Segments: Slices from the Macintosh Life
Memories of My Life Since Buying an Apple Macintosh 6500/250
I wish I could remember those pre-computer days, but I think I gave up more of my life by purchasing a computer then I did when I gave birth. After years of “Mom, we need a computer,” and months of reading all the tidbits of information on computers, I bought a heavily discounted Macintosh at Sears, even amid all the talk of Apple’s financial problems and possible departure from the computer world.
About that time I remember reading an article in the newspaper business section about the return of the all-in-one computer—and then the iMac was born—and then the iBook. I would tell people if I had invested the money in Apple stock instead of buying a Mac, I would be rich, but then I would have missed the dance.
Through this computer, the family has enjoyed two years of America Online, two years of a local ISP (Networld, Salt Lake City), and now we have two Macs and a year-old Compaq routed up on a cable Internet connection through AT&T. I want to thank Steve Case, founder of America Online, for introducing us to the Internet, but if his original idea was to make the Internet easy, he is missing the mark with his 7.0 village. The village is too darn big, and all people want is access to the outside Web.
Also through this computer, my daughter and I did two years of research for the National History Fair. The first year we did her research on computers and the Internet. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about ARPANET, ENIAC, Ray Tomlinson of e-mail fame, Honeywell, UNIVAC, TCP/IP, Ethernet, the gang at Bell Labs, the abacus, Blaise Pascal, Charles Babbage and his girlfriend Ada, Big Blue started by Hermie Hollerith (who by the way started the big competition buyout fad still going strong today), vacuum tubes, transistors, Texas Instruments, Motorola, operating systems, Mosaic, Netscape, LAN, CPUs, Texas Instruments, Motorola, XEROX, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Apple, Bill Gates, Microsoft, Andrew Groves, Intel, AMD, Lawrence Ellison, Oracle, Ann Winbald, Ester Dyson (whose name I include because I would like a charity-based subscription to her newsletter and an invitation to her elite get together), Jeffrey Bezos, Amazon, Linus Torvalds, Linux, and Jerry Yang of Yahoo!. I have a little homepage just I set up and never finished for the in-laws, after I took an online HTML course.
The next year we did research on satellites and the space race, which is essentially the same research because ARAPNET was started for the defense of our country after the Russians flung that threatening piece of tinfoil—SPUTNIK—into space.
Through the years, besides lusting after an iMac, the only thing I have considering purchasing for the 6500/250 is a Sonnet CPU upgrade card. We are still churning out great work running Mac OS 8.0, only because every time we tried to upgrade to 8.1 the system crashed. Now I figure, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
But if there is a God, and Steve Jobs happens to read this and is swayed by flattery (“I think he is as cute now in suits and long hair as he was in holey blue jeans and long hair”), I would be willing to accept his donation to my children’s education of a shiny new dual-processor G4. And while I am at it, he could throw in one of those high definition 23-inch Cinema Displays that smacks me in the face every time I visit Apple.com to get info to keep this machine up and running!
Also in This Series
- About My Particular Macintoshes · May 2012
- From the Darkest Hour · May 2012
- Shrinking Into an Expanding World · May 2012
- Growing Up With Apple · May 2012
- Recollections of ATPM by the Plucky Comic Relief · May 2012
- Making the Leap · March 2012
- Digital > Analog > Digital · February 2012
- An Achievable Dream · February 2012
- Smart Move? · February 2012
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