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Introducing the iRack from Apple – MADtv (Video)

September 12th, 2009
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Mad TV is one of my favorite comedy TV shows. They are not afraid to explore touchy subjects such as racism, politics, class divisions, and commercialism, and they do it in an hilarious and smart way.

Here is a sketch where Apple’s Steve Jobs introduces their latest product, the iRack. It is a funny and astute commentary on the Iraq war, at the same time poking fun at the consumer culture and hype surrounding Apple.

This sketch is from MADtv Season 12, Episode 16.

The actors are:
Steve Jobs (Michael McDonald)
Announcer (Nicole Parker)
Audience members (Crista Flanagan, Jordan Peele, and Keegan-Michael Key)

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One Mouse Button or Two – Mac design philosophy

May 13th, 2009
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I feel like writing down a few thoughts about Macs. So here goes:

I used to think that Macintosh computers were “dumbed down” because they only have one mouse button. (Well admittedly, you can use a PC mouse with a Mac if you want to use a second button). I remember the days of 386’s and Windows 3.1 when the Three button mouse was the coolest thing.

I started using computers on the first Macintosh (and even a bit of Apple II+ before that). Then I switched to PC’s and never looked back (so I thought) until a few weeks ago when I realized that I couldn’t record music anymore with PC’s – their latest firewire drivers (Vista) don’t work very well with my fancy MOTU 8-Pre audio interface.

So I bought the White Macbook; it cost around $1300 including tax from London Drugs. It made a very good first impression – everything worked instantly and I was able to get up and running really fast. And I love the design of the laptop: how it looks and how it “feels” when I use it. I am quite happy using the single mouse button for casual things, and then plugging in my Zero Tension ergonomic mouse when I am going to do some more intense clicking.

iMovie is amazing; it makes video editing a breeze, and Logic is so much better than Cakewalk. Long live the Mac laptop!

Browsing the Apple site, I found an interesting article on how A.R. Rahman, the famous Indian movie composer, used Logic Pro to create the soundtrack for the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

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