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Wednesday, July 27 2011

[15:35:38] Psi.dementia Running OSX Lion at work, and the only way to get rid of the menu bar in X appears to be if the window manager automatically switches to X after another program closes (i.e. there is no program that currently has claim to he menu bar).
One Hour with the WebOS TouchPad
[17:16:54] Psi.dementia The web browser has different trade-offs with the pre-IOS5 web kit browser. General display is better, but there are instances where the scrolling is broken until you zoom in or out first; support for Arabic is noticeably absent by default.

The device itself collects and displays fingerprints more-so than others I've used (Apple iPad, Nokia N900, Samsung/Google Nexus S).

Oddly, when I set the language to Spanish, it still showed the Google location services terms-of-service in English. Other license agreements were in Spanish.

It required me to create a "WebOS" account with my name and eMail address. It didn't require me to set the timezone, which it presumably got from my location.

My co-worker, and IOS advocate, voiced that there weren't enough apps in the store, and that the UI looked too much like KDE.

I might like it better than an IOS device--the fact that I can switch between the Web browser and other programs without closing each in turn is a large part of this--but I'm not sure that I would buy one on my own. It seems rough still, but still promising. If it hadn't been for the disruption of Palm going out of business and being acquired by HP, I would imagine that a lot of these rough edges would have been polished, and am dissapointed that this hypothetical device isn't what it is my hands.
[17:40:13] Psi.dementia I like the keyboard better on the TouchPad rather than the iPad device, however it seems stuck on an English QWERTY lay-out; I can't figure out how to add diacritics when in the Spanish locale setting.

I do not appreciate the dedicated list of emoticons on the alternative keyboard (symbols) either.
[17:41:46] Psi.dementia I appreciate the "rippling" effect to indicate where the screen things that you have touched, however , perhaps because of that, it appears to be pickier about where you touch. Hitboxes for links are annoyingly small.
[17:42:23] Psi.dementia The web browser keeps crashing as well. But so does MobileSfari on IOS.