The iMac

Posted by on August 12, 1998 at 4:22 pm.

Almost a good idea. Think intelligent.

God damn, is the iMac ugly. Not only is it ugly, but it’s yucky to use, too. The mouse is too small. The keyboard reminds me of a IIe or a Plus, and that alone, real functionality aside, makes me ill. The reset button has been buried, the fact that it doesn’t come with a floppy drive is ludicrous (sure, you can get a USB floppy, but if you can, so can apple, so why not include one?).

This thing looks like Steve Jobs resurrected Andy Warhol, asked him to re-design HAL from 2001 for a remake, then the new HAL devised some way to procreate, and BAM! you’ve got iMac. It’s not a computer, its a fucking rejected exhibit in the museum of shit people don’t want to see.

And following in the brilliance of compact design, if any part of it dies (say your CD ROM, which you don’t use much), you’ve lost use of the whole unit while it’s in for repair.

All that, and you can still get the public to gobble it up, which just goes to show you that people will eat shit if you tell them it’s chocolate mousse.

(I dunno, maybe it just hit me on a bad day. It runs just like a mac, but to re-use a bad analogy, if Chocolate Mousse smelled and looked like shit, it’d be a flop, no matter what it tasted like.)

Reposted on behalf of Dann Fuller


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