iPad Battery Replacement? Now why would you want that?

Mashable posted an article about the iPad that reminds me why I try not to own many disposable electronics (or Apple products). When your iPad battery dies, you know what you have to do with your machine? Send it back and they will replace it for the low low cost of $99.

I'm sure they'll crack it open and put in a new battery, but it doesn't make any sense to me why they won't allow users to do the same themselves.

Apple is representative of everything that I hate about our consumer economy. When your iPod battery dies, you have to buy a new iPod. When your iPad battery dies, you need a new iPad. Nothing is expected to last more than a couple of years; it's actually manufactured to fail so that you will buy a new one.

Before you go shell out for your next disposable electronics purchase, check out The Story of Stuff. Spend 20 minutes online and decide if you really need it, and how you'll feel if it lives a short life. Can it be recycled? Re-used? Or will it just feed into the ever-growing pile of waste our species likes to pretend doesn't exist?

I wonder: in thousands of years when archaeologists start digging through landfills, if they will understand what we were thinking or if they will be completely dumbfounded by these massive piles of meaningless, wasteful nothing that likely will have led to our own destruction.

Seriously, the story of stuff. Check it out.