Hey, MOSR! (Yeah, You!) (5/26/04)
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Well, no wonder we've been so starved for plot points recently; can you believe that Mac OS Rumors has been off the air for a week and a half, now? And we're fully aware that some of you consider MOSR's info to be about as dependable as an umbrella made out of JELL-O and might therefore be thinking "good riddance," but please keep in mind that the issue of accuracy is completely irrelevant when it comes to our own dramatic purposes-- and besides, we're talking about the granddaddy of the Mac rumors scene, here! Doesn't tradition count for anything anymore? Trust us: if MOSR takes the permanent dirt nap, we're all the poorer for it.

So why are we bringing up MOSR's mysterious extended absence now? Well, when over 50% of the AtAT mailbag is stuffed with letters from viewers demanding to know what happened to Mac OS Rumors, we figure that's when it's time for us to address the situation publicly. (Besides, what else are we gonna talk about today?) The thing is, though, there's no particular reason we'd know anything more about what's going on than you folks do; sure, we've swapped email with the MOSR guys on occasion (mostly small talk-- you know, how's the weather out there, thanks for the link, how 'bout them pesky ninjas, etc.), but whatever heinous DNS error is apparently nuking access to MOSR is also nuking email to the macosrumors.com domain, so our recent inquiries have all bounced.

That's why we're putting out the call this way: if anyone connected with MOSR sees this, please drop us a line and tell us what's what, because we're starting to get a little concerned-- if not necessarily for your safety, then at least for the state of our inbox, which is groaning under the weight of all the "hey, do you know what's up with MOSR lately?" letters. If your communication channels are being watched, we'll have to figure out a secure way to transfer the information. Is it ninjas? Just tape a black X to your bedroom window if it's ninjas.

In any case, the AtAT staff hopes that nobody at MOSR's been incapacitated with a paralyzing neurotoxin and forced to look on, helpless, as dark forces set fire to their servers-- we hate when that happens. Meanwhile, for those of you who still haven't forgiven us for our last extended unplanned hiatus, we'd like to remind you that at least when we vanished off the face of the earth for fourteen weeks, we had the decency to leave our server running with spookily untouched content so you could check back every day and have the satisfaction of thinking maybe we'd all just keeled over and died or something. Why? Because we care, that's why.


 
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The above scene was taken from the 5/26/04 episode:

May 26, 2004: Apple slaps together Mac OS X 10.3.4 and shoves it out the door. Meanwhile, one online publisher launches five new web sites because Macs are "exploding" in the content creation market, and just what the heck is up with Mac OS Rumors, now MIA for a week and a half?...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 4718: And Nice Red Uniforms (5/26/04)   Oh, thank heavens-- for a second there, we thought we might have to gnaw off a limb or two for any sort of plot development today, but mere seconds before we gave our chompers a serious workout, Apple came to our rescue with just enough news to keep us from going all freak-show on you all...

  • 4719: Ooo, Something's Exploding (5/26/04)   Other than the release of 10.3.4, it sure looks like things are pretty darn quiet again today. Yup. Quiet, quiet, quiet. Not much going on at all. You could hear a pin drop. Everything's just really, really... um... quiet...

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