The phone rang. It was Mara informing me that she had an Ipad for me. "How exciting!" We arranged to meet near an interchange on the Interstate highway where I got it from her. We both commented how small it was considering the power it is reputed to have. On the way home I opened the box at a traffic signal. "Very cool!" I pressed what looked like a button on the front. Nothing. "I'll figure it out at home". Once at home I pressed the button again. Still nothing, so I did what I always do, press it harder, After seven or eight futile attempts I determined that something else was necessary. I discovered a collection of small switches/buttons around the perimeter. These I toggled every which way I could think of. Nothing. "Maybe a battery must be charged." Included in the package was a white cord like the ones that come with an ipod, so I plugged it in. Later I pressed the button again and a picture appeared. "YAY!" The picture showed the cord and an icon that said "itunes". "Must be the itunes app." I pressed it. Nothing. I pressed it harder. Nothing. "Hmm, I wonder where the other apps are." After repeated pressing and toggling it became clear that it was time to call in some expertise. My thirteen year old daughter was passing by, so I flagged her down and asked her to see where the apps are. She glanced at the screen for a microsecond and said "You don't have any. You need to download apps fro itunes. That's what the picture means". "AHA! How obvious, NOT!" Since the ipad comes with no documentation whatsoever, and wondering if she was right, I googled "Ipad instructions". The results included a website at http://www.newmaconline.com/your-ipad-instructions-for-setting-up_2010-04-09/ I also learned that there also exists a pdf file of instructions out there somewhere. I will get that later if I need it. This website has "steps are all that consumers need to take in order to be putting their new iPad to full use." "Okay, step 1. Remove the iPad from its packaging. Like other Apple products, the iPad is packaged in an environmentally friendly manner, using as little (recycled) packaging as possible." "Excellent I already did that." 2. "Plug the iPad in and follow the prompts that appear on the screen. Consumers will be prompted to first register their new iPad, and then set up their iTunes store account. New iPad owners should make sure they have downloaded the most recent version of iTunes, iTunes 9.1." I don't have 9.1 so the next task is to download that on my computer. Upon going to the Apple site to download the upgrade I learned that it requires Macintosh system 10.5. My computer runs 10.4.11. Knowing that my operating system is not current and not wanting to upgrade to 10.5 I decided to try it on the Acer netbook running "Vista". The first attempt failed. The second attempt succeeded (I think) but the quicktime component failed as did the third attempt. I decided to go directly to the Quictime download page and do it from there. I think that may have worked. That is where I am at the time of this writing. The lessons learned are: 1. Nothing is ever as easy as it should be, at least not for me. 2. If the ArtsEducator 2.0 project decides to equip participants with ipads there will be issues that should be addressed proactively in advance. My next entry will talk about this investigative odyssy as my investigation continues.
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