2001: A QuickSilver Odyssey
8:15 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
After returning from last week's Macworld New York expo, IMG's Brad Custer is again on the ball with a great new desktop for you to download and enjoy. This time the inspiration is the new 'QuickSilver' line of upgraded PowerMac G4's, which include a single Harmon Cardon speaker built-in to the front. The comparison to the Hal 9000 computer in the classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey is evident, especially with a little help from PhotoShop. Here's more of Brad's explanation:
This week's desktop selection was inspired by the MWNY Expo. During the long keynote speech (some have compared it to a torture session at a POW camp, but I won't mention names) we were given the first look at the new G4 unofficially named "Quicksilver". I won't go into all the techincal specs, but the one feature that really caught my attention on the redesign case was the speaker in the lower part. As soon as I saw it I instantly thought of Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was one of those rare occassions where I envisioned the entire desktop instantly and during the entire expo it became a running joke between myself and Patrick from IMG. I knew I had to create it. I researched the apple web site looking for a straight on product shot much like the free posters they were giving out at the Apple area, but I couldn't find one. I knew I could scan the poster today at my job, but I wanted to work on the desktop Sunday so I broke out the digital camera and took a photo of the poster, which actually worked. ;D So, next week I'll return to the regularly scheduled game desktop, but I wanted to do a MWNY desktop. I hope you enjoy this week's creation as much as I did making it. :)Head over to Custer's Desktops and download a copy of the new image in your preferred resolution.
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