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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted May 06, 2008 14:31      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's 10 years since the iMac was released, Steve Job's huge gamble to save the then-ailing Apple Computer Company.

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My local paper has re-printed this article from 10 years ago. I'd forgotten how much of what we now take for granted in computers was seen as weird and risky back then.

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From TFA:
With a translucent plastic cover and matching peek-a-boo panels on the contoured keyboard and mouse, this deep green and white wedge has undeniable appeal. This is geek chic - George Jetson meets Giorgio Armani. Apple has suddenly remembered how to use style as a weapon to distinguish itself from PCs....

...Beneath the iMac's aqua case beats a PowerPC G3 chip, 233MHz with 512Kb level 2 cache...

...The G3 can out-gallop even a 400MHz Pentium II, according to the boffins. With a 4Gb hard drive, 32Mb of main memory and 2Mb of graphics RAM (both upgradable), 15-inch colour screen, 24 speed CD-ROM and built-in stereo speakers, the iMac is certainly no slouch...

...That the iMac can use the same USB devices as Windows will be a boon for manufacturers, retailers and shoppers, once the USB drought breaks. At the moment there's nothing but a handful of scanners, mice and digital cameras sporting USB connections. Apple is clearly hoping the USB wave will break with the release of the USB-ready Windows 98 in June...


...Also missing are serial ports ... and a printer port. To print from your iMac you'll need to find a USB printer (don't bother looking, right now there are none).



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Richard Wolf VI
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Ten years already? I hope it only gets better!

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The same old iWanToUseaMac... Who am I fooling? I'm getting a Wii now, iWanToUseaMac isn't :P
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Icon 1 posted May 06, 2008 16:02      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
But... but.... where's the floppy drive?! [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted May 06, 2008 16:17      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well this will be an easy day for me to remember. Today is my son's birthday. He just turned 13. I can hardly believe the iMac has been around 10 years. Now I'll have to go home and sing happy birthday to my son and my iMac.

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Richard Wolf VI
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Icon 10 posted May 06, 2008 16:42      Profile for Richard Wolf VI   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Today Windows XP Service Pack 3 was released to public. Yay?

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Icon 1 posted May 07, 2008 12:46      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Here is an article on the history of the iMac. I have to agree with the author. The flower power iMac looks terrible.

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quote:
Originally posted by CrawGator:
Here is an article on the history of the iMac. I have to agree with the author. The flower power iMac looks terrible.

That second picture used to be a poster I had on my wall in my old room.
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Richard Wolf VI
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quote:
Originally posted by CrawGator:
The flower power iMac looks terrible.

Jonny Ive on LSD?

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Icon 1 posted May 08, 2008 16:58      Profile for joliet_jane     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
This is cool news, but it's also making me feel old... [ohwell]

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