24.5.10

Why I won't be buying an iPad (a long rant where I typically don't do that.)

Outside of the terrible name? 

Honestly, I read a post with a similar name by Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing and I thought about it. I agree with every point from   "if you can't open it, you don't own it. Screws not glue." to the economic issue at hand that I think is way more insidious than initially guessed, but boils down to a certain hope for a certain type of atavism. An atavism I find really, truly frightening. 

But the atavism isn't what does the most damage in my mind.....because it's a false atavism. We may believe that there was a time when things came to us perfectly designed and never needed an upgrade or repair, but it just isn't true. If you bought Hi-Fi at one point you bought everything a la carte. There was some barrier to entry as far as knowledge and you picked the components that suited you and your lifestyle and space.  

When one of those components failed you found a local shop to fix it. I don't know of a local shop that will fix your iPad.  There's no jobs there, and if there was it would have to be an apple shop to succeed, Mr. Jobs historically has frowned upon people touching the insides of his creations. He's been known to brick what you customize.

And that's the Real issue to me. The awful truth is that Apple wants your money, they just don't want you to participate. You can't really buy anything from Apple, but they will give you a flat fee - lifetime lease.

Imagine I took everything you liked and built a gate around it and then sold you an overpriced key to the gate. You can get in to the gate by other means, but my key - although ridiculously expensive - will get you in easier. You can't make copies of the key nor improve the lock. If something you wanted wasn't inside the gate I would tell you that whatever that thing is that you like is a complete piece of crap and I would sell you the stuff inside even though you bought a key. In the metaphorical world you'd make fun of people buying into this but in reality you buy in and become advocates.

You want a long and beautiful read - go here -http://futureoftheinternet.org/. It seems to me that we need to be more aware of who we give our money to. 

You're welcome. 

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