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wile_e2005
20 May 2016 @ 07:52 pm
I can't believe how many losses we've had this year. People like Pat Harrington Jr., Richard Libertini, David Bowie, Brian Bedford, Joe Alaskey, Frank Sinatra Jr., David Smyrl, Patty Duke, Erik Bauersfeld, even Prince!

And now, we've lost Alan Young. He was 96 years old. Famous for his role as Wilbur of Mr. Ed, but cartoon fans like me mostly remember for him for his animated roles, most famously Scrooge McDuck...

His most famous portrayals of the Scottish billionaire duck were in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" in 1983 and the "DuckTales" TV series from 1987-1990. He even reprised the role for the "DuckTales Remastered" video game!

Burny Mattinson, director of "Mickey's Christmas Carol," apparently liked Alan Young's work as Scrooge so much, he cast him in "The Great Mouse Detective" in 1986 (which he co-directed with three other directors), in the role of Hiram Flaversham, the father of Olivia.

Sure, his voice was virtually identical to Uncle Scrooge's, but it was still a fine performance.

Even on "Ren and Stimpy" (during the time Spumco was fired from the show, and Nickelodeon Animation Studios took over production), they cast Alan Young in the role of a crazed, short-strung Scotsman: Haggis McHaggis!

His most prominent appearance, the episode "Hard Times for Haggis," is actually one of the best post-Spumco episodes of the original series, IMO. And Alan Young gave a great performance in that episode.

So long, Wilbur/Uncle Scrooge/Mr. Flaversham/Haggis. You will be missed.
 
 
Current Music: The theme to "DuckTales!"
 
 
wile_e2005
18 May 2016 @ 11:28 pm
Time for another LJ post from me about an unusual Warner Bros. cartoon! This time, I'm talking about one of their unusual 1960s one-shots.

Looney Tunes fans may recall that change was in the wind at Warner Bros. Animation in the early 1960s. Budgets were decreasing, and some of their best talent was leaving the studio or dying. They were slowly running out of steam. But sometimes they still felt free to experiment. After Chuck Jones came out with his super-abstract one-shot cartoon "Now Hear This," the one-shots produced at WBA would now be noticeably different from their previous efforts. They were now more stylized, and often barely resembled a typical Warner Bros. cartoon, often being more UPA-influenced. Director Robert McKimson also came out with such a cartoon: "Bartholomew Versus the Wheel," from 1963.

By this time, the one-shots would no longer begin with the traditional "bullseye" WB logo...


Instead, they would utilize the infamous "Abstract WB" title sequence Chuck Jones initially developed for "Now Hear This," with a strange klunky version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" as the theme music (even though the theme music for Merrie Melodies was traditionally "Merrily We Roll Along.") As I said, this logo sequence went on to appear on all WB cartoons once DePatie-Freleng Enterprises took over in 1964.
Unlike that logo, Bill Lava's music score to this cartoon is fairly decent; rather light-hearted -sounding, but with a few dissonant bits as well.


We begin on this boy portrait, and as we can tell, the art style will be radically different. The boy, voiced by the late Leslie Barringer, narrates, "That's a picture of me," and then introduces us to his dog Bartholomew...

The boy says "When he was little, Daddy said he would be a good watchdog. He could bark good." To which Bartholomew barks to a masked Western bandit on a TV. Mel Blanc basically does the same vocal effects he used for Dino the Dinosaur on "The Flintstones" for Bartholomew.
The art style here seems to be mimicking James Thurber's work. I also recall Chuck Jones's "Rocket Bye Baby" from 1956 had Thurber-influenced character designs as well, but here it's more UPA-ish.

"And he never chased cats either," the boy narrates, to which Bartholomew goes running off, doing the usual Dino-esque "Yipe yipe yipe" sounds...

...as this strange evil-looking cat chases him. Once again, a Looney Tunes cartoon makes cats look bad.
"We never had to scold him for gulping his food," the boy narrates, as the cat eats up Bartholomew's dog chow.


"He was very lovable, and he did tricks, too," the unnamed boy narrates.


But of course, the cat steals Bartholomew's thunder once again. The backgrounds here look a lot like they were colored with crayons or something.


"One day, a bad thing happened to him," the boy narrates, as a little kid accidentally runs over Bartholomew's tail with his scooter. Bartholomew yelps like Dino, blows on his wounded tail, and growls at...

...the wheels that ran over his tail. I like how it irises onto the wheel there; pretty stylish.


Bartholomew puts two and two together, and blames it on wheels. "He was so mad, he just shook all over," the narrator boy says, as Bartholomew shakes and turns blue, then runs after the scooter and pulls off the rear wheel and takes off with it, as the small boy on the scooter cries like a baby.


The narrating boy points out the obvious that Bartholomew doesn't like wheels anymore, as a small toy steam train rolls by (maybe it's a wind-up train?). Bartholomew wrecks it, and he buries the wheels.


"When he was little, he took little wheels," the boy narrates under this scene. "But when he got big, he took big wheels." He wouldn't even think about the people operating the wheels; he hated them so much.


Bartholomew gets HUGE by this point...


Just look at the size of him, carrying that car with that big-eyed man in it...



Bartholomew, now back to an average dog size, chases an ACME moving van, though he only succeeds in popping one of the tires. It seems they placed the ACME moving van in here as if they were saying "See, this is still a Warner Bros. cartoon!")
"He might have been mixed-up, but he wasn't dumb," the boy narrates, as Bartholomew retreats from his wheel chase and hides when a dog catcher's wagon drives past.

Then the boy narrates that there was only one kind of wheel Bartholomew hadn't caught yet, and it was hard to catch: an airplane landing gear!

He burrows into an airport, and after a couple of tries, manages to catch onto the landing gear of a plane taking off, and he goes into the wheel well with the wheel.


"i called and called him, but he didn't come home," the boy narrates. A nice touch there, with the "BARTHOLOMEW" inaudibly coming out of his mouth.


Other kids and adults also help try to find Bartholomew.


"Mr. Wembley, the dog catcher, said he didn't know where he was." Why would people be rioting at him over supposedly catching a dog that was giving them trouble? The solid-color characters look pretty neat here.

They didn't know it, but Bartholomew was far away in some unnamed Arabic country. (It may as very well be Agrabah!) Bartholomew also had no idea where he was...

Look at those poodles; they look more like purple sheep with mouse tails! Bartholomew is interested in them, but the male turban-clad dog following them just snarls at Bartholomew.


I find it amusing how that Arabian woman just "slides" by, since her feet aren't visible. Very UPA-ish. The boy narrates, "Nobody looked at him, not even petted him. And some of them didn't wear clothes!" (So what? Bartholomew doesn't wear clothes either!)


An interesting sight gag of elephants and camels traveling through an "intersection," complete with a stylized traffic light. "And there wasn't even one wheel to chase. Bartholomew was real sad," the narrator boy says. I thought Bartholomew hated wheels, so being in some place without wheels should make him happy! But all of a sudden, hating and chasing wheels makes Bartholomew happy?

Bartholomew comes up to a travel bureau building, and sees a poster: "Visit the U.S.A.," with a picture of the Statue of Liberty. The off-screen boy narrates, "He looked at it for a long long time. Then he remembered about that big wheel; got him into all the trouble," as he looks at a poster with an airplane on it.

The old "idea lightbulb" gambit is seen, as Bartholomew gets the idea that he can get home the same way...


Bartholomew runs over an Arabic worker at an airfield(off-screen though), whom yells in a faux Arabic language (sounding almost like Yosemite Sam, due to Mel Blanc voicing everyone but the narrator boy in this cartoon.) As the plane takes off, he says "Ooh la mongrah!"
I will say, that seemed to be a risky move on Bartholomew's part. What if that plane was heading somewhere other than Bartholomew's hometown?
But fortunately, that plane DOES take Bartholomew back home.


I wonder how everyone knew Bartholomew was arriving home all of a sudden? Did they just have a hunch? And how did Bartholomew switch from plane to train, especially since their airport was right in his hometown? BTW, we don't see the train arrive and Bartholomew get off; we just see this shot as the bad is playing and hear the train's horn getting louder.


They have a big parade for Bartholomew's return. All this celebrating for a dog that was lost and found his way home? Especially one that had been giving the people a hard time with his hatred for wheels? Though to be fair, the narrator boy tells us the people forgave Bartholomew for biting wheels.


Bartholomew no longer hated or bit wheels; he now likes them. "And he proved it too," the narrator boy explains, as the dog licks various wheels, including on the scooter that little boy accidentally ran over Bartholomew with.

"He didn't hate anything anymore," the boy narrates, "except what a dog is supposed to hate: cats!" Uh, not all dogs hate cats. The dog that my family and I had growing up liked cats and would try to befriend them, even though the cats he came across would be afraid of him and hiss (though our cat eventually grew used to him.)

Bartholomew snarls at the cat, whom promptly disintegrates! To which Bartholomew grins at us.


The cartoon ends on the boy saying "Bye now!" as the portrait smiles. A cute way to end the short, but then there's the ending logo...


We get the early version of the "Abstract WB" closing animation, with the sounds of Big Ben chiming, and the "OO" in "CARTOON" bouncing up and down. Quite a mood whiplash coming after that cartoon's ending, if you ask me, going from that cute "Bye now!" bit to this seemingly ominous type of end title. At least Rudy Larriva's Road Runner cartoons did not use the Big Ben variation of this closing sequence...

This is a pretty neat cartoon, but it does seem to have a few holes in its' story. Then again, John Dunn was not the best writer for the Warner Bros. cartoons, as the early-to-mid '60s Warner Bros. cartoons often prove. He was a much better writer at DePatie-Freleng, writing for the Pink Panther, the Inspector, the Ant and the Aardvark, the Tijuana Toads, etc.
But visually, it does look pretty neat. Also regarding Warner Bros. and the UPA influence, a friend of mine drew the wolf villain Bluebeard (from 1949's "Bye Bye Bluebeard") in a UPA-esque fashion, partly inspired by this cartoon.
 
 
wile_e2005
It happened a week ago, but due to being busy with other things, I didn't have time to post about it until tonight.
On the morning of Friday April 29th, Vanilla Ice did a live performance in New York City... with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!


(Nice movie-quality suits too, from the TMNTvan cosplaying group.)

It was pretty fun, even if Vanilla Ice didn't sing the "Ninja Rap." But at the end of the number...

The "turtles" pulled their rubber masks off, revealing the men underneath the suits! Yes, they just broke character right on live television. One of the biggest things to NOT do when costuming in public like that, and being televised no less! I wonder how many kids were traumatized seeing their turtle heroes were just "make believe?"

You can see the performance HERE.
Though I haven't seen much of a hubbub online yet about the unmasking Ninja Turtles yet...
 
 
wile_e2005
30 April 2016 @ 11:24 pm
So today marked the first event I went to wearing my new Big Bad Wolf fursuit head: DrawnCon 2016! Being an animation convention held in Boston, I couldn't resist attending!


Here's me riding over part of the way on the Red Line subway (newer-style early 90s car). Once again, I put my costume on at South Station in the men's room, like I typically do for non-furry conventions, among arriving there via train. A friend of mine accompanied me as well, and it was a good thing too, as I found it handy to have an escort of sorts with me for the first time I went somewhere in the new head, as vision was more impaired compared to the old mask (I had to especially be careful using stairs, and would mainly try to stick with elevators and escalators when I had the chance.)


Just enjoying the spring scenery outside Northeastern University, where the convention was held.


The food court in the building was closed, so we had to go to Downtown Crossing to have lunch. (We settled for Five Guy's again.) This was the first time I rode an Orange Line subway train while in costume. Their rolling stock is 35 years old, and they plan to get new cars in a couple of years. Not as bad as the 47-year-old rolling stock still used on the Red Line!


Here's the wolf, back at DrawnCon, in the dealer's room. My friend CyanTPC/Polar Wildcat from Anthro New England was there too! I also participated in a panel discussion about animation myths (like the "Little Mermaid" priest's "erection," "The Lion King's" cloud of 'SFX' dust (or is it 'SEX?'), "The Rescuers" briefly showing a topless woman in a couple of frames, etc.) I even showed the hilarious Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse animated skit "Journey to the Disney Vault," which made fun of those rumors.


Just a photo opportunity I had to take: Big Wolf on Campus!


We also had a costume contest, and I came in first place! My choice of prizes included a couple of Boxos papercraft sets (Ninja Turtles and Star Wars) and the complete third season of the original Ninja Turtles animated series. I feel quite proud of myself, and I'm not sure if I would've came in first if my costume still used the old mask...


Me on the way home from the convention. The Big Bad Wolf sure stands out from the crowds at the Boston subway stations, and yet, most people aren't even freaked out or threatened by my presence; not even security workers! You'd think they see stuff like this all the time...


Me back at South Station before removing my costume. The Big Bad Wolf gets a look at one of Amtrak's new electric locomotives at South Station, noting how much trains have changed since his day (when electric train engines were bigger, and steam locomotives were still in use!)

I'm glad this outing turned out successful. The next appearance for this new Big Bad Wolf will definitely be at this year's Boston Comic Con!
 
 
wile_e2005
16 April 2016 @ 11:50 pm
Today was pretty eventful for me. First off was a little league opening event, being held at the preschool near the local train station (it has baseball fields, as it was formerly a middle school.) And guess who made an appearance there?


Yup, it was the first time I've assumed the role of K-O the Kangaroo this year! I had a lot of fun, high-fiving and hugging kids, posing for pictures, dancing to some fun songs, and just being part of the fun. There was one tail-puller though, but at least I still know how to properly deal with them.


A friend of mine (the same one accompanying me to Anime Boston) came to see me perform as well.

Then after we wrapped up, my friend and I headed over to the nearby train station and got on an inbound commuter train for Boston, as today was National Record Store Day 2016! We visited the Nuggets and In Your Ear record stores, and I bought quite a bit of vinyl!


Plus, I'm glad spring is finally here. Things are going pretty well now...
 
 
 
wile_e2005
09 April 2016 @ 11:49 pm
Well, it took two months, lots of foam and black fur, a lot of hot glue sticks, and quite a few bandages for my fingers, but I did it! I finally built a new head for my Disney Big Bad Wolf fursuit! Here's a demo video of it...


Yup, it has a moving jaw too! It has a snug fit, but I don't mind; as long as it's comfortable, and that's what's important to me.

Here's me wearing it with the rest of the suit...


It's not entirely finished yet, though. I'm still waiting for the tongue to arrive, and I'm going to find some black whiskers I can put into the muzzle as well. Today, the lower fangs arrived, and I installed them into the mouth.



Today I also shot my first vlog with the new head. I like how my voice comes out loud and clear, compared to the old rubber head that muffled my voice quite a bit. I decided to do a review of the original 1948 printing of that Disney "Three Little Pigs" Little Golden Book adaptation, which has some more illustrations and is a bit longer than the current printings...

Of course, I also played a record in the video; that bizarre re-recording of the cartoon's soundtrack with the more evil and menacing wolf voice (I used my read-along record of the "Three Little Pigs" to play it.)

At the end of the month, I'm going to a cartoon convention in Boston: DrawnCon, held at the Northeastern University campus! I'll definitely want to attend as the Big Bad Wolf there, and show off my new head.
 
 
wile_e2005
26 March 2016 @ 10:58 pm
For my second (and final) day at Anime Boston, I decided to go as Scooby-Doo! A friend of mine accompanied me as Velma. It was the first time I was at an event in the newer Scooby-Doo mask I bought back in October. It got hot and sweaty pretty fast, but I am often used to it. Quite a few people liked my getup, once again.


Here's me as Scooby, reading a book at the Prudential Center Barnes & Noble bookstore, about my character of course!
The reason Scooby has the red gym shorts on is so I can have pockets.

Then I attended the Anthro New England furmeet, outside the P.F. Changs at the Prudential Center...

Got to meet a few new furs, and it was pretty neat!



Me with my friend as Velma. I got quite a few people asking me where Shaggy was, and some joking that they've found me (based off the lyrics of the "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You" theme.)


Just me posing with a Scooby-Doo beany plushie at the New England Comics stand in the dealers' room. I enjoy doing stuff like that.


Me with a fun Yoshi cosplayer!


Me with Mac the Husky, whom I first met at last year's Anime Boston.


Velma and Scooby-Doo have caught another masked villain (the horse), and are about to reveal his true identity. Yeah, those rubber horse masks are pretty popular, so much there's a Wikipedia page about them!

After that, my friend and I left the con and rode the Green Line subway to Park Street, still in costume, and we stopped for dinner at the Five Guy's burger restaurant near Downtown Crossing. Then of course I changed out of my costume at South Station, and we got on the train for home. It was an OLD train, with all single-level cars that weren't refurbished in the 90s or 2000s like the others were, all pulled by a noisy GP40MC diesel locomotive from the 70s! A sharp contrast with the train we rode in on, with one of their newest locomotives and more modern rolling stock. In fact, once I got off the train at my stop, my mom (picking me up there) noticed it suddenly smelled pretty bad, and of course, that old MBTA locomotive was to blame. Maybe that's why I don't see them very often on the rail line passing through Brockton these days?

Overall, I'm glad Anime Boston went pretty well, even without me being the Big Bad Wolf as usual. But now I'm going to make sure I finish that new wolf head before Boston Comic Con in August!
 
 
wile_e2005
25 March 2016 @ 11:14 pm
I've been looking forward to this all month... Anime Boston! Since my Big Bad Wolf head is still a work-in-progress, for today I thought I'd go as Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius!
I rode an early (8:30-ish) commuter train into Boston, had breakfast there, changed into my costume in the bathroom, and headed over to the Hynes Convention Center via subway!
Getting in the convention took quite a while, practically an hour. Once I arrived, I had to get in a line for pre-registered con attendees, and that took a while, and after I got my badge, I had to wait in another long line that snaked outside from the Sheraton Hotel (where the registration is) to the convention center, in the cold rain. I'm glad my costume wasn't damaged by it! Wile E. had to keep shaking his head dry :P Anime Boston is much more secure than other conventions I've been to, with bag checks and metal detectors and the like, but getting through all that wasn't any problem. Then once I was actually in the convention center, the fun began!


I figured this would be a good opportunity to wear my Tune Squad jersey, since the con was having a "Field Day" theme, almost like how Anthro New England had "Sportsball" this year. Lots of people liked my costume and wanted pics of me! Quite a few of them asked if I had caught that Road Runner yet, too :P Sometimes when I go to a con like this, I like to try and stand out, cosplay-wise. Quite a few others did too...


...like these cosplayers of Bebop and Rocksteady from the Ninja Turtles! I kept coming across them quite a bit at the con. Who knew those two worked for Team Rocket? :P


Of course at Anime Boston, there were a lot of Pokemon cosplayers. One group of people with someone cosplaying as the rock/steel Pokemon Aggron just had to get a picture of me fighting him!


Just a casual shot of Wile E. Coyote at Anime Boston, reading his ACME Catalog. I didn't have the jersey on the entire time.


Of course, like the other cosplayers, I spent a bit of time at the Prudential Center Mall, which is connected to the Hynes Convention Center where Anime Boston is. Browsed around and bought a couple books at Barnes & Noble, and nobody really seemed to care that a 'toon coyote was around!



Me with some other fursuiters. Kazee here recognized me from Anthro New England, after having mostly seen me as the Big Bad Wolf!


Just a photo of me as Wile E. Coyote heading back from my first day of Anime Boston on the MBTA Green Line subway/trolley. I finally took off the costume once I arrived at South Station, before I boarded the train for home. Since it was a little later than usual when I come home from Boston from a non-furry convention, I got my dinner at South Station (a couple pizza slices, potato chips, and a Dunkin' Donuts strawberry Coolata to cool me down) and ate it on the train.

In the end, I had fun being Wile E. Coyote at a con for the first time. Tomorrow, I'm going to be Scooby-Doo!
 
 
wile_e2005
13 March 2016 @ 11:28 pm
Today I went with my brother and some friends to see "Zootopia" at the "Googolplex" cinema a few towns over. At said cinema, the theaters now have more fancy seats that are like easy chairs, and you can even recline on them, complete with feet rests! We saw the 3D version too, and that made the viewing experience rather interesting. Even the Walt Disney Pictures (now just "Disney") logo looked pretty neat in 3D. (Now if they continued the "Walt Disney Classics" video line, we'd probably have a 3D version of that logo too!)

"Zootopia" was such a cool movie. NOTHING like their last attempt at an all-anthro movie, "Chicken Little," which was basically a Pixar/DreamWorks wanna-be that sucked. This was not your usual talking animal movie (like the trailers for such we saw before the film began.) It was also different from "Robin Hood" in some ways, like the animals being accurate to their real-life counterpart sizes. Rodents are very small, and have their own tiny community in Zootopia. Judy Hopps was quite small compared to the other animals, including the other cops she was working with. And they do often acknowledge their species. "Robin Hood" did do that a few times as well ("Snakes don't walk, they slither," Sir Hiss tells Prince John.) With the "Robin Hood" resemblence, Nick Wilde did remind me quite a bit of an American Robin Hood. Quite a dashing fox, I must add. (I'm gonna have to buy a plushie of him the next time I go to a Disney Store!) And the mayor of Zootopia being a lion reminded me of King Richard in "Robin Hood," too...


I also thought the sloths were hilarious. along with my brother and friends (a friend of mine told me, regarding the DMV scene, "That's just like real life!") And I also liked the guard wolves and their howling (of course), and Nick Wilde's comment "Who listens to CDs anymore anyway?" (You think that's something Nick? I listen to records!) They did use a lot of Smartphones and such in the film, but then again, us furries often do that nowadays too, even at Anthro New England (it helped that a couple months ago I finally got my first Smartphone.) That running gag with the Gazelle app was pretty funny too!
When Judy Hopps was leaving her parents and boarding the train for Zootopia, that reminded me of when I was leaving for my first furry convention, the Maltese Fur Con in August 2014. (Hey, with all those anthro animals, it's bound to remind me of my furry experiences!) Pretty sleek, modern train Judy rode on as well.
At one point in the film, during an exciting scene on an old, run-down runaway subway car, they nearly collide with an oncoming speeding freight train, but manage to hit a switch and get out of its' way at the last second. The freight train sure looked neat, with a modern-looking diesel engine with a rhino horn-like thing on its' front!
Too bad the cinema didn't have this display in their lobby!


Still one of the best films by Walt Disney Feature Animation I have seen in years.
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wile_e2005
09 March 2016 @ 11:57 pm
This year marks the tenth anniversary of a milestone for Apple Inc. It was when they began a big switch on their Macintosh computers, moving away from the beloved but now dated PowerPC processors (having initially used them in 1994) to newer Intel processors. For many, this was a shocking change, as Intel processors were what were normally used in Windows PCs, not Macs! But eventually, the switch didn't turn out to be so bad after all. There was a noticeable increase in performance over the older PowerPC models.
But the switch didn't completely happen overnight. When the first Intel Macs came out in January 2006, they only had the iMac and the MacBook Pro (replacing the PowerBook) in Intel models...

They simply took the existing iMac G5 and PowerBook G4 cases and made some modifications to them, especially with the MacBook Pro (like the iSight webcam and the new "MagSafe" power adapter. Then at the end of February that year, an Intel Mac Mini came on the market...

Visually, it appeared identical to the old PowerPC G4 Mac Minis introduced the previous year. The base line at the time, at $599, was not that ideal of a machine for a media user, with a 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo processor (the only Intel Mac with a single-core processor ever made), a 60 GB hard drive and the crummy Intel GMA950 graphics chip that shared system memory.
With the switch to Intel, there came a sacrifice in graphics on the lower-end models of the time. The PowerPC Macs used to always use discrete graphics cards with their own dedicated video RAM, thus making them more ideal for photo and video work, and even playing certain games on them. Not so with these models. But fortunately over time, with different revisions, they got much better.
In mid-2006, the polycarbonate MacBook made its' debut, to replace the iBook. My MacBook from 2009 physically resembles how they originally looked in 2006, but is a better machine than the mid-2006 models; it has a faster Core 2 Duo processor, more RAM (I upgraded it to 6 GB!), a much bigger hard drive, AND an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics chip, while still an integrated one, is much more ideal than those old Intel graphics chips! They also no longer came with internal modems, as dial-up was becoming rare across the country. Then finally in fall 2006, the Mac Pro came out, effectively replacing the Power Mac G5 it was based on in terms of design (we have a 2006 Mac Pro at the local community college.)

One big added plus with the Intel Macs was now you could even run Windows on them if need be!

This is still a feat Apple likes to tote, even to this day. Sure, you could do a Windows virtual machine on PowerPC Macs, but you had to use Virtual PC for Mac, and it was SLOW. With the Intel Macs, you could use the new virtualization software like Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion, and have a more speedy and responsive virtual machine, and drag and drop files between the native OS X and the Windows system. OR, you could use the Boot Camp utility and create a Windows partition on your Mac hard drive, making your Mac a dual-boot system. I was impressed by it in 2009, when they got 24" iMacs at my college's video editing lab in the Fine Arts building (replacing old Power Mac G4 and Dell Optiflex desktops), setting them up with OS X and Windows XP Boot Camp partitions, from when Windows XP was very common on the campus (in the summer of 2010, they upgraded most of the college PCs to Windows 7.) So I've done the same thing on my MacBook as well, and it has a pretty nice Windows 10 Boot Camp partition currently. I'm also thinking of trying it with my Mac Mini...

In 2009, PowerPC support for Macs began to dwindle, when OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard would only work on Intel Macs. It was a couple years after that when I got my first Intel Mac, a 2009 MacBook, which can still run the latest version of OS X (those initial 2006 Intel Macs can't do that!)
And also back in 2006, those new intel Macs had optical disc-drives. The lower-end Mac Mini and MacBook had a simple "Combo Drive," which could read DVDs but only burn CDs. The others had their "SuperDrive," which is their DVD burner. By early 2009, the Combo Drive was eliminated with the latest revision of the Mac Mini (a SuperDrive came on all versions.) Today, the only Mac on the market with an optical drive is the "regular" 13" MacBook Pro, which may soon be my next laptop, provided it stays available long enough. Apple has been acting as if CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays are obsolete for quite some time now. They all had Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired Internet connection, and they all had FireWire ports (again, the only Mac left on the market today with a FireWire port is that 13" MacBook Pro, as Thunderbolt has efficiently replaced FireWire), which was handy for anyone shooting video on a MiniDV (including HDV) camcorder like I have been for some time, as Macs have made great video-editing computers for a long time now. (I now shoot most of my video on my Canon ELPH-115IS digital camera, and my iPod Touch and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone, but I plan to soon buy a new digital AVCHD camcorder as well.) AND they all had upgradeable RAM, something only a few Macs have today.

It seems more and more people are switching to Mac, but today's models often don't seem to excite me as much as they did in the past decade. But I'm still proud I'm an Apple person... er, furry!
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