Overheard: Word of the Day

Oct 9 2007   6:37PM GMT

Overheard: Apple, the iPhone, Von Hippel and The Clash

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

iphone_att.jpg “I think what’s very interesting is the fact that thanks to blogs and the popularity of the iPhone, we’re starting to see platform hacking become a spectator sport for the masses.To be sure, hacking as a spectator sport has existed for years now, but this seems to be the first time that I can recall that the audience has gone beyond video game users or deeply geeky folks. I imagine that iPhone hacking is now common conversation in churches, coffee shops, and around the water cooler.”

Alex Hutton, New iPhone Exploits
Image by Falon

As economist Eric Von Hippel teaches in Democratizing Innovation, real product improvement comes from users.

To celebrate the mighty end user, let’s all join in and sing that Rock-the-Casbah song by The Clash that nobody knows the real words to anyway. Ready?

Von Hippel has a theory
About product improvement
He says it comes from users
Because they’re the ones most interested
Von Hippel wrote a book about it
Democratizing In-no-va-tion
Apple didn’t pay attention
And now “unlocking” is a buzzword


A. T. and T. don’t like it
HACK the iPhone
HACK that IPhone
A. T. and T. don’t like it
HACK the iPhone
HACK that IPhone

Alex Hutton added to the song — it’s too much fun to leave it buried in the comments.

By order of Steve Jobs
You better lock that iPhone down
“We have to play the cat and mouse game”
To sell it to the crowds

AT&T wants exclusivity
and to give us revenue
So we’ll play ball with Ma Bell
And the hackers we will screw

But as 2 weeks after update
the hackers did their thing
3rd party apps are running
and ringtones they did ring!


A. T. and T. don’t like it
HACK the iPhone
HACK that IPhone
A. T. and T. don’t like it
HACK the iPhone
HACK that IPhone

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