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In addition to all Apple retail stores and most Best Buy locations, the iPad will also be available for purchase at select U.S. Apple Specalists, people familiar with the matter have told AppleInsider.

The information that select Apple Specialists locations will offer the iPad on its April 3 release date has remained quiet until now because Apple has allegedly placed resellers under a nondisclosure agreement, preventing them from pre-advertising the availability of the iPad or accessories.

Specific locations where the iPad will be available are unknown, but with Apple sold out of its initial run of preorders and Best Buy rumored to receive just 15 per store, those locations will be another option for those who want to pick up an iPad on Saturday.

The news also contradicts an e-mail sent from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who responded to an inquiring consumer who asked if the iPad will be sold by the company's authorized resellers. "Initially at Apple Retail and online stores and Best Buy," Jobs replied.

On Monday, Apple announced that the iPad will be sold at all 221 of its U.S. Apple retail locations, as well as "most" Best Buy stores, both starting at 9 a.m. on April 3. About 675 Best Buy locations with designated departments will offer the device on launch day.

The April 3 launch will be for the Wi-Fi-only version of the iPad, which costs $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The 3G-capable versions will be available in late April and carry a $130 premium.
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Throw the resellers a bone will you Apple?

I don't want to have to travel 350 miles, deal with traffic, parking and morons just to play with something I'm not likely going to buy for myself, but need to review because I got customers that are so totally incompetent that it would be right up their alley.

Of course my first interest would be how to install a white/black list hosts file addition on the iPad.

Then it would really be child friendly.
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All 221 US stores? Will the Providence store be open to boat traffic?
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Throw the resellers a bone will you Apple?

I don't want to have to travel 350 miles, deal with traffic, parking and morons just to play with something I'm not likely going to buy for myself, but need to review because I got customers that are so totally incompetent that it would be right up their alley.

Of course my first interest would be how to install a white/black list hosts file addition on the iPad.

Then it would really be child friendly.

I guess that you didn't pre-order then?

If you have customers that might benefit from the iPad, and its your business, then who is incompetent--you should have pre-ordered and if the iPad is used in your work--tax write off.
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All 221 US stores? Will the Providence store be open to boat traffic?

I know it was a joke, but the Providence Place Mall, where the Apple Store is located, doesn't have any flooding and is open as we speak. Most of the severe flooding was south and west of Providence in the Cranston/Warwick area.
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April 1. I believe nothing today. Including this story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egwB7hVIIEc
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Throw the resellers a bone will you Apple?

I don't want to have to travel 350 miles, deal with traffic, parking and morons just to play with something I'm not likely going to buy for myself, but need to review because I got customers that are so totally incompetent that it would be right up their alley.

Of course my first interest would be how to install a white/black list hosts file addition on the iPad.

Then it would really be child friendly.

As long as it has an Apple logo on it, the sheep will shuffle off to the slaughter, long-distance or no.

There is an ocean of netbooks available, but Apple wanted to be different for difference's sake and bilk customers for a big iPod Touch.
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I guess that you didn't pre-order then?

If you have customers that might benefit from the iPad, and its your business, then who is incompetent--you should have pre-ordered and if the iPad is used in your work--tax write off.


I'm a consultant, not a reseller.
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I know it was a joke, but the Providence Place Mall, where the Apple Store is located, doesn't have any flooding and is open as we speak. Most of the severe flooding was south and west of Providence in the Cranston/Warwick area.

Hope all is well, NE needs a dry spell.
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I know it was a joke, but the Providence Place Mall, where the Apple Store is located, doesn't have any flooding and is open as we speak. Most of the severe flooding was south and west of Providence in the Cranston/Warwick area.


Just got to watch out that your not robbed at the PPM on the way out, so hide those Apple bags.

The iPad would fetch huge amounts on eBay, unemployment level is very high in RI, especially Providence, ever since a particular political party padded the welfare rolls with immigrants many years back.

Whatever happened to those students living behind the false wall at the PPM?
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As long as it has an Apple logo on it, the sheep will shuffle off to the slaughter, long-distance or no.

There is an ocean of netbooks available, but Apple wanted to be different for difference's sake and bilk customers for a big iPod Touch.

Until this post I thought your signature was a joke. Troll filter must be broken.
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Throw the resellers a bone will you Apple?

I don't want to have to travel 350 miles, deal with traffic, parking and morons just to play with something I'm not likely going to buy for myself, but need to review because I got customers that are so totally incompetent that it would be right up their alley.

Of course my first interest would be how to install a white/black list hosts file addition on the iPad.

Then it would really be child friendly.

You don't need to travel 350 miles to go to an Apple Store. They will ship Saturday delivery to you for free. If you need to review one, I'm sure most resellers are buying them for themselves and will have them for demonstration anyway. By the way, the iPad wasn't designed for incompetent users. It is designed for apps that work better on a touch screen. The API is innovative and will eventually replace Cocoa. If your job revolves around the Mac platform this will be the future.

I'm pretty sure there is no blacklist. You could use a proxy server (you could use a VPN to force its use everywhere) or you can disable Safari.
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Until this post I thought your signature was a joke. Troll filter must be broken.

Same here. I think Apple should put that quote on their Apple Store Employee shirts!

"Great companies in the way they work, start with great leaders." - Steve Ballmer

Maybe an assortment of quotes:

I have never, honestly, thrown a chair in my life. - Steve Ballmer

My children - in many dimensions they're as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I've got my kids brainwashed: You don't use Google, and you don't use an iPod. - Steve Ballmer

Our company has to be a company that enables its people. - Steve Ballmer

Google's not a real company. It's a house of cards. - Steve Ballmer

We will make our products work out of the box. - Steve Ballmer

We can believe that we know where the world should go. But unless we're in touch with our customers, our model of the world can diverge from reality. There's no substitute for innovation, of course, but innovation is no substitute for being in touch, either. - Steve Ballmer

What we've gone through in the last several years has caused some people to question 'Can we trust Microsoft?' - Steve Ballmer
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Until this post I thought your signature was a joke. Troll filter must be broken.

Um . . . under Steve Ballmer's leadership (and Sinofsky's vision), Windows 7 was released and has proven to be MS' most successful Windows ever. It combines all the usability of OS X with actual CHOICE for the consumer. Far better than Apple's Big Brother lock-in.
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I intend to buy mine at Tekserve from Tekstud.




April fools!
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Um . . . under Steve Ballmer's leadership (and Sinofsky's vision), Windows 7 was released and has proven to be MS' most successful Windows ever. It combines all the usability of OS X with actual CHOICE for the consumer. Far better than Apple's Big Brother lock-in.

I don't know why I'm replying to a troll, but seriously take your M$ opinions to an M$ forum.

You do know what the term "Big Brother" means right? I think most of us on this forum would disagree with your assessment of OS X. It may be the best Windows release ever, but certainly doesn't rival OS X in terms of usability, performance, polish, or power efficiency. As to hardware lock-in, your point would be better if you could actually get superior hardware somewhere else. As long as Apple continues their world-class design, I'm sure there will be no complaints here.
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You do know what the term "Big Brother" means right? I think most of us on this forum would disagree with your assessment of OS X. It may be the best Windows release ever, but certainly doesn't rival OS X in terms of usability, performance, polish, or power efficiency.

I think Windows 7 is the best version ever, but I sure won't promote it especially in an Apple forum like some fanboys here.
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As long as it has an Apple logo on it, the sheep will shuffle off to the slaughter, long-distance or no.

There is an ocean of netbooks available, but Apple wanted to be different for difference's sake and bilk customers for a big iPod Touch.

Do you really need to troll every post with the big iPod line? I think it makes a ton of sense to have it in the iPod/iPhone space.
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Hello all. Just a couple of points. #1: why are there so many people on these forums that dislike Apple. If you are happy with your PCs...leave us alone and quit posting here. I imagine that the majority of the people who come to this forum do so because they enjoy apple products, have found them extremely innovative and reliable, and a curious about what else is coming up. I am sure that, like me, they have no desire to read your posts about how you dislike Apple...you should probably find a different forum.
#2: Has anyone heard of any delays in the delivery dates of the preorded iPads? Website still says 4/3 for deliver, but UPS site still has product in China. Getting late in the game for the iPad to not have arrived in the continental US yet. Let me know if you have heard anything.
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As long as it has an Apple logo on it, the sheep will shuffle off to the slaughter, long-distance or no.

There is an ocean of netbooks available, but Apple wanted to be different for difference's sake and bilk customers for a big iPod Touch.

You know I can go to Microsoft' Fan page too and bash everything they do too. Stop being childish! Get a life.
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Um . . . under Steve Ballmer's leadership (and Sinofsky's vision), Windows 7 was released and has proven to be MS' most successful Windows ever. It combines all the usability of OS X with actual CHOICE for the consumer. Far better than Apple's Big Brother lock-in.

So did Zune---shmune... LOL
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Hello all. Just a couple of points. #1: why are there so many people on these forums that dislike Apple. If you are happy with your PCs...leave us alone and quit posting here. I imagine that the majority of the people who come to this forum do so because they enjoy apple products, have found them extremely innovative and reliable, and a curious about what else is coming up. I am sure that, like me, they have no desire to read your posts about how you dislike Apple...you should probably find a different forum.
#2: Has anyone heard of any delays in the delivery dates of the preorded iPads? Website still says 4/3 for deliver, but UPS site still has product in China. Getting late in the game for the iPad to not have arrived in the continental US yet. Let me know if you have heard anything.

Shipping from China is incredibly fast. If you have ever tracked an Apple shipment from China, they normally make it to their destination 24 hours after they leave. For the midwest, UPS always ships through Anchorage then to your regional distribution center. It is normally quicker to get something from China then California for me with shipping not taking longer then two days. It is possible that they are shipping the iPads over here a jet full at a time, so we may not actually see something until the last second. You also need to be in an area that has Saturday delivery to get it on 4/3.
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Shipping from China is incredibly fast. If you have ever tracked an Apple shipment from China, they normally make it to their destination 24 hours after they leave. For the midwest, UPS always ships through Anchorage then to your regional distribution center. It is normally quicker to get something from China then California for me with shipping not taking longer then two days. It is possible that they are shipping the iPads over here a jet full at a time, so we may not actually see something until the last second. You also need to be in an area that has Saturday delivery to get it on 4/3.

Thanks so much. Never had anything coming directly from China to my house before. I appriciate the inside information.
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I really want to run out and try to get one of these tomorrow, but I am going to get one with 3g.

I just know that down the road I am going to be stuck somewhere without wifi for a few days and would be kicking myself for not getting the 3g version.

Did anyone watch Modern Family last night? This episode basically revolved around the launch of the iPad and someone trying to get one for a birthday present on launch day.
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Hello all. Just a couple of points. #1: why are there so many people on these forums that dislike Apple. If you are happy with your PCs...leave us alone and quit posting here. I imagine that the majority of the people who come to this forum do so because they enjoy apple products, have found them extremely innovative and reliable, and a curious about what else is coming up. I am sure that, like me, they have no desire to read your posts about how you dislike Apple...you should probably find a different forum.
#2: Has anyone heard of any delays in the delivery dates of the preorded iPads? Website still says 4/3 for deliver, but UPS site still has product in China. Getting late in the game for the iPad to not have arrived in the continental US yet. Let me know if you have heard anything.

It's good to have a diversity of opinions. After you've been awhile, you will discover who the trolls are. You can add the trolls to your ignore list or you can just ignore them altogether when they post.

When I received my MBP last year it didn't take that long when when I received shipping confirmation to its arrival. Check your email and track in on the UPS tracking site @ http://www.ups.com/tracking/tracking.html.

As I recall, when I received shipping confirmation to receiving at the front door it took about 48 hours or less. Good luck--hope that you are in an area that has Saturday delivery

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Do you really need to troll every post with the big iPod line? I think it makes a ton of sense to have it in the iPod/iPhone space.

Please dont feed the troll's.
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Until this post I thought your signature was a joke. Troll filter must be broken.

Please dont feed the troll's.
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I am sure that, like me, they have no desire to read your posts about how you dislike Apple...you should probably find a different forum.

I have no desire to read your posts about how you dislike people who dislike Apple.

Start your own thread if you don't want to discuss the topic at hand!
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Until this post I thought your signature was a joke. Troll filter must be broken.

OK, this gets complicated, but:

We have a couple of Apple bashing trolls that have taken on new personas as particularly grating fan boys, for reasons best know to themselves and their psychiatrists.

Quadra, on the other hand, is a long time Apple cheerleader who has elected to do the double reverse and come on like the former trolls.

MIght check the date.
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Please dont feed the troll's.

Saying it twice makes you 2 times bigger? Guess not.
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Thanks for the reply. At risk of sounding like an old man...I don't quite understand what a troll is. Is it a real person, or a computer program? If it is a real person, why would someone waste time doing something like that? Seems to me like there are a billion other, more useful, more productive things to do.

I also agree with you that a miriad of opinions is always a good thing. Just think that if a poster thinks Apple products are just all around bad, offering no real constructive critisim, they should just keep that to themselves. That said, I can't wait to get the iPad in my hands Saturday. I am sure that it will not let me down, but if there are things that I think could be improved/changed, I would be sure to mention these specifics for the benefit of other that might be considering picking one up.

Thanks again,
Matt
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Thanks for the reply. At risk of sounding like an old man...I don't quite understand what a troll is. Is it a real person, or a computer program? If it is a real person, why would someone waste time doing something like that?

the urbandictionary.com defines "troll" as:

Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it's the internet and, hey, you can.

Example:
Guy: "I just found the coolest ninja pencil in existence."
Other Guy: "I just found the most retarded thread in existence."


http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=trolling

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Thanks for the reply. At risk of sounding like an old man...I don't quite understand what a troll is. Is it a real person, or a computer program? If it is a real person, why would someone waste time doing something like that? Seems to me like there are a billion other, more useful, more productive things to do.


A internet troll is someone who posts content in a way that causes adverse reaction in others.

Say for instance if I said: "Doctors are all scam artists and working for the drug companies to keep people sick longer so they make more money."

This might piss you off, or get you defensive etc. The troll delights in the response you give.

Thus you might hear the term "don't feed the trolls" basically don't respond if baited. The troll doesn't get his/her reward and the behavior isn't reinforced.


Trolls on Mac sites are common, they feel it's their civil duty to bring the Apple cult product users out of the "Reality Distortion Field" caused by Apple's rather effective marketing campaign, careful design of stores, icons and user interface generation that inflict a particular paralysis on logical thinking and cost considerations and gets users to impulse buy Apple's higher priced products.


Of course there are those who drink so much of the Apple "kool-aid" (Reverend Jim Jones reference here) that anyone who speaks objectively of Apple or their products in any way is labeled a troll.



There is a ignore feature in your User CP if there are those who you rather not pay any attention too.
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Thanks for the reply. At risk of sounding like an old man...I don't quite understand what a troll is. Is it a real person, or a computer program? If it is a real person, why would someone waste time doing something like that? Seems to me like there are a billion other, more useful, more productive things to do.

I also agree with you that a miriad of opinions is always a good thing. Just think that if a poster thinks Apple products are just all around bad, offering no real constructive critisim, they should just keep that to themselves. That said, I can't wait to get the iPad in my hands Saturday. I am sure that it will not let me down, but if there are things that I think could be improved/changed, I would be sure to mention these specifics for the benefit of other that might be considering picking one up.

Thanks again,
Matt

It evolved from a fishing term: "trolling for suckers". You either are a troll or you're trolling. It can be a noun or a verb.

People who are trying to provoke a reaction from board members are trolling. Off topic comments and spam are sometimes considered trolling depending on if they were deliberately off topic. Rational debate on the current topic is generally not considered trolling. Irrational debate on the current topic would be trolling for the first reason.

People who reply to trolls are sometimes called feeding the trolls. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is giving them what they want. I'll usually only reply to a few if there is a significant amount of trolling going on. Mostly to complain about the trolling. As some others said, some forums like this one let you block the trolls. Other forums have ranking systems that automatically remove posts that are trolling.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)
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I intend to buy mine at Tekserve from Tekstud.
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A internet troll is someone who posts content in a way that causes adverse reaction in others.

Say for instance if I said: "Doctors are all scam artists and working for the drug companies to keep people sick longer so they make more money."

This might piss you off, or get you defensive etc. The troll delights in the response you give.

Thus you might hear the term "don't feed the trolls" basically don't respond if baited. The troll doesn't get his/her reward and the behavior isn't reinforced.


Trolls on Mac sites are common, they feel it's their civil duty to bring the Apple cult product users out of the "Reality Distortion Field" caused by Apple's rather effective marketing campaign, careful design of stores, icons and user interface generation that inflict a particular paralysis on logical thinking and cost considerations and gets users to impulse buy Apple's higher priced products.


Of course there are those who drink so much of the Apple "kool-aid" (Reverend Jim Jones reference here) that anyone who speaks objectively of Apple or their products in any way is labeled a troll.



There is a ignore feature in your User CP if there are those who you rather not pay any attention too.

Correct. For instance:

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Holy Cow!

The iPad is for children and it's good enough to finger paint.

It's received a lot of flack for it's shortcomings, but for the intended market it's just wonderful.

When the kids get into teenage age, they can move up to a MacBook and learn how a the rest of the world uses computers in order to get a job.

Of course, the clever troll will muddy the waters by pretending to be a solicitous observer of the passing scene, in between running his bullshit.
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Wow. Thanks everybody, quite the education today. I feel like I owe you guys $$
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You don't need to travel 350 miles to go to an Apple Store. They will ship Saturday delivery to you for free.

Saturday for free is only this weekend and those orders are over. After this if you want Saturday you will have to pay.

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Um . . . under Steve Ballmer's leadership (and Sinofsky's vision), Windows 7 was released and has proven to be MS' most successful Windows ever.

more successful crap is still crap. Just ask all the folks on the board who have evaluated the ipad without even having to use one

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It combines all the usability of OS X with actual CHOICE for the consumer.

yep nothing like having to decide which of 9 different versions to buy. how dare Apple to give us only one.
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Wow. Thanks everybody, quite the education today. I feel like I owe you guys $$

Well we don't accept $$ on AI, however I have this rash and was wondering, since you're an MD whether you can-----------just kidding

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