Jack Shafer wrote an excellent article in Slate about the closedness of the new devices that Apple is foisting on us. Welcome to our velvet prison, say the boys and girls from Apple. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine. I hope people continue to buy the excellent Mac computers that Apple makes, which are open platforms, and shun the iPad until it also becomes open. Wepad, from Germany, is supposed to come out in the summer and be based on ANdroid/Linux. I am waiting for that, or any other open tablet device, and I will gladly accept inferior battery life to have openness. Also, I could easily move on to an Android phone, and I hear another great one is coming along soon.