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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Makers Bill of Rights

For those of you familiar with the MAC vs PC argument that has plagued this blog ever since Joe decided to get an over hyped and over priced MAC instead of a reasonably priced laptop PC, this post is for you. This should at least shed some light on the real debate - should one really spend buttloads of money on a piece of hardware that they can't fix themselves or have repaired at a reasonable cost? And, if you buy a piece of hardware, ie MAC, do you really own it if you can't open the damn thing up and repair it yourself?

A while ago, a friend of mine introduced me to this magazine called MAKE. It's a zine for geeks and people who like to toy around with things to make new things. It's like a hobby magazine for hardcore four-eyed types. And, although I am not what one would call a four-eyed type, I love gadgets and putting things together and getting inside to see what makes things tick.

But, let's get back to the point of this post - the makers bill of rights was something I came across inside this particular issue of MAKE. It inspired me, and I took to it and have since made it apart of my considerations when buying new and expensive things(not that this happens with any frequency with me). But, it states that "if you can't open it, you don't own it." and goes on to list what should be made available to people upon the purchase of a device like an iPod or a MAC MINI. So, go and check it out. It may change you, too. Or maybe you're just a moron and want to be utterly dependent on and enslaved by Corporate America.