So, where were you five years ago, October, 23, 2001? Do you remember the initial reviews for the iPod? I do. Aside from Mac diehards, the reviews were basically of the same sort I’m seeing today for the Sony Reader!
In an excellent article at PC World magazine’s site, Five Lessons For the iPod’s Fifth Anniversary, there is this very wise paragraph:
In some ways, that original iPod was much like the original Mac in 1984: A latecomer to a relatively new industry that rethought everything and provided a user experience that was unquestionably a great big leap beyond anything else that other companies were doing.
Mark your calendar five years hence. No, print this post and keep it in your wallet.
In five years, you’ll look back and be able to see — only in your hindsight, not with my foresight — how the Sony Reader changed things.
This quote is apt on this occasion:
What the fool cannot learn, he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
— The Life Everlasting by Marie Corelli
— quoted in The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol
Oh, the Reader posts are coming. I should have never pre-announced them, but I’m typing away.
When the goddammed 770 will let me!