And Leave The Tags On (5/21/99)

"The iMac is just a toy." Man, we can't even begin to tell you how many times we've heard that in the past year, generally by information-technology manager types who talk big and get paid big but wouldn't recognize a real computer if it bit them in the collective butt. Please note that we're not generalizing here-- we're talking about specific IT-manager-types, not all IT-manager-types as a whole. We're sure there are other IT managers out there who actually know what they're doing. At least, we assume it's a distinct possibility...

Anyway, for those of you who, like us, are just sick to death of hearing what is actually a very capable, useful, inexpensive, and simple-to-maintain computer for business use get dismissed as nothing more than a mere "toy," Kathleen Rosario has a nifty solution that'll put a smile back on your face: stuffed iMacs. What could be more relaxing than a nice plush iMac to squeeze as you imagine the soft, flabby neck of your IT director giving way under the pressure of your thumbs, windpipe crushing as you throttle... er, sorry, where were we? Oh yeah, stuffed iMacs. Fun for the whole family, great gifts, sure to be collector's items someday, and only ten bucks plus shipping. Read all about them and check out a picture of the adorable little guys at

Now what we'd really like to see is for Ty to introduce iMac Beanie Babies. Sure, we're as tired of the whole Beanie craze as the next couple of shmoes, but just think how cool it would be to display a line of five fruit-flavored Beanie iMacs across the top of your monitor. Ideally, they'd even be somehow translucent so you could see the beans (or whatever it is they use) inside. Perhaps it's time for someone in Apple's marketing department to start making some phone calls...

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The above scene was taken from the 5/21/99 episode:

May 21, 1999: Hold the phone-- when taken together as a single machine type, all iMacs combined were the number one seller in April. Meanwhile, an enterprising woman with a knack for the needle redefines the iMac's cuteness factor, and Apple denies that there's anything to the "Mac OS 8.6.1" CDs shipping with new blue-and-white G3s beyond a simple misprint...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 1550: 7 + 11 = Number 1, Baby (5/21/99)   Aren't ordinal numbers wacky? Here we were all concerned about the fact that for the first time since its debut last August, the iMac actually fell out of the list of the top five best-selling computers at retail-- the newer fruit-flavored models combined to take the number eleven slot, while the classic Bondi blue units did slightly better by taking seventh place...

  • 1552: The Phantom Mac OS (5/21/99)   So let's say you just took the plunge and bought yourself a brand-spankin'-new Power Macintosh G3. You giddily rip the box open and begin the loving process of setting up the new addition to your Mac family...

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