Sunday, February 6. 2011
|After some iPad tcpdumps (instructions for an easy way to do that), I finally was able to get the TiVo iPad application to detect my TiVo Premiere XL. In my case, what the tcpdumps showed is that the application is using mDNS (multicast DNS) for the detection which my firewall happened to be blocking. Once I tweaked my firewall, all was well.|
(Note: other users have mentioned having Bluetooth enabled on the iPad will also interfere with the auto-detection process and/or slow down performance of the application).
Generally speaking, I am pleased with the application - the only thing additional thing I wish it would do is let me drill down into Netflix from the application.
Note: For those only interested in HTTP traffic, here is an easy way to capture that as well.
Update (7/18/11): There is now an app for the iPhone as well. Yay!
Sunday, April 25. 2010
|After numerous remonstrations of stating that I wouldn't be buying one, I have now owned my iPad for two weeks. |
• Web browsing (even with the Adobe-Apple-Flash war going on)
• (Related to the above post) Stunning screen - definitely makes browsing/eBook reading/pics viewing much nicer
• Battery life
• Responsive CPU - this helps lessen the sting of lack of multi-tasking support (see dislikes below)
• No heat build-up when used for long periods of time
• Portability - definitely much nicer and easier for showing family pictures
• iBooks app - IMHO superior to the Kindle for reading eBooks (of course, the fact that the iBooks app supports color helps )
• Impressive Apps - Elements, ABC Player, AP News and IMDB are just some of the apps that spring to mind as far as doing an excellent job of creatively taking advantage of the platform.
• Still too much stuttering when trying to watch streaming media (doesn't matter if it is YouTube, Apple's Trailers site or the Netflix app
• Double-dipping price-wise on iPhone/iPad apps - somewhat frustrating to get hit with full prices for both the iPhone and iPad version - would be much more willing to pay an incremental fee if the app was already purchased for another platform.
• Lack of charging over USB (even given the increased power requirements, this still seems silly)
• Lack of multi-tasking - this should be remedied with the release of iPhone OS 4.0 (one of the announcements that tipped me towards purchasing this earlier than planned )
Overall, I am definitely using the iPad far more then I thought I would (and so is my family for that matter - it is often hard to get it away from them ). Probably more surprising, is that I have not missed Adobe Flash at all - over 95% of the web pages that I visit do render satisfactorily on the iPad (needless to say, I was verifying this in the Apple store which yielded yet another factor that tipped me towards purchasing this earlier than planned ). Typing, either in portrait or landscape more, has not posed an issue either, to the point that I am probably unlikely to get a bluetooth keyboard for this in the near future. That being said, it would still be nice to have a camera on the device as well as allow other browsers (i.e Google Chrome) to be installed on the device (either that or enable better plugins for Safari).
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