Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jan 2014 20:33 UTC

Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh with the promise to put the creative power of technology in everyone's hands. It launched a generation of innovators who continue to change the world. This 30-year timeline celebrates some of those pioneers and the profound impact they've made.

Apple is also asking what your first Mac experience was. For me, it was a computer I had saved up for for a long time. Back in those days - around 2002-2003 - the Mac was virtually non-existent here in The Netherlands (or at least in the area where I lived), and the only place I'd ever seen Macs was at the dental department. Colourful iMacs - fun machines.

In any case, I was intrigued, and eventually bought an iMac G4 800Mhz. In my view, the most beautiful design the iMac ever had, but mine eventually died of a logic board failure within a few years (a notorious problem). I still think they're beautiful little machines, and would love to have the ultimate G4 iMac.

After that first iMac, I owned several Macs - an original iMac, a PowerBook G4 15", a PowerMac G4 dual 450Mhz, a Cube, my current iMac from 2012, and my favourite, a 12.1" iBook G4. There's one Mac I really want to add to my collection as soon as possible: the iBook G3/466 Special Edition. If you have one of these and would like to get rid of it - let me know.

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First Mac Experience
by whartung on Sun 26th Jan 2014 17:47 UTC
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We started seeing the first Mac brochures and such around campus in February of '84. I recall going to a computer store to see the machine. My friend just sat there moving the mouse back and forth across the menu bar going "Wow!" as the menus came and went.

Later, we got a Mac store on campus, and I bought my own 128K machine for $1480, plus a box of floppies for $40 *cough*.

First development system I got for it was a first cut UCSD Pascal that basically had Quickdraw support and not much else. I spent an entire evening creating my own "button".

I later managed to get a hold of the more modern UCSD system. We tried to compile a simple program, and as we only had a single drive, that compile took at least 40 disk swaps, and eventually failed. We didn't do that again.

Later tacked on a $400 400K Floppy, and bought Aztec C -- with it's shell command line clone tools and vi clone. I also got a 512k upgrade from a shady office in Pasadena.

Eventually got Think Pascal -- that was one of the best early development solutions for the Mac.

A formative moment, however was going to a MacFest '85, and meeting a guy showing me the original Apple port of the Xerox SmallTalk on a Mac Plus. That was a great experience. This was the same Apple port that formed the foundation of Squeak in the mid-90's, based on the original Xerox image.

I used to bungie the Mac on the back of my scooter, with the padded mac case that we all had. Dragging it to user group meetings, etc. That was great fun. Definitely part of the Mac culture at the time.

Upgraded it to the HFS ROMS and 800K drives, and eventually sold it for $750, using the money to buy a motorcycle (best trade I've ever done). That was '88 or so.

I didn't own another computer, save for a TRS-80 Model 100, until I bought my NeXTStation in 1993. I owned the Slab before I even got my first PC. I also later bought a Powerbook 520C.

Now I have a first gen, 8 year old Mac Pro, eyeing the new one, but not quite convinced yet.


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