SAN FRANCISCO (07/27/2000) - In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Deep Thought, a "stupendous supercomputer the size of a city block," requires 7.5 million years to answer "the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything." The answer -- 42 -- is pretty close to the number of Apple Computer Inc. Macs author Douglas Adams has owned. Adams uses his Macs to experiment with interactive fiction and online games. Presumably, his Macs are a bit speedier than Deep Thought.
Q&A with DOUGLAS ADAMS
Q: Just how many Macs do you currently use?
A: My main ones are a PowerBook and a G4 with a Cinema Display. I have an embarrassingly large number of old Macs: some iMacs, a blue-and-white G3. My oldest Mac these days is a 20th Anniversary Mac, which I want to set up for Internet radio.
Q: Which piece of Mac-related paraphernalia can't you do without?
A: The Cinema Display. It is a stupendous piece of kit. I use Final Draft and Inspiration a lot. And Microsoft Word, I suppose. Also, iMovie has been a bit of a revelation for me, and I'm working my way up the nursery slopes of Final Cut Pro.
Q: What was it like making your first iMovie?
A: I loved it. I've done a bunch of iMovies since then as well. In fact, I'm going to have to scrub that software off my machine soon, or I'll have too much fun and not do enough work.
"MY OLDEST MAC THESE DAYS IS A 20TH ANNIVERSARY MAC, WHICH I WANT TO SET UP FOR INTERNET RADIO."
Q: You're an Apple developer. What do you want to create?
A: I want a palmtop Mac, with always-on Internet and GPS.