Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 15:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I'm currently reading Jerry Kaplan's excellent book "Startup: a Silicon Valley adventure". In this book, Kaplan, founder and CEO of GO Corp., details the founding, financing and eventual demise of his highly innovative company, including the development and workings of their product. What's so surprising about this book is just how timeless it really is - the names and products may have changed, but the business practices and company attitudes surely haven't.
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The Ipad
by Yagami on Sat 24th Mar 2012 23:21 UTC
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I myself was just blown away with a fact that happened and was not discussed here before ( i think ) :

Few years back, when there were no "ipad's", Tablets already existed ( similar to the Ipad ). People didnt complain about lacking features of tablets or how bad they worked, but with the idea that a tablet was stupid.
I think, if i am not mistaken, on this exact website ( osnews ), this discussion came up. Where PC's and Laptops could do all that Humanity needed.

Now what i never understood and was blown away was when i saw people camping outside the stores to buy an Ipad. How they seemed to be the most happy people on earth. It seemed that a day without an ipad was like being dead.

Now... years that we have the Ipad and Itab and etc, honestly... It didnt change nothing. At least to me and those next to me, life is still as it was before.

I am not bashing the Ipad or anything, its cool and if i was a billionaire, i would buy one for sure ( although i dont really see any special use case or need for it ). But what was that fanatic rush to buy Ipads ?

One day we are saying tablets idea is dumb, Apple announces the Ipad, next day people cannot live without the Ipad.

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RE: The Ipad
by Dr.Mabuse on Mon 26th Mar 2012 02:47 in reply to "The Ipad "
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...And yet, to this day, I still can't think of anything worth doing on a tablet (please note, I said "tablet" not iPad.) The cheap-o Android I bought to test the waters is now simply gathering dust.

I guess I'm not completely alone, judging by the fairly heated responses around here (didn't take us long to invoke Godwin's law.)

So this is the paradox for me. How Apple can make money hand over fist, yet make a product that seemingly has no tangible benefit for people who "want to get things done." (See my previous posts as to what constitutes "doing work.") I reckon that's doing in a few heads around here.

In my view, that means Apple are simply the worlds most successful toy manufacturer at this point in time. Comparisons with IBM should end there!

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RE[2]: The Ipad
by kwan_e on Mon 26th Mar 2012 03:59 in reply to "RE: The Ipad "
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(didn't take us long to invoke Godwin's law.)

Having read OSNews for a while now, I think OSNews is a special case. Allegations of bias, with the implication that it is automatically bad, is the OSNews equivalent of Godwin.

Not EVERY point of view is equally correct. Some are more correct than others. Thus, the accusation of bias is used in much the same way Nazi/Hitler comparisons are used to stop rational discussion of a topic.

Frankly, I was amazed that it took 6 pages before someone tried to short-circuit a discussion by crying bias.

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