Eek wordpress – from the server side java symposium

Switching to the web interface over the iPad app for live blogging. I’m a bit annoyed the word press iPad app lost my post because I started a second draft. I also noticed the app posted my blog entry twice. While researching this, I learned of other even worse problems.  Using the web interface exclusively now.

Update: turns out word press doesn’t scroll properly in the browser  on iPad. I’m now up to blogging in notes and copy/pasting it in

Update: added the 99 cent HTML editor so I can get to the <> keys more easily and add some formatting as I write

Update: the HTML editor I tried doesn’t wrap text. There is probably a better editor, but I don’t have time to find it during a conference so I am back to Notes.

Update: i finally found out how to scroll in safari. Two fingers in the textarea and drag. Now trying to blog in the wordpress browser ui again.  Stayed with this for the rest of the conference

iPad 2 Has Massive Screen Bleeding

Last week, I decided to sell my ‘old’ Apple iPad in favor of an Apple iPad 2. While I love the performance enhancements and size reduction of the newer model, I was shocked the first time I rebooted the device. As soon as the screen went to black, there was massive screen bleeding along the edges of the device, most notably on the side with the Home button.


Below are two sample images of my Apple iPad 2 device. (Click on the images for full-size versions.) I took the photos in a dark room with no flash, primarily because with lights on in the room, the overhead light reflected on the surface of the display.

I am not alone

Some news websites, such as MacRumors, have started reporting this issue. Other users have also provided samples which indicate the problem varies among units.

Where to go from here?

As an owner of the original iPad, I can honestly say these bleeding issues are much more severe on the iPad 2 than they ever were on the iPad 1. I’ve considered returning the device but since it is out of stock in many places, I am not sure when I would get a replacement. Also, since I bought it at Best Buy, do I go there, or since it is protected by AppleCare for the first year, do I go to the Apple Store? Do they cover screen bleeding at all? Given the bright fluorescent lighting of the Apple store, though, I’m not sure how easy it will be to demonstrate the bleeding in person. Either way, this is not the kind of quality I have come to expect from Apple.

Update #1 [3/13/2011]: Apple Store refuses exchange despite having new ones in stock!

While most Apple Stores are sold out of the iPad 2, they did inform me they had plenty on hand for “DOA” replacements. In other words, if the device is totally broken they will give you a new one, even though they are not selling them. When I told them I had purchased it from Best Buy, though, they retracted their offer and told me it would have to go through Apple Care to order “a replacement part” (that is, the entire device), and that I could not take one of the items in stock. I may just return it to Best Buy and wait for stocks to refill around the country.

Update #2 [3/22/2011]: Returned iPad

Following TheServerSide Symposium, I decided to return my iPad 2, despite the fact that is no place to buy a new one. I loved the device, but would prefer one that doesn’t have severe bleeding. Now, it is just a matter of waiting for the mad rush to end, before attempting to buy a new one.

ipad FIRST robotics update

In early January, I blogged about Getting my iPad ready for FIRST robotics season.  It’s now enough later to revisit that and see how things worked out.

Overall, things have gone better than expected.  For the most part, the internet has been available making searching the internet easy.


Now that I’m relying on the iPad more to check my e-mail, I’m hitting the limitations of the built in mail client.  I learned that gmail’s web application is much better.  It lets me both trash and archive, easily view labels, etc


Having the manual on hand in a searchable format has been great!  I was surprised how helpful it was to be able to zoom in on the diagrams – can’t do that with paper.  We also had to remember not to touch when pointing and discussing things.  Wouldn’t want the screen to move.  I downloaded a bunch of other documents to the iPad as well that I might want to reference.

Git Hub Viewer Lite

I’m not sure if Git Hub Viewer Lite or JDocReader is my favorite app.  Git Hub makes it easy and fast to view the code.  Looking at older code while being near the laptop with the new code has been very effective.


My other candidate for favorite application is JDocReader.  Having the robotics documentation on hand without having to changes streams from development has been great.  I don’t need to disrupt the main flow to test a theory.


iUnarchive is just a utility but it works for what I need it to.


There weren’t any lulls yet. We have a bigger group this year and there is another stream of work to jump to if one has a lull. Hence I haven’t used this application beyond trying it out.