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September 25th, 2009


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02:28 am - Thoughts on my new Ipod Touch
For my birthday, I got a new (3rd generation) 32 GB Ipod Touch. Since it was just released, I only acquired it yesterday, and have spent far too much time playing with it and learning its quirks. I'm already none to fond of Itunes, but everything else about it is a wonder. I was able to transfer my music, photos, contacts, ebooks and RPG pdfs onto it with minimal effort, and just set up my email on it, which works perfectly. Also, the app store is very useful, I've spent around $20, and have essentially everything I need (half of that cost being BookShelf, an excellent ebook reader. The best buy (by far) is GoodReader, a fabulous PDF reader that is exceptionally fast on all but my largest RPG PDFs, and also reflows (without images) pdfs to make them far more readable on the small screen, all for 0.99 cents. Having a $2 RPG dice roller app that lets me shake this device in order to roll the dice, is also fun.

I've been considering a larger screen cheap tablet like the SmartQ 7 as an ebook reader, but held off, waiting to see if this device would work well despite the small screen - it does. The keyboard takes getting used to, but isn't really any less convenient than my Nokia n810's slider keyboard. My only complaint is that the closest equivalent to the wonderful Palm Memos software (which was the single most used aspect of both my Sony Clie and my Nokia n810, which I use for everything, especially grocery lists, and which is the reason that I essentially don't use pens or pencils anymore) is Notepad, which works just like Palm Memos, but significantly less well. Easily syncable notes that don't require keeping them on-line (which is useless if I'm away from wifi) seems an obvious function, & if anyone knows of a better alternative (I don't use or even own Outlook, and so I can't sync Notes to it, and I use a PC not a Mac) please let me know. However, other than that, it's an utterly amazing device.
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From:autopope
Date:September 25th, 2009 09:55 am (UTC)
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The best ebook reader I've found so far is Stanza, which is free.

Might be worth your while to investigate EverNote, on the notetaking front. (Cloud-based sync but keeps notes accessible while you're offline; works with Mac and PC.) You might also want to look at Documents to Go for word processing/spreadsheet use.

If I didn't have an iPhone I would so be after the new 64Gb iPod Touch ...

Edited at 2009-09-25 09:56 am (UTC)
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From:tdanaher
Date:September 25th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Seconding EverNote. If you click on a note's star to favorite it, it'll stay on the Touch even when you're away from wifi. (I found that out this past weekend when I made up a big shopping list on my Touch, starred it, and then was able to consult it on the bus and at the grocery store.)
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From:krinndnz
Date:September 25th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
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Having a $2 RPG dice roller app that lets me shake this device in order to roll the dice, is also fun.

Oh wow - that's the sort of thing that's totally rational, but that I didn't know existed until now. Go nerds!

Also, I didn't know that you'd had an n810. Would you say that your experience with that was positive?
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From:heron61
Date:September 25th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
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The n801 is a nice device, and I quite liked it. My primary impetus for changing was that the new ipod touch has twice the RAM and a significantly faster processor, both of which make a vast difference for web browsing and PDF viewing. There are definitely trade-offs between the two - the n810 allows you full access to files and is easy to use for file transfer, but much of the software is fairly dodgy. The ipod apps are (IMHO at least) rock solid, but various obvious features like file transfer are a bit arcane.
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From:heronheart
Date:September 26th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)

Ipod Touch File System

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Good Reader gives good access to files in it's library and in the DMCA (USB transfer folder)as well as easy file transfer via WiFi, otherwise jailbreak that sucker and install Ifile which will let you browse the entire file system.
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From:hasufin
Date:September 25th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
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You might want to take care to check for free options before buying apps... for example, there's a pretty nice dice program which does exactly what you describe for free. So far I've spent I think $25 in total, most of which was on Civilization Revolutions and WiFiFoFum, and I've had my iPod since January.
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From:podisodd
Date:September 25th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday sir!
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From:heronheart
Date:September 26th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
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I picked up a 1st Gen Touch about a month ago and my evaluation is about the same. I jailbroke mine and am glad I did. Backgrounder and SBSsettings are two apps that make it absolutely worthwhile to jailbreak.

For Memos I'm currently experimenting with using the mail app combined with an app called ReCall. I use Evernote, but hate it's quirks. If there's something I want to clip from a web page, I copy the relevant text, hit the "Email a link to this page" and mail it to my Evernote account. I can then search for relevant items using Spotlight (only searches headers), Evernote (only works if I'm online), or ReCall which stores all my email offline and which was designed by a former Google employee, so it searches everything.

Memos written by me either go into an email to myself or the native Notes app and are regularly emailed to myself.

For things like shopping lists and todo lists I use ToDo by Appigo which syncs with my account on Toodledo.
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From:heron61
Date:September 26th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
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I just picked up SimpleNote ($1.99), which does on-line syncing, meaning that I'm not storing passwords there. However, it works quite well otherwise - it's almost as good as Palm Memos.

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