Fred buys a Mac

Well, I’ve been using PC’s since 1993.. before then, I either didn’t use computers or used Apple 2’s :). Anyway, lately… I simply have not been feeling that lovey-happy-go-lucky feeling for Windows. Don’t get me wrong… I don’t hate Windows… I just don’t love them anymore. I’ve become angered by reboots, memory leaks, and well– just typical windows bullshit. The more I use linux, the more I enjoy it. I really like CentOS and was looking for a “fun” factor that would maybe make my computer no longer just about work.

So today I bought a Mac.

And so far, I fucking love it. It’s graphics are incredible, it’s fast, simple, and enjoyable. If it holds up, I’ll be attending they’re conventions and preaching their mantra.


Guillermo 2007-07-24 Reply

Welcome son, we have been waiting for you in the MAC world

Honey 2007-07-25 Reply

i’m shocked. i feel like my world has been turned upside down.

Bill W. 2009-07-29 Reply

My darned-self started on computers (as a consumer reporter needing a filing system for our Action4 consumer complaint-handling unit that I had the pleasure of starting) with the Univac 11/08 or something like that–mothering huge mainframe–in 1973.

Even had a “portable” (like a big briefcase) remote terminal, 300-baud earmuff modem in the back (you dial, get the computer tone, then quickly stuff the handset into the “muffs”). I used it to write the user manual and fiddle with field-lengths on this “high-tech” 18-field filing system.

Come 1981, after Apple proved that there was a real market for personal computers, and I bought my $3K IBM PC/1. In August. To use the $49 ($1 discount as I was purchaser #2) XyWrite I (the functional equivalent of a $2.4 million or so Atex system in a desktop micro which one of the Atex programmers wrote, using Edlin–talk about masochism!).

But in 1986 got into developing for the Mac II–first 24-bit “true-color” system, which supported six monitors or even more, if users could afford ’em–Time Mag and Newsweek Mag found the cash. (did use both the PC-AT and the first dinky Mac for about a year, though–screen was too small for a newspaper page, really.

And since ’86 haven’t gone back. Now of course the Mac is:
1) on Intel chips
2) underlying Unix OS
3) more darned features than, what? All the Unix programs, Mac programs, even Windows, with an emulator package.

4) And still Apple controls the software by making the hardware–which means:
a) Every developer must register a unique application # (4 chars) and unique filetypes related thereto
b) and every hardware developer has to add a chip or info somewhere in silicon as to its unique registration # with Apple. So that when you boot up, the “Gestalt Manager” scouts around the whole system to see who/what it’s got running/plugged in.

True plug ‘n’ play, from day 1. Really amazing.

Microsoft never had control of the hardware; IBM gave away the store for $49.95 with the maroon “system hardware manual”–whatever the title was–providing blueprint for all the Asian clone-makers (and some int he states) to rip off the design. Stunningly short-sighted, I thought at the time–and still do.

Welcome to the Mac world, where you can make movies, music, other art, along with databases, websites, and publish it all on paper, CDs, DVDs, whatever. Like the keys to the creative kingdom, having one (or more) of these machines.

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