[rescue] Apple WWDC Summary

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Tue Jun 24 11:35:22 CDT 2003

On Tue, Jun 24, 2003 at 09:27:11AM -0700, Francisco Javier Mesa-Martinez wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Jun 2003, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> > I don't think I can agree with that.  The majority of Macs, and
> > certainly just about everything prior to the iMac, have looked not
> > greatly different than commodity PCs.  It's only in the last few years
> > that Apple has come out with significantly non-traditional-looking case
> > designs (and started the fad of translucent fruit-flavored EVERYTHING).
> >
> ....yeah because every PC in the 80s came with an integrated monitor and a
> mouse, right? :)

Notice I said "the majority".  :)  Perhaps I should have explicitly,
rather than implicitly, excepted the compact Macs -- and even then, the
HP-150 looked a lot like a compact Mac with a bigger screen.

> You gotta put things in perspecive, PC evolved to look
> like the Macs that predated them by a few years, hence PCs and Macs
> started to look equal.

Mrm, not sure I agree.  The tower Mac cases were a case of Mac emulating
PC (externally, at least) rather than PC emulating Mac.  Except that Mac
cases tended to be sparse on drive bays, and since Apple tended to ship
them with such niggling small factory drives, you ran out of expansion
room fast if you needed storage, which led to an untidy stack of
external drive cases.

(And it took Apple *how* many years longer than the PC world to discover
 SCSI-II?  And then Wide SCSI?  But that's another issue.)

> But whenever a mac is introduced it tends to look
> significantly different to the corresponding commodity machines. Look at
> all those cases that started to spot translucent crap right after the
> imac.

That was sorta my point too.  :)

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