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 UltraZelda64 on Sun 26th Jan 2014 23:30 UTC
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Mine was with shitty old Macs in elementary school back in the early to mid 1990s. Sorry, but that word is the only one I find fitting to describe those things, because those machines crashed harder than the Windows 95 systems I used around that same time period... and that's quite an accomplishment. Their speed (or more accurately, the lack thereof) and instability was amazing. Needless to say, I didn't have too pleasant an experience with those systems...

Yet, I have to admit, that there was *something* about the OS' interface that I kind of liked. Yet at the same time, there was a lot I despised. In general, I primarily stayed a Windows user and shunned Macs, until I left Windows for Linux back in 2006 (and yes, to this day, I still shun Macs and, more specifically, Apple products in general).

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