New York Times
columnist David Pogue writes about this week’s MacMania cruise, taking place off the Pacific Coast on a Holland America cruise ship. Pogue’s comments come in a new article entitled
Geeks in Alaska
(available for registered users only, but registration is free).
Mac Mania has been coordinated by
and Macworld and it’s gathered together almost 200 of the 1,400 folks on this particular trip for several days and nights of Mac-related festivities and seminars.
“Now, Macintosh fans are already a special breed, exhibiting an almost religious loyalty to their computers — but this is ridiculous,” noted Pogue, an already legendary Mac fan in his own right. “The hardy souls aboard this ship have paid at least $1,300 for the regular Holland America cruise, another $600 for the conference itself, plus airfare from home cities as far away as Austria and Switzerland. These people really love their Macs.”
Pogue noted that the most memorable moments of the cruise have been the times between the formal presentations, when geeks get together to talk shop and help each other out. Sounds a bit like Macworld Expo, except out at sea.
“In the coming days, we’ll be treated to staggeringly beautiful glaciers, eagles and whales, and the ghosts of gold-rush towns — if, that is, we can tear ourselves away from our Macs,” said Pogue.