Perchance to dream

technology

One of the design features I've always really loved about the current series of PowerBooks is the sleep light. The slow cycle of brightening and fading of the white light — at the same frequency as the breath of a sleeper — is oddly reassuring, and encourages you to think of your computer as a character.

I realised the other day that I may have gone a little too far down the road of computer anthropomorphism. Ever since I installed the last batch of system upgrades, the PowerBook goes through a period of the sleep light being very dim and irregular when it is first put to sleep. When I first noticed it, I caught myself wondering if my little 'Book was having a nightmare. Do PowerBooks dream of electric Tigers?