I was foaming below about a new iPad that I got yesterday, and how come it was lacking basic elements of functionality. Read on to see how we can sometimes reach completely the wrong conclusions, and so should spend life being modest and thoughtful in the face of other's assumed mistakes...
This is what I was writing...
"In my job, I have to demonstrate the SAP applications, and the "user experience" is a big part of that. On the PC and so on, SAP has been well understood for a long time, but with the Sybase acquisition, a lot of emphasis is now moving to things like Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad.
I was sent a mail saving that I must order one so that I could get up to speed, and start seeing what we can use for banking on the platform. Bottom line, SAP insists I get a free iPad. Nightmare, eh?
Lovely, lovely piece of kit. I was not that convinced until I really used it, and it seems to be really very special, and knocks the Blackberry mobile thang into a cocked hat.
I was lying in bed this morning, still recuperating, with full Internet access, and I then went and did something else, and came back later.
Safari refuses to believe it is connected to the Internet, despite a working Wi-Fi connection that had offered access some minutes before, otherwise unchanged, and despite my best efforts, it refuses point blank to believe there is an Internet connection. This is not isolated, we had the same problem yesterday in SAP Lausanne, and I see many complaints about this on the support forums. I've booted the router, the iPad, refreshed network and other settings, and so on. Nada. Zilch.
How can you get something as basic as a Wi-Fi connection refresh wrong? It obviates the whole brilliance of the concept! That's always what I have felt about Apple stuff, brilliant, until it isn't, and then there's nothing you can do with it. I had a not dissimilar feeling when I bought a 27 inch iMac, that quickly went back to the (very professional and exceptionally helpful) shop."
STOP THE PRESS!
Turns out that the people demolishing the kitchen have cut the phone cable, by accidentally, as my son used to say. Now that really would make the Internet unreachable, unless the electrons decide to form some kind of ant line across the smashed tiles to ensure my surfy goodness. Unlikely.
Sorry Apple! Your brilliance remains undiminished, and I should look broader for causes. What a laugh! I was actually reassured when Mrs Spaceship told me that, as I had begun to seriously think I was loosing my tech mojo...