D-Day

Tomorrow is the big day where the iPad is finally officially released in Switzerland. I wonder how the Swiss market will respond to it.

So far most of the experiences with people seeing my iPad have been … rather bothersome. It starts with an “Owh” followed by a certain look in their faces. It says something like “what a geek person/Apple parishioner must she be to have one already a month before it’s officially released in Switzerland”.  Oh boy. Then there is the “how do you like it”-question. Well, quite simply: I love it. This is followed by “but what the hell are you actually doing with the thing”? Erhm… What are you doing with your computer at home? Surfing the web? Writing emails, letters, documents? Maybe making a spreadsheet? Blogging? Listening to music? Watch a movie? Check out photos? Well, and then I also read magazines, newpapers, books, and any form of document on it. It’s like your all media library in your hands, and you can do whatever you want with it. “But why do you need to be able to do all this everywhere?” This is subtext for “have you no other hobbies in life than sitting in front of a computer?” Oh boy.

When does the iPad become green

Before I got the iPad I read two books simply on my iPhone with the Kindle app. I thought it was pretty ok. Surely the screen is tiny, but handy and you’ve always got your books with you anyway.

Of course reading on the iPad is way more comfortable. I have to admit iBooks is also an advancement with the included dictionary and book like landscape mode. Also you can add any ePub formated document while the Kindle app is for Amazon bought content alone. Which is exactly the biggest advantage of the Kindle app: there is way more content available (yet) as in the Apple iBooks store.

Next there is Zinio. As far as I know the app with the biggest choice on magazines like for example National Geographic or Marie Claire. My absolute favorite magazine is not (yet) available in an e-version (knock on wood).

So all in all I thought: the amount of paper I’m going to save with the iPad! And instead of little dollar bills little green trees blinked in my eyes.

Mhm… And then I wondered if I could possibly make up the ungreen materials and production process as well as the energy used when the iPad is turned on with not buying books, papers, and magazines.

The starting point is not so bad. Apples Environmental report of the iPad shows use of less harmful materials. The power charger is claimed to even excel the Energy Star requirements. Googling the iPads greenness most of the articles I’ve read concluded that basically it is a greenish device, but the real green only comes with what the user does with it.

Meaning that it should not become just another device that is always running. For example the iPad could replace a laptop or desktop computer. It uses marginally less energy. I also try to substantially reduce my use of paper. I don’t print out documents anymore, but put them on the iPad to read. I don’t take notes on paper anymore, but make notes using the iPad and syncing the through Evernote for further use on the computer.

I’m not sure if this is enough to make the iPad green. I believe it’s a question of consistency, using the iPad wisely, and finally also how long it’ll last or I’ll have it.

Nonetheless I’ll try.

PS: No matter if it’ll work, but since I read into the iPads greenness I learned quite a few things to make my household greener. Just being more aware of things helps as well.

Oerlikon

Three weeks in our new flat in Oerlikon I’m quite amazed. This part of the city gives a whole new flavor. It used to be an industrial quarter. Over the last couple of years they added quite a few huge funky appartment blocks. It looks like mostly young people and families moved here. I guess because the appartments are spacy, modern, and even though Oerlikon is beyond the hill, it’s well connected. They added huge park like areas. So far it looks like they never really fill up. And if the industrial feel is enough it takes you ten minutes to get to the forest and yellow raps fields.

Shoppingwise a huge Coop and Do it yourself. In walking distance there is a Migros and Saturdays a market I hope to go to somewhen the next couple of weekends.

And a Stsrbucks. What else do you need?

iRage

Well. I’ve got one too. An iPad. More by coincidende than actual arrangement. But I wouldn’t give it away anymore. I honestly don’t intend to write another praise the iPad (nor anything i) post. The point simply is that I sold my old beloved Powerbook G4 just a couple of days ago, and when I sit in front of my 24” iMac I rather surf, answer emails, write anything on my iPad than on my iMac. I don’t say it’s the best possible tool out there. I just say that for me it is a great fun tool with lots of potential. A touchscreen that size just rocks for me.

I’m getting tired of people asking me if I bought it for the hype, or that I’m generally told that I’m i-infected. The stuff just works together. I struggle with anything Windows throughout the day at work. Can’t I have a system in my free time that just works and fullfills my every private need?

I don’t care if you think it’s overpriced and overhyped and over … anything. Maybe it is. Probably it is. If you’re interested, I can show you, but why the heck do people feel the need to form a strong opinion without even caring about devices in general? I don’t flame anybody for whatever computer or phone they use. Why do people flame me for using an iMac, iPhone, and iPad?

Either try an i-device and form a serious opinion, or shut up.