Apple to do deal with Vendepac At the end of a week which saw severe difficulties in the plan of Apple and IBM to go into partnership to produce computers, it was announced that Apple had signed a deal with the Vendepac drinks machine company to produce jointly a computer/drinks machine, to be known as the VendeMac. The VendeMac is likely to be controlled by a large plastic cup-shaped mouse, and use an icon system. Customers will use the mouse to point at the 'folder' required, and then double-click to open it. At this stage the folder will burst open and a stream of hot fizzy cola will gush out of the machine. Besides its use as a drinks machine, the VendeMac is likely to be usable for serious computing as well (this appears to be a new market that Apple has previously avoided): in addition all the old favourite Mac software, such as MacWrite, MacDraw, MacHete the cut and paste routine (I'm sure we've done all these jokes already), will be available, as well as certain food-specific routines such as MacAroni, MacAroon, MacDonalds Offalburger and MacKerel. Apple originally marketed the Macintosh as 'the office of the future'. It seems likely that their new product will be called 'the cafe of the future'. A few teething troubles are expected, such as naive users inserting pizzas into the disc drives and floppy discs into their mouths (and not noticing), but by and large this is the most exciting breakthrough in information technology since Alan Turing was given a large roll of toilet paper and some chocolates for Christmas and decided to build a computer out of them.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)