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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But this is where you're wrong. What you call 'programs' on an iPad is actually 'content'. It's just a different medium than the videos & music available on your cable box.

What you want is a general purpose computer. iPad is NOT a general purpose computer. It's a next generation consumer content device.

To think of it another way, if you produced a cool ass video, do you think you shopuld be able to give it away for free on the cable box? And because you can't, are you pissed about it?

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1. TVs do have standard inputs. If I produce video, anyone can show it on their TV using standard hardware.

2. The cable box has no easy way to get my video onto it -- that is, the restriction is actually due to the cable box not having a feature, not due to the feature being locked down. Its input is a coax cable. Given a device that can create a TV signal, I would expect the cable box to be able to decode it. Actually that is related to an issue with cable boxes: for just watching TV (i.e. no on-demand stuff), the cable box does nothing but handle DRM. It *is* an annoyance.

3. If I want a video to show up on everyone's cable boxes, I can probably get it shown on government public access TV. Of course, this would be silly since video web sites like YouTube/Vimeo exist, but it could be done.

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