The Macalope: Pad derangement syndrome

Everyone's got it! It's the next big thing, computing reinvented, or it's a piece of junk! Nothing more than a sized-up iPod touch!

The Macalope is pointedly pro-iPad and this week he waxes poetic again, so if that's not your cup of tea, just close the lid of your laptop now. If you're using a desktop computer, just angrily shove your monitor off your desk.

Corporate IT shops, of course, won't much care for the iPad. And what about that name? Apple doesn't even fully own it yet! Oh, the nerve! The cheek! The audacity! The other words in the thesaurus! It's enough to give a noted technology pundit a bad case of the vapors!

You're going to have to forgive the Macalope. He fully admits he's got pro-iPad derangement syndrome. Sorry, but have you seen his head? What did you expect when Apple came out with something that's his diminutive but precocious relative?

The problem the horny one has with the detractors is they are almost exclusively arguing about specific features the iPad lacks--Flash, a camera, an SD card slot, bladdity, bladdity. "A netbook has all these things! And costs less!" It's true! Guess what? This isn't a netbook replacement! It's something completely different.