Endemic among the the Mac-using minority is a condition known as Apple Obsession Syndrome (AOS for short). Whole some AOS symptoms are serious, other symptoms are entertaining, from gratuitous Mac modifications to ridiculous software. You can gram your iHymn sheet and join us to pay homage at the high altar of Macdom.
iBook Picture Frames
Bored of using your iBook or PowerBook as a laptop computer? Why not turn it into an all-singing, all-dancing wall-mountable digital picture frame? A surprising number of people have done just this, and posted instructions online. Grab your glue gun and screwdriver, and head for: The obscure, the unusual, the exceptional.
The HollowScreen Project in the loosest sense. Take a digital photograph of your Mac’s immediate environment and set it as the desktop background on your MacBook, iBook or PowerBook. Then cunningly position your laptop in such a way that the screen appears to be transparent. Disarmingly funny: https://hollowscreen.com
SlashNOT: Humor for Nerds, Satire That Matters
SlashNot is a pasquinade of the computing supersite: https://slashdot.org, which, by the way, bubbles over with Mac news and discussions and is well worth a visit.
When you reach the site, dig your way through to the Mac news. There you’ll bet the lowdown on everything from the iToaster to Apple’s attempt to sue Gwyneth Paltrow for naming her Daughter Apple Martin, and not forgetting the rumours that Apple is in fact owned by Microsoft.
Apple Obsessuve Syndrome
Apple Obsessive Syndrome (also called Apple Obsessive Disorder – AOD for short) is characterized by the overwhelming and uncontrollable affinity the person develops for the Apple products. It usually begins with a first iPod purchase and swells with the release of every new generation of Apple products. AOD is usually confused with having “tech savvy”. Afflicted individuals are typically referred to as “Mac Enthusiasts”.
Affected individuals appear to be outwardly proud of their loyalty to the Apple brand. They are prone to bursts of self-reflection, in which they realize that their excessive fondness for Apple products is the most shameless demonstration of consumerism they’ve ever engaged in. Individuals suffering from AOD often feel a bit inane whenever an observer points out that they are way too consumed with and proud of something that someone else created. Individuals may exhibit anti-social traits (e.g., cutting a conversation short to listen to their iPhones, refreshing their Twitter stream excessively while in the company of others, pulling their iPad out in social settings for no apparent reason other than to demonstrate that they own an iPad).
These individuals frequently display reckless spending habits and a progressively alienating demeanor. They may also experience a loss of interest in sexual relationships, choosing instead to devote their attention to beating a particularly challenging level of Angry Birds.
Apple Obsessive Disorder is diagnosed when a person has acquired four or more products from the Apple family’ (e.g., The iPod, The iPad, The MacBook, the iPhone) and consists of the majority of these symptoms:
- Inability to understand the concept of right-clicking a mouse when using a PC.
- The false belief that a Mac purchase will magically turn any given individual into a “Master of the Digital Arts,” a “Social Media Guru,” and a “Person of Unequivocal Sexual Prowess”.
- Body image issues stemming from the individual’s inability to type a word effectively due to the size of their fingers.
- Prioritizing the acquisition of The Latest Apple Product above basic human needs, such as eating and sleeping.
- An overpowering sense of obligation when it is the individual’s turn in Words With Friends.
- Constantly reminding everyone with a BlackBerry that they are inferior because they cannot take screenshots of their text messages.
- Feelings of hubris when the perfect Instagram photo has been snapped.
- Releasing toxic levels of smug into the environment.
- Denial that other MP3 players exist aside from the iPod.
- Writing articles about fictional disorders to gauge whether or not their seemingly inappropriate addiction to Apple products is ‘normal’ or at the very least, “socially acceptable”.
Note that Apple Obsessive Disorder is most prevalent in Gen-Y, but shows signs of worsening in succeeding generations. The recent introduction of the iPhone to the Verizon network has increased the number of individuals suffering from Apple Obsessive Disorder by 57%.
iToaster photo : http://www.csmonitor.com/Photo-Galleries/In-Pictures/What-will-Apple-think-of-next-Five-ridiculous-predictions
If you hark back for the days when Macs came in such delicate hues as tangerine, consider handing your Mac over to a re-skinning service, such as http://www.colorware.com. However, you’ll have more fun doing it yourself. Get inspiration from a number of sites, and maybe even enter the annual Great MacMod Challenge: http://hackaday.com.
Mini vMac Emulator
OS X may be slick and powerful, but can it match the retro charm of the OS featured on the Macintosh Plus, one of the first Mac computers to hit the market? Grab the Mini vMac emulator and decide for yourself: http://www.gryphel.com/c/minivmac.
Terminal Has a GSOH
So, you thought Terminal utility was strictly for the serious Mac-head looking to squeeze that little bit extra out of his or her machine via the use of the command line interface? Well, this techie-looking tool actually has a sensitive side. Open Terminal from Applications – Utilities and type :
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