Ignorantium
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The More Things Change!

The First Mac Released in 1984The new content begins in earnest today. Sure, I’ll be pawning off old posts for new soon enough, don’t you worry about that. I’m still operating under the idea that I should get as much mileage as I can from posts. I’m not a machine!

The new content begins with a paean to my first technological love: the Mac. 26 years ago this week, Apple introduced the Macintosh. It was on such a machine (well, a Mac SE) that I first got my geek on as a graphic designer and in-house “system expert” (we had two Macs and a laser printer) at a Kinko’s. It was the dawning of desktop publishing and I loved everything about Macs. I had learned BASIC programming on clunky old school-furnished IBMs, but the Mac was everything that people say it was: cool, sleek, smart, etc. And for a time, they just got better and better.

I left Macs behind in the mid-90’s when Apple decided it wanted to suck and Microsoft made us all believe that Windows was just as good. I also didn’t have access to company-provided hardware and couldn’t afford a Mac. Looking at Wikipedia articles for this post I was reminded about how expensive Macs were (and still are). In one of the Wiki articles it says original (or maybe it was the second generation “Fat Mac”) was something like $5000 in today’s money. That seems outrageous to me now, but that was the price you had to pay for a mouse and GUI back then. (Kind of funny considering I now have to throw mice away from time to time to remove the clutter.)

So what’s the point, you ask? All the hype over the introduction of the Apple Tablet, and the subsequent announcements that other manufacturers are (again) looking to release tablet computers, has me wondering if tablets are really what the world is clamoring for. In other words, is this a Mac or a Newton? I’ll have more to say as I cogitate over the question and talk to smarter people (and non-lapsed Apple adherenets). For now, however, I’m still not convinced that a tablet computer is really all that great an idea, and if it is a great idea, that Apple really has the secret formula (design, operating system, dependability, etc.) to make one a success. (

Don’t get me wrong: I’m still excited to get a look at them, and it almost goes without saying that Apple’s designs are brilliant, but for now I’m not so sure I’m all that sold.

More to come, obviously. For now, expect additional posts on this topic, as well as links to be added later today. I’m typing as fast as I can!

Thanks for stopping by.

1 Comment to “The More Things Change!”

  1. Bob says:

    Being a first-time Mac owner (longtime craver), and having just had a stellar customer service experience relating to aforementioned Mac, I’d have to say that, at this point, I’m a fan for life. I’m also rabidly looking forward to tomorrow’s offering as, well, Apple is just good at making people feel that way. That being said, I’m fairly confident that this device is going to be an ancillary device, not a full-on computer. I think Apple has fully realized that, although the sexiness of the device and UI is key, content and apps are where the future lies. The device they announce tomorrow will be a beautiful delivery service for them.

    And just when I got a Nook, too. Damn my timing.

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