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Apple StoreThis past Friday, I bought one of the new iPad tablets from Apple.

I didn’t camp out in front of the local Apple store at stupid o’clock in the morning of March the 16th just to buy the first one like so many did last year when the iPad 2 was released. I waited until that afternoon.

Actually, I originally thought it was the previous Friday when the New iPad was being released, and so I dropped by a store last week to see one, only to get a description of the new model from an enthusiastic sales person.  This gave me time to think if I really needed one or if I was getting caught up in the hype.  I decided I was caught up in the hype, but then thought how cool it would be, for the first time in my life, to buy something on the day it was released, and so I stopped by the local Apple store on D-Day – March 16th 2012.

This time, I got another rundown on the new iPad – which incidentally is NOT called the iPad 3 – but this time, getting a demonstration on the real thing.  I was impressed – the sales person, instead of re-iterating the virtues of the New iPad, began by asking what I was going to use it for.  Thankfully, I was able to offer some valid reasons in this direction, and so I didn’t come off looking like a total idiot, one that had too much money in the bank and was looking a reason to lighten the load.  Anyway, the sales person did suggest the 32gig instead of the 16gig given the type of work I do.  There was wisdom and merit in this suggestion.  It wouldn’t have been the first time I had mis-underestimated the future demands of some computer or another.

The_New_iPad-1However, I was still having reservations. I went away and then decided  to go back and get one.  Luckily, there was one left – that is, a black one with 32gig in its pocket.  There was no way I was buying a white one.

And so I’m now learning, with some frustration, a world without windows and mice, and I have been assured – a world without computer viruses, worms, trojans and other spoilers.