It's common for people to think 'average' and 'mean' are synonyms, but they are not.
Except that the iPhone was technically shit, apart from its nice interface. Technically I think the iPad looks like a nice device again simply for the interface. I couldn't really see myself using it because I'd be taking 10 times longer to post to slashdot in my evenings like I'm doing just now.. but for simple browsing, facebook use, media viewing and maybe some light gaming I can see the iPad being pretty popular. There are a lot of wealthy casual users out there. Not saying it will be a great success, but Apple are gaining a lot of momentum and halo effect business with the iPod and iPhone. I wouldn't bet against it anyway.
Despite knowing myself that I would never have a use for it, I still want one just because it's the sort of device I've always wanted to have since seeing datapads on TNG. A jailbroken iPad would be one fun geek toy.
fun all done
Slackware has a huge installed base and is maintained by one man - the founder Patrick Volkerding. When his health failed several years ago, there was a lot of concern but things seem to have been pretty good since then.
How does their slashdot number figure into it ? Some of us with slightly lower numbers are goofs too.
Over 48 hours now - still waiting for a response to my request for a firmware upgrade submitted on their website on Jan 17th. Starting to think I better not hold my breath - their bad customer service might actually work in my favor if it gives them time to actually test their updates.
and we might care about this because
Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten