Last weekend was a nice 4 day bank holiday weekend here in Germany. The weather forecast was fine and I had great plans. OK Thursday was spent on a cycle trip, but that had been planned for and it was good fun. But for the rest of the weekend I had planned to do lots of painting. But as we all know, no plan survives first contact with the enemy. In this case the enemy was my own intestines, since I caught a stomach bug (no, not that prolific EHEC), so I only did a bit of painting on Sunday, while I spend the rest of the time feeling miserable.
The one consolation was the fact, that I had gotten myself an iPad 2 just in time for this weekend and got to use that lot. Now my basic idea was that I needed a reasonably small device to access eMails and the internet around the house or on the balcony and not always having to sit at my desk for that. But it still needed a decent sized screen and a long battery life. If it could also store and display files (likes rules or OOB´s) it would be a plus. And after all the testing this weekend I have to say… the iPad really fulfills my needs there. There are a few things I already found very helpful. One thing is, that it allows you to read internet pages like a book. You can crop a page, so you only see the text and not the sidebars. I found myself re-reading some blogs or historic information sites over the weekend, just because I found myself assimilating the information much better without the distracting fluff all around the edges. Another plus is that you can look up pictures on the internet and can put them besides you when painting without having to print them out. I think that will come in more than just handy in the future.
Now to wrap things up… while I had seen this feature when I started this blog… WordPress allows a special visualisation of a blog for the iPad. Now I could finally see this first hand and I found this great, since it gives a real magazine look. So this is how this blog looks on an iPad: