[FoRK] Clarifications and expansions... Re: What the hell just happened?

Sebastian Hassinger shassinger at gmail.com
Wed Apr 7 12:21:13 PDT 2010


> From: Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org>
> Date: April 7, 2010 9:05:13 AM CDT
> To: Friends of Rohit Khare <fork at xent.com>
> Subject: [FoRK] Clarifications and expansions... Re: What the hell just happened?
> Reply-To: Friends of Rohit Khare <fork at xent.com>
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> So, too many responses to the original post to address individually.
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> In general, the thesis I'm advancing here is that the iPad, when used by a general technologist who has made his livelihood inventing new things based on imagination and an ability to extrapolate what people in general will do when given certain tools...  will likely provoke profound confusion.  And, maybe, a little bit of gestalt, if given the chance.  In short:  this is the first device of the Internet era that *truly* serves as a new category of computing device for the non-technical user.  (Arguably, the first few generations of Mac did so in a largely non-communicating era...  and, like the iPad, did so well *because of* rather than despite what techies perceived as "limitations.")

Totally agree. When evaluating an iPad, people on this mailing list should take a deep breath and say out loud "this was not designed for me." 

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