Slate recently published an article about the limitations of usage of devices. The author bought a used Samsung mobile phone and wanted to replace, in his words, “the bloated, privacy-invading system that comes standard with Samsung’s Android devices.” Samsung and Sprint, who handled the data plan for the phone, locked down the technology, not allowing the user to change the operating system, citing security concerns. In the past, changing an operating system on a technology was not difficult or as restricted. The article points out that mobile phones are an obvious example, but technology locking of this sort is widespread. Amazon, for example, has removed books from its customers’ Kindles. In another example, the maker of the Keurig one-cup coffee-maker is launching a new model designed to only use company-approved refills. The article asks us to question this rigid approach.

You can read the full article here.