Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th May 2009 08:42 UTC
Apple Normally, this isn't something you'd find on the front page of OSNews, but the amount of craftsmanship and attention to detail going into this project is just mind blowing. In fact, it's so mind blowing that many Apple rumour websites posted this as a possible shot of an upcoming Apple netbook. Well, yeah, if Apple started making laptops out of wood...
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rumor mill
by Adurbe on Wed 6th May 2009 08:53 UTC
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I used to be one of those who would follow the apple rumor mill quite closly. This was when appl was releasing new, exciting products all the time.

The various forms of the iMacs, the ipod the cube!

Now, its sortof generic hardware with a niceish case...

I think Ives has grown to old for this cutting edge lark :-(

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Lets see
by Vanders on Wed 6th May 2009 09:01 UTC
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Hey everyone, my friends brother aunt second cousin met Steve Jobs in a bar last night and heard that Apple will buy Twitter!

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lest we forget..
by Brunis on Wed 6th May 2009 09:15 UTC
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"It's time we finally get an Apple news website of decent quality, with good, critical editors who can properly discern fact from fiction."

I thought Apple put those down?

And i'm quite sure they'll keep them down!

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Natural materials for computers
by torbenm on Wed 6th May 2009 09:19 UTC
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Asus has made laptop casings (partially) of bamboo and leather, and I recall seeing a home computer in the 8-bit era that sported wooden side panels (the case was a bent metal sheet with wooden side panels and all connectors in the back). Of course, a lot of homebrew laptop/computer cases sport wood and other natural materials.

Next is a real clamshell laptop. :-)

But a laptop case entirely of wood would be too fragile and won't conduct heat well enough. I suppose thin plywood would be O.K. for the screen backing and around the keyboard (as these parts don't get too hot). Wooden keys would be rather stylish, I think -- especially if the symbols on the keys are made of inlaid wood.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Wooden keys would be rather stylish, I think -- especially if the symbols on the keys are made of inlaid wood.

Yeah... as long as the coding on them didn't wear off or nothing else rubbed off on it too much. I'm not anxious to have splinters jabbed through my fingers by typing... although maybe it would help enforce typing breaks and might help RSI. ;)

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Comment by Moredhas
by Moredhas on Wed 6th May 2009 09:24 UTC
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Humorous Hypocrisy
by Beta on Wed 6th May 2009 10:39 UTC
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It's time we finally get an Apple news website of decent quality, with good, critical editors who can properly discern fact from fiction.
said on an article titled:

Apple's Rumoured Netbook Made Out of Wood

Classic.

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RE: Humorous Hypocrisy
by Laurence on Wed 6th May 2009 11:00 UTC in reply to "Humorous Hypocrisy"
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Thom's comment:

It's time we finally get an Apple news website of decent quality, with good, critical editors who can properly discern fact from fiction.


Your reply:

said on an article titled:
Apple's Rumoured Netbook Made Out of Wood

Classic.


How was that hypocritical?

All you're doing by referencing the article title is agreeing with the very same point that you cited as being hypocritical.

Edited 2009-05-06 11:05 UTC

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RE[2]: Humorous Hypocrisy
by Beta on Wed 6th May 2009 11:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Humorous Hypocrisy"
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How was that hypocritical?

Because he did the opposite of what he said he wanted?

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RE[3]: Humorous Hypocrisy
by Laurence on Wed 6th May 2009 13:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Humorous Hypocrisy"
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2007-03-26

"How was that hypocritical?
Because he did the opposite of what he said he wanted? "

This isn't an apple news site, this is just an IT themed indexing site and personal blog.

So no he didn't.

If Thom boasted insider knowledge, then you'd have a point. But he doesn't. He only posts the links to news items you and I submit.

So if you have a problem with the Apple-specific news items then perhaps you should volunteer yourself as an editor?

Edited 2009-05-06 13:15 UTC

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RE: Humorous Hypocrisy
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 6th May 2009 11:32 UTC in reply to "Humorous Hypocrisy"
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You do realise the article title is in jest, right?

I figured that was pretty drop dead obvious.

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RE[2]: Humorous Hypocrisy
by darknexus on Wed 6th May 2009 11:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Humorous Hypocrisy"
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Thom, one lesson about computer geeks... we typically miss the obvious, and apparently some of us don't have a sense of humor either. ;) I like the title, I laughed and it did get my attention for the sheer craziness of that idea. Knowing Apple they'd probably even try it if they thought they could make it work.

Edited 2009-05-06 11:40 UTC

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RE[3]: Humorous Hypocrisy
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 6th May 2009 15:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Humorous Hypocrisy"
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Speak for yourself. Most are not as dimwitted,anal and humorless as that. I want more exactly like this.

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RE: Humorous Hypocrisy
by Glynser on Wed 6th May 2009 13:33 UTC in reply to "Humorous Hypocrisy"
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Seems like you all didn't get the title. Have you even read the article?

The title says: The NETBOOK, that was presented on a photo and spread as a RUMOUR that this might gonna be built by Apple, was just a WOODEN model by some crazy artist, and NOT a leaked Apple photo or something.

Nobody said that Apple will build a wooden netbook.

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Not surprising
by Vinegar Joe on Wed 6th May 2009 11:00 UTC
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2006-08-16

Any story about Apple gives the fanboys "wood".....

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RE: Not surprising
by darknexus on Wed 6th May 2009 11:08 UTC in reply to "Not surprising"
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Nice one. ;)

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Nothing would surprise me
by bousozoku on Wed 6th May 2009 17:12 UTC
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Even if it was a real product, it wouldn't surprise me. Olympus took one of their point-and-shoot cameras and made the casing from wood. I've seen phones with wooden casings, also. Besides that, the Apple I had a wooden casing.

So, why oh why, would I be surprised?

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RE: Nothing would surprise me
by Delgarde on Wed 6th May 2009 21:30 UTC in reply to "Nothing would surprise me"
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2008-08-19

Even if it was a real product, it wouldn't surprise me. Olympus took one of their point-and-shoot cameras and made the casing from wood. I've seen phones with wooden casings, also. Besides that, the Apple I had a wooden casing.


And was it the original Palm Pilot that was prototyped as a piece of wood to see how practical it'd be to carry around?

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RE[2]: Nothing would surprise me
by bousozoku on Thu 7th May 2009 16:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Nothing would surprise me"
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And was it the original Palm Pilot that was prototyped as a piece of wood to see how practical it'd be to carry around?


Probably so. A lot of mockups start with wood or clay, so it would (or wood) be likely that Palm used that technique.

Thinking back, I made the joke that Greenpeace wouldn't be happy with Apple until their computers were made of wood, so it seems funny that someone might have picked up on that.

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MacRumors
by RedDogRER on Wed 6th May 2009 17:32 UTC
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2009-05-06

The only site I go to for Mac info (besides this one of course) is Macrumors.com They're very open and honest, and constantly say if something sounds 'fishy' and etc. They have the "Twitter" acquisition on their "Page 2" of very questionable rumors (as it should be).

I was quite amazed when I saw that story because a) it doesn't make sense and b) it is on the major news network's websites Geez why? I want to see a wooded netbook on their sites... that would make me happy. Also, absolutely AMAZING work by the artist on these.

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Page 2 fodder?
by Flent on Wed 6th May 2009 23:43 UTC
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2009-05-06

While of passing interest (pretty!) isn't this fairly page 2 in nature?

I know Thom has previously pointed out that:
A. Page 1, page 2, what's the difference? Cope with it.
B. Page 1 have longer 'Read More' sections, Page 2 don't.

but:

A. If that's the attitude of even the editing team, then what's the point at all?
B. We're left with the crazy situation where long interesting and OS related articles are dropped on page 2 with short descriptions, or the situation with Kroc last week adding some tangential musings to an article on OS adoption just to push it to page 1.

Back on topic, it's smacking a little of schadenfreude for Thom to mock the apple rumour community *after* cult of mac revealed the full story - where was the insightful, critical analysis of the 'obviously fake' story before the reveal? Glass houses etc. ;)

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Back to basics?
by Almafeta on Thu 7th May 2009 19:02 UTC
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I've seen bamboo laptop cases before, but when you talk about Apples in wood casing, you can't help but think of the old Apple I...

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silly wooden C64 story
by transputer_guy on Thu 7th May 2009 22:26 UTC
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2005-07-08

When I think of wooden PC cases I am reminded of the infamous Nigerian scam story that went horribly wrong for a scammer duped into providing 2 wooden carved projects, the second being the C64. He was led to believe that that was eaten by an african hamster so was denied his prize.

www.419eater.com/html/john_boko.htm

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not really
by sinnerman on Thu 7th May 2009 23:52 UTC
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2009-03-30

What's so "mind blowing" about this? Must have a mind that gets "blown" rather easily.

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Comment by bongo_x
by bongo_x on Fri 8th May 2009 01:29 UTC
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2006-03-21

the media have turned into a sort of copy/paste webring automaton with barely any critical thinking, who will report anything even if it's obviously fake.

I think that's what you meant to say.

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