Viva La Revolution.

Lookin’ good, lookin’ good.

I don’t know about you, but, as an Apple true believer, it’s got to be the fastest decade I’ve ever experienced: This month marks ten years since the original “Bondi blue” iMac, above, first shipped.

To celebrate, Macworld ran a piece about eight ways the iMac changed the computer world. The first most people know: The iMac killed the boxy beige desktop.

Before the iMac, personal computer enclosures were stuck in a design rut. Most manufacturers produced beige or gray metal boxes, each designed as a merely functional piece of equipment instead of an aesthetically pleasing creative tool. The iMac’s desig. shattered the status quo with its preference for gentle curves over harsh corners, and for vibrant color over dull neutrality. Apple even coined a new term, “Bondi blue”—a blue-green hue named after Australia’s Bondi Beach shoreline—to describe the color of its new machine. Combined with an ice-white pinstripe pattern, the color scheme create a stunning enclosure theretofore unseen in the PC world. It made quite an impact on the public, but that was only the beginning.

Maybe I’ll celebrate by getting my iMac G3/400 DV Special Edition fixed. The old gray beast still has some life in her…and a lot of my old files.



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