I think of apple. I am reminded of the age of Woz, and how he literally ushered in the age of the PC with a near divine mastery of hardware design. Then I am reminded of Steve Jobs and how he ruined apple, stole from xerox, and ultimately produced a laptop that clearly resembled a neon toilet seat. And daily I am reminded of that tool, as I have to wade through a sea of ugly white and silver overly expensive Taiwanese crapple laptops on my way to pick up a Hot Cocoa and a rainbow cookie at the local Starbucks. But all that aside, I have a story to tell you all. It’s not a story of great design, miserable design, or anything you’d likely care about. It’s simply the story of my friend Will, and his little laptop that could.
Will has been a friend of mine a long time, and he was at the past NYC Resistor Halloween party. He came as a tcp/ip packet. Well, probably more than half a decade ago now he had a house fire. His apple laptop sadly, was in the house at the time and suffered incredible damage. The above picture demonstrates the severity of the burns suffered by this laptop. Below is a shot of the rear of the laptop.
Well it suffices to say, with all the water damage from the fire fight, and the obvious burning and subsequent melting of the machine… it looked like a pretty grim fate for the machine. Though personally I’d say it was an improvement on the aesthetic design.
Low and behold though, that little crappy underpowered and truly ugly device actually somehow defied all odds and powered on. Not only did it power on, the damned thing worked. Never in my entire life have I been more astounded, than the day I saw an apple stand up the the flames of hell itself and come back better than it had been when it went in.
Little Apple that survived burning, I salute you!