As most of you are aware, this week is my birthday. Last year at this time I published a wish list of my favorite technologies in the hopes that you would send some of these things along in gratitude for the fine service that all of you agree I provide to the industry. I don't mean to toot my own, you know, horn or anything; I just like getting free stuff.
Included in last year's list was some pretty high-end equipment. But judging from reader response to that wish list, I think this year I'll have to lower the bar a bit. So, if it's not too much to ask, I sure could use a mouse padyou know, the kind with the wrist rest attached? I could also use some more Zippo lighter fluid and some flints. (You can never have too many flints.) If you guys don't have a lot of money, just pool your resources and get me a gift certificate Victoria's Secret or somethingnot that I'm into that kind of thing; I just like to feel pretty sometimes.
Just get me something (non-explosive) because if I don't get at least one present from you people this year, I swear I'm going to chug a bottle of Jack Daniels and start posting Charlie White stories all over this site! Oh yeah, that's another thing: I could really use a bottle of Jack Daniels.
That's right, the IBM peecee turned 20 yesterday.
So what am I supposed to say about such a momentous occasion? Don't think I haven't been pondering an angle on this for quite some time now. After all, IBM is the one that started all the innovation lo those 20 years ago, or at least that's what the press release said. And, you know, you should always believe press releases. Here's one quote from the release:
And here's what Bill Gates had to say about it:
For me the one company that always springs to mind when the word "innovation" is uttered is Microsoft. Now there's a company that inspires enthusiasm. I think the following performance sums up my feelings. Click on the image below to see what I mean as Microsoft CEO-In-Name-Only-To-Fool-The-Courts Steve Ballmer dances the Microsoft Dance.
What more can be added? Here's to 20 more years of that. (And they say Steve Jobs knows how to work a stage....)
More this week
As usual though, I can't say anything until it happens. We have, however, seen an awful lot of animation-related releases for the Macintosh over the last few weeks, and I know for a fact there will be lots more at the show. So stay tuned for our coverage, even if you do have to wait for the evening for me to write it upyou know, when I can slip out of those pants and get down to binnis.
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Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications.
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