The iMac G3 family tree 

In August of 1998, Apple released the Bondi blue iMac. This computer left a bunch of stuff in the past, including beige plastic, ADB and serial ports, and the floppy drive.

It received a minor update a couple of months in, but the Revision A and B machines aren’t all that different.

In January 1999, the company introduced the Five Flavors. Essentially it was a faster 1998 iMac, but in new exciting colors: Blueberry, Lime, Tangerine, Strawberry and Grape. A speed bump took place in April 1999, bringing the machine to 333 MHz.

In the fall of 1999, things started getting more complicated. Apple switched to slot-loading optical drives and slightly revised the cases, making the computers a touch smaller and more transparent. At the bottom of the line was a USB-only Blueberry for 999 dollars. The Five Flavor colors made a comeback, gained FireWire ports and were renamed “iMac DV.” A new color — Graphite — shipped with FireWire and a 13 GB hard drive as the high-end model.

In July 2000, things got out of hand. A 799 dollar Indigo iMac shipped with no FireWire and no support for AirPort. The faster DV Summer 2000 added Ruby, while the faster-again DV+ was available in Indigo, Ruby and Sage. The DV SE sold in Graphite and Snow and came with an even faster processor and 30 GB hard drive.

February 2001 brought some much-needed sanity. The Early 2001 iMac included the ubiquitous Indigo, and introduced Blue Dalmatian and Flower Power. These patterns were molded into the plastic, and supposedly took Apple 18 months to perfect. The Early 2001 SE swapped Graphite for Indigo and came with an updated G3 and a faster GPU.

The last generation of iMac G3 was available in Indigo, Graphite and Snow. After the iMac G4 was introduced in early 2002, just the Snow remained, and stayed on sale all the way to March 2003.

There’s no doubt that the iMac G3 family tree is confusing in places, but I think Apple learned some valuable lessons here. As shown later in products like the iPod and now the MacBook, color matters to people. Many customers didn’t care so much about the difference between a 400 and 450 Mhz computer; they cared if it came in blue or if it came in green. Likewise, Apple learned that giving each of its good/better/best products a discrete name just led to confusion. If you buy a MacBook Air today, you just get an “MacBook Air.”

On Siri’s OS X supposed look and feel →

Juli Clover at MacRumors, discussing Siri’s appearance in the yet-announced OS X 10.12:

In the menu bar, there’s a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word “Siri” surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app icons. Clicking on either of the icons brings up a Siri waveform to give users a visual cue that the virtual assistant is listening for commands, much like on iOS devices when the Home button is held down.

I dig the Dock icon, but I sure hope that menu bar icon is still a placeholder.

Associate →

John Vorhees has released Associate, an incredibly clever and useful iOS app for creating Amazon affiliate links:

Associate’s search functionality means the entire Amazon store is at the tips of your fingers, literally. Run a search and tap the result you want. Associate does all the hard work of generating an affiliate link that includes your Amazon Associates credentials. Once you have your link, you can share it with one person or a thousand, its just as easy either way.

If I review hardware or link to a book on Amazon, I do it with affiliate links.1 It’s not a huge part of the income 512 Pixels generates, but it helps. On the Mac, I’ve used a bookmarklet in Chrome to create affiliate links, and now, thanks to John, I can do it easily on my iOS devices.

Finding items to link to is done in a very clever way: Associate simply passes the search query to an in-app browser that loads up the Amazon website. Tap the item, and a link (or Markdown-formatted link) is generated automatically.

Associate is $4.99 on the iOS App Store. Go check it out!


  1. I know some people don’t like this, but oh well. HEY LOOK GO BUY A DRONE. 

How to search Giphy from Alfred 

Search Giphy from Alred

I’ve spent way too much time today searching for GIFs, and realized I’ve never shared my workflow to search Giphy from Alfred.

It’s an easy little workflow to put together. I set the keyword to be gif and the workflow activates this little bash script:

search=$(echo "{query}" | sed 's/ /-/g')
open "http://giphy.com/tags/${search}"

Once it’s set up, you can hit the keyword in Alfred and start typing your search query. Hit enter and Giphy will open in your browser with its results.

If you don’t want to set that up, you can download the workflow here.

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BREAKING: WebObjects is still dead →

Kif Leswing at Business Insder:

On an Apple listserv on Tuesday, Java developer Hugi Thordarson emailed a blast saying that Apple had confirmed to him that WebObjects was officially declared dead.

He wrote (emphasis added):

In the past years I’ve regularly sent letters to [Apple CEO] Tim Cook, asking about the state of WO (being the naggy guy I am) and recently, I was contacted by Apple executive relations regarding my questions. The guy I spoke to called a couple of times, at first, he had absolutely no idea what WO was but the second time he called, he had obtained information and had a clear statement: “WebObjects is a discontinued product and will never be upgraded.”

WebObjects made it first appearance in 1995 as NeXT’s server-side web application framework. Initially written in Objective-C, WebObjects has run on top of Java as of version 5. It made the transition to Apple, where it has slowly faded away. The price plummeted over the years, eventually being a free download.

With OS X Snow Leopard, Apple decoupled WebObjects updates from OS X Server releases, and its been eight years since the company has released a public update for the software.

By all accounts, Apple is the biggest user of WebObjects left. It still powers part — if not much — of the iTunes and App Stores, as well as Apple’s online store.

My guess is that this isn’t changing anytime soon, but rather this statement is a continuation of Apple’s policy since 2009. Apple’s still using and working with it internally, but anyone else still on the bandwagon had better be looking for a way off.

In other words, I don’t think there’s anything new to report here. But hey, putting Steve Jobs in a headline has to be good for clicks, right?