Monday, January 03, 2005

More on Computers

I wrote on Christmas Eve about the laptop computer cleanup I did for the owner of Purple Baby Daddies. That led to further work that I'll do on Friday on her in-store machine, and probably to installing a point-of-sale system on that store computer in the near future. It's the kind of thing I enjoy doing despite having to work with Windows-based machines.

I've confessed my strong bias for Apple Macintosh computers and the Mac operating system before. (Click on the Switch tab if the tsunami appeal is still at the home page.) I can be a little bit pedantic when pointing out the merits of the Mac and its OS, but I truly believe that it is so much superior to the main alternative, Windows, that it ought to be as obvious to every one else as it is to me that Macintosh ought to be used by every one. Obviously, that puts me out of step with about 97% of the rest of the world. I still think I'm right. If you'd like to explore the reasons why, I'm ready to help. Send me an e-mail.

It's almost time for the annual MacWorld Conference in San Francisco. Steve Jobs delivers his traditional keynote address to the conference on Tuesday, January 11th, an event carefully staged to allow Jobs to create the reality distortion field for which he is justifiably famous. I met a guy from Austin who works for Apple at the Coffee Shop last week. He has a job that would put him in a position to know, and he said that Steve has more of usual surprise announcements, the kind that set the audience at the conference cheering, and get Apple aficionados excited enough to sit and watch an hour-long webcast that is usually available during or soon after the live keynote. There's been a lot of chatter on the message boards over the last week about an "under-$500 Mac" and that's also finding its way into some of the mainstream press. It's always a guessing game, though. Steve likes surprises and he usually comes up with one or two.

Finally, as I was browsing around the 'net this morning, I came upon this article about the 'net itself. It's a couple of years old, but still timely in what it has to say about the internet.

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