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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Piot
Member since:
2009-09-17

From the original article.

"Apple's tablet upsets the way they (geeks) think technology should work."

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Regarding my "user" filesystem example above: it's not about "how, we geeks, think this feature should be implemented", but the fact that "there's NO ALTERNATIVE way offered by the iOS API to implement this functionality".

If that was a matter of "we, Apple, think you should have all your files in the cloud and not in the device, that's the way forward", I'd say, "whatever, at least you offer us a way to access arbitrary data from within apps". But Apple doesn't offer us a solution whatsoever.

And the journalist who wrote that sentence in the Forbes article, should stop generalize. I take personal offense by his writings. I don't argue for webcams because "the iPad upsets the way I think technology should work", but because I freaking wanna video-chat with my mom who lives thousands of miles away, and she's all alone.

Or, I want "user" filesystem access because I want to use apps that currently can't exist, or they're severely limited by it.

What a dumbass. Pissed off my perfect afternoon.

Edited 2010-07-08 01:09 UTC

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

If that was a matter of "we, Apple, think you should have all your files in the cloud and not in the device, that's the way forward", I'd say, "whatever, at least you offer us a way to access arbitrary data from within apps". But Apple doesn't offer us a solution whatsoever.


Now I'm confused (really. I'm not be snarky). There is nothing precluding iPad apps from using cloud storage to access arbitrary data - I'm writing an app that does that now... Granted, Apple doesn't exactly promote this as a primary IO mechanism, but it is doable.

Is your issue that Apple doesn't provider a storage cloud itself with an official API? Granted, you more or less have to roll your own storage engine, but there is nothing that would stop developers from standardizing on one (I've seen some using Amazon S3 for example).

Only point I have is that it can be done...

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Really now. All geeks, everywhere.
Aren't generalizations lovely? I especially like ones like "All Apple users are uptight snobs" or "Windows users are clueless noobs". I'm sure we can find at least one example of either so obviously the generalizations are universally applicable.

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