The new iMac G5 is out (supposedly shipping in two weeks) ... several friends and a relative have been waiting for this model for months and have probably already ordered.
I'm not wild about the design - of course it might look better in person. Their new LCD display is striking in person as is the G5 PowerMac.
Some numbers from yesterday at a small liberal arts college - PC sales to incoming freshmen
2004 Macs 135 Windows PCs 60
2003 Macs 98 Windows PCs 101
It is mostly laptops.
The other note is iPods seem to be universal. You don't see other hard disk based mp3 players on many campuses. (we ran into this last Spring when trying to run audio tests on student supplied players. There were many CD players and low end solid state players, but it was difficult to find a non-iPod hard disk player (this was at UMich).
To honor them, as we approach 1,000 U.S. troops lost in Iraq, these are the New Jersey Fallen who I could find listed up to the date 8/25/04. There are some people at the site below for whom no location is given so I extend my apologies for any missed. For anyone who would like to honor those from all over our country who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq, you can find photos and brief information in:
3/29/03 Spc Michael Edward Curtin, South Plains, NJ, age 23
3/29/03 Sgt Eugene Williams, South Plains, NJ, age 24
4/07/03 Staff Sgt Terry W. Hemingway, Willingboro, NJ, age 39
4/13/03 Spc. Gil Mercado, Paterson, NJ, age 25
4/25/03 Spc Narson B. Sullivan, North Brunswick, NJ, age 21
5/30/03 Spc Kyle A. Griffin, Emerson, NJ, age 20
6/26/03 Sgt 1st Class Gladimir Phillippe, Linden, NJ, age 37
10/1/03 Spc Simeon Hunte, Essex, NJ, age 20
11/11/03 Spc Marlon P. Jackson, Jersey City, NJ, age 25
11/15/03 Spc Ryan T. Baker, Brown Mills, NJ, age 24
1/02/04 Spc Marc S. Seiden, Brigantine, NJ, age 26
2/03/04 2nd Lt. Seth J. Dvorin, East Brunswick, NJ, age 24
3/22/04 Pfc Bruce Miller, Jr., Orange, NJ age 23
3/25/04 Spc Adam D. Froehlich, Pine Hill, NJ, age 21
4/06/04 2nd Lt John T. Wroblewski, Oak Ridge, NJ, age 25
5/14/04 Spc Philip I. Spakosky, Browns Mill, NJ, age 25
6/04/04 Spc Christopher M. Duffy, Brick, NJ, age 26
6/04/04 Sgt Frank T. Carvill, Carlstadt, NJ, age 51
6/05/04 Spc Ryan E, Doltz, Mine Hill, NJ, age 26
6/05/04 Sgt Humberto F Timoteo, Newark, NJ, age 25
6/29/04 Sgt Alan D. Sherman, Brick, NJ, age 36
7/23.04 Lance Cpl Vincent M. Sullivan, Chatham, NJ, age 23
8/1/04 Spc. Anthony J. Dixon, Lindenwold, NJ, age 20
8/12/04 Capt. Michael Yury Tarlavsky, Passaic, NJ, age 30
There has been extensive news coverage of the very highly paid mercenaries and contractors lost, but the almost 1,000 military personnel who have died, and those tens of thousands who have lost limbs, and those otherwise injured are being far too forgotten. This war is too like the Korean War that way. Please, do not forget these individuals listed above, and don't forget those who have been damaged by this war.