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3rd post! (-1)

thr0d ps1t (641973) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539876)

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Share and enjoy!

New Xserve Cluster Node (4, Informative)

JHromadka (88188) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539896)

Apple also released today an Xserve Cluster Node [apple.com] that has no graphics card and starts at $1000 than the high-end Xserve.

Re:New Xserve Cluster Node (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5539922)

yes, interesting

you mods crack me up

Re:New Xserve Cluster Node (4, Informative)

TomSawyer (100674) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539938)

You know what's also interesting? Coherent sentences. The X-Serve Cluster Node is a dual process system with a price that's $1000 under its non-cluster targetted counterpart. It also has some other missing features deemed not neccessary for clustering purposes.

Re:New Xserve Cluster Node (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540084)

Yeah, but still, the damn thing is $2800. With that kind of cash I could buy an absolutely kick-ass dual or quad Xeon machine that would destroy anything Apple can make.

Re:New Xserve Cluster Node (1, Informative)

Chicane-UK (455253) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540035)

Well I dont know if that picture is the product you are talking about, but I can't help but notice an 'ATI Graphics' branded card on the top right hand side. Last time I checked, that ususally got stamped on graphics cards! :)

Re:New Xserve Cluster Node (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540090)

One ATI card (32MB of DDR SDRAM and VGA connector) installed in lower PCI slot; optional AGP 4X card (64MB of DDR SDRAM; DVI, VGA, and S-video connectors; dual display support) installed in PCI-AGP slot

Re:New Xserve Cluster Node (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540092)

Oh! Common mistake. That stands for "Actually There Isn't Graphics"

Mom likes em (4, Funny)

Palshife (60519) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539900)

Ahh, the end of an age. The only computer my mother ever used that almost completely replaced my usefulness.

Re:Mom likes em (5, Insightful)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540032)

Apple didn't go away, just the shape. And, if you're tied to a curvy all-in-one system with a CRT, you can still go with the iMac's big brother [apple.com].

On a more serious note, Apple got lots of praise and lots of flak for producing a translucent computer. They knew it was "trendy" and they knew when to move on. Now everyone making a translucent device that wasn't designed to be translucent should move on, too.

There are all the usual jokes about the vacuum cleaners and the iLamp, but have you heard anyone say, "While the user interface is straightforward and the availability of the BSD architecture is a great plus, I'd never buy one because I think it looks like a lamp." - No. They don't know anything about them, but their friends said Macs suck 15 years ago, so they fall back on the only insults they know.

Sorry for the rant.

Re:Mom likes em (1, Insightful)

Captain Tenille (250795) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540086)

I wouldn't buy a computer that looks like a lamp. I want my computer to look like a computer, damn it.

Re:Mom likes em (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540130)

The only computer my mother ever used that almost completely replaced my usefulness.

Until the iMac can learn to lick her clit I doubt that.

RIP iMac (5, Funny)

Exitthree (646294) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539904)

Perhaps now that people realize Apple has stopped selling fruit colored computers we can see the end of all the pink and purple translucent plastic office products...

Re:RIP iMac (5, Funny)

Ponty (15710) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539947)

It'll never happen. Those cycles move more slowly than the computer style cycles. Apple had effectively moved away from colorful plastic just when they were getting to full capacity.

And try telling people that Apple doesn't sell computers by the flavor anymore. :-)

Re:RIP iMac (1)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539989)

One can only wish, but the most annoying was those cheap calculators you see everwhere that are in fruity colors... and then the matching everything... it got really bad when the mac first came out, but its not that bad now. (although i like my purple lava lamp...)

Re:RIP iMac (5, Funny)

dnahelix (598670) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540145)

You are so right!
Personally I prefer bland, opaque designs. Bright colors can make one feel cheerful and happy, which is so annoying. I would much rather be reminded of the non-descript conformity we all strive for.

It will be missed by few, loved by many (4, Insightful)

ciroknight (601098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539905)

I'll miss the old iMacs, they really sent a shockwave throught the PC community (prompting many users to get one even if they didnt know what the hell they were getting into in the mac world), and a lot of new ideas and concepts.

I especially liked the manuals... the shortest manuals ever, something like 20 words right? But anyways, I've gotta hand it to Apple for those things lasting as long as they did, and bringing a new style and appeal to the computer market. Live long and prosper iMac..

Re:It will be missed by few, loved by many (1)

Slack0ff (590042) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540028)

Im still mourning the canclation of the Mac SE's... My Mac SE FDHD is still running word 3 perfectly, only uses 1 power outlet, and is the sexiest computer ever to grace the planet.

No biggie (5, Insightful)

why-is-it (318134) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539908)

As long as they keep selling the eMac, how significant is this announcement? I mean, provided that you can spend the extra coin, the eMac seems like a better choice what with the larger CRT and all.

Still, it will be hard to make a fishtank out of the flat-panel iMACs...

Re:No biggie (3, Interesting)

goon america (536413) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539940)

Have you not heard of nostalgia?!

The original iMac may have saved Apple. That is why it garners so much deserving affection. Steve Jobs supposedly started the project 10 days after he returned to the company's staff.

education takes a backseat as usual (0, Troll)

inputsprocket (585963) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539910)

...but still avalailable to educational establishments.
What's with that? They think that schools are so used to old equipment, they can continue to flog their discontiued lines to them???!

Re:education takes a backseat as usual (2, Informative)

Ponty (15710) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539970)

It's cheaper. Eductational institutions are often compelled by budget restraints to buy lower cost items than other people/institutions. I'm sure Apple would rather they buy an older machine than no Mac at all.

Re:education takes a backseat as usual (2, Interesting)

inputsprocket (585963) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539998)

Damn, then why am I trying to flog this darn Performa on eBay for 100 Euros!

Yes, fair enough and Apple have always had their entry level Macs for many a school to whip up, and I suppose the eMac will take centre stage on that front, but there's a big difference between entry level and discontinued.

Education likes CRTs. (4, Interesting)

Trillan (597339) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540034)

The new iMac is better in nearly every way, but one nice thing about the old CRT-based iMac is that it is difficult to damage.

CRTs are not bullet-proof, but they are much more "bored kid with a pen"-proof than LCDs.

Re:education takes a backseat as usual (2, Insightful)

TKinias (455818) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540073)

scripsit inputsprocket:

...but still avalailable to educational establishments.
What's with that? They think that schools are so used to old equipment, they can continue to flog their discontiued lines to them???!

Maybe an institution would have an interest in a standard platform? If I've already got (say) forty-five eMacs and I get the funds to add five more to my lab, is it inconceivable that I'd want to get five more like the ones I have, so I don't need to support an additional hardware configuration?

Not everything's a conspiracy...

Re:education takes a backseat as usual (1)

inputsprocket (585963) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540136)

If I've already got (say) forty-five eMacs and I get the funds to add five more to my lab, is it inconceivable that I'd want to get five more like the ones I have...

I'd say that if you had the budget, you'd want to buy 5 more eMacs, and not 5 discontinued iMacs.

iFruit (5, Interesting)

petronivs (633683) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539912)

I wonder if this means the newspaper comic Fox Trot [yahoo.com] will retire its iFruit computer.

Re:iFruit (2, Informative)

adashiel (96488) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540098)

Unlikely. The Fox family was using a Macintosh II-esque machine until they got their iFruit. That was, what, 1999? 2000? At least six years after that case style had been retired anyway. I'd express sympathy that Jason has to use such old equipment, but I figure since he's such a little shit he deserves it. ;-p

See ya! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5539914)

Ya big pile of poop!

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5539916)

It's about time they dumped some old things. Think different, ok, but where are the new models?

The Mac that made Apple (0, Troll)

rastachops (543268) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539917)

without the classic iMac some of these Doom and Gloom forecasts may well have been true. Lets just hope that they continue to bring out innovative products.

Re:The Mac that made Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540049)

Oh, God Dammit, shut up. And Microsoft is going to broken up into three separate companies, too!

People have been shouting Doom and Gloom about Apple since Sculley refused to lower the prices in the EIGHTIES.

I'll bet... (1)

k-0s (237787) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539920)

My bet is they'll release a simualar "dumbed down, pretty looking" machine in the near future, it just has too wide of a consumer base to ignore. Especially with those first release iMacs becoming/already outdated.

Re:I'll bet... (2, Funny)

MegaFur (79453) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540000)

"dumbed down, pretty looking" machine in the near future,

I'm confused... wasn't the iMac already supposed to be the "dumbed down, pretty looking" computer? What would the dumbed down version of the iMac look like? Maybe it's a movie of someone else using an iMac?

Re:I'll bet... (1)

k-0s (237787) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540047)

I'm confused... wasn't the iMac already supposed to be the "dumbed down, pretty looking" computer? What would the dumbed down version of the iMac look like? Maybe it's a movie of someone else using an iMac?


You are a bit confused, I said a Apple will release a simular "dumbed down, pretty looking" machine in the near future". You see, to replace the iMac they are discontinuing. Not a dumbed down iMac, which like you said probaly isn't possible, lol.

Re:I'll bet... (1)

kableh (155146) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540026)

Uh, like the new iMacs? =)

All kidding aside, I have a slot-loading G3 iMac at home ("snow" flavoured?), and it is hardly outdated. It may only have a 600MHz G3, but with plenty of RAM Jaguar is quick enough. It serves as a web browsing/mp3 terminal for the whole house, and while my roommates each have their own machine, and most are more powerful, all of us still end up using the trusty iMac at least once a day. It also had an uptime of 3 weeks, going to sleep every 30 minutes, until I had to install the latest updates.

Re:I'll bet... (1)

k-0s (237787) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540107)

All kidding aside, I have a slot-loading G3 iMac at home ("snow" flavoured?), and it is hardly outdated. It may only have a 600MHz G3, but with plenty of RAM Jaguar is quick enough. It serves as a web browsing/mp3 terminal for the whole house, and while my roommates each have their own machine, and most are more powerful, all of us still end up using the trusty iMac at least once a day. It also had an uptime of 3 weeks, going to sleep every 30 minutes, until I had to install the latest updates.


Well I'd have to argue you or any of the /. crowd aren't the mainstream or target Apple audience. Most people who bought the iMac are people who bought their first computer. They use AOL on it, have never changed the OS or added RAM. Most of these people will buy new iMacs just because they can't use AOL X.0 (I don't know the Macs highest AOL version, forgive me) because it runs so slow. Its a generalization of the mainstream iMac audience but as sad as that sounds most of us know it's true.

The computer that put Apple back on the charts (2, Interesting)

juushin (632556) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539927)

It was the computer that brought Apple back from the duldrums. Six years ago it was a revolutionary move to bundle the components like the classic Mac.

It indeed is a sad day...

Re:The computer that put Apple back on the charts (2, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540128)

And 20 years ago it was revolutionary to "componantize" the home computer.

"There is nothing that hasn't been thought of. The trick is to think of it again." - Goethe

KFG

Sad story for all... (-1, Flamebait)

xintegerx (557455) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539936)

iMacs will truly be missed. ...Now all that's left is for us to get rid of the iMac Lab to fill it with PC's.

On an interesting note, Dell's Laptop Latitude C-Family was created in 1997 and is only being phased out now.

Re:Sad story for all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540102)

Is the C-Family really being phased out? I don't think so.

Hallelujah! (1)

imlepid (214300) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539937)

I never though they were too aesthetically pleasing. Though, I will say that they were pretty good (not underpowered or lacking in feature) when I used them in a Journalism class I took once.

5 year lifespan for hardware? (5, Insightful)

yozzle (628834) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539948)

5 years is much longer time than your average x86 PC company would sell a computer for. I'm no Mac fanatic, in fact, I don't even own one, but I guess this goes to show that Apple does make solid products that last for a while.

*blink* (4, Informative)

OrenWolf (140914) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540031)

Um, they weren't the *same computer* they sold 5 years ago I'm afraid. I count 20 [lowendmac.com] revisions made to that machine in 5 years. That gives each system a shelf life of about three months!

Re:*blink* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540133)

I don't know where you got 20 from there, unless you counted the all but one of the flat panel iMacs and the eMac as well, for some reason. (Hint: there are more flat-panel iMacs than just the one labeled "flat panel".)

And even then, most of those "revisions" you are talking about were multiple processor options in the same revision.

Re:5 year lifespan for hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540038)

What you say?????

They form factor may be the same but they kept putting faster (altough slower than PC) chips and other new stuff in them. It's not like they were selling the exact same iMac for 5 years. I mean, duh.

I know this is slashdot and lately it's been a big spermy lovefest for the Macs but lets at least make an effort to be sane.

Retard.

Re:5 year lifespan for hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540095)

make an effort to be sane

How about an effort to be civil?

Re:5 year lifespan for hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540043)

Or is terrified of progress. You make the call.

Re:5 year lifespan for hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540114)

Or is terrified of progress. You make the call.

Huh? Apple may not be perfect, but it is at least progressive.

Re:5 year lifespan for hardware? (1)

BlueGecko (109058) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540066)

It would be worth remembering that the most recent iMacs had nothing in common with the original except the name and overall form factor. The mouse and keyboard have changed; DVD and CD-RW replaced the CD drive, and was made slot-loading; FireWire appeared; the speakers got overhauled; the dot pitch on the monitor steadily decreased; VGA-out got added. The iMac that Apple just discontinued only remained an iMac because it had a single form factor and was semitransparent blue plastic. For such nostalgia, the eMac ought to do fine. Otherwise, be nostalgic with a bondi-blue iMac; they're surprisingly cheap nowadays and make great email kiosks.

Re:5 year lifespan for hardware? (1)

malfunct (120790) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540088)

Speaking of that, how long did the AT form factor last? How long will ATX last? hmmm

*sob* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5539957)

and on the 9th day, God gracefully ate the gumdrop.

In other news... (0, Redundant)

Chriscypher (409959) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539959)

... you can buy the same form factor from Apple, albeit called an eMac.

Re:In other news... (2, Informative)

questionlp (58365) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540061)

The main differences between the eMac and CRT iMac is that the eMac is a G4 (faster but requires more power and runs warmer) rather than a G3, and the eMac has a 17" CRT versus a 15" CRT.

Even still, the entry-level eMac goes for about $150-200 more than an entry-level CRT iMac... that definitely makes a difference for schools and companies on a budget.

It was cool... (2, Interesting)

Bendebecker (633126) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539960)

It was cool, the only problem is that Apple never sells old systems and Mac addicts seem to be far less likely to sell their computers on ebay. Since I don't want to pay $800 for a computer I only want to play around with, that usually means the only macs I get are covered in grease...

Anyone know a good place to buy old (like 3-5 yr. old) Apple computers like imacs or ibooks?

Re:It was cool... (2, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540062)

Anyone know a good place to buy old (like 3-5 yr. old) Apple computers like imacs or ibooks?

You could look on eBay, but you'll notice that the price of a second hand Mac really isn't that much lower than a new Mac and people still actually buy them at this price. Something to note when considering switching, they seem to devalue much less than PCs. I've still not entirely figured out why...

Re:It was cool... (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540134)

Because less people own them and therefore sell them, decreasing the amount of depreciation over time.

Re:It was cool... (1)

JudgeFurious (455868) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540070)

refurbmaddness.com has them pretty regularly. Their best price right now appears to be $599 so I don't know if I would consider this a particularly good deal but then I think you can find one on ebay fairly easy. Original iMacs (slower obviously) can be had for much less than that and are fairly plentiful.

Re:It was cool... (1)

StealthSock (634668) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540081)

You could try to get a refurbished one from an online store. I just got one (from a friend) and it's one of those iMac DV Special Edition graphite colored ones which is 400mhz G3 with a DVD-rom drive, 128mb ram, an ATI Rage 128, and an Airport slot. Best of all you dont have to take the whole thing apart just to get to the RAM since it has a door in the back with easy access to two ram slots (regular PC SDRAM DIMM's) which you can upgrade to 1024mb. I have OSX 10.2 Jaguar running on it and it runs smoothly. I've seen these lately on Ebay for around $350.

Re:It was cool... (1)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540103)

Mac addicts seem to be far less likely to sell their computers on ebay

Are you kidding? Every old Mac I've sold except one has been sold on eBay. There are always tons of used Macs for sale there. I've also bought two Macs on eBay-- I got an older Graphite G4 /350 tower for my company, to be our OS X Server testbed. And I'm typing this post on my G4/733 Quicksilver. If you're persistent you can find and acquire a good machine for a decent price.

The only trouble if you're a buyer is Macs usually retain a high resale value, and there are usually a lot of people interested in the better machines-- especially now, when older machines that can run OS X well are a hot item-- so they get bid up into the stratosphere.

If you're selling, though, it's great-- I loved getting $800 for a 1.5 year old iBook 500MHz a couple months ago.

~Philly

Re:It was cool... (2, Informative)

jcdick1 (254644) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540121)

Check with University of Michigan's property disposition. They are an all-Mac school.

And they have some pretty good deals, too. I got an HP LaserJet 4M+ with Postscript module, MIO, and almost new toner cartridge for $100.

UofM Property Disposition [umich.edu]

New Xserve (4, Funny)

humina (603463) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539966)

I'm surprised that slashdot posted about the CNET article about the end of the original iMac instead of new clustering Xserve [com.com]. I mean think about it. Can you imagine a beowulf cluster of...oh nevermind.

IT? No, ID! (4, Interesting)

Zanthany (166662) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539969)

As far as computing is concerned, the iMac was just a blip on the screen of desktop computing. But realize the impact the iMac had on industrial design for absolutely everything.

You couldn't swing a deat cat and not hit a differently colored George Foreman grill, a phone, a printer, a kitchen gizmo, some transparently housed electronic gizmo, another technologically-all-in-one-packaged device, or any combination of the two.

Lest we forget the bold step Apple gave us in dropping the floppy, and changing the way peripheral removeable storage designers view the desktop.

Re:IT? No, ID! (1)

malfunct (120790) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540106)

Did the imac beat the C64's sales record for a single model? If so thats a pretty high mark to have attained.

Re:IT? No, ID! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540115)

Well, the blip wasn't as small as you might think. Without iMac, Apple might have been very insignificant by now and OS X wouldn't have been the most succesfull (and arguably the most innovative) consumer-oriented flavour of UNIX ever.

Jules Stoop

O Mac must be next (4, Funny)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539974)

Old Macdonald had a farm.
e Mac
i Mac
e mac
i Mac

O Mac

'Course my fave is BigMac.

Thanks for the convenient link to "APPLE.COM" (0)

Hao Wu (652581) | more than 11 years ago | (#5539983)

Slashdot finds links I never would have been able to guess on my own. I would like to ask the editors-- can I run "MS Word" on this Dell my son just bought for my birthday?

Re:Thanks for the convenient link to "APPLE.COM" (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540113)

Thanks for the convenient link to SlashDot in the header of your message. I never would have been able to...

Ah, nevermind.

Educational availability (4, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540003)

Hey, they are still available through educational channels. I just ordered another one given the success I have had with an iMac running Webvision [utah.edu]. This site is a new iMac G3 running OS X and is getting on average 30 thousand hits/day and the machine is absolutely quiet with no fans so one can actually have their server up and running right next to your desk.

*sniff* (a eulogy) (4, Interesting)

shayborg (650364) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540005)

I don't think it's too much hyperbole to claim that the iMac was one of the most revolutionary computers -- ever. The all-in-one factor was important, certainly, though not unique by itself. Neither was USB, the lack of a floppy drive, or a round and colored case. But the combination of these (and others) in one radically different computer probably changed the history of personal computers. When was the last time you saw a large manufacturer sell a beige case? When was the last time you saw a computer that didn't come with USB? Even now, manufacturers are still slowly phasing out the floppy drive, something that Apple basically did with that one bombshell back in 1998. Love it or hate it, the iMac changed the face of computing forever, and will be remembered as such a pioneer in the annals of the history of personal computing.

::bows and gets off his soapbox::

-- shayborg

Re:*sniff* (a eulogy) (1)

ejaw5 (570071) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540100)

I'm not pleased with the trend of removing the floppy from computers. I consider myself lucky being able to find a new laptop model with a floppy couple of months ago.

From what I've seen, quite a bit of Mac users (faculty at my university) still use floppy with their computers through the usb-floppy. And when the classic iMac came out, LS-120 was still prevelant (remember those? superfloppy drive that took BOTH 120MB superdisks and 1.44 floppies). Perhaps Apple was intending to eliminate the floppy, but I think it's still in use.

Re:*sniff* (a eulogy) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5540142)

Too bad that external USB floppy drives are the number 1 peripheral.

Meh (1)

Kirby-meister (574952) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540018)

My friend still has one of those. I never thought much of them when I would use it, since this was during the time I was an adamant Mac-hater. Plus, I didn't really think the different fruity colors were too aesthetically pleasing, but I guess that was my opinion - my friend thought her Mac was the best.

It was the thing that brought Apple back to the masses. However, now they have OS X to bring Apples to the geeks like me.

Still available in other parts of the world (2, Informative)

prewashedironman (605517) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540033)

Uk apple store still has it, as does the French, Spanish, German, Austrian and Irish (and i'm guessing the rest of the world apart from The USA, but I'm too lazy to check any more countries.) They start from 999 or £649.

R.I.P. (1)

lowdozage (319641) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540040)

So long dear friend! We will miss you! I had a rev. B. iMac Bondi Blue and it was one of my 1st investement on a Apple Computer. Lasted me 4 years and gave good service.


Long live the new iMac!

Re:R.I.P. (5, Funny)

Kaz Riprock (590115) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540117)

You do know that just because they aren't selling them anymore does not mean that the one on your desk is going to disappear...right?

The originals had some nasty display problems (5, Informative)

t0qer (230538) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540058)

Being a PC tech, I never really get to play with macs too much. I have had 3 with shot monitors come across my desk though.

My buddy bought some Imac with firewire for $150 bucks. AV version I think it was called. Anyways he brought it over, I patched his OS9 to its latest patches. He had it for about 2 weeks until the monitor gave out.

So of course, he brings it back to me. Having never ripped one of these things open I was excited at the prospect of tinkering around with some new hardware. Before I grabbed a screwdriver I called apple.

tech: No matter what the problem is, hold the special programmers button on the side, it erases the nvram which will make your monitor work because it has a bad analog board.

After several attempts at this and failing he gave me something else to try.

tech: press the apple key + q r a t during bootup, again this will fix your problem.

Well, again that lead nowhere.

So with the help of my fine freind google, I found a PDF service manual and some more docs. I converted the imac into a pile of electronic parts, pressed some magic button inside and still, black screen :(

Eventually I read that the analog boards on these things go out quite frequently, the replacement cost of the board went way above the $150 my friend had originally paid for it. I talked him into getting an external monitor (works now) and things were happy again.

In other news... (2, Funny)

heldlikesound (132717) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540059)

Alarm clock designers, cheap plastic toy manufactors, and eMachines annouced plans to "reinvent" their catalogs, creating whole new lines of items, based on the idea of a solid base, with a flexable-like and a flat screen interface.

A representative from eMachines was quoted as saying, "Good designers copy, great designers steal directly from Jonathon Ives."

Honestly, other than the "snow" colored version, I thought the iMac was pretty ugly... The new 17" however, very nice...

See ya! Wouldn't wanna be ya! (1)

nycroft (653728) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540069)

Some say that it's too bad that Apple is letting the iMac go. But Apple needs to keep progressing ever forward. Who needs a translucent easter egg with a 15 inch screen when Mini Me has a fly laptop with a 17 inch screen and a Super Drive? If nostalgia sold computers, Apple would still be rolling out the 128k.

That's not to say that the iMac was bad or anything. It was Apple's savior. We'd all like to see Apple continue to make great computers. To do that, it's gotta kick that old freeloading 5-year old out of the house.

It was a good run... (1)

xtr_982 (572179) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540091)

But the system was quickly becoming outdated. The G3 processor combined with the Rage 128 graphics (barely updated since its introduction) simply does not run OS X very well. On an early iMac, it's downright painful. The only remaining G3, the iBook, only runs X acceptably because of its better graphics chipset.

iMac still goes on....and on.....and on (1)

dethl (626353) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540097)

My brother has my old Bondi iMac 233mhz running the 10.2.4, and its still running great. Not to mention that he put in some extra memory, but then again, all computers could use extra memory.

I wonder if they are slimming down their product line in anticipation of the PPC 970 line that is *cough, September* soon to come.

I don't think this should be called as an RIP of the iMac, since the name still lives on, albiet its a totally different form factor.

I thought the already did? (2, Informative)

mesach (191869) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540110)

I thought they dropped the gumdrop style when the LCD style came out, then changed the CRT model to the eMac...

Are they stopping sales of the eMac? show me someone who bought an CRT iMac recently please.

A tear for the computer that saved Apple (4, Interesting)

ihatewinXP (638000) | more than 11 years ago | (#5540140)

1997, I was a die hard PC user just begging for a reason to 'switch' (back then you called it getting rid of Win95). On the software side the Mac OS was already showing its age badly and Rhapsody was a pariah. Enter the iMac. When it was going to be a time consuming clusterfuck to finally get everyone onto the OSX-UNIX-NeXT-Carbon-Blue Box(anyone remember that?)-Cocoa new Mac OS they innovated int he only space left..Well enter 2003 and OSX is just growing up and users are still clinging to classic boxes. But the imac - a hardware revolution that brought Apple just enough limelight and revenue to keep it afloat- 5 years later and a recent slashdot poll pegged apple as going out of business: Never...
It was an eye opening computer to own and i love my daily use of its decendent, the flat panel.

At the least they will live on for YEARS as macquariums.
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