09/06/2011, 08:39 AM
im new to precentral and was lucky enough to get hold of a touchpad in the sale.
over the last week i have been keeping an eye on touchpad / HP related news and have become bothered by some articles written by Bill Palmer at beatweek magazine. it just seems wrong that people searching for information on touchpads are lickly to read his biased dribble.
Worthless HP TouchPad tablet assumes role as 21st century Dutch tulip
Whatever value the HP TouchPad did or didnít have prior to its discontinuation, it has essentially none now. Running an operating system which is officially out of development, with no feature, future compatibility, or security updates forthcoming, the TouchPad faces a future in which zero third party apps are released, accessories canít be found, and technical support will be difficult to find. Yet the surreal retail run on the dead tablet after its $499 price was slashed to $99 has positioned the TouchPad, for a few minutes at least, as the Dutch tulip of the twenty-first century.
Centuries ago, tulip bulbs were being purchased and then flipped at progressively higher values which had no correlation to their value as a craze sent buyers and sellers into hysteria. Eventually it was realized that the tulips had little real value in comparison to the prices, and the bottom fell out of the market. The HP TouchPad isnít quite in the same boat, as it was only a severe price discount which set off the buying craze, and even with that itís been a comparatively small one. Still, some folks are buying up TouchPads at $99 so they can sell them to auction buyers who will pay three times that. The buyers, of course, donít really want the TouchPad for their own use. Rather theyíve convinced themselves that theyíll somehow manage to flip it for even more than what they paidÖ
The bottom will fall out of the TouchPad reselling craze very, very quickly (give it another two weeks at most). The advent of internet commerce, combined with the fact that the TouchPad is part of a market in which things play out quickly one way or the other, means that the dead tabletís surreal afterlife wonít last long one way or the other. But in the mean time itís created an interesting craze, a foible of human nature worth studying, and which may still be studied in the next century: just how did the worldís least popular tablet computer manage to become the center of a flip craze after it had been discontinued? Itís sheer lunacy to try to rely on a computing device which whose hardware, operating system, and entire corporate division have been put out to pasture. But that doesnít mean some crazed geeks canít have some fun making hedge-fund style bets on just how high the value of the worthless TouchPad wil go before it crashes back down to earth.
Comments? he has locked the comments section on his website whenever he mentions touchpads, so we cant even put him right!.
ideas for how we can .....do something about this rubbish.
by the way i own an iphone 4 and am enjoying my touchpad webos browser with FLASH
thinking of selling my iphone