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Can I Afford an iPad?

Can I Afford an iPad?

The iPad will hit stores in spring 2010. While Johnny McLameperson whines about what features it’s lacking, make no mistake: he’s hawking your spot in line at the Mac store for the launch day. That being said, you’re gonna need to come up with $729 for the midrange 3G iPad. Here’s a look at what you’ll have to do to earn the scratch to get one.


A coffee barista has to make 8,526 drinks to earn enough tips

Tip your barista for your MochaChocaLatteFrappe. They’re counting on it. On average, baristas make $1.71 per hour in tips. If they made about 20 drinks an hour, they’d have to make 8,526 drinks to earn enough tips to pay for the iPad.

The world’s fastest pizza maker, making minimum wage, has to make 15,000 pizzas

Here’s something to aim for: the world record for pizza making stands at 15 pizzas in 6 minutes (pepperoni, if you were wondering). At this pizza-making rate, a student making the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour would have to make 15,083 pizzas to earn enough money to pay for an iPad.

A waitress at a casual dining restaurant has to serve 211 two-tops to earn enough tips

The average check at a casual dining restaurant is around $23 for a party of 2. With 15 percent gratuity, a waiter or waitress would have to serve 211 tables of two to make enough money in tips to pay for an iPad.

A mason has to lay 4,950 bricks.

A mason can lay, on average, 1,200 bricks per day. With an average hourly wage of $21.74, he’d have to lay 4,950 bricks to earn enough money to pay for an iPad. That’s just four days’ work.

Steve Jobs has to move iPhones for 52 minutes.

You know what there isn’t an app for? Being a mega-bazillionare. In 2009 Apple moved 4,363,000 iPhones. In that same year Steve Jobs made $7.3 million. That’s about $1.65 for every iPhone sold. So to buy himself an iPad (though he doesn’t have to, you know, because he made it) Steve Jobs would have to move 484 phones, which he’d do in about 52 minutes.

Peyton Manning has to pass a football 8.4 inches.

Peyton Manning makes $14 million per year. Super Bowl notwithstanding, in the 2009 regular season he completed 4,500 passing yards (totaling 162,000 inches). If you divide his salary by the number of passing inches, he would need to pass the ball a little more than 8.4 inches to make $729. And just in case you’re wondering, a football is 11” long.

Bill Gates’ heart has to beat 10.5 times.

Bill Gates might be a PC, but he’s laughing about the commercials… all the way to the bank. Last year he made an estimated $2.64 billion (or $83.65/second). What else happens in a second? Well for starters, the average human heart beats 1.2 times. Bill Gates’ heart only has to beat 10.5 times to make enough money to buy an iPad.

Will Smith needs to make .2 seconds of a movie

Will Smith made $45 million off the movies “Hancock” and “7 Pounds.” These movies had a combined run time of 190 minutes (3 hours, 10 minutes). That means he made $3.95/millisecond. He’d make enough money for an iPad .2 seconds into either movie. Is that even possible? Maybe he’ll buy us one too.

Created by Chip Trout

Doctor’s Tech Toolbox Infographic

Doctor’s Tech Toolbox Infographic


This infographic talks about modernization of health IT systems, and how $19 billion was allocated to expedite the health IT systems under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  It goes on to talk about spending technology-wise, and how technology is being used in the healthcare system.  It is not only an interesting bit of information about the healthcare system, but an interesting look at what types of gadgets doctors prefer to do their jobs.  The infographic informs us that US hospital spending on IT systems will be $4.7 billion by the end of this year, and will grow to $6.8 billion by the end of 2014.

The Gadgets

The majority of doctors prefer an iPad.  It doesn’t really say what the doctors use the iPads for, and I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s for work.  79% prefer the iPad.  75% of US physicians have purchased an Apple-based product, and that 38% of doctors plan to buy an iPad within a year.  Some of this must be for personal use, considering the next bit of information.

At the Point of Care

This tells us that 40% of physicians use a digital device at the point of care.  So of those 75% of physicians who have bought an iPad… Oh well.  2 in 5 doctors go online during a consultation, often on a handheld device.  The information accessed is usually drug reference, online journals, disease associations, or support groups for patients.

The Convenience of Mobile

This tells you something.  63% of the physicians are using a mobile device that is not supported by their practice in order to find mobile health solutions.  94% of physicians use consulting apps.  I suppose some practices provide mobile devices for their doctors.  The top three things physicians are interested in using mobile technology for are:  electronic medical records, prescriptions, and hospital monitoring of patients.  Mobile monitoring devices are expected to rise in demand – from a $7.7 billion dollar spend to $43 billion in 2011.  43% of the medical apps created are specifically made for health professionals.

Apps for Doctors and Nurses

This gives a brief description of 4 different apps that are used by medical professionals.  They include something that lets you look at the heart from any angle, and something that lets doctors take up-close photos of a patient’s skin.

Social Media

2/3 of physicians are using social media in their profession.  In the social media word, there are 1,188 hospitals, 548 YouTube Channels, 1018 Facebook pages, 788 Twitter accounts, 458 LinkedIn accounts, 913 FourSquare accounts, and 137 blogs.  50% of all doctors say they are influenced by user-generated content.

Design:  B+

The colors are a bit dull, but the graphics are good and the type is easy to read.

Information:  A

All very useful information about how social media and technology are changing healthcare.

Source:  Spina bifida at spinabifidainfo.com


Apple Pollination Chart Infographic

Apple Pollination Chart Infographic



If you ever wanted to know about apple tree pollination, then, whoo, is this the infographic for you.  First of all, I had no idea there were so many different types of apples.  My grocery store is really slacking.  But I digress…

Apple Pollination Chart

This section, in grid form, lets you know which apples are able to pollinate which apples.  You start by selecting a variety of apple from the left side, and you check to the right to see which other types of apples it can pollinate.  If there is nothing in the box, it can pollinate.  If there is a square in the box, it cannot.  Some apples are not able to pollinate.  See, apple trees can serve as pollinators, so that if you want to plant a sterile (non-pollinating) tree, you have to plant a pollinating tree along with it, so that it will bear fruit.  Didn’t know that, did you?

Compatible Apple Varieties

This section tells you about the compatible apple varieties.

Top Pollen Sources

This section tells you about the types of apples that produce the most amount of pollen.  The 4 in 1 apple is up there.  The Gala, Granny Smith, McIntosh, and Pink Lady are all next.  Apples like the Gravenstein (never heard of it) are at a 0 for pollen sources.

Fruit Producing Season

This pie chart tells us which seasons to plant each type of apple.  Early summer is for Gravensteins, while late summer is best for the 4 in 1 and McIntosh.

Notes and Information

This bulleted list gives some more information about apple pollination.  For instance, did you know that crab apple trees can be used as pollinators for certain types of apple trees?  And we thought those trees were useless.  It also explains that bit about using pollinator trees for those trees that don’t pollinate.  Apple-growing is, apparently, a lot more complicated than we realized.

Design:  A

Very straightforward and clean.  Informative.

Information:  A

No way did I know all that about apple trees.

Source:  Apple Trees and Trees from fast-growing-trees.com



Infographic History of the iPad

Infographic History of the iPad

iPad History infographic

No one loves the iPad more than me. I own two: the original version and the newer slightly different version also known as iPad 2. I enjoy using them both as does my family. It has almost completely replaced my Mac Book Pro as my Mac device of choice. Of course it could never replace my iPhone, but I digress…

Well, the title is accurate. The iPad has only been around since 2010 so its history is brief indeed. But what a spectacular and intense history, or so I thought. Other than the iPhone, has any other electronic device cause such an uproar in recent memory? The infographic begins with the auspicious date of March 12, 2010: Pre-orders for iPad begin. It then shows 13 additional dates the author rated as important enough to be in the iPad’s historic timeline such as, May 3, 2010 when 1 million iPads had been sold; September 17, 2010 reports by Best buy that iPad sales cut laptop sales by 50%; and finally March 11, 2011 when the iPad 2 is for sale in the United States.

But, most of the history revolves around sales numbers, which are nice, but not something that 5 out of 14 dates should be based on. Why do I care that 3.3 million iPad sales were reached on July 21? Let me know how it affects the mobile electronic market or what was said about it both negatively and positively by industry leaders and social media people. This reads more like a sales report at an Apple investors meeting.

Fortunately, there is more here: Who buys the iPad is shown, according to age and sex. Other information includes statistics on the iPad users’ usage and why they bought the darn thing in the first place.

Comparative numbers on the differences between the original and the iPad 2 are given as well as some physical and functional numbers and information about the current iPad model.

The infographic design is sleek and dark, much like the iPad itself. A dark gray background with a subtle pattern is used while a bright blue is the accent color, and should have only been used as the accent color. It is used also for text and that makes for some hard to read content, especially when it is used on a the lighter portion of the gray background. The small type size doesn’t help either, so reading about the iPad’s history is more difficult than using the actual device.

The images and graphics are cohesive and looks like they were meant to be on the same page. They are simple, shapes and silhouettes, and don’t detract from the infographic’s overall appearance. A photograph (or computer image) of the iPad is also used and fits in nicely with the overall design. I particularly like the treatment of the word “iPad” in the top left as the highlighted metal treatment reflects Apple’s design.

After reviewing this infographic about the iPad, I feel it needs some revisions and I look forward to the “iPad Infographic 2” when it comes out. ;-)

Design: C+

The small text and readability issues subtract points, but the clean look, much like the iPad save it from a worse grade.

Information: C+

The information is what you would expect, nothing surprising or hard to find. Mostly stats about the iPad and its sales numbers.

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Howard Hughes – Infographic or Timeline?

Howard Hughes – Infographic or Timeline?

More and more it seems the infographic is being watered-down (some would say dumbed-down) until it is little more than a few simple pictures with some insipid facts or boring stats that no one would ever care about unless they had to write a report for their high school class.

Case in point. This infographic would be great as a start for research on the life and times of the eccentric and wealthy Howard Hughes. It IS a timeline of the life of Howard Hughes, but does that make it an infographic? I’m not making a judgment here, just asking the question. What should an infographic provide? Graphics and information, of course, but is their a degree of difficulty involved or some level of graphic prowess that is also needed? Or is it all a matter of relativity. If you think it’s an infographic and a timeline or possibly neither or something else altogether (a cheap marketing ploy), doesn’t that make it your choice and your perspective?

Well, whatever you decide, it is an interesting topic and if you did want to know more about Mr. Howard Hughes, take 60 seconds and skim though this infographic or timeline or whatever you would like to call it. Jane Russell certainly looks nice. ;-)

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by GDS Digital

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