posted on Mar, 15 2012 @ 12:01 AM
Okay folks... seriously, a couple of points.
If it were up to me, we'd have NO chat. There, I said it.
But since I caved to member (and some staff) pressure to accommodate chat, I spent time reviewing the best-possible chat systems from an overall
performance and security standpoint. In my opinion, we have the best overall solution currently available.
To me, attempting to participate in a real-time multi-user chat environment on a touch-screen mobile device is just plain silly, if not a recipe for
frenetic chaos. So I never gave much thought to mobile support -- and rarely saw any in the available systems (other than the Ajax solutions which
weren't really designed for mobile, and which all sucked).
On to the iPad... on Friday, I will have in my possession the newest version.
DISCLAIMER ---> I'm a Mac "fan boy." Not because I've bought into the cult of Mac/Apple/Jobs, but because with Macs, I get stuff done. I seriously do
not have any games installed on my Mac, and only a few on my iPad, and none on my iPhone. I work with my Apple stuff, and get stuff done. (Well, I
used to have X-Plane and Sim City)
Disclaimer out of the way, the iPad is the most transformative and disruptive technology since the personal computer. I'm absolutely serious about
Most of the people who dismiss the iPad misunderstand the intention of the device -- it's a platform/ecosystem that is a wireless window to view
content, access entertainment, and communicate. The closed app/content ecosystem is it's advantage (ask any Android app developer). The lack of
USB/ports is a nod to the future -- because everything should be wireless (Canon and Nikon will be releasing wifi cameras with syncing apps for
iOS devices this year).
Right now, I can take a photo with my iPhone, nearly immediately see it on my bigger screen iPad and even make edits, then push those edits to my
desktop Mac or wifi color printer. Everything will soon be wireless and effortlessly connected.
Reading books or watching videos on the iPad are also excellent experiences.
anyway... I like the iPad, and even more am excited about what it represents. But I can't imaging trying to use an environment like ATS's chat with it
We are beginning preliminary work on iPad/iPhone apps for ATS. I expect them to be stunning. I won't release them until they are. There will
likely be some level of real-time interaction amongst ATS members using the ATS App... but I wouldn't call it "chat."