had grey, Mac 8500 towers which were out just before the Mac G3s were first released. I remember getting one of the designers the first G3 in the company, and I remember the excitement over upgrading to OS 9.0. I worked there for about a year and I became attached to using Macs and when I finally bought one it was an iMac DV (Graphite) running OS 9.1 and OS X (10.1). It is actually funny, because I used the computer for a long time. I still have it but it sat in my basement for the past 5 years, and now I want the files off the hard drive and it won’t boot, so I’m trying to reinstall OS 9.2 so I can get my files off. Otherwise I’ll have to try and extract the hard drive from the iMac.

There are few things Steve Jobs “got wrong” but maybe everyone else just didn’t get it. I would have loved to have a Mac Cube!

Now-a-days though, it seems like everyone has a Mac, or at least wants some sort of Apple product. Steve Jobs revolutionized the home computer industry in the 70′s, the personal music industry in the 90′s and now create a whole new world with the development of the iPad. In the first year university course I teach, 46% of the students have a Mac computer or laptop.

Thank you for everything Steve Jobs. I look forward to seeing the last products you had a hand in creating and how they will again change our world.


Hey everyone, I need a bit of help. I am crunched for time so this post isn’t written well, but maybe you can help shed some light on book design software.

I’ve always wanted to learn book binding but I have a totally different question right now. I’m an instructional designer and I need to produce a lot of learning material, and it could eventually fill a small book. What software do you use to put together books?

I believe software like Adobe InDesign and Quark Xpress will do that sort of thing, but I’m also interested in the work flow. Is content written in something such as a word processor as a text editor and then imported or is the copy written into text boxes?

I’ve also considered looking at Microsoft Publisher, because realistically my needs are pretty small but I do still have questions about the content creation and workflow.

I found Blurb.com seemed like a pretty interesting site. It sounds like it provides free software for you produce your book and then you just pay for the printed copies. It sounds like a great idea, have you tried it?



While I do enjoy using WordPress as a blog platform — especially when paired up with the Thesis theme — but sometimes my needs are a little more complex. This year I’ve started using a hosted WordPress blog as a CMS or Content Management System for one of the courses I teach. I do have my own servers and I do have access to one of our servers at work, but I wanted to see how well the site hosted at WordPress.com could do the trick. I may be able to share my experiences with other instructors who have less computer knowledge and for whom a hosted solution would be idea.

I had originally thought there was a book on using WordPress as a CMS but it turns out a few websites out there have some good information like the guys at iThemes.com and their WordPress as CMS minisite. You can also find some great ideas over at noupe.com which is run by the gang at SmashingMag.

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And of course, apart from the WordPress For Dummies book, there is alsoSmashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog which is also by the gang at Smashing Magazine. Honest, I did not plan that :)

When using WordPress as a content management system, you want to create most of your content as Pages, not blog posts. Another good thing is to be able to set a static homepage which is something I’ve been wanting to look for for months and you’ll find it on the list at the Noupe.com site.

If you have any tips on using WordPress as a content management system, let me know by leaving a comment.

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