Believe the Lie (3/17/98)
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Okay, let's say, just for the sake of arguement, that you don't believe that Columbus is really anti-gravity technology, and that Steve was just keeping mum. Have you fallen prey to the latest damage control rumors? The buzz making the rounds is that the whole Columbus project is a hoax. That's right, a deliberate sham, leaked intentionally by Apple in an attempt to get people mistrusting rumors. Diabolical!

...Diabolical, of course, assuming that it's true. There have been so many conflicting rumors flying around about this Columbus thing that we see no reason to believe this one over any others. Apple Recon, who seems to possess a lot of inside knowledge on the AMP, came forth today to say that all rumors to the effect that AMP is a hoax are patently false-- the AMP is "really real," or so they say. (Whether or not you believe anything Recon says is an entirely other subject altogether...)

As for finding out more about Columbus, has it occurred to anyone to ask Larry "Leakboy" Ellison? Five'll get you ten he'll be more than willing to tell someone all about the mystery project. Actually, though, after the leaks about Apple's NC, we wouldn't be surprised if Steve has being very, very careful about making sure that Larry knows absolutely nothing about this top-secret initiative. Pity. Until we hear reliable info to the contrary, we're sticking to the idea that Columbus is Steve's anti-grav project.


 
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The above scene was taken from the 3/17/98 episode:

March 17, 1998: Keynote Day has come and gone, leaving a blistering new G3 in its wake. Meanwhile, rumors are flying that Columbus is all an elaborate hoax foisted onto the gullible public by Apple, and if you're shopping for a new monitor, you may just want to take out a small loan when you see Apple's new Manta...

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  • 543: Speed. Drama. Speed. (3/17/98)   So today was the day of the big keynote, and while it was entertaining and enlightening on some points, for those of us who were hoping for some big announcements, it was a bit of a let-down. (You can see our mostly-unedited notes from the last half-hour of the webcast if you like, or if you have some time on your hands, you may even want to listen to the keynote itself...

  • 545: Sleek, Curvy, Must-Have (3/17/98)   While the G3 300 was the only new computer to be unveiled during the keynote, we're happy to see that Manta, Apple's new flat-screen LCD display, was finally announced, even though it won't be shipping until next month...

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