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A QUICK LOOK BACK AT MACS

WEBWATCH

Since he is the second minister representing the ODPM in Cabinet, we should all be reading David Miliband's blog at www.odpm. gov. uk/cs/blogs/ ministerial_blog/ default. aspx. Although it is difficult to believe, even of MPs, this seems to be a first for Westminster, and 'is being evaluated by the independent, non-partisan Hansard Society'. An ominous sign is that the site quaintly calls it a 'weblog'.

Just to underline this column's noted evenhandedness, here is a site for jobsworths. It is a short history of Mac design. It is on the Engadget site, at www.engadget. com/2006/04/ 01/30-years-in-appleproducts-the-good-thebad-and-the-ugly/.

Amusingly, given the high cool of recent Jonathan Ives designs, the very first Apple (1976) looks like a cash register in a Western movie.

In 1977, they started doing pro design in the form of the vaguely Olivetti-ish Mac II.

Ives joined Apple in the early '90s, but didn't bloom until Steve Jobs returned as CEO and appointed him vicepresident of industrial design, when he brought out the iBook, that beautiful milky fl at screen and the G4 tower - then the stunning Cube which, lacking a fan, regularly fritzed its hard drive. Still?

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