Amazing. Sign me up.
Great look back at the style of Apple packaging in the early ’90s by Christopher Phin over at Macworld.
For a child of the ’80s like me, that style of photography—moody, low-lit, with shafts of light picking out form and texture—is still desperately exciting. And even as a kid, I was excited about the idea of working, of business, of being productive, so the kind of language and lifestyle you see in the pictures was terribly beguiling.
Indeed. Like a haircut, you can tell what era you’re in from the packaging. But Christopher makes an interesting note: all the work done to market the MessagePad on the packaging may have been for naught if they were hidden behind a sales counter.
Interesting find: I’m spec’ing out a new iMac and find that Apple is still offering Aperture as a pro software upgrade.
But wait, didn’t they officially say they’re discontinuing Aperture? And that support will be kaput by the end of the year? Why would they continue to offer a pro-level application if it’s not long for this world?
My only thought is that, since they don’t have the Photos app ready to replace Aperture, they have to have something in that video/audio/photo lineup.
Aperture is also still listed under their “Pro Apps” section of the Mac page on Apple’s website. And nothing on the Aperture page about being discontinued. App buyers can still plunk down their $79.99 and purchase it with no warning.
“I can easily imagine how foreign, odd or slightly mad all this effusion must appear to those on the outside, to people who have never quite understood this emotional tie to a pile of circuit boards, chips and glowing icons.”
- Patrick LaRoque, in a lovely set of photos and thoughts.
Happy birthday, Macintosh.
Matt Gemmell on “Working in the Shed“:
We live in an age of ubiquitous information and communication, so distractions have never been more pervasive. We have too many choices of what to look at or focus attention on. The internet is a glittering carnival of diversions, and that’s wonderful – until you need to get some work done.
So what does he do to help? Work on an eMate, of course.
A great read on distraction-free productivity using classic hardware.
Head over to Wired.com for a lovely write-up on the 20-year-old Newton Community from Cade Metz:
After its debut in early August 1993 — twenty years ago — the Newton was widely derided as a flawed machine that no one wanted. The Simpsons made fun of its handwriting-recognition software, as did Gary Trudeau with a Doonesbury gag. In Trudeau’s cartoon world, the Newton recognized “Catching on?” as “Egg Freckles?” — and the die was cast.
You get a sense of the Newton’s continued usefulness from the story, like Ron Parker using his MessagePad on the hiking trails around Lake Tahoe.
(Also, check out how handsome all those Newton guys are.)
Andrew Kim has a lovely collection of Apple’s “white period” Macs over at his blog, Minimally Minimal:
The designs of this age were so calm, warm and pure, despite the brutally honest and analytical design. I especially love the way the clear layer interacts with the opaque white inner shell.
Agreed. And while Kim includes the G5 iMac in his Mac trio, I’d throw in the lovely harbinger (along with the eMac) iMac G4.
The current aluminum lineup of Macs makes for good design as well, but “white” says “Apple” to my mind. And I’ll always favor white Apple products: the iPhone, iPods, etc.
It’s not always a practical design choice, as Kim points out. A lot of these Macs show their age because of smudges and scratches. I think it’s worth it, to have that gleaming white machine brightening up a room.
What’s an extension? An extension conflict? The command key?
It’s also a great primer for everything from Control Panels to those pesky extensions in pre-OS X Macintoshes. And since time on this site seemed to stop in 1997, you have a classic reference piece. The Essential Mac comes courtesy of the South Shore Mac Users Group in Long Island, NY.
(via System Folder)
You want to know what true innovation is? Doing what the heck you want and not giving two rats about other people’s expectations and priorities.
Big, blockbuster innovations take time, timing, and a need. Be patient everyone. Jeez.