The first two days with my iPad

April 30, 2010 | My iPad has arrived! | Nikon D40 | 35 mm f/1.8 | 0.017 sec at f/2.8 | ISO400

My iPad arrived just after noon on April 30th. I worked from home that day, ears keenly tuned to the sound of my doorbell chime. From my window seat, I saw the FedEx truck pull up and ran to open the front door before the delivery man had time to ring the doorbell. My wife took a photo as I eagerly opened the box.

My iPad arrived shortly after noon on April 30th. I saw the FedEx truck pullup and ran to the front door. I had the door open before the delivery man could ring the doorbell.

I took the iPad out of the box and marvelled at its sleek futuristic appearance. I turned it on and was instantly seduced by the attractive user interface. I immediately plugged it into my Mac mini and launched iTunes. I had already downloaded some iPad apps waiting to be installed. I also configured the iPad to sync my television shows, podcasts, my favourite playlists, and my Google Contacts. I knew that on Saturday my family would be joining me at a symposium and party to honour my retiring college physics professor, so I loaded on a copy of Harry Potter and A Night at the Museum.

Harry {Potter, Netflix
About to watch Harry Potter on the iPad.

Being a news junkie, I launched my favourite news reader for the Mac ( and now also iPad ) – NetNewsWire. Reading blog postings via NetNewsWire is a killer app experience for me. I can quickly find a story that interests me, read an excerpt, and with a quick tap of the headline, pull up the full article. Another quick tap and I can post a quick link to Twitter.

NetNewsWire for iPad
NetNewsWire for iPad

My kids, friends, and family entertained themselves with the iPad all Friday night. I recharged the iPad overnight and spent most of Saturday morning reading the news on the NPR and BBC apps. My kids got bored listening during the symposia (we physics majors can be über geeky ), so I let them use the iPad. I think the iPad was in use for about 12 hours before the battery quit.

Sunday morning, I decided to research some iPad accessories most of all, screen cleaner. The iPad screen gets dirty very quickly. I also shopped around for a protective cover, a carrying case, and the iPad camera connection kit. I also wanted a stand for my desk to make watching television shows and movies more accessible. Google helped me find something a lot more interesting. Inspired by a photo, I found on Flickr, I borrowed my son’s Lego and built my stand. I think it’s fantastic.

Shaan and I built an iPad stand using his LEGO. —Sony DSC-W55 @ (6.3 mm, 0.025 sec at f/2.8, ISO200), ©

Did you get an iPad? Which one? How are you using it? Drop a note in the comments and let me know.

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  1. Wow now I can say a friend of mine has an iPad. Congratulations on your new toy. I like the Lego stand. Please bring it the next time you come to the LUG/IP Coffee Klatch so I can play with it.

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