“Ancient” iBooks Spur Near Riot

Life is beyond busy right now… we’re in the “hell weeks” at work right now. These particular weeks come whistling out of the ninth ring every August and land on you with a dull thud. Faculty are returning, early students are already arriving, the first-year’s get here end of the week and the whole ball of wax lurches into motion by Monday. All of us in computing will become roadkill in the process.lux-standart.ru

So, needless to say, I’m not doing a lot of posting on halfpress right now. I sure as heck haven’t picked up my camera this week (though I am squeezing in a photo shoot of our local Democractic HQ opening on Friday evening of all times… I am insane apparently). Crazy work week aside, I’ll definitely do what I can to help that particular cause.

I couldn’t pass up the opportunitity to post this CNN article, though, concerning the sale of over 1,000 four year old iBooks from the Henrico County schools in nearby Richmond:

A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.

My friend, Steve, (the Springer fan) is going to be positively beside himself reading this article. Anything in the media involving folding chairs wielded as weapons and urinating on oneself scores high on his entertainment scale. ?

“I took my chair here and I threw it over my shoulder and I went, ‘Bam,”‘ the 20-year-old said nonchalantly, his eyes glued to the screen of his new iBook, as he tapped away on the keyboard at a testing station.

$50 is a nice price and I do love Macs… but jeez, people. I’ve seen younger Macs after a tour of duty here at work (the ones assigned to public check-out duty in the library), so “buyer beware” is one phrase that springs to mind. ?

One Response to ““Ancient” iBooks Spur Near Riot”


    But of course, this has become our speciality here at the LLamas. Today’s bit of depravity: live footage of the riot in Richmond over the sale of some very used Macs. You have to really watch this to believe it…