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Wednesday September 8, 1999
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Let's compare the iBook with the average PC notebook of a similar street price. Here are the innovations: (1) Leave out the floppy drive or zip drive. (2) Leave out the serial and parallel ports. (3) Leave out the PCMCIA ports! (4) Leave out the ports for external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. (5) Leave out the infra-red (IRDA) port. (6) Leave out one speaker so the iBook has monaural sound while PC notebooks have stereo sound. Brilliant innovations, Apple. Charge the same price for a stripped-down machine and add some cute colors to sucker the kids into buying it.
Here are the innovations Apple claims: (1) Cute translucent colors. (2) No latch to keep the notebook shut because supposedly it will stay shut without one. Who cares: wouldn't you be more comfortable with a latch to make sure? (3) A carrying handle built in. This might be useful, although it is not an Apple innovation since WebSkulker knows of machines made many years ago with handles. (4) Built-in 10/100 Ethernet port. This is nice, but keep reading. (5) A proprietary slot for installing a wireless LAN adapter called AirPort, which lets the iBook travel up to 150 feet from an AirPort Base Station which connects it into a LAN and possibly the Internet.
Note well that the iBook does not contain an AirPort adapter, only a slot for an add-on card. AirPort and the wireless LAN concept are not Apple innovations. WebSkulker has seen similar wireless LAN's on sale in Fry's for some time, in both PCMCIA and desktop formats. The AirPort itself uses technology from Lucent similar to a product Lucent has been selling for years under the name "Wavelan". So you can buy a PC notebook and wireless LAN adapter and have the same capabilities as the AirPort for a lower price. For example, Fry's sells an Aviator package for $199 which includes two wireless adapters for PC notebooks or desktops and has the same wireless Internet sharing capability as the AirPort.
PC notebooks all have two PCMCIA slots for your choice of peripherals. The iBook gives you an Ethernet adapter whether you need it or not and a proprietary slot for AirPort only. Why be locked in to the two specific adapters on the iBook when a PC notebook gives you the choice of any two out of hundreds of adapters? And a floppy or zip drive. And ports for serial, parallel, infrared, monitor, etc. For the same price.
As for the translucent colored case which people associate with the iMac and iBook, even that is not an Apple innovation. WebSkulker has a friend with a vacuum cleaner purchased before iMac's came out that has a sculptured translucent blue case looking very much the same.
WebSkulker knows a gaping flaw in the ticket-taking process at the AMC 1000 and Kabuki Theatres in San Francisco that makes it easy to see movies for free. He and friends have done this many times except that WebSkulker has scruples and always buys a ticket first, then sneaks in to prove he could do it.
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The man arched an eyebrow. "Anything?" "Yes, anything" the blonde promised. With that, the man said "Follow me!" He walked into the next room and ordered her to come in and close the door. She did. He then said "Get on your knees." She did. He then said "take down my zipper." She did. He said "take it out."
She grabbed hold of it with both hands. The man closed his eyes and whispered, "Well, go ahead!" The blonde slowly brought it close to her lips and said loudly: "HELLO....MOM?"
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