I agree, Apple are as fascist as Microsoft ever was when it comes to consumer freedom. But their gear is nice, I must admit...
When Joel Johnson wrote that Apple was trying to turn computers into appliances, like a dishwasher, he sounded like he was making sense. Nothing wrong with a dishwasher.
But the company that sells you your dishwasher doesn't get to tell you which dishes you're allowed to use. They don't get to sue companies that make dishes that might possibly be loaded into the dishwasher. They don't get to sue you for figuring out how to cook salmon in your dishwasher. They don't get to sue O'Reilly if it publishes a recipe for dishwasher salmon.
Update - next thing I know, here's the issue again. "Is Steve Jobs Ignoring History, Or Trying To Rewrite It?" Watch out for Android!