iPad Strangeness... Solved!

I tried to wake up my iPad on a couple of occasions and found that it had been completely discharged. I couldn’t put my finger down on what the cause was - shrugged it off to just plain old self-discharge. Until yesterday... I was getting my work bag out of the vehicle when all of a sudden Green Day’s “Good Riddance” began playing. Hmm... this is strange. I took the iPad out and turned it off, paused the music, and put it back into the bag. And it started playing again. Mystified I dug into the bag and realised that I had the Bluetooth keyboard stuck in the bag next to the iPad and that the keys were being pressed.

This BT keyboard, an old Motion Computing job, had paired nicely up with the iPad before. Little did I know that jostling the bag woke up the keyboard which then woke up the iPad and kept it awake, draining the battery. I would not have discovered this had the music not been playing - the keyboard’s media keys must have been pressed to activate the iPod functionality. I now recall the several cautionary articles I had read or heard about MacBooks being drained and becoming hot when the BT keyboard with which they were paired kept the laptops awake.

Learnt a new thing! I now keep the iPad’s BT turned off until I need it and have removed a battery from the keyboard.

PromptPuppy: A cute little teleprompter

Just purchased PromptPuppy - it’s the little brother to PromptDog. It might be a “puppy” in name but PromptPuppy is no lightweight application though - it has one thing which I haven’t seen in a low cost teleprompter application - the cue arrow. This helps you focus on where you are reading from in the narration text. I’ve read from a text file when doing reviews and sometimes have found myself hopelessly lost in the mass of onscreen text characters, leading to multiple takes for a review. I’ve used PromptPuppy (10 day free trial) and did the review in one take.

Another neat thing is using the scrollwheel to control the speed at which the text scrolls - neat. The spacebar is used to toggle prompt mode on and off. Send a suggestion to allow you to save the window size, line spacing and font settings - this would make it so much easier to set up.

The folks at DVCreators.net, who make PromptPuppy and PromptDog, really take care of their users’ questions - got a couple of very quick responses. Got pointed to PromptDog / PromptPuppy by Cali Lewis (GeekBeat TV) in her “Behind the Scenes” episode in which she mentions PromptDog.

Best of all, you can install PromptPuppy on two computers - how neat is that! It runs under Mac OS X and Windows as well, and the two computer license covers either (or both) operating systems.

PS Do remember to note down the special referral code shown on the PromptPuppy site so that you get a discount when you decide to purchase it - every little bit helps!