The new iMac is amazingly beautiful– and come on, isn’t this how we always imagined computers would look like in the future? Well, besides the brain implant ones.

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Interesting… I just dismissed the vertical asymmetry, mainly because not much is vertically symmetrical (humans sure aren’t, and neither are most household appliances), and they had to put the speakers somewhere.

Not saying that you’re incorrect, just that I found your assessment odd. Not something I would have ever noticed. Pretty neat.

*sigh* If only I had a spare $2000.

Paradoxdruid - September 4th, 2004 at 9:10 pm

I think it looks awkward. I don’t like how asymmetrical it is. The bottom and top part of the monitor’s frame should be the same size, not different.

ShortSpeedFreak - September 4th, 2004 at 4:28 pm

Would be even better if it was wall-mountable. 🙂

Sam Davies - September 6th, 2004 at 3:25 pm

They are planning to release a wall-mount kit in about 2 months, once they have the distributor all worked out.

Admin edit: Look here, under the sub-heading Modern Art Installation.

Paradoxdruid - September 6th, 2004 at 5:07 pm

Man, that admin guy doesn’t know what he’s doing… 😉

anyway, the link is “here”:

Paradoxdruid - September 6th, 2004 at 6:06 pm

And look, they’ve got a new Nanosaur! Yay! :-/

Owen - September 6th, 2004 at 10:45 pm

Personally, I think the new iMac looks butt ugly. Cheap white plastic feel to it, like a computer you would see in a 1970’s bad science fiction film. Apple has been obsessed with the all in one little box design since they first introduced the Mac. It’s great for people who want a computer and don’t care about being able to upgrade it, or how powerful it is. I personally hate those all in one style designs.

As for wall mounting, that would be awkward at best, IMHO. It is one thing for a passive viewing device, like a TV, to be wall mounted, it’s another for an interface to a device that is used constantly to be mounted that way. If you don’t think that this is the case, then I suggest all of you look at how you have your monitor currently aligned. Every monitor that I use I tilt ever so slightly. If you read up on ergonomics, it is best to have a large monitor that where the center is slighly lower than your eyes to avoid excess stress on you neck. In order to get good viewing you need to then tilt the monitor so that the plane of the monitor is perpendicular to the viewing vector.

I personally think that the tablet style and the gargole (wearable) style are more what we will see in the future.

Apple has made UNIX the way it should be. Their laptops, at least the metal cased ones, are superiour to any other personal laptop for performance and durability. The one really nifty design for a desktop machine, the cube, didn’t sell well because they didn’t market it properly.

stephen - September 14th, 2004 at 2:21 pm

First off, I disagree aesthetically– I like the smooth plastic look– much better than a beige box. Or what? matte black now? PCs have come so far. 😛 I prefer the brushed metal Apple look to the smooth plastic even more, like their Dual G5 towers? “”:Gorgeous

Also, the VESA wall mounting solutions I’ve seen are more like “hinged arms” than “poster on wall” deals, allowing you to position the monitor however you want.

I’m beginning to think the “all-in-one-box” idea is accessible simply because of the rate of computer advancements, which makes computers less upgradable than they used to be– with new interfaces (PCI-X, USB 2.0, ATA/133), new types of memory, and the speed of advance, it’s not a simple matter of “upgrading a component” anymore. Now, when your computer is outdated, every component of it is outdated and you might as well buy a new box.

Side-note: My lab at CU had one of the Cubes… couldn’t dissipate heat worth a damn. Had to be shut down to cool every few hours.

Paradoxdruid - September 14th, 2004 at 7:28 pm

Hehe… I should heed my own posting advice– I did the textile link backwards. The link I was aiming for was “this”:

Paradoxdruid - September 14th, 2004 at 7:28 pm

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