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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This is funny
by KingRocky on Mon 1st Feb 2010 23:05 UTC
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There are hundreds of manufacturers in the world making thousands of products, all easily "hackable," mod-able, and open. It is a "tinkerer's" PARADISE right now; especially with the Android phones, "netbook" computers, and the like.

But ONE computer company, with a total of 13 products for sale somehow manages to raise the ire and fury of "tinkerers" everywhere. Hell, if you group them into families, then the list gets even smaller: laptops, desktops, iPod, iPod Touch/ iPhone/ iPad (since they run the same software), AppleTV, and XServe. That's six product families.

And people are up in arms over the closed ecosystem surrounding those six items.

Oh, wait. . . I forgot that you can install WHATEVER OPERATING SYSTEM YOU WANT on your laptop & desktop, and people have already installed Linux on iPods. So, that leaves iPhone/iPod Touch/ iPad, AppleTV and XServe. Three product families. Three.

There are so many other manufacturers out there making so many products that do so many things that I can't even count them all!

But no, let's all trash-talk Apple because we can't get "root" access to three items. Oh, wait. . . the XServe uses standard PC hardware, so that leaves two.

DAMMIT! I just forgot that they've already got Linux running on an AppleTV, so that leaves ONE.

One product family. Three items. Three out of thousands.

Give me a fraking break.

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