08 Jun 05Nothing today

We’re just…

It’s just this…

You know…

The whole…


This whole…


… thing.

We’re just going to spend a little time trying to come to grips with this.

Please use the comments to try to discuss your feelings about Apple’s switch to Intel. Please be open.

Are you bitter?

Are you scared?




Well, itchy’s not an emotion. Per se.




I’m running out of emotions that one might feel about Apple’s switch to Intel. Please help me out in the comments.

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  1. Q. W. )Mostly W.) says:

    All’s I needs is mo’ Thor on the Floor.

  2. Hobbs says:

    Just when MS feels that it has copied all of the Mac features, Mac changes.

    For e.g.

    The Mac used to say ” It is now safe to turn off your computer”. MS came back with the same stuff.

    Mac came back by just turning off the computer without the dialog box.

    MS makes boot up all graphical and Mac comes back with verbose boot up in Os X, albeit in a nice way.

    MS loses DOS prompt (dumbs down), Apple returns with Terminal (geeky).

    Finally, MS starts heading to Power PC, Apple moves to Intel.

    This must rankle MS to no end!

    Way to go Apple!

  3. MS says:

    Hey Hobbs, Slashdot is actually reporting that Microsoft is now going to improve their command line, so the chain hasn’t ended yet.

  4. blank says:

    Soul-crushing ennui…

  5. Hobbs says:

    What I mean is that Jobs ‘RDF’ affects MS more than Mac users!

  6. pmsg says:

    Okay. Here is my fear: let’s just say that the transition goes smoothly and all seems well until microslut releases a new and improved version of Virtual PC that lets you run windoze applications on your new Intel Mac with no performance hit. Sounds nice, right? Except now the software developers think that they don’t need to develop a Mac version of their software, because you can just run it in windoze on your Mac.

    I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS!! I DO NOT WANT TO RUN THE WINDOZE VERSION, I BOUGHT A MACINTOSH!!!! If I wanted to run windoze, I could go and have a lobotomy and just be one of the lemmings. THIS IS NOT MY IDEA OF A GOOD TIME!!!!

    Hold me.

  7. salta aka atlas says:

    Anyone seen a pair of lacy, pink panties? We were installing RAM in a G5 at the factory, and, um, I sorta lost track…

  8. Anonymous says:

    I could care less! It is cool.

  9. Sudo Nym says:

    I was so depressed I committed suicide. I am writing this post from beyond the grave. (Well, actually, it’s not even beyond the morgue yet. They haven’t found my body yet. But I’ve got time…)

    Anyway, after death, all things, past, present and future, are fully revealed in a most impressive way. I wish I could describe just how these things are revealed, but words are inadequate. That inability to describe the sensation in words is part of the plan, actually. You’ll understand when you get here. The closest word I can think of is “perspective.” All the triumphs and sorrows of the world seem small and inconsequential from this perspective.

    Now I can see with absolute clarity just how this move by Apple Computer will work out. There are some surprises ahead.

    Nyah nyah nyah NYAAAH nyah! I know some-thing YOU don’t know!

  10. Flower Child says:

    I’m scared. I want my mommy. When is she coming back? She said she would be back from the store in 5 minutes but that was a long time ago. And I really need to pee. And it’s dark in here. And there’s a funny smell. That’s how I feel.

  11. Zig says:

    In A.D. 2005

    War was beginning.

    Jobs: What happen ?

    Schiller: Somebody set up us the bomb.

    Tevanian: We get signal.

    Jobs: What !

    Tevanian: Main screen turn on.

    Jobs: It’s you !!

    Otelllini: How are you gentlemen !!

    Otelllini: All your base are belong to us.

    Otelllini: You are on the way to destruction.

    Jobs: What you say !!

    Otelllini: You have no chance to survive make your time.

    Otelllini: Ha Ha Ha Ha ….

    Tevanian: Captain !!*

    Jobs: Take off every ‘Zig’!!

    Jobs: You know what you doing.

    Jobs: Move ‘Zig’.

    Jobs: For great justice.

  12. John Godfrey Saxe, Deceased says:

    It was six men of Mediastan

    To learning much inclined,

    Who went to see the Macintel

    (Though all of them were blind),

    That each by observation

    Might satisfy his mind

    The First approached the Macintel,

    And happening to fall

    Against its broad and sturdy side,

    At once began to bawl:

    “God bless me! but the Macintel

    Is very like a wall!”

    The Second, feeling of the tusk,

    Cried, “Ho! what have we here

    So very round and smooth and sharp?

    To me ’tis mighty clear

    This wonder of an Macintel

    Is very like a spear!”

    The Third approached the Macintel,

    And happening to take

    The squirming trunk within his hands,

    Thus boldly up and spake:

    “I see,” quoth he, “the Macintel

    Is very like a snake!”

    The Fourth reached out an eager hand,

    And felt about the knee.

    “What most this wondrous thing is like

    Is mighty plain,” quoth he;

    “ ‘Tis clear enough the Macintel

    Is very like a tree!”

    The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,

    Said: “E’en the blindest man

    Can tell what this resembles most;

    Deny the fact who can

    This marvel of a Macintel

    Is very like a fan!”

    The Sixth no sooner had begun

    About the thing to grope,

    Than, seizing on the swinging tail

    That fell within his scope,

    “I see,” quoth he, “the Macintel

    Is very like a rope!”

    And so these men of Mediastan

    Disputed loud and long,

    Each in his own opinion

    Exceeding stiff and strong,

    Though each was partly in the right,

    And all were in the wrong!


    So oft in theologic wars,

    The disputants, I ween,

    Rail on in utter ignorance

    Of what each other mean,

    And prate about a Macintel

    Not one of them has seen!

  13. crooner says:

    Honestly… it’s not so much the itching… but the burning?


  14. John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith says:

    NOBODY expects the Intel transition! Our chief weapon is the Reality Distortion Field…the Reality Distortion Field and a Pentium…a Pentium and the Reality Distortion Field…. Our two weapons are a Pentium and the Reality Distortion Field…and Leopard…. Our *three* weapons are a Pentium, the Reality Distortion Field, and Leopard…and an almost fanatical devotion to the black turtlenecks…. Our *four*…no… *Amongst* our weapons…. Amongst our weaponry…are such elements as a Pentium, the Reality Distortion Field…. I’ll come in again.

  15. Rev says:

    Mac switching to Intel Haiku:

    Apple goes Intel.

    Mac-heads cry “what of our PRIDE?”

    Like Jobs cares, bitches!

  16. Freshman Poetry Class (Remember us?) says:

    The architecture of my mind

    was filled with RISC

    an instruction set

    and pipeline of

    gorgeous design.

    Who knew that our intel

    would turn out to be a lie

    about weapons of miscommunication

    biting my apple

    with the Blue Screen of Dread.

    It’s time to begin to note the bigendian

    concept wilting in the IBM-generated

    heat because the power is no longer

    in the book.

    O how our enemy smites us with a kiss!

    How we took AIM at the beast

    but were chopped into 32 bits

    and now our cousin is beige!


    What sacrifices do we need make

    for the sake of our fourth gig?

    And who left the Windows open?

    Farewell, my aluminum maiden.

    Your brushed metal beauty will be

    supplanted by irrelevance. The latest

    Orwellian mantra: War is peace, Good is evil,

    and Mac is Intel.

    (We stayed up for two nights straight writing this. We need a beer.)

  17. scared monster says:

    I didn’t write anything by now, but it’ll be a beer too, thanks.

    And my feeling is puzzled. Did you all became poets à cause d’Intel?

  18. Intel says:

    I think that this is the first step to world domination.

  19. David Vesely says:

    Get over it. We just did the port of our application (enterprise software). It took 10 minutes. It also ran just as fast as on PowerPC. This is not as big of a deal as people are making it out to be.

  20. Anonymous says:

    IBM, Motorola, Intel, whats next the Dorito or the Frito let me know so I can plan on buying one.

  21. Mary Beth says:

    someone above said: “Why do I feel that the minute Apple goes with Intel that IBM will announce the G7 (just skipped the G6 altogether) running at 50Ghz and it doesn’t even get a little bit warm.”

    I don’t think there will ever be a G6 except the one that Pontiac is making. Heck – Pontiac’s entry into the G market might be the thing that derailed everything we know about chips to begin with.

  22. Luke Bunger says:

    It’s been a long time coming. Apple’s absence from power.org, and the Power everywhere campaign set alarm bells ringing, and after all it is no secret apple have not been happy with IBM’s inability to deliver promised speed boosts and products (3.0 GHz Power Macs or G5 PowerBooks anyone?). I know intel chips will be a good thing for us as Mac users. Potentially faster processors, at what will almost certainly be lower prices. Intel simply has the power to make it happen. Yet, am I happy… was I excited and thrilled and overjoyed throughout Mr Jobs’ keynote as I always inevitably am… the answer is simply no.

    Although I know, in my head, it is a good thing, I can not help feeling a little sad. I guess this is the same as any of the prior transitions they have undergone through. I have friends who have only recently upgraded to OS X, not because they felt OS 9.2 was better, but because it was different, it no longer felt like their mac.

    And I think that is the biggest problem for me. I am, I guess, as a PPC user feeling abandoned, as a self confessed Mac evangelist, I feel like i have been made a fool of. To this day, Apple’s PR department, and website try to convince me a dual G5 powermac 2.0 GHz is nearly 90% faster than the 3.6 GHz P4 they now insist on putting in their machines. I don’t think P4’s (or whatever intel chip they are using by the time they begin shipping) will hurt the performance much, if at all, after all, the demo machine seemed perfectly acceptable, but still, what am I supposed to believe any more.

    In all honesty, if it is faster, and cheaper, what do I, the user, care about apple’s use of a different chip, after all, i never interact with it, except through OS X, and as long as that doesn’t change, what do I care, right? So long as the design is still beautiful and apple, and the cloners don’t pollute the “gene pool” too much, what difference does it make to me? Still, though I can’t explain why, exactly, I cant help feeling it is going to be a long time before i will be buying an Intel Mac. I will still love apple, but it will take me that much more to convince me to love it quite as much.

    Truth is, apple taught me to “think different”… my Mac was different, not just because it is beautiful, and runs the greatest desktop OS out, but because, though I could not explain how or why, somewhere in the back of my head I knew my processor also made it different, and, not everyone had one. I believed the hype, and I felt good (and still feel good) about the G4’s in my iBook and eMac… somehow a Pentium, or Xeon or whatever comes next (though I have to admit, the idea of Itanium is interesting… Different, but also Intel… hummm) would somehow rob me of some of those warm, fuzzy feelings I get when I hit my power button. Somehow, I cant help feeling my mac will be just another PC, with a cool case, and exciting OS.

  23. Ouch! Aw! Crash! Argh! Ow!

    Where am I?

    – One moment I was sitting at my PC typing a word document – the next here in this titanium finshed sleek world – god this must’ve cost.

    What? WHAT? what are you all staring at? God you all look miserable anyone would think someone has just put Intel inside.

    They have?


    So all of this is just wallpaper?

    Lexus outside – Morris marina within……

    Look at least you get the groovy look and the cool adverts…..

    who knows maybe no-one will notice

    oh by the way


  24. biiatch says:

    Dude! Luke! Wow I know im supposed to put somethink witty in here, but you touched me (no not like M.J.) Thats totally how I feel. MY friends made funof me because of my big nose and my love of this computer that was oh so different…and now I am one of the masses. I cant say I am faster sleeker better performance. All of these massive amounts of knowledge i have retianed to retort their evil pro intel anti mac bantor and now…now sigh…. I digress. I like the duel boot comment perhaps my new mac will start up to dueling banjos.. bananaah na na na na na nyah …

  25. biiatch says:

    Dude! Luke! Wow I know im supposed to put somethink witty in here, but you touched me (no not like M.J.) Thats totally how I feel. MY friends made fun of me because of my big nose and my love of this computer that was oh so different…and now I am one of the masses. I cant say I am faster sleeker better performance. All of these massive amounts of knowledge i have retianed to retort their evil pro intel anti mac bantor and now…now sigh…. I digress. I like the duel boot comment perhaps my new mac will start up to dueling banjos.. bananaah na na na na na nyah …

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