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An Idiots Favorite Tool
April 25th, 2001

Randy: Man, I love my old PowerBook. Nothing makes a hotel room seem like home like my old 266 G3 PowerBook.

Gary: You know what does that for me? Vodka and donuts.

Randy: You are a sad and scary man. A civilized man wakes to Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies. I just came back from two weeks in Spain and my PowerBook was the best thing I packed.

Gary: I really don't want to know what else you packed in Europe. You know, they really go for anything over there.

Randy: I promise this trip, no inflatable dolls, no vegetables and no cheese dogs. While I traveled around the country I had my personal entertainment/gaming center with me wherever I went. In Madrid, my PowerBook was my CD player thanks to iTunes. When I couldn't take any more German MTV I watched movies from CD-ROM on my Book. (Man I need to get a DVD module.) When I was at the beach in Nerja it was my Virtual Game Station!

Gary: I'm sure that went over well with the wife. How many times did you have to fish the old PowerBook out of the Mediterranean?

Randy: None at all. Thanks to the seven plus pounds my old PowerBook weighs, it makes a formidable weapon too.

Gary: I am surprised that it wasn't used against you many, many times. Man, you would have popped like one of those giant maggots in Diablo 2.

Randy: Oh, yeah and my old PowerBook 266 can play Diablo 2 just fine. While the RAGE Pro graphics chipset may be a bit long in the tooth, my PowerBook still has plenty of life left in it. Sure the new G4 PowerBooks are light and sleek and sport all the latest connection ports. But with a USB PC card and a FireWire card I have all the ports the G4 book has, plus serial and SCSI. I can plug just about anything in to my PowerBook I want.

Gary: Does that hurt? And they don't have a problem with that in Europe? Man, those crazy continentals!

Randy: I'm talking about peripherals you creepy little man. Things like my camcorder plugged into the FireWire so my wife and I can enjoy playback of our holiday footage and I can do some editing with iMovie. I used a USB game pad with my USB PC card and Virtual Game Station for some serious Metal Gear Solid gaming. And in the evening we slept to the soothing rain sounds from the always-calming Earsaver ambient environment program.

I'm telling you my PowerBook was awesome on this vacation. I have been musing about a new Titanium PowerBook but now I'm thinking I'll get one of the PowerLogix Blue Chip PowerBook processor upgrades and bump it up to a 466 MHz. For around $400 bucks I can keep her for another few years.

Gary: Hey, that's no way to talk about your wife! But I kid, over here. It'll cost way more than 400 bucks! I've seen her at KFC! Hey, just kidding over here!

Randy: Okay Schecky Green. Do me a favor. The next time we have to write the column, don't forget to take your Ritalin. You have a Wall Street PowerBook just like mine. You should be happy it's still such a powerful and versatile machine.

But then again Gary, knowing you, I'm sure you're pretty much just as happy when you wake up and the sheets are still dry.

Till next time folks, adios.

(No Europeans were harmed in the writing of this column.)

Gary Randazzo and Randy Soare are the co-founders of IWS Interactive, a New York based game developer for Macintosh. The IWS in IWS Interactive stands for Idiots With Sticks. How that came about is a long and boring story, but suffice it to say that at four in the morning, it seemed like a good idea.

The demo for IWS Interactive's upcoming mystery-adventure game, Manhattan Apartment Hunter, has recently been released to rave reviews. The Idiots have been into gaming on Apple computers even before the Mac was around. Does anyone remember Choplifter on the Apple IIe? (Boy, we know we do.) Now, they are committed to help ensure that the Mac remains the premiere gaming platform on the planet.

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