And it’s more expensive than the SoundDock, too…

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Wow…weird. While it seems to be mostly yawns echoing across the Internet at today’s apple announcement, I’m genuinely shocked. So okay, it’s a sort of retro boombox deal for all the hip young things to buy — in time for a spring/summer of hanging out on street corners and playing stickball or whatever it is they do — and I have little need for such a thing, what with the not usually leaving my house and all. Fine. Not the target audience.

But to see Apple releasing a product that looks like it was designed by some guy that they just hired away from Coby? Seriously now, take a look at the two images below and tell me which product has that “I don’t need that thing but it’s so fucking slick looking that I’ll probably end up buying it anyway” feel that Apple seems to have bottled in recent years:

iPod Hifi

Bose Sounddock

Very strange.

E(clipse|macs)

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I just neatly summed up a string of conversations that I’ve had in the last week or so with the sentence Eclipse feels a lot like Emacs 2006.” Now I’m sure that the Emacs faithful will point out that Emacs is Emacs 2006, but still…

The “sure, go ahead, extend it however you want” character of Eclipse is compelling and powerful, but also brings to mind my favorite snipe from the endless Vi/Emacs wars:

Vi Guy: Hey, I think Emacs is great, too. Actually, I heard something really interesting today: did you know that there’s actually a text editor embedded somewhere in Emacs? I still haven’t been able to find it, though.

Emacs Guy: Um, bite me.*

* Please note: as a Vi guy, it’s possible that I’m slightly mis-representing the Emacs position in this discussion.