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I just stopped by The Computer Store, and had the sales rep look up Mac OS X in the Apple system. As of today, Apple has entered the part number in their systems, meaning that resellers can now take orders. So I reserved the very first copy at the Beaverton store.

I asked if they were going to do "Midnight Madness" for OS X. The rep told me he's not sure yet when they'll be opening on the 24th. He told me they opened at midnight for the OS 8 launch, and that was fine with Apple. But he also said they got in "a lot of trouble" with Apple over the iMac launch. I asked if they opened at midnight that evening as well. He said, grinning, "Well, it was midnight on the east coast!"

On a side note, they had one of the new G4 Titanium machines. This was my first chance to see one up close and personal. Incredibly thin, amazing screen, solid keyboard, and reasonably light. And the white apple on the cover glows with the light from the screen on the other side when the machine is on - a very impressive effect. Tempting, even though I have absolutely no need for one.

[UDPATE 2/2: As reported on the net, Apple has rolled out a PB rebate program; here's the text of the email that I just received:
  • "Thank you for being one of the pioneers who beta tested Mac OS X. Your feedback has helped make Mac OS X the world's most advanced operating system. To show our appreciation, we are offering you a $30 discount on the final version of Mac OS X.* You will also be among the first to receive Mac OS X when it ships on March 24, 2001. Again, thanks for helping to make Mac OS X the world's most advanced operating system."
I'm called (the online store system didn't work as described in the email) and ordered my $99 copy today, and will purchase a $129 version for work on Saturday the 24th - I'll keep the local dealer happy, and get a usable copy as quickly as possible!]
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