Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Aug 2012 17:22 UTC
Google Nobody needs a tablet, but many people still want a tablet. This is still the core differentiator between a 'real' computer and a tablet. At least in The Netherlands, you can't function in society without a desktop or laptop connected to the internet, so people need a computer. A tablet, though? Hence, the most common thing people have told me when they played with my iPad 2 is this: I'd love to have a tablet, but not for hundreds of euros. Enter Google's Nexus 7, the first 'cheap' tablet that doesn't just validate Android as a tablet platform, but also gives the iPad a run for its money.
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RE[2]: Reward Apple?
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 14th Aug 2012 08:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Reward Apple?"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

Apple produces the devices I most enjoy using and owning. The "walled garden" you mention is actually something I *want* on my portable devices.

Well, have at it. Enjoy. In some cases a bit of sandboxing is alright, but IMO Apple just goes too far, and their reasons for doing it are not something I agree with or would support.

And whether you like it or not, Apple has more often been at the forefront of advancements than any other portable device makers. You make fun of getting rid of the floppy disk, but it IS an important detail. Sometimes having the guts of getting rid of legacy tech is almost as important getting new tech.

The floppy disk has traditionally also been *the* universally-working way of doing such things as upgrading the BIOS, flashing device firmware, and use hard drive maintenance utilities. Alright, the big two hard drive manufacturers now have tiny CD images (in case your computer boots from CD without problems), but I'm not sure about the others. As for the removal of the floppy drive, it would have eventually happened anyway, so the fact that Apple was the one to cut the cord isn't exactly something to praise the dead Apple god for.

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RE[3]: Reward Apple?
by chiwaw on Tue 14th Aug 2012 17:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Reward Apple?"
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2006-02-05

"As for the removal of the floppy drive, it would have eventually happened anyway, so the fact that Apple was the one to cut the cord isn't exactly something to praise the dead Apple god for."

Don't you think that is flawed reasoning? You could say that to anything. Newton has no merit in discovering trigonometry, because someone would have figured out eventually ;)

Being the first at doing something IS major, no matter how "trivial" you think it is many years after the fact. Apple have been trailblazing a lot of the modern tech world, and that's absolutely admirable even if one hates their politics.

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RE[4]: Reward Apple?
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 14th Aug 2012 19:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Reward Apple?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Don't you think that is flawed reasoning? You could say that to anything. Newton has no merit in discovering trigonometry, because someone would have figured out eventually ;)

Being the first at doing something IS major, no matter how "trivial" you think it is many years after the fact. Apple have been trailblazing a lot of the modern tech world, and that's absolutely admirable even if one hates their politics.

No--after some sleep and able to think somewhat better now, I really see absolutely nothing amazing about Apple removing the floppy drive. They may have done some some truly revolutionary, evolutionary, innovative, etc. things in their history as a company, but removing the floppy is not one of them.

Hell, I hated the floppy disk ever since I first used it, and if I really wanted to I could have removed the floppy drive from all of my computers and replaced them with something more useful, just to get rid of the damn things. Would that have somehow all of a sudden made my computers at the time "innovative" or an evolution beyond others at the time or something? No, I don't think so--and just because Apple started selling machines without the drive by default (requiring people to get an external if they did still need/want it) doesn't make them special. And as I said--it was destined to happen eventually, someone was bound to do it--whether Apple was the one or not.

Of course, I never did that--I just left the drives in there, just in case I ever did need them. And--big shock--on at least a few occasions the thing did come in handy.

Edited 2012-08-14 19:33 UTC

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