Is the 4th generation iPad worth the upgrade?

Apple’s announcement of the 4th generation iPad (officially named “iPad with Retina Display”) on October 23 was a big surprise to consumers; just a mere 6 months ago the 3rd generation was introduced basically now making that obsolete. As expected this annoyed recent iPad buyers who thought they had time before a new introduction.

Many consumers are left wondering if it is worth buying the new device. I was in this same predicament until I made the decision to upgrade from an iPad 2. I can say it is totally worth the upgrade and it is everything the iPad 3 should have been.

Here is what makes it the best tablet yet:

Retina Display

Yes this was available in the third-generation, but if you are upgrading from a 1st or 2nd-generation this will be new for you. Retina Display packs a huge amount of pixels in their display 1536 x 2048 at 264 pixels per inch to be exact. Things like internet browsing, photo viewing, watching movies and reading are all much improved over the iPad 2 and is one of the main reasons to pick up the new iPad.  You will be very impressed with this display.

A6X processor

With the new A6X pole was able essentially add more GPU hardware and streamlined memory access design to achieve a 2X performance boost. Using Geekbench, you can see that the A6 core is well over Apple’s 2X promise. All these processor improvements don’t come at the cost of battery life either. The iPad 4 gets the same 10 hours of battery life from the same 42.5 watt-hours battery that the iPad 3 enjoyed. Using this device for less than a week I have noticed how much faster apps open and the speed improvement on the web.

Image Credit: Geekbench

Lighting Port

Apple is known for its proprietary components in its products, and that has not changed with the new generation iPad. Although Lightning has been criticized for not providing easy backward compatible with the previous 30-pin connector, it’s a good idea to get into the Lightning mix sooner rather than later. It looks like the lightning connector is the way of the future with Apple.

The new Lightning connector uses a slightly thinner cable and is about 2 inches longer than the old cable. One of the more tangible benefits is for sets to be able to plug the cable in either direction.

iOS 6

The fourth generation comes with iOS 6 out of the box. Not that it is not the big of deal to upgrade an older device; however this just means that more consumers will be using the latest version of software.

Front Camera

The front facing camera received an upgrade. The iPad 4 is 1.2 megapixels and uses 720p at 30 frames per second compared to the iPad 3 which is 640 X 480 and uses 480p at 30 frames per second.

The rear facing camera are the same at 5-megapixels with 2592 x 1944 pixel resolution.


For some, these features will not be enough for an upgrade. As for the 4th-gen iPad, I wholeheartedly recommend it over the iPad mini, as well as an upgrade from the iPad 1 or 2.

However, there’s just no reason at this point to upgrade from a 3rd-gen iPad. Yes, the latest iPad is the most powerful now, but unless you have unlimited amounts of money you will not see the cost benefit. Let us all cross our fingers that this will not be updated for at least a year.

Make Upgrading Your Fedora System Easier with PreUpgrade

Keeping with their six-month release cycle, Fedora 13 – codename Goddard – was released on Tuesday.

Upgrading your Fedora installs can be a time-consuming process if you’re using the downloaded DVD.  Reinstalling can also take time considering you will need to backup and restore your system.

PreUpgrade is a utility that simplifies the Fedora upgrade process by only downloading the upgrades that apply to your specific system.  PreUpgrade can be installed and used on any system running Fedora 8 and after.

Important Note: Using PreUpgrade to upgrade multi-boot systems can cause problems and prevent the update from initializing.  The Fedora Wiki provides some information for using PreUpgrade on multi-boot systems.

Upgrading Fedora with PreUpgrade is outlined below.  Make sure that your system is connected to a wired network connection for best results.

Step 1: Ensure all current updates are installed with the following terminal command

sudo yum update

Step 2: Install the PreUpgrade package.

sudo yum install preupgrade

Step 3: Run PreUpgrade to start the upgrade process

sudo preupgrade

If you’re upgrading remotely via Secure Shell, then you can start PreUpgrade with the following command.


Step 4: Follow the on-screen instructions to begin the upgrade.

If you are presented with an error message saying that “the installer image could not be downloaded due to lack of space on /boot”, click continue if you’re connected to a wired connection and the installer image will be downloaded upon restart.  You may need to consult the Fedora Wiki for more information on clearing space in your /boot partition.

That’s it!  The necessary upgrades will be downloaded and installed.  The amount of time this takes will vary depending on your internet connection speed.

Great Deal: Buy Office 2007 Now, Get Free Upgrade to Office 2010 in June

Microsoft Office 2010 is scheduled to release in June, but there’s no need to hold off from purchasing Office 2007 in the meantime.

Microsoft recently announced free upgrades to Office 2010 if you purchase and activate an Office 2007 product between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010.

Several qualifying Office 2007 products are listed below, and you can check out the complete list at the end of this post.

  • Office Home and Student 2007
  • Office Small Business 2007
  • Office Professional 2007
  • Office Publisher 2007

Microsoft Office 2010 is looking very good so far, and if you want to try it out before it officially releases you can download and install the free Office 2010 beta.

For more information check out the official Office 2010 upgrade page and FAQ.

Eligible Upgrades to Office 2010

How to Install Flash Player Updates on Citrix/XP/Terminal Servers

Anybody who has had to deal with Citrix servers knows that it’s a pain getting anything installed without affecting end-users.  Adobe Flash Player is no different – it must be installed a specific way to make it work properly without getting the dreaded “Application was installed previously with administrative permissions, please install again” error.


Step 1: Download the latest .msi version of Flash Player from Adobe’s download location.

Step 2: Open your Start Menu, click Control Panel –> Add or Remove Programs.

Step 3: Click ‘Add New Programs‘ on the left side of the window.

Step 4: Click the ‘CD or Floppy‘ button, which will open a prompt to select your installer.  Locate and select the .msi file you downloaded in Step 1 and click ‘Next’.

flash-citrix-dialogStep 5: You will now see the standard Adobe Flash Player installer, which can be installed just like a normal program.  And you’re done!

Author’s note: This guide also works with Windows XP for administrators looking to push patches to client workstations.