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SLEEPING MACS — TRIBUTE TO STEVE JOBS

I was not happy with the earlier post of “Sleeping IMacs.” In 24 hours it had already been critiqued by ten friends, who were more gracious in their words than the image warranted. Accordingly, I decided to improve the image somewhat with Photoshop CS-4 and repost it. The text is virtually the same as before, except that I added the Postscript about Bill Phillips.

The Crystal Serenity was anchored in the French Riviera, off the coast of Cannes. Late at night I wandered into the computer lab where a roomful of 27" IMacs (68 cm), their screen savers in action, were fast asleep. The juxtaposition created an eye catching piece of abstract art, streaks of colors dancing to a quiet tune, but manifestly out of synch with each other.

The MacIntosh is my computer of choice, but at home I have a 24" IMac (61 cm), rather than the 27". In working on a manuscript, I can easily work on two pages at the same time, and I love it. In the Workshop, a complementary photograph is seen, with the backs, instead of the screens, thus the reverse sides rather than the obverse.

POSTSCRIPT. THE MAC VS THE PC

Fellow physicist, Leszek, remarked that he too preferred the Mac. Accordingly, I am adding this short story. After I started receiving royalties for a book a few years ago, I purchased a laptop, a 17" Mac Power Book. Then a friend sent me an essay by the great Italian writer Umberto Echo, who claimed, "Macs are the Catholics of the computer world, and the PCs are the Protestants. They can interpret things any way they like." I sent the essay to a friend, the Nobel Laureate Bill Phillips, who I knew also preferred Macs. Bill fired back, "When the girls went away to college, we sat them down and admonished them. "Date within the religion. Stay away from boys using PCs."

A TRIBUTE TO STEVE JOBS

Just a few days after I posted this photo, on October 5, 2011, the visionary Co-Founder of the Apple Corporation, passed away. I just posted a blog in my series at National Geographic in Tribute to Steve Jobs. I would welcome comments there with the international flavor offered by members of Trekearth.

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