Jewish date: 13 Shevaṭ 5770 (Parashath BeShallaḥ).
Today’s quasi-holidays: National Kazoo Day, Rattle Snake Round-Up Day.
Worthy causes of the day: “Stop the corporate takeover of our government”, “Take Action | Oceana North America: Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on the Dirty Air Act”, “Find a Lasting Solution to Medicare Doctor Payments: No More Cuts! - The Petition Site”, “Libel reform campaign petition statement”, and “Free Press: media reform through education, organizing and advocacy:”.
Today’s news and commentary:
Image via WikipediaBy now you should have heard about Apple’s iPad, introduced yesterday. I am disappointed with what they have produced. The iPad is essentially a big-screen iPod, something which I neither need nor want. What I want for my next computer is a tablet version of the MacBook Pro (my current computer). I do not want a tightly-controlled iPhone OS device unless it is to use it as a telephone; I most certainly am not going to buy one of these things to read books on. What I do want is a Mac OS X device I can do whatever the gezornenblat I want on it without anyone else’s approval; this includes a lot more than just reading books. What is really annoying is that the technology for a tablet MacBook is not something limited to Star Trek; it exists here and now. In protest of the iPad, today’s weird awesome things are the real-life tablet MacBooks, the Modbook and Modbook Pro. Apple should buy these people out or license their technology and make Modbooks instead of iPads.
Note: Apple can be contacted at their Website Feedback page. Axiotron, makers of the Modbook, can be contacted at their own Website Feedback page.
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