Apples retail stores have been a success because they offer users a unique experienced to experience Macs, learn, play, and hang out. The result has been a great chance for many to share their passion for all things Apple in ways that were previously limited to a handful of Mac User Groups (extra fan boy points if youre a member of a MUG) and events like MacWorld Expo.
As great as the Apple Store experience is for longtime Mac users and consumers alike, if you find yourself there just to hang out more than once a week, you might want to consider finding some other pastimes.
The Steve Jobs look for keynotes is an iconic part of both his persona and Apple. Its synonymous with exciting announcements, innovation, and one more thing. Its also a pretty comfortable outfit but not all of us can pull it off, particularly for major presentations.
One liveblog is okay, two is fine, even three or four isnt too bad (I can usually be counted on to check at least a few if Im not attending the event). But if you have two Apple Cinema Displays filled with multiple Safari or Firefox windows and are rapidly checking every one as soon as it refreshes, you may need to take a deep breath and tone it down.
After all, youll probably be watching the QuickTime stream once Apple posts it later that day.
First off, you know youre a true Apple buff if you know that supposedly the Apple Lisa was named after Steves first daughter without me explaining it. Pining after the Lisa (or an original 128k Mac) is a little obsessive, but since Apple ended up burying most of the Lisas in a landfill in Utah (extra points if you already knew that), its understandable that true computer fans of all stripes might want to play with the Macs predecessor.
However, if youre naming your children after any computer product, you may want to consider your priorities just a touch.
If youre a true Apple fan, this should happen to you very rarely. Most of the Mac rumor sites unearth information about new products long before they ship often leading to massive speculation around the blogoshpere and sometimes in the mainstream media.
But every once in a while Apple manages to keep something truly secret catching its fans and customers off guard.
Modding has been a part of Apple culture since the original Apple I and Apple II, which lent themselves to upgrades of all kinds.
The efforts are often impressive but clearly prove youre an Apple fanster and not a casual user.
Apple hardware is often like the Energizer bunny it just keeps running, sometimes long after its capable of handling any modern Mac OS releases or software.
As a result, its natural to want to hang onto these functioning pieces of Apple/tech history. And lets face it, occasionally using a Mac Plus running System 6 can be a fun trip down geek memory lane. But, if youve run out of closet space, filled your attic, or need to park your car outside because youre garage is too filled with old Macs, you may have a little bit of a problem.