Sunday 25 August 2002

Mac zealotry alive & well

Something of a shock to find dozens of links about Jaguar at diveintomark this morning. If this is the response to a 0.5 release (10.1.5 to 10.2), what’s going to happen when Mac OS 11 (XI?) ships? The response to Jaguar is something I haven’t seen since System 7 shipped.

One Friday in May 1991, about a week before the official release date, a friend with close connections at Apple called and asked if I’d like a copy of System 7. “Sure,” I replied.

“Send a courier over this afternoon to pick up the Zip disk,” he told me.

I mentioned to Sean, a young systems support guy in the company where I was working, that we’d probably have a copy of System 7 later that day. A couple of minutes later I heard him on the phone, explaining that there’d been an emergency at work and he’d have to work until very late.

“Wow, Sean,” I said when he’d put down the phone. “You cancelled your date so you could install a new operating system? After raving all week about this hot new babe?”

“You bet” he said fervently. “System 7 is more important than any girl.”

One assumes he’s rearranged his priorities in the intervening years. But, then again, perhaps not.

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I know it's sad but I've been getting the sort of pit of the stomach feelings of anticipation about Jaguar which I used to get about girls as a teenager! It's funny for me this time too because I do a lot of beta testing for Apple and Microsoft and usually get stuff way ahead of the mob. This time I haven't and reading other people's descriptions of getting old of jaguar is like some weird geeky type of pornography.

Posted by: Euan on 25 August 2002 at 09:36 AM

When I went down to the local Frys they didn't yet have a copy in stock.

Bought a new LCD monitor instead.

That's all the thrill my wallet can take this month.

Guess I'll have to wait untit my friends wrinkle out all the kinks in the new system before hooking up with it.

Posted by: Loren on 25 August 2002 at 10:48 AM

I read Mark's post and started getting that I should really get a Mac. The last one I bought was in January of 1984. Unix and Mac I'm starting to get that irresistible urge.

Posted by: Norm Jenson on 25 August 2002 at 12:05 PM

When OS 11 ships, why the planet will slow on its axis, stop, and then slowly begin to rotate in the opposite direction.

Just think, Jonathon -- you'll finally have summer in July.

Posted by: Burningbird on 25 August 2002 at 01:22 PM

Euan, I think you're better off not getting involved. I hope you resist the temptation to upgrade.

Loren, congratulations on the new LCD monitor (and it's always a good idea to let those on the bleeding edge test new operating systems before taking the plunge yourself).

Norm, forget the Macintosh. Create an extra partition on your hard drive (Partition Magic does a great job) and install Red Hat Linux.

Bb, the only way "the planet will slow on its axis, stop, and then slowly begin to rotate in the opposite direction" is if I switch back to the Macintosh.

Posted by: Jonathon Delacour on 25 August 2002 at 09:36 PM

Yer just jealous, ya big Linux weenie.

Posted by: Dorothea Salo on 26 August 2002 at 12:30 AM

Let's take that Jaguar and Drive Into Mark. : )

Posted by: Kris on 26 August 2002 at 06:13 PM

Never switch back to a Mac, eh, Jonathon?

I used to say I would never use a Mac, until I saw that slim, lightweight, extremely well designed Titanium PowerBook. What pushed me over the edge is when Apple came out with this operating system that was a fantastic mix of new, hot, albeit proprietary GUI built on top of powerful, bare metal, open source FreeBSD kernel, combining the best of all worlds.

Then there are the little sprinkles on top: Virtual PC and being able to run Linux and W2K in little windows, using spare disk space; all those graphics and publishing programs.

But forget all of that. The Mac is just plain sexy -- image, design, and marketing all combined to overcome any pre-existing stereotype about "computers". And it is always such little details rather than lofty ideas that go straight to the heart, don't you think?

I watched Apple do about 100 really great, smart things in a row and I asked myself, "Never say never, eh, Shelley?"

Posted by: Burningbird on 26 August 2002 at 07:45 PM

I *experienced* Apple doing one really shithouse, mediocre thing and I said to myself, "Never again, Jonathon."

What was it? The PowerBook 5300. In a three month period: replacement LCD screen, replacement motherboard, replacement keyboard, replacement serial port.

The good news? I didn't pay for it -- I just had the sorry experience of using it every now and again, during those brief periods when it wasn't in for repair.

When I bought my own notebook, after twelve years as a Mac zealot, I bought a Toshiba.

But, hey, who knows what might happen? Planets can turn on their axes...

Posted by: Jonathon Delacour on 26 August 2002 at 09:29 PM

Yeah, I still have one of those. Piece o' crap. My own fault, though; I should have done my homework better. Damn thing is dead now, and there's stuff on the hard drive my husband wants.

Our G4 has been very good to us, and so was the Performa we had before that, and the Classic we had before *that*.

Posted by: Dorothea Salo on 26 August 2002 at 10:57 PM

This discussion is now closed. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

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