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Jobs [Oct. 6th, 2011|07:51 am]
kyle cassidy
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In 1992 I was a lonely idealist (okay, I wasn't really lonely), working for Apple, trying to convince a college campus that they wanted to use Macintoshes instead of PC's. At the time Apple had a few great things, and they had a few not so great things. These were the years that Jobs was off founding NExT, he wouldn't return for years. But when he did, he'd take those thing that Apple had -- the weird idea that you'd want to have a sort of electronic Rolodex you'd carry around, that you can take notes on, that would schedule your appointments, the idea that you'd want to be able to talk to your computer and have it do things, the idea that a computer didn't sit on your desk, but that it belonged in your pocket, the idea that you could read a book on your computer and it could have sound and it could have video -- he took those things and he made them work.

And all these years later, I still have the Powerbook 145 I bought that year (and I still have my Newton message pad that I won for convincing the most people that cake was better than being punched in the face) and the crazy thing is, that when I need to write without distraction, I still take my Powerbook off the shelf and take it to the coffee shop and use it, even though it's 20 years old -- it doesn't really seem like I'm behind the curve.

That's what Apple has been to me, something you could reach back two decades and bring home with you and it still feels innovative.









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[User Picture]From: mhaithaca
2011-10-06 03:51 pm (UTC)

I still miss my PowerBook 100. I had a Duo for a while, as well. I'm still waiting for something to come close. The 11-inch MacBook Air just might.
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[User Picture]From: tigerinvaseline
2011-10-06 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yes.
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[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2011-10-06 08:22 pm (UTC)
And y'know, even iTunes gave us a new structure to improve on--kind of like a first draft that has to exist before you can revise it into The Awesome Novel.

I remember when the iMac first appeared...and suddenly office supply stores and Target and Walmart and freakin' every place were full of desk chairs, lamps, pencil cups, and file baskets made to match your iMac. The idea that you would decorate a room to match your computer wasn't just a statement about adding color and design to a computer; it said that you identified your computer as a part of your life, as a thing you, well, loved. That idea as much as any other powered the creation of the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad.
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2011-10-06 09:04 pm (UTC)
My first computer was a IIe in 1997 or 98, well after people were using a Windows based instead of commands based interface. I would sit down and write dark dystopian sci-fi about street kids living in abandoned subway tunnels (probably inspired by watching movies like Children of the Corn or Robocop and Lawnmower Man 2 over and over again). I saved them onto large floppy discs. Then, I moved onto a Frankenstein PC with Windows 95 and spent more time playing Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time and Myst than writing. After years of having PCs, I moved to a Macbook and now work on an iPad with a keyboard, which has actually been the best computer system for me yet. It's mobile enough to throw in my purse, and it's harder to waste time on a machine that will only allow me to look at one program at a time.
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[User Picture]From: niten
2011-10-07 10:05 am (UTC)
How's the battery holding up? I've had to replace the battery for my 2003 iBook and my 2008 MacBook Pro.
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[User Picture]From: eliaele
2011-10-07 11:22 am (UTC)
I started to work on a Macintosh Classic in 1990 ou 91.
It's still working.
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[User Picture]From: small_chicken
2011-10-08 04:32 am (UTC)
We have an old Mac...not really sure what it is, but it had KidPix and Microsoft Word on it. We got it in the 90s, and every now and then, I find myself wishing I had something that simple to play with again...
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