I know you're not a touchpad fan but let's not let your distaste for the touchpad blind yourself to the ludicrousness of that article.
Originally Posted by jrstinkfish
He compares the touchpad craze to the tulip mania of the 1600s. As someone who likes to cite esoteric history, you would think he had a firm understanding of the history in order to draw a valid comparison. Such is far from the case. The Tulip mania was driven by the people's irrationally high valuation of Tulips, a functionally worthless item that was coveted as a status symbol. Since it was "cool" to have a tulip, everyone wanted one and the maddening demand drove tulip prices through the roof, despite the fact that tulips serve no practical purpose. Then, suddenly the value of tulips tanked because people finally came to their senses and realized that, "hey, everyone has one, *** do i do with it now? It doesn't do anything".
Whats particularly infuriating of that article is that it carries an implicit backhanded insult. By comparing the touchpad to worthless tulips and touchpad buyers to irrational idiots who went out to buy worthless tulips, hes pretty much saying that we are spending money on junk and the demand for the touchpad is a result of herd mentality alone. Obviously we know this not to be true.
Hate it or like it, you can not dispute that the touchpad isn't a paperweight. It surfs the web. It lets me read kindle books. It lets me navigate flash content. It lets me play games to kill time. It streams music and allows me to catch up with my rss feeds, stock, and weather all at the same time. Its a multitasking behemoth and even more so with glimpse. And, at 99$, its a freaking steal. The fact that there are no more webos devices does not negate the fact that for what it does now the value derived from a 99$ touchpad is unmatched. This is indisputable.