I just returned from NECC (National Educational Computing Conference) atMcCormick Place in Chicago where Steve Jobs was the keynote speaker. Hisaddress was full of the customary pro-Apple/pro-education info which onemight expect. In fact, it may have been a bit too predictable.
I arrived at McCormick Place at 6:45 this morning, to find registration infull swing and about 100 people already in line for Steve Jobs’s 8:30keynote address. I noticed almost immediately when entering the facilitythat Apple had the predominant corporate presence, with an impressive boothjust inside the door of the show floor, Apple-logo goodie bags, and lots ofpeople wandering around with Apple Distinguished Educator polo shirts.
There has been a lot of talk about the Son of Pismo, and the idea of such amachine really excites me.
I’m a run-of-the-mill Mac-savvy kid who’s going away to college next year,and I don’t have US$2700 to justify spending on the lowest model of one ofnew PowerBook G4’s – they look like museum pieces to me. I lookat them and say, “Wow, how beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, and with allthat power!” but I could never justify owning one.