2 Important Birthdays

I had three typos of "the Cute" while trying to write "the Cube."

On Saturday, April 1st, Apple had its 30th birthday. While some were hoping for a new product announcement on this day, I was skeptical about the company willing to release news on a Saturday, but I did hope for a retrospective or other acknowledgment on their website.

Fortunately, Engadget picked up the slack on the date and brought us 30 years in Apple products: the good, the bad, and the ugly, which takes a hardware product-based approach. Just warning you though, "The bad" ends with the Newton, the TAM, and the Cube. While their arguments are valid, they should know that each one of these products has its own cult of followers, and you know they're going to be passionate when they're a subset of the broader Apple club. And as someone who spent years working on a Performa 575, I'm not sure how I feel about its "ugly" classification.

This Week in Tech (iTunes link) was also up to the task of commemorating the event, as Episode 48, recorded on April 1st and released on Sunday night, is a special edition with guests from the early days of Apple. I'd really like to meet Woz in person someday. The audio isn't great on this episode, but it's worth a listen. I've been listening to TWiT since last summer, and it's a great show.

See also:
Andy Hertzfield on NerdTV
Wikipedia's Apple and Macintosh articles

Strong Bad
Today, Strong Bad Email #150 was released after much anticipation. I don't want to ruin the plot, so check it out on your own. Strong Bad doppelgängers represent!

See also:
Homestar Runner Wiki

Posted: Tuesday - April 04, 2006 at 02:23 PM