The internet is going the way of real life. Forget those old notions of freedom and anonymity. The new internet will be a place of narrow public areas which get from 1 piece of ‘private property’ to another, and no more. Its just more profitable, in the same way a skyscraper of leasable office is space is more profitable than a public park.
Analyst James Governor at Redmonk toots that horn in a much more sober fashion, even ending on a positive note. (linkage courtesy slashdot)
The 3-strikes law is literally like sentencing a person to house arrest for jaywalking.
Cory Doctorow has his own rant. Makes perfect sense,but not good corporate-bottom-line economic sense. (linkage, again, courtesy slashdot.)
I was annoyed when the Iphone came out. I still am. A little. The hype and hoopla was just that. A marketing blitz that suddenly put this maker-of-all-things-cute in a consumer device segment that even the dumbest of dumb blondes and meathead-iest of meatheads could use with ease. 0mgz0rz!! Apple’s making a phone. How cute will that be!!
Yeah, well, it does say PHONE. and the phone part of it sucked. It still does, but not so much. But full, deserved credit where it’s due, Apple made sure people knew that the Iphone was never about the phone. and that they never forget that. From the actual product to the nice walled garden that is the App Store to the genius of tying up with AT&T to take the heat on mobile issues (in batttle parlance, AT&T is what would be called a meat-shield), Apple pulled it off.
And now we come to the ISlate. It’s on its way. The hype on the net right now is eerily familiar. It’s the Iphone. bigger. with no phone part for even me to crib about. It has absolutely no competition. at all.
MG Siegler has a similiar view on TechCrunch. He also makes the good point that the cool-factor of being like the dudes in Avatar with the portable screens will play its part here.
A last point I’d like to make here is that the iSlate may have enough horsepower to run the graphic design, audio / video editing applications which have such a strong home in regular Apple PCs. If Pro Tools, Final Cut and iMovie find a new home in iSlate, all I can say is: “Whoa”.