Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Oh, Hi There

As you've probably noticed, I've been neglecting Verbatio for quite some time now.  After finishing boards, I had barely a week before starting up with my clinical rotations.  My time is more limited now than it ever was during 1st and 2nd year, so my posts will likely be shorter and few and far between.

Rather than get into a long EBM post right now, I thought I'd say a little something about the HP TouchPad and how HP abandoned all WebOS hardware (though they say they haven't given up on supporting WebOS... we'll see about that).  As you might have read, HP has stopped production of all WebOS hardware (as in the Palm Pre line and the HP TouchPad).  Because of this, there was a firesale of HP TouchPads going for $99 over the weekend.  I was lucky enough to snag 2 of the 32GB versions at $149 a piece, as I'm hopeful Android will be ported over to the device soon to make it more useful.  At least I think I was able to snag them.  HP says they have my order and that they're slowly working their way through them, but I won't be entirely convinced until it shows up at my door!

It's been my opinion for a while that Palm's WebOS had the strongest UI of any mobile OS out there -- it's just a shame that their hardware sucked and there was so little developer support behind it.  WebOS just never got enough users to get people interested in developing apps for it, which is really too bad.  I preferred WebOS over Android (even CM7, though I do love the widgets and customization options), but WebOS just didn't have the apps I needed for school (Epocrates stopped supporting it shortly after I switched to Android).  I could talk at length about all the mistakes HP made when they purchased Palm, and how I wish Google had purchased Palm so as to integrate some of WebOS's features into Android, but Ars Technica had a pretty good article last week about what HP should have done with WebOS that is probably more worth your time.

I'll try to post more often, though for better or for worse, I wouldn't expect any really long posts any time soon.  So far I'm enjoying 3rd year, but I'm a little busier most days than I expected.  I'm almost 3 months into it, and I'm still not used to waking up early and working a normal/long work week!

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