Okay, I went to the Nashville Apple Store grand opening (but I’m auctioning off my sealed-box T-shirt and donating the funds to the EFF’s legal defense fund)

Okay,
I went to the Nashville Apple Store grand opening (but I’m auctioning
off my sealed-box T-shirt and donating the funds to the EFF’s legal
defense fund):
Seeing the line (this photo is a small fraction of
it) waiting to get into the Green Hills Apple Store grand opening, I
peeled off and came back later. As luck would have it, I was able to
still obtain a T-Shirt despite being well beyond the 1000th store
visitor.

Speaking of that T-Shirt, I have just placed the T-Shirt up for auction on eBay to benefit the efforts of the Electronic Frontier Foundation to defend bloggers sued by Apple. I will contribute 100 percent of the proceeds, plus a $25 matching contribution.

The
shirt is still in a sealed box — the photos are from the open box of
another member of the rexblog household who’d rather wear his — and
you
can read
about it on the auction page
.

Why am I doing this? Seems
like a nice win-win balance of my love-hate relationship with Apple:
Love their products (have since 1984), hate their legal strategy. If
they are successful in the courts, the unintended conseqences will
affect all those who cover business-news, passionist or professional
alike.

But now, bid high!

Update: At 8:30 p.m., Sunday night, we’re already at $25…and with my match, the donation to EFF is up to $50.

  • Josh Hallett

    Since 1984, one of the original Mac die-hards.

    I just wrote up my personal Mac history: http://hyku.com/blog/archives/000591.html

    I started in 1987, you’ve got me beat by a few years. How many Macs have you owned?

  • rex

    I tried counting them up when I posted my orignal rant about Apple suing bloggers. As almost everyone at Hammock Publishing (25 or so) uses Macs and we’ve been upgrading them generation-by-generation for 15 years, well, you can see where my math breaks down. I sold a car to purchase a Mac in April, 1984 and have personally spent a considerable chunk of every day since interacting with them.