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The Lemmings have Leaped

According to TUAW:
The early adopters are out in force today. Based on analysis from Fortune's Apple 2.0 blog & the investors of the AAPL board on Investor Village, it seems that as many as 50,000 iPads were pre-ordered in its first two hours of availability this morning. That's pretty staggering demand, especially considering that on a typical day Apple only receives an average of 15,000 online orders for all products combined.
Then later in the day TUAW reported ""Overwhelming" demand limiting iPad in-store pickup."

Then there are these two humorous articles from Gizmodo (one more humorous than the other)
The second link hits on my biggest complaint about the iPhone/Touch/iPad device, and that's the "closed app ecosystem":
The iPad only runs apps from the App Store. The same App Store that is notorious for banning apps for no real reason, such as Google Voice. Sure, netbooks might not have touchscreens, but you can install whatever software you'd like on them. Want to run a different browser on your iPad? Too bad!
Glad to see I'm not the only 'kook' that objects to the Apple peonage.

I'm no Amazing Kreskin, so I'm going to have to wait and see if this latest device is the runaway freight train that the staunch Apple supporters claim it will be, or if it will run off its rails and over the side.

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