About that battery . . .

Just for the heck of it, and because I was curious, I wanted to see how long my iPad’s battery would last if I were using it just to read some locally stored Web pages and ebooks in iBooks, Stanza, and eReader.

So I turned off the Wi-Fi and set the brightness just to the left of the middle and started reading.

My fully-charged iPad managed just a shade over 22 hours before it shut itself off. I was astonished.

Apple’s technical specs say that the iPad battery should last “Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.” I note that this ZD net article on iPad battery life cites pleased comments from Pogue and Mossberg and others about the iPad exceeding battery expectations.

I should mention that this is only the second time I’ve ever run my iPad’s battery down all the way, which, by the way, is not what Apple recommends in this iPad battery tech note:

For proper reporting of the battery’s state of charge, be sure to go through at least one charge cycle per month (charging the battery to 100% and then completely running it down).

Screenshots on the iPad

I had assumed, however foolishly, that taking screenshots on the iPad was pretty much the same as taking them on the iPhone.

It is, and it isn’t. You still use the Home and Sleep buttons. The sequence in which you press the buttons doesn’t matter, but the rhythm, so to speak, does.

1. Hold down either the Home or the Sleep button.

2. Press the other button—Home or Sleep, the one you’re not holding down, and release it quickly.

If you are successful, you’ll see a brief screen flash of white to alert you that you’ve been successful. If not, you’ve succeeded in putting your iPad to sleep, and haven’t managed a screen shot.

The screen shots will appear in the special “Saved Photos” album accessed via the iPad Photos application.

Saved Photos

I need to create an avatar, based on a photo of me, to use in Facebook. I don’t want to use a normal image; I want to digitally manipulate it slightly. I can do the manipulation in the free iApp PhotoPad, but I needed to get the image to PhotoPad, which means getting it in the Photos app on my iPad.

Since I’m too lazy to connect my iPad to my Mac, I uploaded the image to my Photobucket account, and using the free Photobucket app, moved it to Saved Photos, which appeared, magically as an Album in my iPad’s Photos app.

Using .RSS in Blogger Pro

I’ve performed the requisite alchemical incantations in my Blogger Pro blog to create an.rss feed. If you want to do this yourself in Blogger Pro:

  1. Create the rss subdirectory in your blog directory using an FTP client.
  2. Log on to your Blogger Pro blog, and go to Settings, then click the Formatting tab.
  3. Set the Show Title Field to Yes. The URL field is optional. Click Save to save the Settings.
  4. You will need to modify your Blogger Template to use the Title tags, since the post “Title” data is required by .rss. Click Template.
  5. Copy your current Template code to an empty text file, just in case.
  6. Look for the <Blogger> tag that marks the start of the formatting for individual blog posts. Add
    <BlogItemTitle>
    <$BlogItemTitle$></BlogItemTitle>
    somewhere in that section, before the <Blogger/> tag that marks the end of the post formatting tags. Click Save. Be prepared to experiment a bit with placement.

The next time you post you’ll notice the Post form has a new Title field. Be sure to put something in the Title field if you want a post to show in your .rss feed; without a title, the post will be left blank in the feed.