Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Feynman's Lectures on Physics - PDF Version

Feynman's Lectures on Physics

A few years back I came across a complete set of Feynman's Lectures on Physics, which I first read when an undergraduate in London in the 60's when the books were considered cutting edge.

The other day I found some downloadable PDF versions at Rapid Library. I downloaded as three PDF files, one for each volume. Messages popped up saying unable to view document but I then just clicked on the PDF filename above message and it downloaded with no problems.

I the clicked on PDF file in Safari window and selected Open with Goodreader and they were transferred over to this App.

So all I have to do now is read them, once I finished Huckleberry Finn. This time as I will be reading for pleasure with no stress of exams I hope not only to enjoy but also to understand.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

IOS 5.0.1 No Problems

Last night I updated both my iPad and iPhone direct, no Mac. Worked 1st time, very quick.

Took longer to figure out that to get the advanced Gestures to work requires you to activate them in Settings - General.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


BlogPress & Blogger+

Fir a couple of years I have used BlogPress on my iPad but currently it keeps crashing on startup. Their web site says they have submitted a fix to Apple so in the mean time I am trying Blogger+ which is on offer for 69p.

This is my first post with it.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Typing HTML on iPad

Typing HTML on iPad

Unless you are using an iPad HTML development app such as WPD (Web Page Developer) which has enhanced keyboard typing HTML tags on iPad on screen keypad is a pane. Multiple keystrokes just to reveal the < symbol and then after entering say p for paragraph then repeat multiple key strokes to add >. All this to be repeated at the end of paragraph with additional / character!  I then stumbled across a tip for the new IOS 5 operating system that simply solves this and at no cost.

Keyboard Shortcuts  

  1. On iPad go to Settings and select General

  2. Select Keyboard and then Shortcuts and add your own  
  4. Return to any program and then when you next type in the keywords you have the standard option of hitting space bar to expand text.
Note:  Make sure you use an abbreviation that typically will not be used, e.g. htp for <p> and not just p. 
To do similar on Mac then I recomend the free App Dash

Sunday, 2 October 2011

More photos of Scillies, from iPad

A couple more photos only this time the post has been done completely on iPad. Photos taken with Lumix TZ10, edited on iPad with Snapspeed and created on iPad Blogpress App.

There are less than 8 miles on the largest island St. Marys, so no need to hurry.

D be the Caribean but is in fact St Marys Scillies just 20 miles off Lands End in Mid September.

Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Content v Presentation

The message or the media.

To many riches

My problem is not the technology but the amount of technology. I like to understand how things work but there is always something new and attractive to tempt you onto new pasture.
So as my mum told me decades ages ago
It’s better to do a few things well rather than a lot of things badly. Therefore I am going to concentrate on the content and not chase every new approach. To this end I will use following tools which are both basic and powerful and standard within the IT community.
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • PDF
A good tool for writing articles quickly in simple HTML on your iPad is the MarkDown App. This has recently been updated and now has a useful keyboard extension to make typing quicker. The excellent Help feature gets you started quickly. The resulting text can then be used as-is or copied as HTML to be included in your other editors. Great to quickly create content which you can then manipulate later.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Air Display is Great, but why £12 0n App Store yet free if you download

I have used Air Display for a couple of months now on my Windows Laptop. It lets me use my iPad as an extension on my Windows desktop. Great for keeping files I want to reference as I do my main work on the bigger laptop.

Now I am a besotted Macbook Pro newbie I naturally wanted it on this, especially as I have the smaller 13 inch model.

So off to App Store, and hey, it costs £11.99, I don't remember having to pay for it on Windows.

So I go to Avatron web page and install by downloading direct from Avatron, and hey presto, it is installed for free!

And I am using it right now!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

iPad Photo Apps TouchUp & Filter Storm

After watching iPad Today Podcast (TWIT TV) I bought the TouchUP photo app they had featured especially as it claimed to use masks. Cost £1.19 but you have to pay extra if you want some additional features.

It did have the ability to apply changes to parts of the photo, but it was nowhere near as good as my old favourite FilterStorm which does the same and more better.

The other photo app I use a lot is PhotoGene.

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Monday, 14 February 2011

My Apps Audit - What I use graded list

After 6+ months with iPad decided I needed to get control over my app frenzy! Check out what I kept at RodT's Graded App List

Anyone else hav similar list?

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

MarkdownNote App for writing HTML plus other


For several weeks now I have been trying out various ways of writing web pages using my iPad. There are some good tools

  • Gusto

  • WPD (Web Page Development)

Both these have FTP feature so I can use this to combine with work on my PC and Laptop.

The one annoying thing was the cumbersome data entry of HTML tags. By chance while looking at Knowtilus browser I came across MarkdownNote. This is a small subset of HTML with unbuilt short cut for HTML, a markup for HTMarkupL called Markdown. You can create headings, text type, lists, images and links.

This iPad implementation of Daring Fireball currently costs $3.99 and is smart, so that when you hold iPad in landscape orientation, you have a preview of output.

Useful help, which you can display in-place of preview if you wish. Also very useful is that any HTML tag written in full is passed on to HTML unchanged. I did this toadd colour to final comment.

It is iPad only but for iPhone and iPod Touch there is another Markdown App called NOCS currently $0.99. Not in the same league, but still useful for these devices. Note you must have files saved with HTML extension for NOCS to offer conversion to HTML format.

Note another advantage of Markdown is that the output is well formatted even without converting to HTML.

Both Apps support Dropbox so whatever device I use I can synch either with FTP or Dropbox.

This blog was written using MarkdownNote.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad