So 2004 is the 20th anniverary of the Macintosh – remember, the 1984 commerical? Apple spiced up that ad with a new version incorporating an iPod, just cause they’re funny and weird like that. Steve Jobs also had a few interesting things to say about the last 20 years and where he sees Apple going. He’s definitely been good for the company, bringing his artistic vision and big dreams back to an organization that was for a while there run entirely by accountants. The reading on this subject that has consumed me the most are the anecdotes by Andy Hertzfeld on folklore.org about his daily adventures in the first years of Macintosh. His stories about the challenges, victories and comraderie of the original Mac team totally sucked me in. Good reading, even if you’re not a total Mac-head. 😉
Apparently there’s some sort of football-related event this sunday, so i’m headed up to Jason & Christie’s to partake in mass quantities of junk food and a hollow homage to an over-merchandised sporting event. Will probably spend saturday getting high on carb cleaner in Steph’s garage under the guise of cleaning car parts. Still have some work to do on a web contract job, too, hopefully this weekend will bring some time for that, and some internet errands and backup disc burning.
Also, i’m apparently roped into shopping for a broadband ISP for Mom and Dad, which doesn’t sound too hard until you recall that they live in amish country and most of their neighbors spend more time raising barns, shoeing horses and churning their own butter than surfing the internet. The only broadband in town, BackwaterDSL, is only open for tech support before the morning milking and after the dinner bell, so they’ve been a bit difficult to reach. I think someone’s been leaving the tin can off the hook. The customer support rep told Mom – as he was whittling wood, no doubt – that she needs a $400 Cisco router to make thier DSL compatible with her iMac. That’s bunk, says me, so now i’m in charge of choosing and configuring network hardware from 500 miles away. I really should have gone to med school instead – nobody asks doctors to perform surgery over the telephone.