Everywhere you look today, the Internet is abuzz with news of the iPad. I’ve been attempting to do some work for hours now, yet I keep being interrupted by well-meaning people who all are demanding to know if I’m going to get one for myself or not. Yes – I am! Kat, however, is not. She adamantly states she doesn’t want one, and is tired of hearing about them already. I say she isn’t American, but that’s an argument for another day.

The funny thing is that several people in our chat room are “dying” to have an iPad for their very own. When someone asks them “Well, WHY do you want it so much?” many of them don’t even have an answer to that. Another example… Kat’s sister told her earlier that she “has to have” an iPad. When Kat asked her why, the answer was a simple “it’s new, it’s hot, and it looks great!” Her sister didn’t even know what things are included (and what is NOT included) on the device. She just knew she had to have one.

This happens every time an anticipated device is released. Everyone has to have one. Remember the lines for the iPhone? What I don’t understand is why so many people claim to need a device simply because it is new. Is it really that necessary to have what everyone else has? Doesn’t it matter whether or not a particular gadget will serve your needs properly? Have we truly lost site of what is important when it comes to buying electronics and computer equipment?

What have you read today that is NOT related to the iPad? There have actually been a lot of things posted in our community, dealing with all sorts of subjects that aren’t even remotely related to Apple or its announcement. Hopefully you’ve taken the time to check some of it out!

Yours digitally,

Chris Pirillo
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It’s official! The Apple iPad is now a reality. What are your thoughts so far?
http://chris.pirillo.com/apple-ipad-finally-makes-its-debut/

Fortron is bringing out a bronze-certified PSU lineup.
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/theoracle/2010/01/27/fortron-brings-out-bronze-certified-psu-lineup/

Protect your computers from common Web sites and even more common threats.
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Facebook will be using McAfee to clean up its site.
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/danwood/2010/01/27/facebook-to-use-mcafee-to-clean-up-site/

What are your thoughts on Google Wave?
http://geeks.pirillo.com/profiles/blogs/google-wave-my-thoughts-about

Create folder icons for Mac OS X folders in mere seconds!
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Has Apple lost over a million dollars to iPhone App pirates?
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/danwood/2010/01/27/apple-loses-450-million-to-iphone-app-pirates/

Perhaps we should write more, and link less.
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/windows/2010/01/26/less-linking-more-writing/

GoToAssist can help you provide instant support to clients, friends or family members.
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Windows 7 was your idea, so what do you love about it?
http://geeks.pirillo.com/profiles/blogs/why-i-love-windows-7

Add a monitor via USB with ease, thanks to DisplayLink.
http://chris.pirillo.com/how-to-add-a-monitor-using-usb/

Are you going to be buying an iPad?
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/blade/2010/01/27/apple-unleashes-the-ipad-magical-revolutionary-device-at-an-unbelievable-price/

Students now have their very own Ubuntu Linux distro!
http://geeks.pirillo.com/profiles/blogs/uberstudentan-ubuntu-based

Mass Effect 2 has been released to intergalactic acclaim!
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/game/2010/01/26/mass-effect-2-released-to-intergalactic-acclaim/

Aggregate all of your social lifestreams into one site. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s awesome!
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Check out the hottest new freeware and software apps.
http://geeks.pirillo.com/profiles/blogs/new-and-updated-apps-for-2

Just for fun: What are your favorite pizza toppings?
http://geeks.pirillo.com/forum/topics/whats-you-favorite-toppings

Do you remember the launch of Windows 3.1? Some of us not only remember it — we held a party for it!
http://chris.pirillo.com/windows-3-1-launch-party/

Republicans are replying to comments about the State of the Union Address on Facebook!
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/theoracle/2010/01/27/republican-reply-to-sotu-on-facebook-who-knew-they-could-use-that-technology/

An ex-Air Force officer says the U.S. should be using dirigibles.
http://wp3.lockergnome.com/theoracle/2010/01/27/ex-air-force-officer-says-us-should-be-using-dirigibles/