August 31st, 2004


Separated at birth?

So Apple introduced the new form factor of the new iMac. They describe it as futuristic, but I think they've confused the future with a 1999 dot-com:

the iOpener appliance and the new iMac

I don't get it. Apple's designs have been clunky before, but they're usually appropriately derivative -- "It's shaped like a TV"! "It recalls a desk lamp!". But "It looks like a computer" doesn't really do much for me, especially given the strong correlation between "all-in-one computer with flat display on stand" and "overpriced, underpowered crap" (see also "Acer").

I don't understand at all how that could stand up when a cat rubs up against it hard. The big one is 20" wide and the stand can't be more than 6".

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Car redux

An update on the car situation:

Late last week the engine started misfiring, so I made an appointment to take it in today. One cylinder was having problems even when its spark plug was swapped with a good cylinder's, which meant replacing the ignition cassette, which is what a Saab uses instead of a coil and distributor — it's essentially one ignition coil per cylinder, plus timing sensors and so forth. Wasn't a cheap repair but I saw it coming.

The good news is that it resolved a lot of problems which I thought were just the miles adding up -- some sluggishness and roughness accelerating and decelerating are gone, and some of the vibration is gone too, so it sounds as though I've had a timing problem for a while.

It's one more breath of life into the thing, at least, so I think I'm going to stick with it for the time being.