There Comes A Time When All Is Lost

This Stampede is a sad thing. It’s sad because people are so dumb and crazed that they’re spending all night in line to get a used Apple iBook for $50. It harkens back to incidents at a Walmart in the south where people were trampled trying to get a $30 DVD player before Christmas and also to London when IKEA opened and people got trampled in the rush to buy a Pljurkog of their very own. I suppose it goes to show that even with the advances we’ve made in medicine, science, and the arts, we still are, at our heart a stupid pack animal that does some ridiculous things.
Selling the US on the thought that they need something that they don’t have or that they don’t have something because something else is causing it has gotten to be the genius of marketing in the 21st century for this country. I have to hand it to Steve Jobs. When you get this kind of passion…

Jesse Sandler said he was one of the people pushing forward, using a folding chair he had brought with him to beat back people who tried to cut in front of him.
“I took my chair here and I threw it over my shoulder and I went, ‘Bam,'” the 20-year-old said nonchalantly, his eyes glued to the screen of his new iBook, as he tapped away on the keyboard at a testing station.
“They were getting in front of me and I was there a lot earlier than them, so I thought that it was just,” he said.

…from people waiting to get a computer, a hunk of plastic that can’t really even run the current version of the Apple operating system very well, then you’ve really created a monster. The dark humor of this is beautiful and frightening. It really seems like The Onion is writing this headline. I’m just at a loss.
And it’s not just the sensless violence and mass hysteria. It’s the fact that I’ve worked with these particular machines in the past. They’re junk. No, this isn’t just an AntiApple person speaking. These iBooks really are junk. At my last company, we had a slew of them. I believe that each and every one of them had to go back for repairs at least once. The biggest problems are the screens (a $800 repair) and the batteries (a $100 replacement) not to mention the occasional logic board or hard drive that bites the dust and can’t be replaced by the lay person who is buying this “bargain”. The people may have gotten more than just soaked pants waiting in line. They may have gotten a machine that would cost them more to fix in the long run than buying a new Sony Vaio, Thinkpad, or hell, even a Dell laptop. Didn’t they maybe think there was a reason the school was selling these machines off at such a discount? They were swinging chairs I suppose. Hey, when we gonna get around to invadin’ Iran?