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Gratuitous Labrador Pic – Deputy Editor Dawg Purple Hazed


Like most iPad 2 owners, I’m not in the habit of using its cameras very often at all. But I do love using them to snap the occasional picture of my ginormous Labrador. He’s a bear-sized dog who just lends himself to being captured on the iPad 2’s big screen.

This morning I got a few nice snaps of him – and my daughter and I especially like this one. It has the ‘Purple Haze’ effect applied to it in the superb Photo Toaster app.

If you guys have got on any iPad 2 pet pics you’d like to share, I’d love to see them. Throw a link into the comments, or post them to our iPad Insight Facebook page.

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Gratuitous Deputy Editor Labrador Pics Taken with the iPad 2


Here’s the problem – the iPad 2 camera is not up to much and I am one of the world’s worst when it comes to taking photos. But … my Deputy Editor Dawg is a heck of a handsome fellow – so I keep on trying.

Today I’ve been playing around with the Camera Boost app for the iPad 2 – which is said to be ‘the first live image enhancement and effects app for the iPad 2’. It seems to work pretty well, allowing you to do some adjusting (including things like noise reduction) as well as apply effects. For the picture above I also used the superb Photo Toaster app and the ‘Faded Glory’ effect.

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OT: Gratuitous Deputy Editor Labrador Pic


My faithful Deputy Editor Dawg, miserably failing to take his role seriously.

No Monday blues for him.

Normal iPad posting service will resume shortly. Smile

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Happy Father’s Day


Happy Father’s Day!

I was lucky enough to have a fantastic dad. A dad who was smart and funny and loving. A dad that my brother and I learned a lot from. Now we’re both fathers and if we turn out to be half the dad that he was we’ll have done a very fine job.

I know that becoming a dad is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. It changed my life in a hundred and one positive ways in a split second. My daughter is 8 now (which still seems incredible) and is brighter and more amazing every day. With her around it would be impossible not to love being a dad.

I’m having a great Father’s Day. Even my big dog got me a nice card.

If you’re a dad on the lookout for some iPad app bargains, you may want to check out our post on the huge iPad game and app sales going on this weekend.

Hope all the dads out there are having a great day.

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OT: Moved House, Deputy Editor Dawg Likes New Office


We moved house this past Friday. My wife and the movers did the vast bulk of the work. My primary role in things was to stay the heck out of the way on Move Day, and then to ask where the Apple TV power cable had got to at the most inopportune and annoying times on the day following the move.

One of the best things about the new place is that it’s bigger, and I’ve got a dedicated office room. It’s big, has a lovely view out to trees and woods, and works perfectly for me. I feel sure it will make all my articles here 27% better than before.

Oh, and my Deputy Editor is happy with the new office too. He has found at least three serious snoozing spots in it that are acceptable to him, and given it a big paws-up of approval.

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iPad Training in Austin

Triple i Services

Hope you all will excuse a little bit of shameless self-promotion here. I’ve just started up a little new venture here in my hometown of Austin, Texas.  I’m going to provide one-to-one iPad training, to help people get to know and master their magical new friend.

I’ve worked for many years as a network engineer / manager and IT consultant, but over the last 10 years or so mobile tech has become my biggest passion and I consider the iPad the ultimate mobile device – so I’m going to try my hand at sharing that passion and helping folks get the most out of their iPads.

My iPad training will cover everything from basics through to advanced topics and time-saving tips and tricks for novice to intermediate users.  I’m also offering training on the iPhone and troubleshooting / support for both devices.  At some point I may look at extending the training to the web, so I can offer to help people outside of the Austin area as well.

Anyway, if you have any friends or family in the Austin area who would like some help learning the iPad, I hope you might point them this way:

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OT: New Apprentice Deputy Dawg Editor


As some of you may recall, my big, beautiful Yellow Lab, Newton, passed away a few weeks back.  I’ve been around and owned dogs all my life and never known a dog as big-hearted and wonderful as him.  He’ll always be sorely missed and ever so fondly remembered.

This week we’ve adopted a lovely black Lab girl called Wanda.  So there is a new Apprentice Deputy Dawg Editor for the site.  I’m glad we found her, and look forward to working with her. :)

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