Linked by David Adams on Wed 7th Jul 2010 19:09 UTC
Apple A Forbes article notices that while the iPad's reception from the public and the mainstream press has been overwhelmingly positive, the prevailing sentiment among some alpha geeks has been negative to the extreme. The conclusion, of course, is that these people aren't reacting to what the iPad is, but rather what it represents: a violation of the ethos of the personal computer. The author of the Forbes article concludes that much of the anti-iPad vitriol is hyperbole, and doesn't help advance the cause. It's a thought-provoking question.
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RE: Forbes
by jaklumen on Thu 8th Jul 2010 01:57 UTC in reply to "Forbes"
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The guys summarization of geek ethos annoys me to an extreme.

For example:

"Once we buy something we consider it ours to hack, and we don't need or seek anyone's permission to do so.

He totally misses the point. The real point is:

We are not interested in being serfs to an American publicly traded corporation. Not Microsoft yesterday, not Apple tomorrow.

We don't want the global developer culture to be forced to support Apple's reign and profits. We just don't want them as our gatekeepers, even if they gave us shiny devices.

It doesn't matter at all if Apple is a benevolent master or not - we don't want them to have any power over us at all, unless we explicitly wanted to be part of their ecosystem.

Uhhhh... Forbes, dude. Have you read it? My grandfather, an ardent Republican and stock investor, has subscribed for years.

I'm not surprised one whit about what an author would say for a publication about Forbes. Yes, I'm being totally flippant, but I don't expect Steve Forbes or his publication to care one iota about what geeks think. Management types, profit, etc., no, sorry, I don't see geek idealism in there.

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