ITM writes: "You have to hand it to Andy Grove. Lost in the buzz over Apple's mega-deal to switch to Intel chips is the clever groundwork laid by Intel's recently retired chairman and CEO. Andy Grove stunned more than a few observers by praising the Macintosh in a 1998 interview with Time magazine when he said the Apple iMac represented the next generation of desktop computers with its built-in networking and other features.
''Sometimes what Apple is doing may have an electrifying effect on the rest of us,'' Grove told Time. ''It's nothing we couldn't have done, but Apple went ahead and did it.''