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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Chill, Folks!
by MissingBeOS on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 14:52 UTC
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Is anyone holding a gun to anyone's head to buy or not buy an iPad? Is the fate of Western Civilization (or Eastern, whatever ;) ) hanging by a thread on the purchasing decisions revolving around this device?

If you answered "Yes" to either of these questions ... wow. You live in a very interesting world. You might consider relocation!

Seriously, though ... if the iPad and/or Apple offend you so deeply, vote with your hard-earned money and don't buy the darned thing. If you want to buy it, knock yourself out. Why do so many people feel the need to scream so shrilly and ram their personal viewpoints down other people's throats?

Thinking that the iPad or any similar device is going to elminate technological freedom is just flat-out bizarre.

I started working on computers back when the TRS-80 Model I was king. You had to program everything on the darned thing in order to get it to do anything. Cool learning tool. Would I like to go back to it? Nope. Things have progressed so much in the intervening years it's just flat-out stunning. I'm interested in the iPad and the rumored Microsoft Courier. I think they both have a lot of potential. Will they be everything I want them to be? Hardly. Will they be useful? Possibly.

Here's a thought: how about wait until you actually are able to hold one of these things in your own hands and use them for a while, before you jump into your own preferred armed ideological camps?

My Dad always said one of the best things about this country was the ability to "vote with your feet" if you liked or didn't like something. The same holds true with anything technological. If you like it, cool. Buy it. If you don't like it, wow. Don't buy it!

Amazingly simple concept. Trying to read huge sociological and/or conceptual tea leaves in something like the iPad is just too funny.

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