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Lex is the EVP of Sales and Development for The Mid Roll, the world's best podcast advertising network.

He was previously Macworld's senior writer, and continues to contribute to the publication. He is the cohost of the Not Playing podcast, and the former cohost of Unprofessional.

Lex's first book, The Snuggie Sutra, is exactly what it sounds like. His most recent book is a Dr. Seuss parody for adults; it's called The Kid in the Crib.

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RIP, Apple iPad Keyboard Dock, you miserable bastard

I support and agree with Apple's decision to make the iPad 2 thinner and sleeker than its predecessor. 

I am deeply frustrated, however, that it renders my $70 iPad Keyboard Dock useless. I bought the base model iPad last year knowing that I would want to upgrade to the iPad's sequel. But I figured that iPad accessories—headphones, adapters, chargers, and that Keyboard Dock would work with that hypothetical new model.

I was wrong about the Keyboard Dock. 

I don't mind when I need a new case for a new product; Apple changes form factors reliably, and cases genearlly aren't too pricey. But a $70 keyboard that will now only ever have worked with a single Apple device seems a bit different.

I can't think of another example of an Apple-branded accessory with such a short shelf-life and lack of future-proofing. There are kludgey workarounds—you could run a cable from the Keyboard Dock to your indepedently propped-up iPad 2—but I wish Apple offered a cheap (or free!) adapter for folks like me. An early adopter adapter, if you will.

I've ordered Apple's slim Bluetooth keyboard now. As I wrote a little less than a year ago, if I'd had it to do over again, I would have gone that way first. But Apple created the Keyboard Dock, and it will only ever have worked with the iPad 1. I bought it. And I regret it.

Posted on March 11th, 2011