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Apple's mystery beast

2002-01-03 23:43:08+00 by Dan Lyke 20 comments

There's some speculation from Dave Winer and Tom Negrino (and Dori Smith in other entries) about the upcoming announcement Apple is supposed to make at MacWorldExpo, that's being hyped as "Beyond the rumor sites. Way beyond.". Crazy Apple Rumors posits "sexbots" (from Dori), which is appealing, but I think it's going to be an iGinger[Wiki]. Think about it, a Segway which uses some obscure bleeding edge but unlikely to be widely adopted protocols to draw power off your PowerBook[Wiki] batteries, thereby being cute and slim.

[Edited to Tom Negrino from Dori Smith. Doh! Lack of sleep shows through, I really was trying to get that right after my earlier screw-up]

[ related topics: Apple Computer Dave Winer Macintosh ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:09+00 by: Dori

One small correction: that first link to me should actually say "Tom Negrino."

Considering that Tom's been posting more than I have lately, it's interesting how many people just assume that everything is from me. Let's just say that you aren't the only one, by a loooong shot.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:09+00 by: Dylan

No no no...it will be a Segway with a translucent cover and no difference on the inside...

I'll hope for the sexbots instead. At least that'd be interesting.

#Comment made: 2002-01-04 04:10:52+00 by: Mike Gunderloy [edit history]

Cynical outsider prediction: they'll put something like a flat screen or a faster CPU in an existing model and hype it as revolutionary. Yawn.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:10+00 by: Dan Lyke

Dori: Aaaaugh! Lack of sleep, must have been. The 2 AM bed-time this morning. Because I specifically said "This time I'm not going to screw up the Dori/Tom thing".


Mike: Yeah, that's what I'm expecting. Or a $1400 PDA that plays music.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:10+00 by: TC

Yup it's a PDA "Iwalk" gezuss people I don't even do da Mac Thang and Iz nu dat

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:10+00 by: Pete

Two-button mouse.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:10+00 by: Mike Gunderloy

That Iwalk video is from the same people who've pulled other Mac hoaxes in the past.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:11+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

Cam pointed to a MacSlash debunking of the iWalk videos.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:11+00 by: TC

Doh! I guess I've been spoofed. I guess I'll keep macilliterate yap shut. I'm crestfallen to find out all stories on slash dot are not true.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:11+00 by: Mars Saxman

pete: uh, so we can doubleclick really fast by rolling two fingers across the buttons? Macs don't exactly *need* more than one button...

For that matter, the newer mice don't have any buttons at all. You just sort of click the mouse body.


#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:11+00 by: Dan Lyke

Mars, nowadays when I'm on a system with a mouse that has less than 5 buttons (ie: the 3 axiis of the scroll wheel plus the other two) I feel like my mouse hand is underutilized.

Different strokesclicks, I guess.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:11+00 by: markd

Saturday's bit of hype on Apple.com is "Full speed ahead: Lust Factor Ten". Maybe the sexbots thing might be right...

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:12+00 by: Pete

Mars - It's a, I say it's a joke son. Don't cha get it? You're built too short, the good ones go over yer head. Ya got a hole in yer glove, boy, I keep pitching them and you keep missing them. Ya gotta keep yer eye on the ball, son. Eye. Ball. Eyeball. I almost had a funny there. Joke, that is.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:14+00 by: Pete

It's a big white boob with a monitor sticking out of the nipple.

#Comment made: 2002-01-07 13:07:19+00 by: Pete [edit history]

Time article pictures:

Time article text: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=25790&cid=2796179

...not that there's anything wrong with that.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:15+00 by: Mike Gunderloy

Well, we'll know in a few hours, but at the moment my earlier prediction seems to hold. Of course the hardcore Apple fanatics are saying "naw, they leaked the unimportant news to Time, the big news is still a secret."

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:15+00 by: Pete

Much bigger picture:


#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:16+00 by: TC

Pete: Bwahahaha...haven't seen a text Foghorn Leghorn in a while, although you might consider some delicious decaf alternatives as you seem a bit worked up about this Iboob.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:16+00 by: Pete

Too much Fark in the morning.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:16+00 by: Dan Lyke

They've announced it! It's a... a... an iMac with an LCD display. Oh. Wow. Thanks. That's just what I wanted, Steve. So much bigger than the rumor sites. Yeah. Did you say this thing came with a receipt?

Dori thinks it's an iLuxo.

Okay, it is kinda cool that you can get it with video editing software installed, but I've been through the hell of old Macintoshes, and I'm much happier to take my pain up-front.