the obligatory post written on an iPad.Posted: April 5, 2010
So here it is. An uncommon use of capitalization, courtesy of the iPad’s vigilance over my typing, a post about how fun it is to type on keys that don’t actually exist, and how amazing it is that the future is finally in my hands.
I read a quote from someone (or many people), who were arguing that the computer is now shifting towards content consumption, that people are becoming dumber, and that this whole thing is going to come crashing down when people are all sheep under apple’s benevolent but iron-fisted rule.
What? Really? You’ve got to be kidding me. How is this any different from using a regular computer to “create content?” Here I am, typing away on this immaculate glass screen, and you’re telling me that my creativity is dead? Is that because i can’t access the command line? Is it because I don’t have a hacker spirit? Is it because I’m just a mindless drone? Maybe it’s because I’m not running a pandora app in the background. That’s gotta be it. I just don’t get it. If I was using my net book, i really wouldn’t have a whole plethora of options in terms of this mythical “content creation,” either. I don’t run Photoshop, or edit videos…but do you do those things on YOUR netbook? Probably not. If you do, i know a whole bunch of people who would like to get in line for your magic “content creation” device.
To be honest? I probably have access to more “content creation” apps here than i do on my hp mini. If i want to draw a picture, i need a tablet of some sort. I had a tablet pc way back when. It was expensive, and it honestly didn’t do anything more than this little wonder does. Ultimately, I think its use of a traditional windowed interface was what killed it. I had to spend more time trying to figure out how to manage my screen real estate than actually use the computer. I also had to worry about things like system specs, available memory, and clock cycles. This is the ps3 of computers: you put something in, and it just works.
Bottom line is, I can “create” just as much here as I can anywhere. It’s just nicer here.