Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 23:25 UTC, submitted by Chicken Blood
Apple The beauty of the internet is such that every opinion has become worthless; this goes doubly so for those with publish buttons on (relatively, we're humble) major websites. For every opinion, there's a matching counter-opinion, and that's great. Yesterday, we linked to an article by Mark Pilgrim about tinkerers and the iPad, and of course, someone was bound to disagree with that one.
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The iPad will be cracked wide open in short order, just like the iPhone was. Then you can load Linux, or whatever the hell you want on it. Don't worry about it if it doesn't come this way out of the box; there's far more people in this world who just want sh*t to work than there are tinkerers, so it's only natural that these companies are going to cater to the former group. Hell, even if it came out of the box a tinkerer's paradise, probably about .5% of the user base would even bother. The kind of crowd this thing is catered toward is not exactly the kind of crowd who wants to get close to the metal, if you know what I mean.

I'm one of those people who are kind of ho-hum about the closed 'app store' ecosystem, but my parents would probably love it, and I'd probably worry less about it if they owned something like this. There's far less chance that they might break something, which means less support calls for me ;)

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