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Title: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: NepalianBuddhist on October 07, 2013, 01:23:04 pm
I'm in the process of getting an Apple I-pad with 32 gb of memory anyone else use one? any tech tips on how to use them? thanks.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Lobster on October 07, 2013, 02:10:41 pm
I am using one now. Pretty self explanatory but you can get a free manual, loads of essential tips using google.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Monkey Mind on October 07, 2013, 10:19:28 pm
The iPad has almost completely replaced my laptop. If the store offers classes about getting started with the iPad, I highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Bean Sprout on October 08, 2013, 01:23:31 am
I'm the same as Monkey Mind. I have a 64 gB (because I will sync with an iPhone and wanted storage space to be similar). I have only had it a few months but I use it for EVERYTHING and my laptop gets much less use now. I even type documents on this without much trouble. I am surfing the forum on it right now.

Tips: download the free manual from the Apple App Store for iOS 7. Downloading one from the Apple website and looking over it before you switch the device on for the first time is good to so you know what it is asking you questions about (e.g. If you want to sync through iCloud, what Apple ID ....) if you have another Apple device it will be familiar.

It is pretty intuitive so not difficult to find your way around. The support forum is a good place to find out things from regular Apple users. Recent iOS 7 update annoyed those of us used to iOS 6 because it looks different and some features aren't as good. But overall it is the best piece of technology I have ever owned. I love it's simplicity and ability to enhance the lives of humans in a human rather than "machine" sort of way.

Have fun with yours!
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: former monk john on October 08, 2013, 01:31:02 am
Is freesangha trying to sell Iphones now, not a good trend.......
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: heybai on October 08, 2013, 02:50:42 am
I have had mine for 15 months and use it for *almost* everything.   Writing anything longer than a few sentences gets tedious on this virtual keyboard, so I bought an external keyboard which nearly (but still nearly) replaces my laptop.

 I took the pad and keyboard on a week-long research trip over the summer and I was pleased with the set up for taking library notes (and photos of materials -- very handy).  I wouldn't want to write anything very lengthy though. (An FS post like this is about it for me.) But for most daily task and for traveling, I find it ideal.

It took me a few days to learn how to use the main features. You might take MM's suggestion to follow the tutorial, but you might also just plunge in and learn by doing.  There isn't anything that hard to learn, imho.   
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on October 08, 2013, 02:58:21 am
Is freesangha trying to sell Iphones now, not a good trend.......
It's just attachment FMJ, of the electronic kind...  :teehee:

with Metta
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: NepalianBuddhist on October 08, 2013, 09:33:54 am
We already have Wi-Fi internet. So setting up an I-pad should be easy 

Are ya'll saying that the I-pad is used to do work? ..
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: NepalianBuddhist on October 08, 2013, 12:58:24 pm
The iPad has almost completely replaced my laptop. If the store offers classes about getting started with the iPad, I highly recommend it.

How did you obtain yours? Factory-direct shipping seems like the best route.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Monkey Mind on October 08, 2013, 02:14:37 pm
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Are ya'll saying that the I-pad is used to do work? ..

Yes, I do all of my work on the iPad. Occasionally I encounter something that cannot be done on the devise, so I dig out my laptop. But that list grows shorter every month.

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How did you obtain yours?

I went to a MAC store.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Bean Sprout on October 08, 2013, 10:57:29 pm
We already have Wi-Fi internet. So setting up an I-pad should be easy 

Are ya'll saying that the I-pad is used to do work? ..

I use mine for work and fun, art, playing music, creating music, reading books, surfing the net, reading the newspaper, listening to podcasts, programming even. It's a good tool.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: heybai on October 09, 2013, 02:36:37 am
Is freesangha trying to sell Iphones now, not a good trend.......

Just using technology to the best advantage, John.  I know people who prefer other electronic choices for their communications.  This one works for a lot of people and it is not expensive compared to a full laptop/PC.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: former monk john on October 09, 2013, 03:04:49 am
Actually  the Iphone 5 sells for 700-800$, you think you're getting it with a plan for $200, but actually you're continuing making payments on it every month with your higher cell phone service package cost, just the parts alone in the Iphone 5 cost the manufacturer $200, the really sad thing is that only $8 goes to the poor Chinese chaps that assemble the phones.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Lobster on October 09, 2013, 04:43:59 am
Here is my Ipad shrine set up for part of 'Cundi' practice
http://youtu.be/6KuR7lLO6XE (http://youtu.be/6KuR7lLO6XE)
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on October 10, 2013, 02:18:10 pm
People are conditioned to want these products by the media, peer pressure etc.
It's just another ugly facet of consumerism which is raping the planet.

with Metta
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Monkey Mind on October 10, 2013, 05:00:52 pm
People are conditioned to want these products by the media, peer pressure etc.
It's just another ugly facet of consumerism which is raping the planet.

with Metta

I agree with your overall hypothesis, but I'd argue its a bit oversimplified. In my case, I work from home and my work requires accessing the Internet and email, using a word processor and spreadsheet software, etc. I am grateful that computers are no longer giant, clunky things that are hard wired to a wall somewhere.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on October 11, 2013, 04:47:45 am
Obviously you weren't included in that rant Monkeymind..   :teehee:
We're all caught up in the modern world and it's commercially contrived values even while we try to live frugally as per the Buddhas' instructions. Electronic goods are just one of the products which evolve so quickly (to satisfy the market?) and generate large amounts of wealth for the greedy industrialists and their politician lackeys who put personal gain above the survival of a habitable planet for our descendents.
Many still believe happiness can be gained from visiting the North pole or buying the latest Range Rover or other goods sadly, despite all the Buddhas' wise words on the subject. It's dhukka of course...

with Metta
 
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Spiny Norman on October 12, 2013, 02:52:27 am
I feel like all this new technology is leaving me behind, but in a way that's quite nice.... :wink1:

Spiny Luddite
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on October 12, 2013, 04:26:27 am
Glad you're happy to be left behind Spiny, but sadly you're in the minority it seems..
Anyway how much technology can one hedgehog use?  :ishift:

with Metta
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Spiny Norman on October 12, 2013, 07:01:25 am
Anyway how much technology can one hedgehog use?  :ishift:

I would like to put a GPS tracking device on Dinsdale.... :teehee:
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: heybai on October 13, 2013, 05:48:34 am
People are conditioned to want these products by the media, peer pressure etc.
It's just another ugly facet of consumerism which is raping the planet.

with Metta

I agree, but with qualifications.  Technology can improve our lives, or at least it ought to.  New ideas occasionally completely alter the way we approach our work.  The downside is that we are in a state of constant change and upheaval -- quite beyond what most Buddhists understand that to mean. 

I resist commercial-consumerist manipulation as much as possible -- until I cannot avoid a trend or until I see how an innovation can really help.   I use every computer until it dies or becomes obsolete; this includes office PCs which I generally do not have to fund personally.  I hate waste. 

My wife and I didn't get cell phones (mobiles) until 2006 when the inconvenience of not having one simply outweighed giving in.  By that point everyone had a phone and completely routine tasks became a nuisance to complete without one.  At one point I was working with refugees and they all had cell phones.  I knew the game was up when I asked to borrow one from a young displaced person I was working with.

Mobile devices are here.  They are relatively inexpensive and highly useful.  I will use my ipad three for as long as Apple will let me -- until the next wave overtakes, in other words.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on October 13, 2013, 03:27:50 pm
Take no notice of me, I'm just an old hypocrite.  You enjoy your i-pad Wesley.

with Metta 
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on October 13, 2013, 04:57:52 pm
Three reasons why I am not purchasing an I-Pad.

1.  I already am paying for broadband service, which includes VOIP, T.V., HD, Recorder, and etc.  $200.00/mo.
2.  I am already paying for mobile phone service for two phone including texting, voice, and messages.  $80.00/mo
3.  My wife and I are half blind and cannot see the words on the smaller screens without magnifying glasses, and my fingers are too big (fat)  :D for the touch-screen keyboard.


On the other hand.  If I could drop the broadband and VOIP, I could save $100.00/month.   :-P

If I could drop the mobile phone I could buy the I-pad and the wireless service, but would have to buy two i-pads, and then would have two useless mobile phones, three useless computers, a useless printer, a useless BB modem, and two useless routers ( 1-wireless).  :wacky:

 I would still have to pay for t.v., HD, and recorder as the I-pad screen is just too small for watching movies. :-P

I would probably save money on electricity, however. :eek:

What would you do?

Where is Steve Jobs when you need him? :smack:

Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Monkey Mind on October 13, 2013, 07:55:50 pm
I will add- I don't have a service plan for my iPad. It's wi-fi only, and sometimes piggybacks off of my phone's coverage.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Lobster on October 14, 2013, 01:32:51 am

What would you do?


Use the zoom feature in accessibility, up to 500% zoom.
Make use of Siri voice recognition and dictation.

Use bluetooth to connect to a large/specialised bluetooth keyboard.
. . . maybe wait for mid 2014 for a perhaps larger screen Ipad (only rumours)
At the least I would wait till 22 Oct 2013 to see if a new Ipad is released . . .

:namaste:

Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: dhammaseeker51 on October 14, 2013, 01:40:28 am
And then of course there's Kindle. The adverts try to make you think they invented reading!
Saving trees no doubt, but cynicism prevents me from thinking this was the main reason for its development.
Sorry Wesley your thread's been well and truly hijacked. :teehee:

with Metta
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: heybai on October 14, 2013, 07:02:19 am
Take no notice of me [...]

Not a chance. ;)

Wesley,
Even dhammaseeker approves your ipad procurement.  Go for it.   

I agree with MM and don't see the need for the (expensive) 3G option.  Wifi is all you need.
Hb

Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: NepalianBuddhist on October 14, 2013, 12:57:45 pm
What is this stuff about needing a password? ...
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Monkey Mind on October 14, 2013, 02:13:33 pm
And then of course there's Kindle.

As part of my grand(iose) plan to downsize, I got rid of all of my books. College text books, Star Wars books, comic books, fiction, non-fiction. Books I have never read, and books I have read 20 times over. There were two dozen boxes or more of books, that had been piled up in every corner of the house. I don't enjoy reading books on my IPad Kindle software as much as I enjoy holding a real live book, but I do enjoy all the space I save. And my back is grateful that I am not trying to haul a book bag filled with three bulky school textbooks and two recreational novels everywhere I go. Honestly, I don't know how I survived college without developing a permanent injury!
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Bean Sprout on October 14, 2013, 03:05:54 pm
Actually  the Iphone 5 sells for 700-800$, you think you're getting it with a plan for $200, but actually you're continuing making payments on it every month with your higher cell phone service package cost, just the parts alone in the Iphone 5 cost the manufacturer $200, the really sad thing is that only $8 goes to the poor Chinese chaps that assemble the phones.

Where I live you can buy the iPhone separately and then connect to a provider of your choice. My provider even allows you to use it as a prepay phone. So you know exactly what you are paying for. Not sure if all countries do this.
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on October 14, 2013, 03:45:45 pm
As part of my grand(iose) plan to downsize, I got rid of all of my books. College text books, Star Wars books, comic books, fiction, non-fiction. Books I have never read, and books I have read 20 times over. There were two dozen boxes or more of books, that had been piled up in every corner of the house. I don't enjoy reading books on my IPad Kindle software as much as I enjoy holding a real live book, but I do enjoy all the space I save. And my back is grateful that I am not trying to haul a book bag filled with three bulky school textbooks and two recreational novels everywhere I go. Honestly, I don't know how I survived college without developing a permanent injury!

Boy, talk about attachments.  I have text books from 1962, which give me the shivers when I think about getting rid of them.  They seem like old friends, because I spent so many hours with them, am so familiar with them and know exactly what they have to say.

But, I think you have a great idea, MM.  Problem is I don't know what we are going to do with all that empty shelf space!   :eek:  Yikes!
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: NepalianBuddhist on October 19, 2013, 11:17:22 am
I just finished setting up my new Ipad  :)
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Lobster on October 20, 2013, 02:14:33 am
I just finished setting up my new Ipad  :)

 :jinsyx:

Eh Ma Ho (how wonderful)
I am very happy for you.  :namaste:

If Siri is on . . .
try pressing the screen button (to activate Siri)
Then ask:

'What is the answer to life the universe and everything?'
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: NepalianBuddhist on October 20, 2013, 05:34:28 am
Hey That's cool any other tips? ...
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: Lobster on October 21, 2013, 10:36:22 pm
Sweep up from underneath the bottom screen area to activate the control panel. Click on the clock symbol next to the camera.
Now you can time or alarm - meditation tool Ipad . . .

 :hug:
Title: Re: Waiting on Purchasing an I-pad
Post by: francis on October 22, 2013, 01:30:56 am
Close apps running in the background.

In iOS7 double tap the home button. 

Then drag the page previews upwards, gone.
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