I have wonderful friends and family who let me know when I say things that I think are harmless that can be taken in ways that I don’t intend.
Recently, I mentioned “jailbreaking” my phone on twitter, and was privately asked how I can do something that sounds so illegal and call myself a Christian. Let me explain, so that you don’t think I am breaking the law.
Jailbreaking is the process whereby you make it possible to put non-Apple sanctioned apps on the device. Some of those apps are illegal (they steal the code from legal apps and allow you to get free apps that you should pay for–just as illegal as pirating music) and some of the apps are not illegal, they just don’t fit in Apple’s very tight parameters (they run in the background, they access root files, they “replace core functionality of the device,” for example).
If you jailbreak in order to download illegal apps, you are breaking the law. If you jailbreak to satisfy your inner geek that can only be satiated by having a settings app that runs in the background (and sucks your battery dry just like Uncle Steve warned you), you aren’t breaking any laws, but you still are kind of a dork.
I fall into the second category.
The simple fact of the matter is that it is my phone. I have paid for it. I should be able to do whatever I like to the phone, short of violating someone else’s intellectual property (by pirating apps, for example).
So no, I’m not breaking any laws. I appreciate the opportunity to state that publicly.