BOSTON (CNN) -- The latest iMacs do more than exhibit stylish colors.
They wiggle, jiggle and bounce, especially when dropped from the
Budding scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
discovered these and other unique properties while researching the
delectability of desktops, taking part in a contest Friday to build
the most realistic-looking iMac possible made out of Jell-O.
The main trick in the event, sponsored by the school and Apple
computers, was finding enough structural support to keep the sculpture
What the Idiots Say
"All the iMac can do is sustain the Apple cult
a little longer. It's not going to bring new people in."
- PC analyst Seymour Merrin of Merrin Information
10 August 1998.
What the Facts Show
Where iMac buyers are coming from.
Famous Hobbit Actor Uses Mac
24 July 1999.
Elijah J Wood, officially confirmed to have been asked to play Frodo
in the upcoming Lord of the Rings movie being filmed in New Zealand,
uses Macintosh! He is also reported to be a Christian. (He needs better
taste in mouse pads, though.)
24 July 1999.
The funkiest computer company in the
world (Apple Computer Inc) has
just announced (at the recent MacWorld New York) the funkiest laptop/portable
computer in the world. The iBook has a battery life of six hours,
and has the option of wireless connection to the Internet. At present
it will come in just two colours - tangerine and blueberry - and
is due for release in September.
Using "Save And Power Off Now," an iBook or other Open
World Mac can complete the next boot in a matter of less than
ten seconds. The Startup Screen and Extensions Loading displays
are skipped, as they signify boot stages that are bypassed after
Contrary to the apparent belief of some non-industry journalists,
the iBook uses a standard 300MHz copper-interconnect PowerPC 750
processor. Because it is the least powerful copper G3, it is also
the coolest -- the iBook uses, and needs, no fans. Many Expo attendees
report that iBooks that had received very heavy usage not only
lasted throughout the entire show on one battery charge, but they
also felt barely warmer than room temperature.
iBook Prices Inconsistent
5 August 1999.
Apple NZ received over 500 orders
for the iBook before even announcing the RRP of NZ$4269. Compare
that price to a blue and white G3 mini-tower, priced at $4129.
That's a whole $140 less. (These prices include GST.)
Why is it that the iBook and the entry level blue and white G3
mini-tower both have the US price of US$1599? (Considering
the mini-tower is much heavier and would thus cost much more in
freight - and $800 for freight seems a bit excessive.)
"We've also had a number of enquiries from PC dealers asking
if they'll be able to sell the iBook - but we'll be sticking with
our existing channel for the time being." - Apple NZ General
Manager Paul Johnston.
New Zealand will get its first stock in the second week of October,
but Paul Johnston doesn't expect to be out of back order until
1 September 1999.
For the first time in history, a personal computer
has been classified as a weapon by the US government. With the power
to perform over one billion calculations per second, the Pentagon wants
to ensure that the new Power Macintosh G4 does not fall into the wrong
hands. As for Pentium PCs... Well, they're harmless.
Apple NZ seems to think that they
can charge anything they like for these supercomputer G4 things.
(They're probably right, but that's not the point.)
B/W G3 300MHz
B/W G3 350MHz
So just what's going on here?
9 September 1999.
A very kindly Dutch visitor to The Mac
Set has pointed out that the picture I featured a
while back of Saint Nicholas using an iMac can't be from "Northern
Scandinavia" since the graphic is named sinterklaas.jpg, and
Sinterklaas is actually the Dutch name for Saint Nicholas. Therefore,
I officially announce the picture to be from the Netherlands, not
from any part of Scandinavia. My Dutch informant writes:
Scandinavia only includes Greenland, Finland, Norway, Sweden
... the Netherlands... is the only place were we celebrate Sinterklaas
(December 5th, we also have Santa Claus (see the sim. in name..)
but we call him "Christmas man". So the kids have two
great feasts in December.
Oh to be a kid in the Netherlands in December. Other background
info I dug up:
The feast is celebrated on the evening of December 5, "Sinterklaas"
on his horse and his helper "zwarte piet" go over the
rooftops to the houses to bring gifts for the children who have
Why 5 Tanks?
9 September 1999.
Please note: The conclusion this report reaches is pure speculation.
Some of the information used in reaching the conclusion may be true.
Motorola is rumoured to be making bundles of 350MHz G4 chips. The problems
Apple doesn't have a computer with a 350MHz G4 - the mini-tower desktop
machines start with a 400MHz G4.
Only one of the four upgrade card manufacturers who have announced
G4 upgrade cards will be using 350MHz chips, and even if all four did,
it would hardly make a dent on the number that Motorola are making.
350MHz G4 Powerbooks from Apple? No doubt before long, since the 350MHz
G4 would be the coolest-running G4. But Powerbooks are still not really
a very big seller (from the raw number sold, not the popularity thereof
compared to other laptops).
My advice: Hold off on buying that iMac for just a little while as this
is a strong possibility for their destination. So why five tanks? Click here for a pop-up window to
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