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New Enthusiasm

by Derrick Story
04/03/2002

Dear Mac Reader,

I got a call from my aunt in Southern California last weekend. She and her husband just bought a new iMac G4, and they wanted to tell me about it. (The word is in my family that I have a bunch of Macs and do some kind of writing and Web thing.)

This is the first new computer that my aunt and uncle have purchased since they bought their Performa LC ten zillion years ago. They had all but quit computing because it was just too painful to bear.

But now my uncle is going crazy with iMovie and having a blast learning Mac OS X. He's in the middle of a big project that will most likely arrive in my mailbox before too long.

I'm telling you about my family because this is a story that I'm beginning to hear again and again. People who had become bored with computers discovering new enthusiasm through the iMac G4. My guess is that if Apple had released another "regular" computer, my poor aunt and uncle would still be collecting dust on that old Performa.

I know folks weren't too happy in Japan when Steve Jobs announced that the price was going up $100 bucks for the iMac. "Hey, weren't these keynote things supposed to be fun???" And there's been plenty of press about delayed deliveries, although everyone I know has received their computer.

We should keep in mind, though, that this is a *brand new machine* unlike anything ever glowing on a desktop before. Pulling these wonder devices together is a real challenge, and Apple says they are currently shipping 5,000 a day. You know, there's probably a reason why there are no delayed deliveries for beige PCs ...

What ever bumps in the road we encounter in producing the new iMac, it's worth it. If you could have heard the excitement in my Aunt's voice, you'd know what I mean.

She wrapped up the conversation about my uncle's finishing touches on his movie by asking, "You do have a DVD player, don't you? Because we're using iDVD to burn this thing."

Oh man, my aunt has better toys than me ...

Until next time,

Derrick Story
O'Reilly Network Managing Editor
derrick@oreilly.com


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