iPad lockdown

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

This is my first post from an iPad. No, not mine, but my uncle’s. I’m visiting family in Texas and my grandparents and several aunts and uncles and cousins flew up from Hawaii so it’s kind of a bit of a family reunion. I am actually faster on my iPhone’s smaller touch keyboard. Typing with multiple fingers on a keyboard with no tactile response will take some getting used to.

What a crazy world we live in, always-connected and always-on. I have been going through internet withdrawal this week cuz my mom doesn’t have a home internet connection. I’m writing this post from a mobile touchscreen computer, on a mobile wifi hotspot, from the car, while en route to the beach.

And yet some things about this device are so locked down it feels like a step backward. The iPad doesn’t have a file system I can use, doesn’t let me upload or download files, and I can’t save pictures to it to upload unless I connect it to a different computer. As a result, I can’t add any pictures to this post. I’m connected, but still feeling the withdrawal.