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iPad 2

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

So we actually stood in line for the iPad 2 launch. Shinta had a doctor’s appointment she couldn’t drive after (some drugs require several hours to wear off). Afterward, I took us to the Apple store instead of home. We managed to be about number 350 in line. The line literally wrapped around the building. Naturally, there wasn’t enough stock for me to get my top pick model, but I’m fine with what I got. I’m not going to do a full review here as there are plenty of reviews out there already. From my week+ of usage, I tend to agree with most of what I’ve read — this is a great tablet for those that don’t have one already. The thinness and lightness really are that good. The extra horsepower is welcome as well. I’m taking it slow in transitioning away from a notebook for couch surfing, but so far so good. I can’t wait to use this in the cockpit too.

ZFS saves the day again.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

ZFS saved me again. No, I don’t throw my drives against the wall or anything. Everything lives on UPSs too. Anyway, over the holidays I just happened to run a “zpool status” command on my media server to see how things were doing and it reported the media pool in a degraded state. That was a surprise. One of my drives was dead and had apparently been down for 2 weeks. 2 weeks and I didn’t even notice! I use this box daily. So I ran over to Best Buy, grabbed an equivalent replacement, swapped it out, and let the pool resilver. 6.5 hours later, all was well. I really need to get that RMA going for the dead drive. ZFS just rocks.

iOS 4.3

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

True to form, I updated all our iOS devices to 4.3 (well 4.2 for the AppleTV 2) the day of release now almost 2 weeks ago. The changes are are almost imperceptible so far. Safari does feel a bit faster, but that’s about it. I’m looking forward to app updates that use the newly exposed AirPlay video feature. It’s already cool with the YouTube app, but having it with something like ABC Player would be nice. I haven’t tried using home sharing yet. I did try using IPv6 with Atomic Web Browser and it works now. I don’t know if that’s a 4.3 change or from an app update, though.

One Step Closer

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Today was an exciting day — I got my FAA Third Class Airmen (re)Certification. I’m one step closer to getting back in the air again. I might just be able to make my goal of being current again for the 10th anniversary of earning my Private Pilot License.