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[Dfey-general-discuss] [Fwd: [GeekUp] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away

From: Tim Dobson
Subject: [Dfey-general-discuss] [Fwd: [GeekUp] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering]
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 2010 17:35:49 +0000
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Subject: [GeekUp] Fwd: Slashdot| Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2010 10:56:22 +0000
From: Paul Robinson <address@hidden>

I saw this over on the Open Manufacturing list, and figured as so many here are:

a) Tinkerers
b) Advocates of "Free"
c) Apple Fan bois
d) And/or Apple hate bois

... that this discussion might be of interest to several of you.

Begin forwarded message:

""Having cut his programming teeth on an Apple ][e as a ten-year-old, Mark Pilgrim laments that Apple 
now seems to be doing everything in their power to stop his kids from finding the sense of wonder he did: 'Apple 
has declared war on the tinkerers of the world. With every software update, the previous generation of 
"jailbreaks" stop working, and people have to find new ways to break into their own computers. There 
won't ever be a MacsBug for the iPad. There won't be a ResEdit, or a Copy ][+ sector editor, or an iPad Peeks 
& Pokes Chart. And that's a real loss. Maybe not to you, but to somebody who doesn't even know it 

Lots of interesting comments from an open perspective (on all sides of the 

--Paul Fernhout

I have to admit this is about the best set of arguments I've seen for "Free" in a while.

I sit here, about to go into a school and talk to a bunch of teenagers about careers in technology as part of my work with STEMnet. I was thinking earlier, most of them have probably never tinkered, but as we've discussed here in the past, if they did some of them would find the brilliance and happiness we all did when we first started tinkering.

I am seriously tempted to reconsider my developer connection subscriptions with Apple as a result of thinking about this a bit more. Maybe.

Other thoughts on all of this beyond the age old "Free is the future" vs "GPL is for idiots" debate we've had so many times before?

Paul Robinson

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