Pepper Computer has officially released version 3.1 of its Pepper Pad software. The 100MB update is available for a one-click direct download on the original Pepper Pad and Pepper Pad 3, and my god, it’s fantastic!
I read some of the pre-release notes so I knew what was in store for me when I updated, but nothing beats actually taking advantage of all the improvements. My favorite enhancement is the bevy of new keyboard shortcuts, which include the ability to get to the home screen, switch between tabs and applications, and correctly use the “Ctrl+L” function in Firefox. Some of my mild gripes about the device have been completely eliminated because of this update, and I can’t commend Pepper enough for not only listening to their customers but also giving them what they want.
Looks like the final part of my Pepper Pad 3 review, which will cover the disappointing aspects of the handheld, will be very short.
In addition, I linked to the above site three times:
So, you’d think that after all that, this Pepper Pad 3 owner would just love it, right?
Well, fucking no!
Yesterday — even though it was published earlier, I missed it — I came across this:
Shortly after the Pepper Pad 3 (PP3) got its last software update in December, the Linux-based Web tablet I once made a fuss about began to fall out of my favor. The occasional crashes and intermittent touchscreen responsiveness always grated on my nerves, but it was when the PP3 required a complete reboot every time I wanted to go online that I began to use it less often. A device I once picked up several times daily turned into something I looked at two or three times a week.
That’s why I didn’t find out until just now that Pepper Computer released Pepper 3.2 a few days ago. Included in the software update are several new features and other enhancements (read the manifest here), but what rekindles my interest in the neglected PP3 are the wi-fi improvements: reduced disconnects, more reliable access-point connection, and automatic connection to networks with the strongest signal.
It’s too soon to tell for sure, of course, but so far it looks like things between me and the PP3 can only get better from here. I think we’re gonna be okay.
Well, fucking good for you and the Pad. But your credibility is shot with me!
Why weren’t these problems mentioned during the time they were happening? Why were readers misled into thinking everything was just peachy-fucking-keen with the Pepper Pad 3 when in reality it was so goddammed bad that you stopped using it?
This is the last straw for me. The tech world sucks. It’s filled with ass-kissers who won’t tell the truth because they want to stay on the good side of vendors. That’s bullshit. That’s cowardice. That’s selling your readers down the river. It makes your readers suckers.
It made me feel like a sucker for linking to those other posts. And I won’t stand for that shit!
From now on, I will no longer link to any fucking reviews on any tech site, period.
I’m no longer convinced any of you can be trusted, period.
If you disagree with this policy, tough shit. Let me see some truth being told, then we’ll discuss it. When I see you making a vendor need a fucking blood transfusion after the way you’ve shredded their shit, then we’ll talk. Until then, I trust none of you.