Hey again ATS!
Today has been a quite aggravating one so far. I made the decision to upgrade my Ubuntu Gnome from version 14.04 to the new version, released
yesterday - 14.10. Everything generally went smoothly except for the fact that a lot of the things I love about Linux are simply not available to me
yet. It takes a couple of weeks for the folks who write all the cool customization tools to catch up.
So... Sitting here with my computer looking sorta
like I want it to look - and proving that I am an ardent Linux fanboy. I ran across an
article that makes me realize my fanboy status is NOTHING when compared to the section of the population that I tend to refer to as iZombies.
That is to say the fans of products made by Apple.
Before the punches start to get thrown - let me be clear. I have nothing against Apple or their endless line of products. They simply do not appeal to
me as a consumer. I feel they cost to much, become obsolete too fast and are really a niche' product for those who want to have that particular
brand. If it is for you, fantastic. It's just not for me.
I came across an article a few minutes ago that made me think that maybe iObsession is potentially a psychiatric disorder! I never mocked a friend who
purchased an iPad that underperformed the cheaper, non Apple version I owned. I have never laughed at anyone because they paid way
to much for
an iPhone - knowing that it wouldn't be six months before they were camping out to purchase the next iteration of the device.
But this time I am stimied and on the verge of hysterical laughter.
What if I told you that somebody paid nearly a million dollars for an Apple product?
One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc’s first pre-assembled computer, Apple-1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on
Wednesday, far outstripping expectations.
The relic, which sparked a revolution in home computing, is thought to be one of the first batch of 50 Apple-1 machines assembled by Apple co-founder
Steve Wozniak in Steve Job’s family garage in Los Altos, California in the summer of 1976.
Auction house Bonhams had said it expected to sell the machine, which was working as of September, for between $300,000 and $500,000.
The identity of the buyer was not disclosed.
Yes. I know only fifty were made. I know that Wozniak and Jobs probably put the thing together with their own hands. I get it. Historical value and
all. But nine-hundred-grand??? Come on now! There is reasonable, then there is reasonable
and then there is this
An interesting side note for the more religious amongst us. The article says that these machines originally sold for $666.66.
Who knew. Apple is the Devil and their fans are willing to spend a LOT of money to get in good with him!
SMH and thanks for reading.