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.
You should check out the Low End Mac swap list. While it’s US oriented, there are some people on there willing to ship internationally. And there may be some European users on there too. I’ve had lots of good trades on there over the past few years; it’s full of great people who happen to be classic Mac aficionados.
My first Mac experience was the first iMac with that horrible hockey puck mouse. I believe this was the first computer/gadget that ushered in the era of style over substance, and got people to care about what color it comes in more than anything else. And I hated it with a passion, not only for this reason, but because the whole thing just sucked ass. OSX is better, but I don’t like it much either, and wasn’t happy when MS added the OSX-style dock to Windows 7.