Are We Easily Distracted Or Just Lazy?

Leo Laporte, while talking about iPads and productivity on TWiT 270, said something which really resonated with me and which I have been saying for a very long time:

I increasingly feel like technology is more about distraction than actually productivity, or creation or innovation. It’s all just a bunch of shiny crap.

As I’ve said to Steven on Daily Brief many times “Welcome to the era of Tonka Toy computing”.

We’re so distracted by the shiny “here and now” of it all that we take the 5 minutes of cheap entertainment over being creative which is infinitely more valuable.

Perhaps it’s an issue of laziness?

Being creative and productive requires effort and thought, but in a world of effortless distraction why would you bother?

Should You Be (Or Are You) Allowed Do What You Want With Your Hardware?

Are EULA’s too restrictive?

Do companies like Apple and Sony overstep their boundaries and the law when the “shrink wrapped” licenses the force you to agree to when you purchase a piece of hardware?

Should they have any right or jurisdiction at all to tell you what you can and can’t do with something that you own. Do the EULA’s for a piece of hardware, such as the iPad, have any standing in real life or if you chose tho challenge them in court?

Formulate your answers to these questions and let me know what you think after your read Devin Coldeweys article on Crunch Gear –  The User’s Manifesto: in defense of hacking, modding, and jailbreaking.

What People Don’t Get About The iPad

iPad - Service Not A Computer
Service or Computer?

Let me preface this post by saying that I will not be buying an iPad (not in the foreseeable future anyway). I own an iPod Touch and that is the end of my Apple affiliation.

I’ve been reading all the complaints about the iPad: No flash, no multitasking, it’s just a big iPod Touch, it’s a fanny pad sanitary towel in disguise etc…

What nobody seams to realize is that the iPad, just like its baby brethren the Touch, is not a computer (not in the traditional sense), it is a service.

It’s much like a TV. You can turn it on and watch or play what you like, but that’s it. You can watch channel 1 or channel 27 and you can install more channells (applications) when you take a bigger sattelite or cable subscriptions(the App store).

The iPad is not meant to be a desktop, laptop, netbook replacement.

It’s a stylish little one trick pony for people who like to be locked in and like to do one thing at a time.