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Evernote + iPad? You need offline notebooks

iPad/iPhone Evernote offline settings

iPad/iPhone Evernote offline settings

If you’re using Evernote, unless your iPad is 3G and connected to the Innernet-thingy 24/7, you’ll need offline notebooks.

What are offline notebooks? I’m glad you asked! They’re notebooks that you can read even while off-line, that is, even when not connected to the Innernet-thingy. Which in my case is most of the time. My iPad is useful, but it let me down badly when I discovered that my zillion Evernotes were invisible on my iPad: “This note could not be shown because iPad is not connected to the Innernet-thingy”. Swot it said, right there on the screen, when I was in my meeting and I fired up my iPad2. And I was awake and everything, all dressed up but nowhere to go.

So as I’m in a charitable mood, I thought I’d write a post on offline notebooks and how to create them and everything. But then I changed my mind and decided to send you to Hickey’s brilliant post Did You Know: How to Access Notes Without an Internet Connection

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The Challenge « The Challenge


Because I’m on Dan Raine’s email list, I was informed about this podcast. In the podcast, I discovered (among other, even more interesting facts) that

In the podcast, Ed or GuruBob says he loves Skitch coz he can just created something then post it online via Posterous. What’s Posterous you ask? Hm, I’ll be browsing the Posterous FAQ before I go to bed tonight.


Well 2011 has certainly been a year packed with changes, we have had Google+, the explosion in mobile, and the good old Panda update to name a few of the biggies.2012 is certainly going to bring a few surprises and of course opportunities along with them, so as is tradition Ed has recorded his 2012 predictions podcast which you can listen to or download below.I was supposed to be on the recording but unfortunately had man-flu at the time so Ed is joined by the ever insightful GuruBob.

via The Challenge « The Challenge.

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2011/09/21 03:24 – ANA Flight Attendants To Get iPads For Training

I’m using an iPad2 to help me go paperless. I’ve scanned several kilos of paper already and shredded or trashed the originals. ANA is also going paperless, using iPads. Hi-tech does not, unfortunately, prevent writers from misusing an adjective where an adverb is required.

TOKYO Nikkei–All Nippon Airways Co. 9202 announced Tuesday that it plans to issue Apple Inc. iPad tablet computers to the group’s roughly 6,000 flight attendants.

…ANA expects the step to reduce its expenses by some 200 million yen a year because it will enable flight attendants to be trained quicker.

The iPads will contain digital versions of the company’s manuals covering work tasks and safety procedures. This information is now printed out in three booklets totaling some 1,000 pages and weighing 2.1kg, which each flight attendant is expected to carry around.

In addition to being more convenient for the attendant, the fact that the manuals are provided in digital form means that ANA can update the content at any time and without the need to print out new booklets. For this and the downloading of other information such as in-flight menus, ANA will utilize the cloud computing service of Softbank Corp. (9984) group firm Softbank Telecom Corp.

via 2011/09/21 03:24 – ANA Flight Attendants To Get iPads For Training.

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iPad2 vs Kindle

I recently bought an iPad2 and a Kindle. I want to try and go paperless (or as near to it as I can). From my pre-purchase research, I learned that an iPad can’t be used as a substitute laptop because it can’t handle spreadsheets, and typing on it is a pain. So I’ll compare these 2 gadgets only as e-book reading tools.


I live in Japan. I bought my iPad2 on AmazonJapan. I got the Wifi version, not the Wifi + 3G one as I figured I didn’t need to be online all the time. Just updating from my PC, like syncing my iPod, would be fine, I reckoned, and so far I’ve not wished I’d bought the 3G.

  1. You sync it like an iPod/iPhone, so if you’ve got either one of those gizmos, getting used to the iPad will take you all of 5 seconds (that’s how long it took my son to login to my Wifi and connect to the Internet).
  2. You can download books onto your computer then sync them on your iPad. You can also download books directly from the Internet, e.g. from iTunes, if you’re logged into a Wifi network.
  3. You need to download the iBooks app (free: just go to the iTunes App Store).
  4. There are tons of great books available in ePub format, many of them free or very cheap.
  5. You can also download/sync PDF files and read them like ePub formatted books. They don’t look quite so great and there are a few things you can’t do with PDF files (see below).
  6. iBooks app allows you to add bookmarks – the digital equivalent of turning down the corner of a page to mark your place – although the page numbering gets changed if you alter the font and/or if you simply turn the iPad sidewise.
  7. iBooks app also has a built-in dictionary. Very useful.
  8. iBooks app also allows you to highlight text (choice of colours) and to add notes to highlighted text. VERY useful, tho typing on that digital keyboard is a bit of a chore. I’ve only typed one-fingered. The keyboard isn’t really suitable for fast touch-typing.
  9. There’s also a search function.
  10. When you close /shut down your iPad, it remembers where you were and opens up at that page (and that book) when you fire it up again.
  11. iBooks app stores “books” (i.e. ePub formatted publications) and PDFs separately.
  12. You can sort the PDFs and the books by author or by title. PDFs tend to have these weird, shorthand titles, but you can edit them in iTunes before syncing them onto your iPad.
  13. You can’t add highlights or notes to the PDFs on your iPad2.
  14. I briefly tried the Internet connection –  it is faster than my home computer. I also managed to set it up to read my Outlook email, but I don’t use it for email because the iPad email software doesn’t filter out the spam, and believe it or not I get tired of reading 400+ variations on “Get Your Vi@gr@ Here”.
  15. iPad has a colour screen and also has backlighting so you can read in the dark. Useful.
  16. I bought this fake-leather case for it on Amazon.
  17. I bought this protective film for the screen.


  1. I bought it on Amazon Japan.
  2. I bought the Wifi version, not the Wifi+3G
  3. I bought this fake-leather case for it.
  4. In Japan, you can buy any colour of Kindle you like as long as it’s black (graphite).
  5. I assumed it would come setup for use in Japan.
  6. It doesn’t.
  7. There doesn’t seem to be a Japan-version Kindle. Yet. (This Japanese blogger tells me 日本語対応新型kindleとkindle DXはamazon.comに登録しないと購入できません
  8. There are apparently very few Japanese-language books available for Kindle, as yet. I won’t hold my breath.
  9. It’s set up to connect to your account. If you don’t have one, you will be prompted to create one.
  10. Your Amazon Japan account won’t work with this Kindle: you can’t login using your Amazon Japan ID, and you can’t buy books from Amazon Japan via your Kindle.
  11. So buying books on Amazon is pretty much a washout for me, as I don’t have an account and don’t like being forced to create one.
  12. I have an Amazon UK account. I want to be able to buy the Kindle version by connecting from my PC, then download the book to my Kindle, like I do with my iPad. But will Kindle let me do that? I can’t figure this out, and that is annoying.
  13. But you can plug it into your PC just like the iPad and drag and drop your PDFs. PDFs, but not books.
  14. Kindle has a built-in keyboard, a tiny real one, not digital like on the iPad. Well, it’s not really a “real” keyboard, it’s more like an extended punch-keypad like on your cell-phone.
  15. You can use it to search within documents, to highlight text, and to add notes.
  16. Kindle is smaller than the iPad2: it’s about the size of a paperback book. And about the same weight, so it’s lighter than the iPad2.
  17. Kindle is in b/w only, no colour.
  18. Kindle has no backlighting so no reading after lights out.


iPad2 wins. If you want to save on weight and size, maybe get an iPad (1) which is probably closer to the Kindle in size and weight. I still want to explore the Kindle’s functions more, but playing with the iPad2 has been much more fun, I haven’t got around to it yet.



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iPad cads scalping buyers –, or why I don’t read newspapers (3)

Here we go again.

A cutthroat Asian group has set its crosshairs on the flagship Apple store on Fifth Avenue at 59th — scoring nearly every iPad 2 it can get its hands since the hot gizmo went on sale last week, to re-peddle at exorbitant prices here and in China. The illicit, highly orchestrated scheme was in full gear yesterday, with a ringleader doling out massive wads of $100 bills to about five cohorts. The sidekicks then went up and down a line of about 200 Asians outside the store and around the corner, handing out the money.

via iPad cads scalping buyers –

Why is this happening? Because Apple has priced the iPad2 at exactly the same price as the original version, and then it is limiting purchases to 2 per customer, hence the “cutthroat Asians” 200 “cohorts”. 

Are they cutting anyone’s throats? No. What are they doing? As Gary North puts it,

The scammers in line then went inside and bought iPad 2’s — wiping out the store within minutes.

Wiping out the store! How? Buy paying the listed price. I mean, this is Pearl Harbor stuff!

“We buy from here, then sell,” one of the organizers gloated outside the store, standing near one of several bulging, oversized shopping bags filled with the hot devices.

Can you imagine the mendacity? They buy, then sell. There ought to be a law!…

A legitimate would-be customer said she’s been to the store three times since Friday — only to be thwarted by the creeps.

What is a “legitimate” customer? Someone who got to the store late.

What is a “creep”? An Asian who got there early.

Great stuff. Read the whole thing. (It’s free!)

Although this article is free, I would (and do) pay good money for this kind of journalism. Unfortunately,  journalists don’t wrote this stuff in the newspapers. They think that writing crap like “iPads cads scalping buyers” makes better journalism.  They are probably right. It sells newspapers. It sells eyeballs to advertisers. That is what journalism is. Not purveying the truth. Not the sacred duties of the fourth estate.

Thanks to the New York  Post for giving such a glaring and excellent example of what journalism truly is. Mr. Leo Lewis, are you reading this?

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