steve harley pdml at paper-ape.com
Sat Jul 17 23:05:43 EDT 2010

On 2010-07-17 12:30 , Igor Roshchin wrote:
> (I don't use web-interface for reading e-mail, rather it is
> either shell-based, such as alpine, or Thunderbird)

the email application on iPad is not webmail; it is not nearly as slick 
as Thunderbird but it's got some things in common; people who use 
shell-based email tools are a tiny minority (i was one in the late 70s), 
but the solution i'd propose is something like using the iSSH app to ssh 
into another machine where you could run alpine (if you jailbreak your 
iPad, you could ssh into the iPad's shell, but you'd have to compile 
your own version of alpine)

> For the 1) above, - the lack of keyboard was definitely a hindering
> factor.

any bluetooth keyboard will work, or a USB one if you buy the dock; it's 
an extra item but easy to keep one where you do "real work" and leave it 
behind for portable use

>and lack
> of multitasking (I know, there is a hack that allows to enable that -
> so that you can listen to built-in iPod while doing something else, but
> I was not going to bother.)

the specific capability you note is not a hack it's a default capability 
of the iPad (and iPhone and iPod Touch) to play music while running 
other apps; general multitasking is not there -- that's part of why the 
battery lasts so long

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