Great essay on the iPad.
… age ranges of people who fall into the Old World of computing, it is roughly bell-curved with Generation X (hello) approximately in the center. That, to me, is fascinating — Old World users are sandwiched between New World users who are both younger and older than them.
I know that the older I get, the more willing I am to embrace abstraction in spades. Tweaking DIP switches on motherboards, hacking AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS are all memories that I’m glad I’ll never have to revisit.
I suppose that’s why I have such ambivalent feelings towards the maker/hacker scene. Not only do I not have enough time, these days I’m more concerned about what I can make or design with my tools, rather than the tools themselves. Still if I had the time…
[Reminder to self re: artists vs. designers]