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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VERY happy with my Macs
by Sabon on Tue 28th Jan 2014 00:10 UTC
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I've been using "PCs" since 1980 when I used an Atari 400.

I've used (not just played around with) over 30 OSs on "PC" hardware plus Amigas and Trash80s and ... started with Linux with Corel Linux when they had WordPerfect for Linux and UNIX. But IBMs OS/2 was the first OS that I loved.

It wasn't until 1998 when I bought one of the Bondi Blue iMacs with OS 9 on it. I came from using IBM's OS/2 which was much better than OS 9. BUT OS/2 was going away and Windows (which I support at work) makes me cringe even to this day.

As has been noted, OS X wasn't very good until 10.2 came out. By then I had bought a iMac Lamp in 2000 to go along with my Bondi Blue.

I still "demo" the iMac Lamp when people who are sick of Windows tell me all they want to do is import a video, edit it, then make a DVD that they can share. They are surprised that it turns out to be that easy on a Mac. THEN I tell them how old it is and then show them how fast it is on my (bought used) Powerbook G4 laptop or my 2006 white 24" iMac or my late 2009 Mac Mini.

By the way. They ALL still work with no problems. The few hardware problems I had were fixed under warrantee. I'm a VERY satisfied user and I love that OS X is built on top of BSD UNIX.

Windows I support at work and they pay me to know it and use it. I love the money I get but would rather be using my Macs.

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