[Cialug] OT: Apple iPhone and digital media
Dave J. Hala Jr.
dave at 58ghz.net
Tue Jan 16 09:22:38 CST 2007
For me, it doesn't matter if the phone is hackable or not. Its more
important to have a sexy, slick, easy to use stable, functional device,
coupled with my choice of provider. My phone is a utility device. I
can't function without it...
What kills the iphone for me is being tied to Cingular.
On Tue, 2007-01-16 at 08:51, Nathan Stien wrote:
> > >So I saw the Keynote Steve Jobs gave and I have to say I'm pretty
> > > blown away by the iPhone.
> > >Anybody else have a reaction to it?
> I have had more than one reaction.
> Initial reaction: abject drool. It's so, so very shiny and purty.
> The picture where it shows a virtual thumb slider "slide to unlock"...
> Oh dear, gives me the vapors.
> Then reality set in. The phone is a locked platform. No third party
> software. Only Apple-approved third party hardware accessories, like
> the iPods. You're carrier-locked to Cingular. It's not just a GSM
> phone, it's a Cingular phone. Unfortunate timing, as the Cingular
> brand is slated for demolition. Chock full of DRM terribleness. This
> and much more terrible news at this boingboing post:
> I want a phone I can hack. There are Nokias that run Python  and
> all manner of Asian and European phones that run hackable Linux
> kernels. Mildly famous kernel hacker Harald Welte  is working on a
> very sweet platform for Linux phones called OpenMoko . Perhaps the
> very best part of these phones is that they are Debian-derived and
> therefore have apt-get (no doubt with a shiny GUI on top). Mind you,
> the first phone for this platform is a lime green monstrosity, but the
> key here is the _platform_, and there will soon be other, better
> hardware that uses it, perhaps hardware that takes cues from the
> iPhone (minus the shackles and DRM).
>  http://opensource.nokia.com/projects/pythonfors60/
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Welte
>  http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35590
> So I guess my position is, don't be fooled by teh shiny. The iPhone
> is locked-down poison dressed in a sexy (and way overpriced) outfit.
> I fell for the iPod, but at least I could liberate it with Rockbox.
> The iPhone no doubt has hardware to perform signature checks on its
> firmware before booting. It's a trap.
> As for Apple TV, I think mythtv is working out fine for me so I'm just
> not very interested in it.
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