MWNY: From Steve To Dave: A Day at Macworld
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Yesterday I woke up early, around 6 AM, and after a quick shower headed to the Javits Convention Center. A ten-minute cab ride later we were at the Javits where I promptly got my very geeky press badge and got in the press line early to get "good seats". After all, I wanted to see the new FLAT PANEL IMAC up close. And the new POWER MACINTOSH G5! Oh yeah, this was gonna be good!
IMG MWNY 2001 Coverage At-A-Glance
At around 8:30 the cattle..er, journalists, were ushered to the media section. Unfortunately, we ended up sitting right in front of the pinhead camera people, who blocked our view of the main stage. So instead of seeing Steve we ended up staring at camera guys' butts. Not a pretty sight, to say the least.
But hey, at least we got to hear Steve. The keynote was a lot more subdued than January's keynote since the new equipment Apple showed off wasn't terribly exciting. Unfortunately, many of us got caught up in the rumor mongoring believing that the flat panel iMacs would be introuduced. There were those who also believed the G5's would be introduced, but none of those rumors came to fruition.
Although I was a bit disappointed with the new iMacs, I was pretty jazzed about the new PowerMacs and especially 10.1, the new and improved version of the OS X operating system due in September.
After the keynote we met with a few companies, ATI and Peter Tamte's Destineer/Bold. And then, right around 3:30, I headed toward the Ed Sullivan theather to see The Late Show with David Letterman. Thanks to Apple Master Michael Phillips and IMG staff member, I was invited to see the show. To be honest, I was more jazzed about seeing Dave than going to Macworld, mainly because there was a chance I was going to meet the late show host after the show and I had been watching Dave regularly since the mid-eighties.
So the show started right at 5:30 P.M and ran through until 6:30. After the show we were whisked to the green room where the guests are kept as they wait to go on the show. Within a few minutes Dave walked in and began talking with Michael (who has been coming to see Dave for many years). After I shook hands with Dave and chat briefly with him about my name (he was curious about where it came from and how it was spelled), David asked Michael if he was in town for some “computer show”. We explained to Dave what the Macworld show was and I even suggested that they have Steve Jobs as a guest one day.
Dave went on to explain that he wasn't much into computers but did have a Windows machine which he used to do some email and get on AOL. Michael and I then told him he should get a Mac and he asked what the difference was. That's when I saw my opportunity to whip out my new Titanium Powerbook and show it to Dave. He was pretty impressed with it and asked if he could handle it. I turned the PowerBook over to Dave who then felt the weight of it and checked it out. He seemed impressed and later commented that I did a good sales job. After that Dave had to leave and we said our goodbyes.
Overall it was a lot of fun, especially to get to show Dave some cool hardware (the geek in me made me do it ;)). I think Steve would be happy. Who knows, maybe Dave's next machine will be a Mac.
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