The Ipad is great, no wait, it's shit, no wait...

Dear computer people. sort it out. I want a powerful, mobile portable device with a high capacity battery (solar cells for on the run charging please) that I can use to run full spec editing software like Lightroom and transmit photos. And as a machine I want to get 'under the hood' and I want it to be customisable. Is that too much to ask?

Netbooks, small, light, long battery life. Great. Really small screen. My wife has one and I steal it often, but with a 9 inch screen it's hard to use if things get complicated. Macbook Pro. light, slim, powerful. Except it's got that closed computing Apple thing going on. And it's expensive because it looks pretty.

Tablet computer... Now we're talking. The Ipad? Erm. No. As Dennis Walker of Camera Bits explains here, when explaining the problems with producing a version of Photo Mechanic for the Ipad - problems which by the way result almost entirely from Apple's own restrictions on what will work with their operating system. "From what we can surmise, the iPad is meant for the consumption of media, not the production of media content."

However, I think we might get there. Eventually. The Ipad is great for viewing content and with it's size, interface and portability it is fantastic for some things a normal computer might do. Like this for example.

So until the advent of holographic computing what we need is an open source version of the Ipad. Like a big android phone.

I guess we will see it eventually (tablet pc's are nothing new and I recently read about one that sounded interesting but I can't find the link, or remember where I read it or anything else useful about it.)

However, we will have to wait for the market to catch up with the technology. You know how the economics of these companies go - R&D is usually way ahead of what we can buy in the stores. Incidentally, with things like computers, why do we need to mass produce them and fill warehouses full of them? Surely the technology available in the stores is held up because companies have to offload their existing stock. Every computer should be built to order. Many are, so why not just extend that option. Maybe because that would require a rethink of the way the economy is run, which would not be a bad thing. Just think - no oversupply, efficiently run factories producing only what was required, shared technology, the latest developments available to anyone who requested it, peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind...

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