Famous People: Roger Ebert gives the Mac 'thumbs up'

We've got quite a hodgepodge of sightings today as this will be the last "Famous People" column for a week as Yours Truly will be in Japan covering Macworld Tokyo. So read on and enjoy.

In Friday's Tech Times section of the Los Angeles Times , there's an interview with film critic, Roger Ebert, who said: "Actually, we have six Macs here in my office at home. Life is too short to use anything but a Mac; Windows is just not a human environment."

"You might want to cruise on over to the section each Thursday, as you're bound to get something," Harper said. "The Tim Allen interview a couple of weeks ago was hilarious and (no surprise) his PowerBook is central to his world."

Matt O'Brian saw a "couple old geezers" using Titanium PowerBooks on the Joy of Tech cartoon.

In issue number 5 of "Harley Quinn Adventures " from DC Comics, there's a picture of the Cube and the Apple Cinema Display on the Splash Page, reports Jeff Holinski.

While visiting the Bob Vila Web site, Juan Magdaraog noticed a preview of his site redesign, which has an overview breaking down how to decipher his "How-To" section. It clearly shows an Internet Explorer for the Mac Web browser.

A PowerBook was recently pictured foremost on the front page of the "Globe and Mail," one of the two national newspapers in Canada, said Noah Epstein. It was great to see, seeing as most Macs in the media have the logos "Photoshopped" out, he added.

Hal Sparks, former host of "Talk City" and now Michael Novotny of "Queer as Folk" (the American edition) had an online chat, where he expressed his devotion to Macs. When asked, "do you enjoy chatting online or have you ever been online before? Or what is your favorite Web site?" Sparks answered:

"I probably spend more time on apple.com, because I'm constantly salivating about the new Macs!" (Thanks to MacCentral reader, Kev Lee, for sending this our way.)

In a recent issue of "Woodshop News," a tabloid about woodworking, there was an interview with Roy Underhill, the quintessential woodworker. In the article he noted he used a Mac. (Thanks to Jim Polaski for the heads-up on this nugget of info.)

Nearly every GM-branded display at the recent Chicago Auto Show featured at least one Apple system, all with 15-inch LCD monitors, according to Jason Kehrer. The keyboards ranged from the old blue G3 colors to graphite, but all had the old puck mice, he added.

"Other companies used Compaq machines, but several plasma displays were stuck on the Windows 98 start-up screen due to crashes," Kehrer said.

The February 2001 catalog of GadgetUniverse has a little sonic file transfer product called the "Mini Data Bank" (page 31). The funny thing is that, though it says it's PC only, it's shown running on an iMac, points out Steve Fenton.

Christof Stanger spotted a PowerBook in an official Mercedes-Benz calendar, "A History of Passion: The first 100 years of Mercedes-Benz -- 2001."

(If you've sent us an item for our Famous People column, please be patient. It will appear, but we've been swamped with entries. If you know of a famous person using the Mac, send it to Yours Truly at dsellers@maccentral.com. If you want credit for your "Mac spotting," be sure to include your full name.)

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