On 6/17/2011 2:52 PM, Murani wrote:

I finally got a hands-on with the Playbook.  I was at OfficeMax getting some printing done and saw the device.  Its much smaller than I thought it was as it appears to be smaller than the galaxy tab when holding it.  Very nice feel to it and the UI you kind of have to discover the swipes from the top and bottom which aren’t intuitive at all.  Overall the device felt solid while lightweight.  At the end of the day the lack of apps and overall compatibility will kill it.  Had it come out a year ago it would have been great but now people won’t go back from the size of the iPad.

Doug Simmons:

Clarification on which stupid point you might have just tried to make: You really think that if Apple made their iPad a bit smaller and not spoiled consumers or messed with their heads by oversizing what the ideal tablet should be the Playbook would be doing "great" (and conversely that if the Playbook were the size of the iPad it would be doing great) or are you saying if the releases of the two coincided the Playbook would be doing great?

And also did you say that absent those imaginary things but adding another, if the Playbook had more apps and whatever you mean by overall compatibility it would be doing great?

"At the end of the day…"

C’mon Mr. Bottom-Line Business-Talkin’ Tough Guy. At the end of the day Murani, you’re still a sausage ninja who thinks you’re supposed to put two spaces after every period no matter what I say. That’s what happens at the end of the day.

Sounds exciting though, your trip to OfficeMax, printing some shit and looking around. Take pics next time!

David K:

Damn Doug, who took a shit in your Cheerios this morning? ;) Just shooting venom at anything that moves…oh it’s raining so no time to peruse the streets…I get it ;)


LOL, i’m going back later and i’ll be armed with the camera to take pics.  I actually know the asst. manager of the store really well but he wasn’t in.  I’m waiting on him to come in so I can shoot it.

Everyone I know who has a Blackberry have it because they were cheap.  They dislike it and can’t wait to get rid of the darn things.  The playbook doesn’t even have a native email client.  They sold

500,000 but businesses aren’t typically quick turnaround buyers so how many more do they reasonably can expect to sell in the next year.  Windows 8 on a tablet is going to be the only contender to the iPad.

Doug Simmons:

Heh, Windows 8, Windows 8 tablets, web apps.. Don’t Apple and Google have an RSS feeds Microsoft could just subscribe to (using Google Reader, just like all our visitors from microsoft.com hosts do) in order to trim the delay of "their" new product lines by a few years?

RIM, the tech company traded 22% lower today, will not stop failing. Stick a fork in them.

Holy shit I’ve never seen a lower P/E. And the Wall Street types, they’re the ones who are more likely to own Blackberries. Well, glad they can still remain more objective than people spending too much time in OfficeMax.

David K:

Apparently BB has a greaat Bloombeg app that gets the Wall Street guys wet and that keeps those suits buying them.

Doug Simmons:

Maybe if they cooked up an OfficeMax app, in addition to the suits they could get the fruits.



  1. OfficeMax are my “printing people”, you know I roll totally digital and in the cloud so my printing is email.

    RIM is going up in flames!

  2. I don’t get the 2 spaces thing either. Old school puritans (in typing) always taught me to do so since I was kid and some do even now, though no one has ever given me a sound logic for that. Maybe it’s origin is buried somewhere in the Morse Code days…..

  3. @Hotmail Alias: LOL, had typing as a youngster before I ever started to use computers. Plus teachers used to always insist on the practice and i’d get marked down for not using 2 spaces in English.

    @Doug Simmons: I’ll take an OfficeMax app any day. It would allow me to be even more productive while on the move. Too many old types who want things mailed and faxed in for security reasons as if nobody could ever send in fraudulent materials that way.

  4. Two spaces is actually neater looking to me. Punctuation inside quotation marks is the absolute dumbest thing though. This is one area where the British have a standard that I agree with (please realise UK English is not a favourite of mine).

  5. the 2 spaces probably has something to do with a typewriter. the qwerty keyboard is still around from the typewriter days and no its not designed to be easy to use, it was designed to put commonly used letters further apart to prevent jamming the letters on the old school typewriters. so i would be suprised if the typewriter is still telling us what to do

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