Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
In the News "Kay says that some gadgets with superficial Dynabook-like qualities, such as the iPad, have not only failed to realize the Dynabook dream, but have in some senses betrayed it. That's one of the points he makes in this interview, conducted by computer historian David Greelish, proprietor of the Classic Computing Blog and organizer of this month's Vintage Computer Festival Southeast in Atlanta (the Festival will feature a pop-up Apple museum featuring Xerox's groundbreaking Alto workstation, which Kay worked on, as well as devices which deeply reflected his influence, including the Lisa, the original Macintosh and the Newton). Kay and Greelish also discuss Kay's experiences at some of the big outfits where he's worked, including Xerox's fabled PARC labs, Apple, Disney and HP. Today, Kay continues his research about children and technology at his own organization, the Viewpoints Research Institute." A great interview with this legendary man.
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Hey, it's your computer and if you're willing and able to accept the broad range of liabilities in exchange for the narrow set of benefits that being root provides, that's your choice. For the vast majority of computer users, however, being root provides them with zero benefits while still exposing them to all the liabilities. (In fact, it's even more dangerous for them than you, since they don't have your knowledge or experience to identify those dangers and know how to avoid them.)

So why are you whining about a platform that is manifestly designed for them and not you? Are you jealous because they're getting the shiny new toys, or upset that once they all abandon the PC platform you won't have anyone left to feel superior to?

A home user of a vendor-curated internet-connected tablet is fundamentally no different to a work user of an IT-curated intranet-connected company PC. Both systems are de facto locked down to prevent their users from screwing up either themselves or their systems. Would you argue that IT should unlock everything and let users do as they like? Or should they lock everything down as standard, and only ever open up individual services where a valid business case can be made? Heck, even sensible geeks won't run with admin rights (never mind root) as standard, because they appreciate that 'freedom' is a double-edged sword, and a lot less freeing once you accidentally lop your arms and legs off.

You want a nerd-oriented tablet platform to compliment your PCs? That's fine; just build yourselves one. Then everyone - nerds and non-nerds alike - can use what works best for them, and everyone's happy and nobody has to spend endless hours ranting on the interwebs all because the universe doesn't rotate sufficiently around them.

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