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He reluctantly posed.

P O R T R A I T, originally uploaded by Thru Lens.

He reluctantly posed. This one I had to take, Prior to clicking, I did not know if he would oblige, but later with reluctant he posed but I was unable to take more than one photograph.

Some stories need to told.

Making Toasters.

If IBM made toasters…
They would want one big toaster where people bring bread to be
submitted for overnight toasting. IBM would claim a worldwide market
for five, maybe six toasters.
If Xerox made toasters…
You could toast one-sided or double-sided. Successive slices would get
lighter and lighter. The toaster would jam your bread for you.
If Radio Shack made toasters…
The staff would sell you a toaster, but not know anything about it. Or
you could buy all the parts to build your own toaster.
If Oracle made toasters…
They’d claim their toaster was compatible with all brands and styles
of bread, but when you got it home you’d discover the Bagel Engine was
still in development, the Croissant Extension was three years away,
and that indeed the whole appliance was just blowing smoke.
If Sun made toasters…
The toast would burn often, but you could get a really good cuppa Java.
Does DEC still make toasters?…
They made good toasters in the ’80s, didn’t they?
If Tandem made toasters…
You could make toast 24 hours a day, and if a piece got burned the
toaster would automatically toast you a new one.
If Thinking Machines made toasters…
You would be able to toast 64,000 pieces of bread at the same time .
If Cray made toasters…
They would cost $16 million but would be faster than any other
single-slice toaster in the world.
If The Rand Corporation made toasters…
It would be a large, perfectly smooth and seamless black cube. Every
morning there would be a piece of toast on top of it. Their service
department would have an unlisted phone number, and the blueprints for
the box would be highly classified government documents. The X-Files
would have an episode about it.
If the NSA made toasters…
Your toaster would have a secret trap door that only the NSA could
access in case they needed to get at your toast for reasons of
national security.
If Sony made toasters…
The ToastMan, which would be arely larger than the single piece of
bread it is meant to toast, can be conveniently attached to your belt.
If Timex made toasters…
They would be cheap and small quartz-crystal wrist toasters that take
a licking and keep on toasting.
If Fisher Price made toasters…
“Baby’s First Toaster” would have a hand-crank that you turn to toast
the bread that pops up like a Jack-in-the-box.
If the Franklin Mint made toasters…
Every month, you would receive another lovely hand-crafted piece of
your authentic hand-crafted Civil War pewter toaster.
If CostCo made toasters…
They’d be really cheap, as long as you bought a six-pack of ’em.
If Microsoft made toasters…
Every time you bought a loaf of bread, you would have to buy a
toaster. You wouldn’t have to take the toaster, but you’d still have
to pay for it anyway. Toaster’95 would weigh 15000 pounds (hence
requiring a reinforced steel countertop), draw enough electricity to
power a small city, take up 95% of the space in your kitchen, would
claim to be the first toaster that lets you control how light or dark
you want your toast to be, and would secretly interrogate your other
appliances to find out who made them. Everyone would hate Microsoft
toasters, but nonetheless would buy them since most of the good bread
only works with their toasters.
If Apple made toasters…
It would do everything the Microsoft toaster does, but 5 years earlier.
(From Tjark van Dijk: Embedded Muse )

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