Yes, the technology world is a buz with the pitter-patter of the iLemmings. These creatures desire so strongly to conform to the Jobsian sense of creative selfworth that they will get so excited over the slightest non-event — but, they actually can be rather cute.
One cause of their hysteria is a device destined to gently tap on the bedroom window of the personal music world by providing what so many others already provide. That’s not all, there’s no un-stylish display to distract the little iCritters from their creative endeavors. They just simply comply with the order in which the device determines to present their music and they are ever so iHappy.
… and then there’s this bit:
Apple Offers $29 Nano-Mac, Hardware Not Included
by Scott Ott
(2005-01-12) — In another uncharacteristic effort to woo the masses, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today announced that starting in February his company would ship a “starter version” of the iconic Macintosh computer which will sell for only $29 — hardware not included.
The announcement follows yesterday’s launch of a $499 Mac mini — a small metal box with no monitor, keyboard, mouse, or other peripherals.
The new $29 Apple Nano-Mac promises to “reduce desktop clutter, while instilling the confidence and feelings of self-worth shared by Mac users worldwide,” Mr. Jobs said.
And while critics charged that the bargain-priced Nano-Mac is “little more than a silver Apple logo sticker on an empty matchbox with no ports, plugs, peripherals or programs,” Mr. Jobs was quick to point out that all of those “high-end extras can be purchased at Apple.com by users who like the Mac culture and zeitgeist and want to upgrade to a more hardware-centric experience.”