Apple has updated their list of vintage and obsolete products. Man, that takes me back.
Cute of them to break the US list down into “vintage” and “obsolete”–vintage is apparently products discontinued between five and seven years ago, while obsolete products were discontinued more than seven years ago. In the rest of the world, there is no vintage status–once a product was discontinued more than five years ago, it goes straight to the dump without a charmed afterlife basking in the glow of vintage status.
So Colonel Kurtz, an 8500, is now like a fine wine, while High Plains Drifter, a PowerBook 190cs, is now officially obsolete and useless. They’re both sitting out in the garage gathering dust, waiting for rapture or for me to move again, at which point they will join a landfill somewhere.
Also in the garage is LandShark, a venerable IIci, the best computer I’ve ever owned. It will not go to a landfill. I will never throw it away. LandShark has crossed the Atlantic twice in carry-on luggage. Putting a mighty 12 megs of RAM in it–thus turning it into the Ultimate Photoshop Rig–still stands as one of my favorite computer memories.
Keeping them company in the garage is Mecha, a now-gutted Dell Dimension PII/400. Mecha was the machine I cut my Linux teeth on, and it served a long and useful life as a file server.
Time marches on.
Music: Stream from Secret Agent
Posted Wednesday, 03 March, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.