Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Aug 2009 19:37 UTC
Apple Using his blue box, Steve Wozniak once called the Vatican (for free), and, imitating Henry Kissinger's voice, asked if he could speak with the pope. The pope turned out to be asleep. Wozniak pulled these pranks together with Steve Jobs, with whom he'd found Apple computer not long after. Oh, how the times have changed. How can a company with its roots in phreaking, pranks, and home-made computing end up the way it is today?
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agree and disagree
by JoshB on Wed 5th Aug 2009 19:59 UTC
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I agree that some of the older macs were a lot more fun and a lot more exciting (I still think the cube is probably the coolest computer ever), but there was a method to their madness.

Every product is simply a continuation, or a refining, of past products. The cube turned into the mac mini. The iMac became that lamp-type iMac, which became the current iMac, each one an extension and refining of the last.

I think that it's boring because we're used to it, but really it all looks like a march towards some engineering-ideal which only Steve Jobs is privy too. Which is kind of your point: the imperfections make it memorable. Which is true. So as this has progressed and become nearer and nearer that Jobsian singularity the products have become less and less memorable. Which begs the question: would you rather have something perfect or memorable?

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