With the passing of Steve Jobs, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the impact Apple Computers has had on me. Here is a rundown of my “main computer” Macs. I haven’t included those acquired for my (rather out-of-control) collection.
- It all started in the mid-1990s and involves playing the original version of Cyan’s Myst with Simon Wright on his Apple clone (the brand was Umax if my memory serves me correctly). Simon and I used to prepare all our group assignments on this setup (he had a scanner and a printer as well I think). This got me hooked on all things Apple.
- In the mid-1990s my folks bought us a second hand Apple Macintosh IIci (8MB/80MB) from Simon’s Dad’s work. It was fantastic. Mum and Dad then splashed out and bought a brand new StyleWriter 1200! I still have the IIci and StyleWriter. Years later I discovered the IIci had come with a Nubus ethernet card, making it even cooler. The IIci remains my favourite Apple product.
- After a few years of University studies I purchased (for a ridiculously high price) a Performa 5400 (160MHz/32MB/1.6GB). Not one of my better decisions. I foolishly chose the higher clocked 603-based Mac over the slower clocked 604-based one. I bought my first (of many) boxed Mac OS version for the 5400 – Mac OS 8.5 (I updated to 8.6 by downloading all of the disk images over a 33.6 modem). I did get it to boot MkLinux from a 250MB Zip Disk (once).
- Early in the piece I purchased (for about $500 I think) my first PowerBook, a PowerBook 150 (4MB/500MB). I sold it a few years later. I spent a while trying to find more RAM for it but had no luck at all. I now have a handful in my collection…
- My next PowerBook was a PowerBook 1400 (133MHz/Passive Matrix Screen/40MB/1.3GB) and a PowerCD (as the 1400 had no internal CD drive). I sold the PowerBook a while later but have kept the PowerCD. I think I paid about $1400 for this. The 1400 also ran MkLinux briefly… Needless to say I have kept the reasonably rare and unusual AppleCD in my collection.
- For the last few years of Uni I had a Lombard G3 PowerBook (400MHz/192MB/6GB) until upgrading to a brand new PowerBook G4 12″ 1GHz (256GB/40GB). Later I upgraded the RAM to 768MB and the hard disk to 320GB. This is the only new Macintosh I have ever bought.
- The latest upgrade (nearly three years ago now) was a second hand MacBook 2.16GHz (2GB/120GB). I later upgraded the hard disk to 320GB. I’m currently typing this post on it! It has been a good work horse.
- I guess I should also include the iOS devices. I started with a 2nd Generation iPod Touch (8GB), followed with an iPhone 4 (16GB Black, I was a late adopter) and the latest acquisition has been an iPad 2 (Black/Wifi-only/16GB). They are incredible pieces of kit.
For the record I think it is perfectly normal to remember the specifications of all computers you have owned.