As much as I want to ignore Macworld, I can’t. I’m sure I’ll be trolling the sites and hitting refresh a lot tomorrow. Maybe I’ll even fire up an IRC client and lurk. I can’t afford anything Steve will be showing, but I’ll still feel like a kid on Christmas morning.

I remember being at the keynote in the mid-90s where Kai Krause, Herbie Hancock, Todd Rundgren, Graham Nash and Douglas Adams (did I forget anybody??) held court in a roundtable that was pretty mindblowing. No new products, just talk about technology and how to make a difference. I’ll never forget the guy in the audience calling everybody to repentance and admonishing us to look at our local schools and get involved. He received the biggest applause. He may have started speaking in tongues. I was too busy trying to figure out how I was going to justify purchasing a 28.8 ethernet modem that allowed fax sharing and cost $2,000 to the company that sent me.

I was at Seybold when Jobs busted out the G4 and the Cinema Display. That’s the only time I’ve heard Jobs speak, but it was pretty cool. The reality distortion field cleared the first 70 rows of chairs, easy.

Whether or not Apple’s suit is for real, as a geek, I have to give them bumps/ups/props for staking their business on innovation. Or at least finally having a runaway hit based on innovation (Yes, I know the iPod doesn’t play the new audio codec your nephew wrote that totally kicks ass over AAC, Ogg and MP3 but you and your little brainiac nephew aren’t the target for the iPod, so get over yourselves). Like Mr. Gruber talks about, I don’t think, in this instance, that Apple intentionally leaked news of a sub-$500 machine.

I’m going to bet that whatever is announced tomorrow, 30% of those who care will be fairly stoked, 40% will be pissed and think that Apple got the pricing wrong and 30% will be disappointed because the show didn’t live up to the hype.

However, you have to give Apple respect for rocking out with their proverbial proceduring tools out.

  • di

    Ahhh, lurking on IRC! Great idea!

  • julian

    Apple have never managed to dissapoint. Attention to detail and great user interfaces. I’ve bounced between Apple and PC *cough* for the past 7 years… mainly as a result in changing jobs… I am proud to say that I’m firmly in the Mac corner again. Dibbs on on eof those <$500 bleeders – tho over here they’ll still be 15 trillion quid!

  • maxigumee

    I’m excited! I want to see if the whole flash iPod thing is true, too. My local newspaper wrote a story about it yesterday.

  • iShane

    I finally got my home converted over to an entirely mac household with my new imac g5…now if I could just get our design department at work to change.

    I work for an internal design group at a software company and we all work on Dells…which suck, especially for design programs, but since we use Lotus Notes for our web site CMS, there is no Domino Designer for the Mac…if there were, I might be in Mac heaven.

  • joh3n

    Ahhhh Macworld. How fondly I recall the guys from Bungie getting up, demoing Oni and then pulling a Steve-esque “one more thing” and showing little bits of Halo…..damn.

    Yup, I do loves me that RDF once a year. Now to find a good IRC chan…

  • christy

    iShane – I can’t believe you work for a design firm that uses DELLS! That’s shocking. I worked at a newspaper once where all the page designers worked on PCs to be compatible with the writers. To me that was so bassackwards because it isn’t like writers can’t work on PCs, right? Right?

    Ok – mini rant over. I am off to check up on rumors even though its only, like, 6 am in San Francisco.

  • Pacha

    While you’re waiting for Macworld news, take a moment to let Steve know you support producer take back recycling.

  • Kathy

    I’m always excited about another MacWorld, but, I, too am too poor to afford anything new right now.

    Ah, but to see what’s new and what I’ll be buying on eBay in 2 years!

  • wix

    i used to be a hardcore mac user. i still prefer macs to windows machines, at least in theory, but the simple truth is that i was priced out of the mac game. it would be great if the line became more affordable.

  • mihow

    In Pennsylvania, high schools across the great state and many businesses as well close down on the first day of hunting season. Now, I’m pretty sure this isn’t necessarily due to the fact that every Pennsyltuckian wants to run out and get their gun on. Rather, I think there are hundreds of people who don’t wish get hit by the stray bullet shot through the gun of some drunk guy. Either way, the day is deemed a holiday. And no one complains.

    I think Macworld should have been considered a holiday for some.

  • Tammy

    I’m still waiting for the gen 4 ipod that adds a $2 radio tuner to the $400 mp3 player. Sometimes you just can’t listen to that damned Evenescence song coming up in the randomizer one more freaking time and you just need to listen to some talk radio :)

  • iShane

    christy…it’s sad, I know. Our CD is a heavy Flash user and since the player sucks on the Mac…well, he has issues. The 2 designers (myself and the other design yeti) are both mac guys.

    for updated rumors, go here

  • iShane

    For those too lazy, here are the highlights so far:

    – iWork (Keynote 2, Pages)…update to Appleworks
    – new Garageband…John Mayer again
    – Mac mini – headless imac for $499
    – more ipod adapters for cars
    – iTunes-enabled motorola phone

  • gwadzilla

    as for me….

    I was pleased and impressed

    so much of what they come out with is only for the Designer or the Multimedia Guy

    iShuffle is going to change the World!

    (and by that I mean…. people will be jogging into each other, biking into each other, snowboarding into each other…. and even swimming and surfing into each other)

    gwadzilla out