The [Ninja Turtles] henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady have hijacked the musical genres for us just like the Lone Ranger hijacked the William Tell Overture for our parents.

- xkcd

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

That Crazy Technology

Ok, you guys probably don't even care about this (it's not like it's a huge deal or anything) but sometimes a mundane new piece of technology gets released that makes you take a step back and look at the crazy progress that technology. The cause for this action today though is the introduction of the 24" iMac.

I don't own an iMac, and I never have. I did however survive its original introduction. That was back in the dark days for Apple. They were trying to recover from years of missteps and mistakes. Steve Jobs had somehow managed to maneuver his way back into the CEO position.

One of the first results of his return was the creation of the all-in-one aqua/teal computer known as the iMac. I was on the PC side of the supposed Mac vs. PC debate. I was young and didn't yet realize that you don't really have to pick a side. It's just a computer and it's there to serve a purpose.

On with the rambling ...

Anyway, CompUSA was one of the few places selling Macs still (we had them shoved in a tiny dark corner and one guy who had actually used one) and I was working there at the time. We had this big hoopla about its introduction and I couldn't understand why anyone would buy one--it didn't even have a floppy drive!

Still, people came out and bought them in droves. Then when they introduced the multiple colors people kept buying them. They introduced a 'flower power' model ... and well people stopped buying them for a little bit ... but then they moved to just the graphite color and people started buying them again.

As time passed, the iMac has evolved. Gaining the flat panel, the Pixar lamp inspired neck for a brief time, and now back to a one-piece shape. Recently it's gotten wireless internet, bluetooth, a remote control, a built-in camera, and now the humongoid screen.

This computer is practically better than my home entertainment center. I'm imagining kids in college taking a break from updating their facebook or myspace pages to watch television shows (or more likely: pornography ... those kids!) they copied from others on the campus network on their gigantic ass monitor using their fancy remote control. maybe pausing the video to have a few beers or perhaps tip over a garbage can ... hey they're in college, they enjoy doing that kind of thing.

Anyway to get back on topic, how did this happen? Who is the jackass who decided that all that crazy sci-fi stuff actually needed to happen? This is an outrage and it makes all of the stuff I own seem old and sucky. Now I need to go buy one of these newfangled "color tv's" or perhaps see one of those talkies I've been hearing about. Damn you steady march of progress! DAMN YOU!!!!


At 9/07/2006 7:22 AM, Blogger Chuckles said...

One of my brothers is trying to learn about these strange devices so his wife can buy one for work. I think they are called iBooks. I tend to avoid anything with and i- name along with my boycott of all -pe and ye and -e establishments.

At 9/07/2006 9:11 AM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

well, they all run on Intel processors now so you can actually install Windows on them if you want.

Also, there are no other 'i' anythings anymore. They're the MacBook and MacBook Pro. Of course, they haven't renamed the iMac the MacMac yet.

At 9/07/2006 9:20 AM, Blogger Chuckles said...

I would probably consider buying one if it was called the MacMac.

At 9/08/2006 6:35 PM, Blogger mdhatter said...

Uh, sounds like it might be time for me to buy a new mac. nice. I had a Quadra... and it was replaced by a a green iMac, which lived to be replaced with this tiny-ass mac mini.

I even had an apple in grade school. They make a great personal computer, emphasis on personal.

24 inches, big for an apple, small for a burrito.

At 9/09/2006 2:23 PM, Blogger fish said...

I got the 20" iMac at home. It's da bomb.

For about $80 you can get software to open a Windoze um, window. It will run natively as a client PC. Now I can enjoy the better OS and still play the better computer games...

At 9/14/2006 8:58 AM, Blogger pop renaissance said...

i've got a 20 incher too...heh heh.

At 9/14/2006 8:58 AM, Blogger pop renaissance said...

oh shit - you meant computer. my bad.


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