Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Feb 2010 16:25 UTC
General Development While the iPad can certainly be debated as a product, people on the internet are discussing not the product, but the shift devices like the iPhone and iPad represent: a shift away from a computer being accessible to it being something closed and impenetrable. Is this a future we want for ourselves?
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by ctwise on Mon 1st Feb 2010 17:17 UTC
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Computers were created by technical people. They were used by technical people. Technical people understood them and, even when they tried to "dumb them down", their prejudices and interior understandings bled through.

That's given technical people a huge advantage. And one they don't want to lose. Non-technical people are looking to solve a problem or use a device. Computing appliances have been increasing in usage for one simple reason - they accomplish that goal.

The vast majority of people don't want to crack open their Tivo. The vast majority don't even think about the fact its a computer. It's the same with DVD players and cell phones.

Apple (and Google) want to provide people with a general-purpose device that still functions like a computing appliance. One that people don't have to call a help line to work. One that doesn't get slower the longer you use it. One that doesn't need regular reformatting. One that is easy to use and difficult to screw up. And tinkerers be damned.

The paranoid will tell you that Macs will go the same path. No they won't. That's where the software gets written.

Complaining about the locked down nature of these devices is to ignore why they are locked down. Locking up users and software isn't the reason - it's to prevent people from screwing up the devices.

Stop being so selfish and wanting what you want to the detriment of the vast majority of people.

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