Perhaps He Missed His Nap (1/8/02)

We know that since this is a soap opera, lots of you are expecting a drama-drenched conspiracy theory about how Apple moved its customer start page from Excite to AOL Time Warner-owned Netscape a few weeks back in exchange for a glowing exclusive cover story about the new iMac in Time Magazine, thus finally explaining the real reason why Steve Jobs moved his keynote up a day. But to tell you the truth, we're pretty burned out on all this corporate intrigue, so we figured instead we'd just revel in the simple joy of a catty Steve comment instead. Sometime you just have to stop and smell the witty barbs, ya know?

So here it comes, courtesy of faithful viewer Andrea Parent. Andrea noticed that Steve talked to CNET last night after the big keynote, and amid lots of shameless promotion of the new iMac and iPhoto, Fearless Leader apparently delivered up this little gem: "Pretty much, us and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation."

BURN!! Grammar aside, that's a snipe almost on par with the original Mike Dell remark that kicked off this whole feud in the first place lo these many years ago-- and we're not just saying that because we dislike Wal-Mart almost as much as we dislike Dell. Between this little zinger and those onstage quips about how Photoshop still isn't Mac OS X-native, Steve was clearly in a spicy mood yesterday. Was he just a wee bit cranky because Time Canada leaked the iMac cover story on its web site twelve hours too early? We couldn't say-- but we're content to leave the whys and wherefores alone for a little while and just enjoy the cattiness of it all. Be thankful for life's little pleasures.

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The above scene was taken from the 1/8/02 episode:

January 8, 2002: It's been a day-- so what do you really think of the new iMac's design? Meanwhile, iPhoto is one kickin' app even for those without digital cameras-- provided they have Mac OS X, that is, and Uncle Steve lets fly a Dell barb entirely for our amusement...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 3491: Lump-Stick-Rectangle II (1/8/02)   It's official: we've got a new champion in the "Mac Community Flamebait" category, and that's really saying something. Based purely on voluminous viewer feedback, people seem split roughly fifty-fifty over the design of the new iMac, but it's a pretty polar split-- much like Key Lime or Flower Power, people tend to love it or hate it, without a whole lot of middle ground creeping in there...

  • 3492: Another Reason To Upgrade (1/8/02)   Speaking of killer iApps, if we harbored any doubts that Apple would be able to sell a boatload of iMacs based solely on the existence of iPhoto, consider them long gone. Since we're not the type to turn down free software (or free just-about-anything-else, for that matter), we downloaded and installed iPhoto 1.0 last night, and what little we saw of it made us drool...

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