Making Exercise Appealing for Young Couch Potatoes

Yes, there’s a television in Steinbeck’s Scottsdale, Ariz., home. But the family’s television room also boasts an exercise bicycle, mini trampoline, and several large exercise balls.

Her two children are just as interested in the tube as any other red-blooded American kids, but Steinbeck sees to it that if they’re tuned in, they’re exercising at the same time.

Everyone in the family uses the equipment as we watch television, the author of the best-selling Fat Free cookbook series explains. That way, the kids are hardly ever sitting and they’re in constant motion. It’s one way to make viewing more than a passive activity. Read more…

iPad: Elegant. Fun. Seductive. Frustrating. Coming to Canada April 23




I've tested the new iPad and found it irresistible.The touch screen is marvellous to use. Smooth as butter (wipe after using), intuitive as your fingers, clear bright images. Fast, very fast.

Out of the box, there's not much to it -- looks like a big iTouch. There's a USB cord to plug it into a computer and that's it. Once you'd done that and downloaded the most recent version of iTunes, you're good to go.

The first impression is that it really is just a big, version of the iTouch -- with a book store. This is clearly Apple's challenge to e-books, Kindle, Sony, the Nook and all those yet to come. To get you started, there's a free copy of Winnie-the-Pooh which looks just about as good sitting on it's virtual wooden book shelf as it did when you were six years old and were given a fresh copy by your Grannie. Take it down an give it a flip thru, you won't be disappointed. The coloured pictures are lush, the type crystal clear.

The iTunes store offers a stack of new apps for the iPad from the games to the Wall Street Journal. The latter opens instantly and gives you a pared down version of the paper, like the NYTimes, it's free. There's music and movies to sample, buy or rent, e-mail, a calendar, contacts, notes, maps and YouTube.

Using the device for work is not quite as easy. You'll want to buy the wireless keybaord for starters. Then, you have to download iWork which consists of a word processor, a spreadsheet and presentation software. Each cost $9.99 US. You can e-mail your creations or upload them to the iWork website and then invite others to see them there if you and they wish. It's finicky and ties you firmly to Apple as Mr Jobs intends.

What it can't do or doesn't have: a camera, a phone, a usb connection for anything but itunes, flash video, multi-tasking, copying between programs, say, word processor to Safari, which, incidentally, is the only browser iPad uses.

What it does have: battery life of 10+ hours; the ability to mesmerize. iPad makes you wish you could use it for all your computing needs -- you can't.

4 comments:

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I would be much more interested in how Mr. Jobs got his liver functioning.

What is the story on that?

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Having read many serious reviews where the reviewer used nothing but the iPad for at least a couple of days, it sounds like an accessory keyboard is not necessary as fast typing is easily achieved with both hands by slanting the iPad on its case.
I never thought that this device was created to imitate a computer. Not even notebooks have the capacities of a full computer. Nor do notebooks have the selected delights that this device holds. It's in a category of it's own.
And by the way, if I were to be tied firmly to any computer company, I certainly do hope it IS Apple !!!
C'mon Parkhurst ! Get an expert to give us worthwhile feedback on the iPad. This person is obviously not comfortable around the elegance and quality of Apple products.

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Coming in May. Or June. Or July. Depending when supply goes up or US demand goes down.

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