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It’s a Mac, Mac, Mac, Mac World

January 31, 2007

I mistakenly went to a meeting today a day early. So I’m sitting here in Koo Koo Roo in Studio City enjoying free wireless internet. I chose the Chinese Salad. Excuse me, make that the Asian Salad. I took the picture on my built-in camera on my new MacBook Pro.
Asian Salad Sweet.

Beyond the issue of price, I can’t understand why anyone would want to use an ugly PC. The aesthetics of the Tiger operating system are just too beautiful. I know, it’s just a computer. But I look at this thing all day. Why not have some beauty in your life?

I’ve bought way too many computers since I came online in 1998. Yes, I never owned my own computer until then. I was never much of a news reader or websurfer until 2003 or 2004 either. I’m not always sure it’s been a good thing for me. “News porn” is what Asghar called it. All too true at times.

I haven’t had my own computer for about three years though. When my first computer, a Wall Street G3 finally gave out, I ended up having to use my wife’s old iMac G3 for work, my Dual G4 tower at home, and her laptop when I could for comfy web surfing at home. I suppose something like Bloglines would have helped me here, but I could never trust I would find the article I read earlier in the day when it came time to blog. Getting everything onto this laptop has helped organize and energize all of my computer endeavors, which are many.

Mac Family
My Mac family: Wall Street G3, iMac G3, iBook G3, MacBook, MacBook Pro and Dual 450 G4 tower.

The Wall Street was by far my most long-used compter; even though it eventually wore out it’s hinges I could still use it as a wireless iTunes server with a third party wireless card until just a couple years ago when an attempt at upgrading to Panther pretty much killed it. Plus the power adapter was too loose. The G4 tower paid for itself 3 times over with audio editing; it still ran pretty snappy even though it was 6 years old. The G3 computers were the biggest waste. The iBook, now inservice for the kids, needed 3 video board replacements. One time we almost lost all our family photos. We’re very happy with the new MacBooks. It’s the first time a computer feels like it starting to do all the things it’s really supposed to do for you. I’m not going to buy another computer for as long as I can possibly hold out though- I’m afraid to even look at how much we’ve spent over the past 9 years. Our first iMac isn’t even here anymore!

All this to say, this is an intense time of giving up some old things to make room for the new. Which is very hard for me to do. More on that later. But isn’t this the sexiest computer design you’ve ever seen? I’ll miss you ol’ Skippy. Don’t hate me too much for recycling you!
Wall Street CurvesWall Street G3

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim C permalink
    February 1, 2007 7:48 am

    Jobs definitely proved one thing: design matters.

    In a world where homogenized PC’s were beating each other up over price, each making a cheaper and cheaper product, Jobs showed that you can win – or win enough to survive decently against a Microsoft – making a “better” product.

    And after doing the same thing in the portable music space, he’s now going after phones, which maybe be the best thing to ever hapen to the consumer phone/handset marketplace…

    Boy that space needed new thinking, and Apple is about to inject that, ready or not.

  2. Duke Ray permalink
    February 1, 2007 11:58 am

    Duke, have you seen the newly-released Windows Vista OS? Looks just like Mac’s! “If you’re gonna steal, steal from the best!”

  3. Duke Ray permalink
    February 1, 2007 11:59 am

    Nice, I just called the Count by my own name…?!

  4. walter permalink
    October 2, 2008 1:28 pm

    re:isn’t this the sexiest computer design you’ve ever seen?
    you are so right 🙂

  5. June 30, 2009 8:07 am

    hey i’m looking a tiger dvd for my g3 imac, can you help me?

  6. November 22, 2010 7:36 am

    i like wireless internet because you can surf anywhere and you can avoid those ethernet cables -`.

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