Why I will buy an iPad, and think you should too

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Cory Doctorow doesn’t like the iPad because it is laden with DRM. In other news today: water is still wet.

Joel Johnson and John Gruber already took apart one aspect of Cory’s argument, the kid tinkering/creating with his new computer.

I’m going to focus on another part of it: my mom.

Last year my mom called me and wanted to buy a new laptop. Her old e-Machine, which I had routinely patched, updated, and kept going as long as I could, would no longer work.

She saw a US$400 laptop in the Sunday paper and asked me what I thought about it. I told her that she would be much better off spending more and getting a refurbished MacBook. She bought the $400 laptop anyway.

When I asked her why, she said that someone at work told her she couldn’t take home files from work if she had a Mac. When I asked her what kind of files, she said “Oh, mostly Word and Excel.” She was surprised when I told her that not only was there a version of Office for Mac, but it was actually newer than the Windows version.

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