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 tdemj on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 01:21 UTC
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You can still download the tools from Apple for free, and run apps in the emulator. Heck, you can jailbreak it, or simply choose a more open platform, like Android or Nokia.

I, too, was a tinkerer as a child, and after exceeding the memory limitations of my ZX Spectrum, I dropped BASIC and jumped to Z80 machine code. It's actually much easier these days, because high level languages are so much more powerful, and all the information you need is available on the Internet that I didn't have access to back then. I barely had a few old books that didn't satisfy my hunger for knowledge.

What makes it harder today is that video games are so much more addictive. Back in the day games were so dumb that it was way more exciting to write programs than to play. That's no longer the case today.

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