Just read the Boing Boing article again (Why I won’t buy an iPad (and think you shouldn’t, either). First of all that article reads like the worst kind of troll thread ever. But ok, I’ll bite :)
Incumbents made bad revolutionaries
I was a comic-book kid, and I’m a comic-book grownup, and the thing that made comics for me was sharing them
Gee, thats a nice story grandpa but we live in the real world where content publishers don’t want you to resell your shit. It goes for music, movies, games, books and…well yeah, just about everything. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it either but what the hell has that to do with the iPad? You really think the Marvel app for a desktop would be any different?
Infantalizing hardware..Maker Manifesto: if you can’t open it, you don’t own it. Screws not glue…
Yeah I don’t care. I don’t care about that for my coffee machine, my fridge, my owen, my TV, my land-line phone, any of my previous or current cell phones, my remote, my car, my heating system and not even really for my desktop to some extent. See I don’t have the time or energy to screw in that shit. And I rather not have to either. But I see where you are coming from and to some extent I do agree, but again I just fail to see how this is very much relevant as an argument against the iPad since this argument can easily be applied to most of our house hold electronics (and yeah, even if you CAN screw something open doesn’t mean I or most people will, it’s a far cry between including schematics and having screws instead of glue if you ask me).
Wal-Martization of the software channel
And let’s look at the iStore. For a company whose CEO professes a hatred of DRM, Apple sure has made DRM its alpha and omega
I’m sorry but I think this is just dumb. First of all as I recall it the App Store was created because people wanted it, developers wanted to create native apps for the iPhone and not only apps built in XHTML/CSS/JS. Developers wanted to get payed, they don’t want to see their shit get stolen and they wanted to create native apps on the iPhone OS. Well it just so happens the weapon of choice for this platform isn’t Java and oh shit, I guess not enough people cared about that since iPhone and iPhone apps have been selling like crazy. I don’t really know how to put it any other way…hmm..lemme think…
PEOPLE DON’T CARE AS LONG AS IT WORKS AND WORKS GREAT. IF THEY DID THEY WOULD NOT BUY IT.
But that’s also the reason why I think the whole article is pretty much..blah. If someone doesn’t want to buy something, don’t buy it. To make a religion out of it is just stupid. I love open source, I think the latest Android devices rocks, I hope their will be a zillion Tablets that kicks ass! Anyway..where were I..
Journalism is looking for a daddy figure
I think that the press has been all over the iPad because Apple puts on a good show, and because everyone in journalism-land is looking for a daddy figure who’ll promise them that their audience will go back to paying for their stuff.
NO. They’re looking for a slick, easy to use tablet with a content distribution network so easy a five year old could get it. GET IT?
Gadgets come and gadgets go
Gadgets come and gadgets go. The iPad you buy today will be e-waste in a year or two (less, if you decide not to pay to have the battery changed for you). The real issue isn’t the capabilities of the piece of plastic you unwrap today, but the technical and social infrastructure that accompanies it.
Yes. And don’t buy hard-bread from Sweden (or Swedish crackers as Liam would say) because that means you’re supporting a socialist regime and that in turn could lead to the end of times. Wow man, way to be a downer. I’d say it’s far worse to buy a Windows copy or low and behold, a copy of the MS Office suite since that will truly and utterly means you’re supporting a social infrastructure of technically handicapped individuals (shit..not to mention enterprises!).
If you want to live in the creative universe where anyone with a cool idea can make it and give it to you to run on your hardware, the iPad isn’t for you.
..not unless you have an IQ over 30 and know that some of the largest companies of today didn’t build something you can physically touch but created software that runs on a little something called a web browser. But yeah, if you’re one of those many lucky individuals out there who surround yourself with friends who constantly create their own USB devices, for sure, the iPad is not for you…then instead get something which has a terminal prompt..oh and the ability to install drivers.
If you want to live in the fair world where you get to keep (or give away) the stuff you buy, the iPad isn’t for you.
..and neither is anything else so just off yourself why don’t you. Or well. Hmm. I guess you could try to influence the lawmakers in your country not to support out dated idiotic copyright laws. Or yeah, you could just vote with your wallet and make sure you buy awesome digital CONTENT that doesn’t have DRM (good luck).
If you want to write code for a platform where the only thing that determines whether you’re going to succeed with it is whether your audience loves it, the iPad isn’t for you.
Neither is Linux really where you can have a really awesome audience, problem is it’s not big enough. And don’t write music either since apparently (someone told me) making it in the music biz isn’t just about writing great music. Don’t write books either..or make movies..hmm shit…come to think of it.. most things are not really black and white.
Personally I’m on the fence about the iPad, I mean.. yeah I want one. But I think I’ll wait for some more candy in it. I do know I’m way more skeptical about using the HP Slate than the iPad. Why? Well because you can put as much lipstick on that Windows pig as you want, it’s still a pig. At least that’s my limited experience with everything Windows mobile. Come to think of it, that was an insult to all the pigs I’ve ever met :)