EDitorial ± 24-Sep-2001
An Apple A Day
Then I switched employers and employment status, moving to a work environment with no access to the Internet or external email. Bummer. Solution: nip out one lunchtime a week to the central library and take advantage of a free (!) hour-long web session. They even suggested I get a Hotmail address, which proved a good investment. That was free, too. Fab places, libraries.
Browsing the web midweek, taking furtive mouthfuls of my corn-beef sarnie, I saw mention of a new machine being released by Apple, to be called the iMac. Famous for the original Macintosh, this home computer appeared to be radically different:
- it sported odd connectors called USB,
- there was no floppy drive,
- and, most obvious of all, it was a single, smooth, curvaceous, blue unit!
I had to have one!
Actually getting hold of one was trickier than I thought. Such a machine was unlikely to be in the window at Dixon's. As the UK release date approached, I'd decided to take a trip to an Apple retailer somewhere in London on the big day. But then fortune stepped in. Gail returned from the in-laws with a leaflet from a firm called Avocet Consulting, who happened to be based in the same village. Advertised on the flier was "a computer for your future, Apple iMac G3-233, only £849 + VAT". I ordered one that evening, and picked it up from Simon, Mr Avocet, about a week later.
I'm telling you all this now 'cos that was September 1998, exactly three years ago. Everything's still going strong. That funny keyboard with the weird Apple symbols is in front of me, attached through its USB connector to the odd pebble-like mouse with its single button. And the bondi blue casing remains as strokable as ever. Nice.
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EDitorial ± 17-Sep-2001
A Show About Nothing
Heard of it but never watched an episode? Do yourself a favour and tape one, I dare you. Like a number of US sitcoms, it pays to have some knowledge of the previous seven series. You might appreciate knowing, for example, that the four leading characters are:
- Jerry: a New York stand-up comedian playing himself
- George: Jerry's best friend - a short, balding loser
- Elaine: one of Jerry's many ex-girlfriends
- Kramer: lives across the hall from Jerry
The show's not for everyone, but once you're in, you're in. When the final episode was screened in the States a couple of years back, one of the other channels simply put up a test card, aware that it was pointless to try to compete. If it was on Channel 4 on a Friday night, it'd be huge. As it is, I don't think there are too many fans over here due to the bizarre time it goes out.
Tricky to say why I find it so funny. Give it a go, though. Go find that VideoPlus code now!
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EDitorial ± 12-Sep-2001
Start Spreading The News
So in five busy days we did the Big Apple. And, on one long hot day, having already admired the views from the Empire State Building in the morning, we wound our way due south, walking block after block to the financial heart of the city. And, being the tallest structure in the city, we had very little trouble finding the twin towers of the World Trade Centre.
From what I remember, a turbo-lift took us up over 100 floors at considerable speed. We were then free to wander around the viewing area. Inside, the major NY landmarks had been picked out on the glass, in case you didn't know which was the Chrysler building, for example. Luckily, since the weather was so good, there were fantastic panoramas of the city from the large outer platform. There was the Brooklyn Bridge; there was Central Park; and down in the water beyond Battery Park was the Statue of Liberty, looking tiny in the distance.
Unimaginable, then, the terrible events of Tuesday this week.
EDitorial ± 7-Sep-2001
You Know What I Did Last Summer
Competition was tight in the garden of England, but the results of this summer's super-prestigious TPTGISEK (top places to go in South East Kent) awards are as follows. Each photo leads to a bigger picture, by the way.
Also highly recommended:
- Dungeness - fascinatingly bleak and windswept
- Deal - if it's open, check out the Time Ball Tower
- Dover castle - descend into the secret wartime tunnels
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