I have an iPad. I have a Kindle. Although it seems to be common consensus that the iPad will kill the Kindle, the larger question is, does Amazon care? The even larger question is, should you worry for the future of reading itself?
Along with some 300,000 other people, I bought an Apple iPad on Saturday. But before I say anything else, let me make one thing clear: I am no MacHead. I have not purchased an Apple product since my Mac Quadra 605 in 1994. I did buy a Power Computing Mac clone in ’96 and was thoroughly annoyed when Steve Jobs stuck a knife in the clone business upon his return as “interim” (!) CEO in 1997. So annoyed in fact that I went completely PC with my next purchase and never looked back (if you don’t count my iPod and I don’t).
Well, let’s just say that I am looking now. Believe the hype. The iPad is an incredible device.
Although my desktop, laptops, PlayStation 3, and even my iPod Touch connected to my home network just fine, my new iPad would not. It (stubbornly and somewhat unhelpfully) simply said “Unable to join the network ‘(My Network’s SSID)'”. The options for troubleshooting on the appliance-like iPad are very limited and did nothing for me in any case. I could find nothing on Apple’s site or elsewhere so I thought I’d share what I did and maybe save you some time and effort.