Archive for January 25th, 2009


Happy Birthday to the much-beloved Macintosh computer that turned 25 yesterday!

When Steve Jobs introduced the Mac in 1984 at the Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino, the original Macintosh 128 cost $2495 with the following options:

  • Imagewriter printer $595 ($495 if purchased with Macintosh)
  • Numeric Keypad $129
  • Modem 300 $225
  • Modem 1200 $495
  • Carrying Case $99
  • 3 1/2-inch disk box (10 disks) $49
  • MacWrite/MacPaint $195 (included free with each Macintosh during the introductory period)
  • External Drive $495

The Macintosh 128 was my first personal computer and I have never used another brand of personal computer since – I upgraded first to a Macintosh 512; then a Mac SE; then a Performa, a PowerBook 1400, a Power Mac G3, a PowerBook G4, then to my current MacBook.

Happy Birthday Mac . . . and Get Well Soon Steve Jobs!

Happy 25th birthday to Macintosh (via NY Times)



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obama-portrait“On Tuesday, as Barack Obama was being sworn into office, his portrait by the street artist Shepard Fairey — reproduced endlessly during the campaign until it became the defining image of the future president (it towered over a stage at one of the inaugural balls) — was on view at the National Portrait Gallery. A collaged poster of it had just entered the collection along with portraits by artists like Gilbert Stuart (George Washington), Norman Rockwell (Richard Nixon) and Elaine de Kooning (John Kennedy). . . . the portrait gallery’s decision is arguably the establishment’s most public embrace of a quintessentially anti-establishment brand of art.”

Outlaws at the Art Museum (and Not for a Heist) (via NY Times)

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“Like obscenity prosecutions, paraphernalia cases often target people for conduct they believed was legal. The law in both areas is fuzzy, and drug paraphernalia, like obscenity, tends to be judged by the “I know it when I see it” method.”

How the crusade against drug paraphernalia punishes controversial speech (via reasononline)

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