iPad price drops; iPad 2 coming soon?

I just read on techradar that both T-Mobile and Orange have reduced their iPad prices, most likely to reduce inventory for a new iPad 2 model. This is of particular interest to me, because I've been reading a lot of books with the Kindle software lately, and I'd like to buy an iPad soon to make that reading experience more enjoyable.

A Google News funny

Every once in a while technology leads to something pretty funny. For me today it was the Google News page, showing a story about a California mayor being arrested after a "wild-ride purse snatching." The funny thing was that Google News had the story under the category "Data Storage", which I can only assume was a reference to the storage capabilities of the woman's purse. Here's a partial snapshot of the Google News page:

Updates on the Oracle, Sun, and Java strife

Summary: Sun's former CEO starts a Ruby/Postgres company. Larry Ellison (Oracle) slams Sun management. James Gosling slams Oracle.

Wow, there are all sorts of fun things going on in the Java (or former-Java) world. First, former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz talks a lot about patents, including Sun's history with Microsoft, presumably because Oracle is suing Google over some Java patents that Sun would never sue for.

Mac Java news - Mac Java 1.4.x is dead

In a note with the latest Mac OS X 10.5 software update, I read this blurb about Apple's Mac Java support:

Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 6 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating J2SE 5.0 to 1.5.0_22, and updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_17 for 64-bit capable Intel-based Macs.

J2SE 1.4.2 is no longer being updated to fix bugs or security issues and is therefore disabled by default in this update.

Put another way, Java 1.4.x on Mac OS X is dead, long live Java 1.4. Not huge news, but noteworthy.


Asus reliability rating dives; Apple recovers top spot

I was wondering about the #1 reliability ranking Asus received earlier this year for their netbooks. I've never used one, so I wondered if they were really great, or if the data was skewed because their netbooks were so new.

According to a PC World report, their quality rating took a big nose-dive, and Rescuecom's CEO says it's because their products have been out there for a while now. In March, Asus was #1 on the Rescuecom reliability list, but now their score has taken a swan dive from a high of 972 to the current value of 166.

Would you pay for online content?

I was just reading the online version of the Chicago Tribune sports section this morning, and I wrote a friend that I'd probably be willing to pay a small amount to read the Trib online. I wouldn't pay very much ... maybe $1 or $2 a month ... but I grew up in Chicago, so it's nice to read deeper stories about Chicago sports than I can find without looking around harder.

The Chicago Tribune Sports section

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