IPAD: can’t interact with contacts from gmail client


From the natve GMAIL client on the IPAD, I can’t figure out how to save a contact.


AND, it apparently doesn’t support the native IOS address book.

I am really getting tired of having to maintain addresses.

Plaxo had promise but all they wanted was to spam, charge, and interfere.

Maybe I should write an X500 directory service.

LinkedIn, Facebook, and everyone else has a different agenda.

I just want one synced address book!



Ipad1: interesting problem

I have never been happy with the “app store” concept. As usual, immoral, inefficient, and ineffective.

(this is, as readers of my blog will know, my standard meme for gripes. Stuff that’s immoral is always wrong. Ineffective is does it work. Inefficient is it easy and cheap.)

The “app store” concept is;

~ “immoral” in that it transfers control from the “buyer” to the “seller”

~ “ineffective” in that problems are insoluble; support is non-existent

~ “inefficient” in that it doesn’t work flawlessly

My current gripe is the GMAIL icon has disappeared from the front screen, but is running in the background. I get alert messages on new email.

Double clicking start does not show it in the task list.

A hard restart or a soft restart doesn’t recover it.

App store thinks it is installed.


I have had problems with app store in the past that were never solved.

Argh squared!!

Loss of control of my device annoys me.


IPAD: IPAD3 no power

Into the Apple store tonight for service. Luckily under contact. Argh!

There re no lights on the cable or the wart to tell you that’s failed. 

Since it powered the IPad1, I pretty sure it’s the IPAD3.

And, tell me again how much better Apple hardware is?

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IPAD: Upgraded to IOS6 last night

My IPAD1 is now an orphan. Like my original MACBOOKAIR, which was left behind as “obsolete” a few months ago. Aghh!

Victims of Apple’s planed obsolescence strategy.


(So why did I sign up for an IPHONE5? Pride, stupidity, ignorance!)

Of note, upgrade took over an hour. 

Also, the “initialization sequence” happens in portrait mode while the screen was locked in landscape. The obligatory reading was in too a tiny font for these old eyes. And, like most “shrink wrapped licenses”, what choice does the User have at that point?

Stay tuned as the “adventure” continues.


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IPAD: The kids’ toy box; perfect for the elderly non-techie


Six scenarios where the iPad is trouncing the PC
TechRepublic’s Jason Hiner has little use for an iPad. But he’s pinpointed six areas where it’s become people’s preferred device and is disrupting the PC market.
by Jason Hiner May 7, 2012 9:00 AM PDT

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6. The kid machine

For the past couple generations, kids have taken to computers and technology with almost no trouble and with few exceptions. However, with the iPhone this phenomenon started to go a step further — or younger. Suddenly, 2-year-olds could figure out how to swipe to unlock the phone, touch the photo app, and flick their little fingers across the screen to flip through photos. Once we got a big screen version of this experience with the iPad, the sky was suddenly the limit for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. They had a computer that required no training from their parents. Apps like Intro to Math, by Montessorium took advantage of the iPad interface to deliver software that was inexpensive, easy to learn, fun, and effective.

On the other end of the spectrum, the iPad is easy enough to figure out that plenty of elderly people who never felt comfortable with a computer have been able to use an iPad to do a few basic things. The key to this scenario is the iPad’s multitouch interface, which requires no user manual and no instruction to get started.

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Ever since I saw the YouTube video of a baby trying to stroke a magazine to make the “screen” turn, I knew Apple had a winner.

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IPAD: Zagg keyboard. Did I get scammed? I think so!

I received the package. Opening it the packing slip. says “… ipad3 …”. However the instructions say “… ipad2 …”. Did you ship me the wrong one or are they interchangeable. If “interchangable”, then why did I wait and pay extra for the “ipad3” model? This has me wondering …

I await you answer.

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I’m not happy because when I ordered there was no “back order”. After my order was in and sitting for a couple of weeks, then magically it was backordered. Since the ship date was a couple of days, what choice did I have? But even that slipped.

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On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM, The ZAGG Team – Matthew G. <questions@zagg.com> wrote:


Thank you for contacting ZAGG, where we are Zealous About Great Gadgets! My name is Matthew G. and I appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

 The tracking number you have, 9405510200828351438398, is a USPS tracking number. You can look this up on USPS.com and find more information about your package. Please note that USPS tracking numbers are more of delivery confirmation numbers and do not provide actual tracking like UPS and FedEx do.

<<< Nothing like that is on the website. The confirm email points to those two vendaor to “track your shipment”!>>>

Please note also that USPS can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours to update shipping information. Since your order only shipped as of the 23rd of April, USPS would not have any information in their system about your tracking number. I would check over the next few days for any updated information on your delivery confirmation number.

I hope this helps! Please feel free to contact us back with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for choosing ZAGG! We appreciate your business.

All the best,

Matthew G.

Customer Service Representative
3855 S 500 W STE C

SLC, UT 84115

800.700.ZAGG(9244) (toll free)
801.263.0699 (o)
Nasdaq Symbol: ZAGG

— Original Message —

From: “reinke (reinke cc)” <reinke@reinke.cc>
Received: 4/23/12 6:45:59 PM MDT
To: The ZAGG Team – Darren S. <questions@zagg.com>
Subject: Re: order IC5629043


I got this tracking number. But neither UPS or USPS find it.



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On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM, The ZAGG Team – Darren S. <questions@zagg.com> wrote:

Hello Keith,

Thank you for contacting ZAGG, where we are Zealous About Great Gadgets! My name is Darren S. and I appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

I apologize for any confusion you may have experienced regarding your order. I see that order IC5629043 was placed on April 2nd, 2012. Orders placed through ZAGG.com orders typically take 1-2 business days to process and ship. This may vary depending on product demand, however. In order to assist you with determining the current availability of a given product, the expected shipping date for an item has been included on the product page itself.

Having said that, I see that the expected ship date for this order was is April 23rd, 2012. The ZAGGfolio on this order is currently experiencing inventory issues which has caused a delay in the shipping of this order. Our processing facility is working as quickly as possible to fulfill each affected order, and we expect inventory for this item to become available around April 25th, 2012. Nevertheless, we regret any inconvenience to you and acknowledge the difficulty this has caused.

Once an order leaves our facility we will send a shipping confirmation email. You can also check the status of your orders on demand via ZAGG.com. Log in to your User Account Manager to check the status of your most recent orders and view a snapshot of your order history. You can also update your account information. Take advantage of this service by visiting our website at http://www.zagg.com/support/account.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your interest in ZAGG. However, please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or comments. If you prefer assistance via a live customer service representative, our phone number is (801) 263-0699 or toll free at (800) 700-ZAGG(9244). Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM, Mountain Time.

Thank you for choosing ZAGG! We appreciate your business.

All the best,

Darren S.

Customer Service Representative
3855 S 500 W STE C

SLC, UT 84115

800.700.ZAGG(9244) (toll free)
801.263.0699 (o)
Nasdaq Symbol: ZAGG

— Original Message —
From: reinke <reinke@reinke.cc>
Received: 4/18/12 11:52:51 AM MDT
To: “questions@zagg.com” <questions@zagg.com>
Subject: order

status on ic 562 9043?

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I think I was scammed. What’s your opinion?

ZAGGS is definitely “NOTRECOMMENDED”! 

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Hello reinke (reinke cc),

Thank you for contacting ZAGG, home of the invisibleSHIELD! We appreciate hearing from you and your email is very important to us. We will reply to your inquiry as quickly as possible. Most emails are replied to within 1-2 business days, but please allow up to 3 business days. Our hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 8am – 6pm, Mountain Time.

If you need a replacement for your ZAGG product, please follow the below link for a quick instructional video: http://www.zagg.com/support/contact.php#hidden_replacementVideo

You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page below for information on our warranties, shipping, products, refunds, etc.:


To help track your inquiry we have generated a reference number. Your message id 349264. Please add @zagg.com to your address book to prevent our messages from going to your spam folder.


The ZAGG Team

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IPAD: Penultimate interesting; catch a sale


By Cocoa Box Design LLC

** The original, easiest-to-use, best-selling handwriting app for iPad. On sale.

**Penultimate gives you the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea — in the office, on the go, or home on the sofa.

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Caught it n sale and recommended it to the other “kids” in the family.

2012 03 27 note

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IPAD3: has some problems

(1) Apple APPSTORE told me I forgot my password three times yay. Anyone who knows me and my tools knows that didn’t happen.

(2) Syncing my ipad3 to mcba (macbookair1) left it with about half the apps eternally waiting.

(3) Music files are “there” but unplayable.


Meanwhile ipad1 is stuck with updates that can’t be applied.


So much for moving to Apple because my problems with Microsoft!



IPAD: IPAD3 has initialization issues

Can’t use my IPAD1 apple id?

(I’m not buying all the stuff over again. Starting the issues list. May have to return it.)

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Apple id is mobile me.

It’s forcing me up to icloud.

icloud requires lion.

lion needs a lot of space.

made space

now if’s forcing me into “forgotten password”

forcing me to authenticate the id’s emil by clicking a link

now it’s still forcing “forgotten password” and not sending the link.


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ipad3!. May have been a mistake. All sorts of initialization issues. Apple may be overwhelmed and using “forgotten password” to throttle use.

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Forces verification of email address.

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Dear fjohn reinke,
You’ve entered reinkefj@reinke.cc as the contact email address for your Apple ID. To complete the process, we just need to verify that this email address belongs to you. Simply click the link below and sign in using your Apple ID and password.
Verify Now >
Wondering why you got this email?It’s sent when someone adds or changes a contact email address for an Apple ID account. If you didn’t do this, don’t worry. Your email address cannot be used as a contact address for an Apple ID without your verification.
For more information, see our frequently asked questions.
Thanks,Apple Customer Support

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DO that and it forces me into password reset and never sends the email.


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Comparing Taylor Swift HD on IPAD1 and IPAD3 — don’t see much difference.

Trying to think of other comparisons.

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from: Apple appleid@id.apple.com
to: apple@reinke.cc
date: Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 7:51 AM
subject: How to reset your Apple ID password.
mailed-by: mdn-txn-msbadger0204.apple.com

Arrived in Google mail box about 9AM. Google posts within seconds to receipt. I know I send stuff from different account into gmail account often. Sometimes Google posts it before I can ALT TAB or TAB SELECT from the sending website over to the GMAIL window. Google’s fast; I’m faulting Apple on this one. Either deliberately or not. Argh!

Finally the link comes through, password reset. I know that I didn’t “forget” any of my passwords, I use LASTPASS, a text file, and a spreadsheet. ARGH!

Now onto try to upgrade MACBOOKAIR to LION. Then I can move from MOBILEME to ICLOUD. Then, finally I can rename my apple id from the old format of a simple name to the new required format of an email address. Then I can connect the IPAD3 to my old apple id and get to try it.

(If you think this all been a big mistake, I agree. What idiot enforces a new rule (i.e., an apple id has to be an email “for security purposes”. Someone needs to explain that one to me. I’m going to bounce this off Bruce S. Maybe it’ll give him some blog fodder.)

I STILL think they deliberately did this to control load. Yeah, I’m a cynic with a tin foil hat!

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SAGA <synonym for excrement>

Going back to the APPSTORE on the MACBOOKAIR tells me that “too many incorrect passwords”. Forces me to say “I forgot it”. (All for MY protection, of course.) And, then if forces up something that opens NVU to edit the page. Are you kidding me?

And Apple is “user friendly”? “barbara streisand”

So, I have uninstall NVU, do this non-sense, wait for another email, buy LION, reinstall NVU, install LION. Then I can move from MOBILEME to ICLOUD. Then, finally I can rename my apple id from the old format of a simple name to the new required format of an email address. Then I can connect the IPAD3 to my old apple id and get to try it.

To quote Taylor Swift: “This is begining to look like  tragedy now.” An epic poem worthy of Homer who wrote the Odyssey!

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IPAD: Free dictionary app


Merriam-Webster Dictionary now available on iPad for free

by Mike Schramm (RSS feed) on May 26th 2011 at 7:00AM

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It’s certainly not the only dictionary app available, and the renowned Oxford English Dictionary has its own edition available for the iPad already. But that one costs US$54.99, and the ad-supported Webster dictionary benefits not only from a lack of initial cost, but features like voice search, audio pronunciations, a search history and a browse mode that lets you search and learn new words as you like.

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Wow, the inet and it’s “handmaiden” the IPAD are really changing the world.

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IPAD: Some irritations with the IPAD

Major irritations with the way applications are handled on the IPAD. Can’t nuke stuff without going to iTunes. Some applications show up in the “settings”, but most do not. (Why is that?) After upgrading the os, I find I have a new piece of “crapware” added in. Said piece of software has a dumb “sequential” password validation against rules that are not known in advance.

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IPAD: the US-focused Daily


iPad ‘newspaper’ created by Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch
Apple and News Corp reportedly set to launch joint iPad news publication exclusively via download

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Rupert Murdoch, head of the media giant News Corp, and Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple, are preparing to unveil a new digital “newspaper” called the Daily at the end of this month, according to reports in the US media.

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With no printing or distribution costs, the US-focused Daily will cost 99 cents (62p) a week.

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Unless it has the UK Sun’s Page 3 ladies, I don’t see the 50$/year working.

The FLIP application already on the IPAD for free has a better shot.

All these “media moguls” have done is to get “We, The Sheeple” to buy the reader and transfer all the costs to us from them.

The IPAD is a “game changer” but it’s not a “credit card machine” like a toll booth collector. When I first saw it, I thought it was nothing more than a heavy device to sell me stuff. That’s the way these guys are thinking of it. It’s really a tool that puts the cloud at your finger tips.

Just rearranging those proverbial deck chairs isn’t going to do it.

Micro-payments will.

If each issue cost a tenth of a penny, then maybe you have a chance. And, charge me when I buy it. Subscriptions, “applications” that have to be downloaded to do nothing more than cost your wealth, and “copy protection” (i.e., Digital RIghts Management) in general is not how dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) is consumed on the inet.

(Consumed is a bad word. It’s not “eaten”. It is digested, shared, and amplified. Absorbed might be better.)

This idea is a dud! The continued death throws of the old print media.

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IPAD: Apple wants control


Re: Jasper Jottings for the IPAD

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Right now Jet Tech and I are wrestling with how to get a free book (one that was electronically given to me by the publisher) onto one of the 6 ereaders on my iPad. I like reading on the iPad so I encourage you to go with it.

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As I understand it. IBOOKS on the IPAD can only take an EPUB or PDF format via ITUNES. You didn’t say what format the ebook was in? Assuming (and we know what that means), that you have ITUNES set to export “books”, it should flow right over. I have to assume that the ebook you’re attempting to move is in another format. Depending upon what format it is, you’ll have to convert it. On the MAC, I like CALIBRE. While the UI is terrible, it does “do” many formats that I haven’t even heard of. Let me know what the format is or send me the file, I’ll attempt to convert it for you. After all I’m sitting in ICU with nothing to do. :-) Argh!

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IPAD: Is held hostage by ITUNES and docking

So far the only way I have found to get a book into, or is it onto, the IPAD is via ITUNES. You either have to buy through their store (and boy do they make that convenient) or to import into ITUNES, dock the ipad, and sync it on board. That’s a pain. Amazing that the IPAD and the MACBOOKAIR are both sitting next to each other and they can not communicate by wifi or bluetooth. It’s no wonder that APPLE gets the label “CLOSED” and “DUMB”. Amazing for as good as their hardware is — novel, useful, and thought provoking, their implementations leave a lot to be desired.

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IPAD: Reports to HQ?

The IPAD today popped up, or perhaps it would be better reported that when the IPAD was syncing ITUNES popped up on McBa and requested permission to report to HQ how the IPAD was being used. For my benefit, of course.

I wonder what it is reporting. User played KLONDIKE. (Who cares?) User updated CARINGBRIDGE. (Now were into medical privacy. HIPPA?) SAFARIed to the following websites. (Now we’re treading close to that privacy line.)

Who knows what gets reported to HQ?

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IPAD: And, a secondary mail account

Something is odd in how the IPAD handles a secondary mail account. It doesn’t appear to work. Yet this morning, I see the test message in the McBa’s inbox for this account.


IPAD is intended, it appears, to have no “moving parts”, It doesn’t tell you the progress steps for making the connection or what errors, if any, occurs under the covers.


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IPAD: Appliance, Thin Client, or something else

The IPAD is a platform which may or may not be an appliance. It may or may not depend upon the cloud. It may or may not be: a stand alone platform (not so good), a bridge to the cloud (maybe good), a thin Client with cloud integration (not so good based on the Caring Bridge application), a true Client / Server Client platform (haven’t seen that), or something else.

Right now to me it is in the “something else” category .. as long as you have a credit card?

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IPAD: Limited wifi ‘capabiity’

The IPAD can not connect to the RWJUH wifi.

The RWJUH wifi is ‘available’ to patients and guests. But it has an ‘old style’ mickey mouse interface. It reminds me of the internet cafe system where you buy a User id and password for a few bob. (Sorry last time I bought inet access a la carte was in England. Before that in Biloxi, a life time ago. So bob it is.) And, you use that to authenticate to the network.

The RWJUH wifi splashes you a screen that makes you agree to be good, honor your Mum and Dad (that the English memory bubbling over), and a bunch of other stuff. Then it passes to the traditional uid and password challenge. If you don’t have an id, you can create one for free. It then spaws a small popup saying you’re logged on and “feel free to close this”. But if you do, you’re very quickly back a square one, the agreement page.

The uid and password stays active for awhile or until they wipe the database. That’s happened twice, with no rhyme, reason, or calendar schedule.

The RWJUH wifi “burps” a lot — there are even two type of burps. One, a stoppage where if on the McBa you stop and start you’r airport wifi, you pick up where you are and can keep on going. The other is a five minute, or what seems to be, time out and you start over from the splash.

So apparently, the IPDA can take the splash screen but it won’t allow the pop up after  uid / password. It makes no difference if you have the Safari web browser active or not.

That demonstrates that the IPAD’s wifi is substantively different from the McBa’s. Both machines are on the most current release of software.

Makes you wonder what else is different?

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IPAD: Seems like the primary design principle is to sell the User “stuff”


Fool me once, shame on you… fool me twice, shame on me.
Posted On: Fri, 2010-10-22 13:39 by mattl

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Well, it’s official. Apple has now announced it’s bringing the App Store concept to the Mac and it looks like they’ll be restricting apps with FairPlay DRM too for good measure. When we first began talking about the problems with the App Store on the iPhone and iPod Touch, people wanted us to drop it and stop talking about the DRM tricks being pulled by Apple on the grounds that the iPhone wasn’t a general purpose computer (it is, and the iPad is too) but rather an appliance.

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It really doesn’t do too much out of the box.

It does keep the User captive in the box. I’d call it more of an “appliance” than a computing platform. And, while the User Interface is intuitive, what happens when the User doesn’t “intuit” so well. Where’s the F1 Help button?

My first road block is how to delete an application.

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IPAD: Island Dictatorship or Bridge Appliance

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder? IPAD apps have to come from Apple. Without the cloud, it’s really limited. A grand for the pad, capital cost. 250$/year for the 3G, with a bandwidth cap. So far it’s a very small expensive island. We’ll see if it can bridge anywhere.

It has to have a huge value equation if it’s just an island; a bridge can open new worlds.

Jury’s still out imho.

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IPAD: Opening a new research effort

Ok, maybe I am a “fanboy”. Of new technology. Maybe it’s supplanted my love of new cars. Just maybe.

What attracted me to the IPAD, and made me spend a lot of money imho, was the idea that it is a game changer for children. I’ve seen the stories of younger and younger human beings making use of it. Even those with different abilities seem to be able to deal with it. If they can, why not a fat old white guy injineer?

If it’s that good, then maybe this is more important than a cell phone for children?

At the very least, instead of children hauling a Herculean load of books, they carry an IPAD.

I was interested in the fellow who had the whole Talmud on an IPAD with translations and expectation. You ever seen all the books of the Talmud?

And, how does this change the ability to deliver dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom)?

And, is it a closed infrastructure? Or is it a computing appliance?

And, is it a good Christmas – Birthday – Every Occasion For The Rest Of Your Life type gift?

And, does it need the 3G option?

FIrst blush, after a day out of the box, it’s a game changer. It’s virtually brain dead without the cloud. (Or am I?)

There are a lot of design flaws or tradeoffs I don’t care for.

But, we’ll see if it grows on me.

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