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Sploosh! Sploosh!
     
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Jan 24, 2014, 05:51 PM
 
Everyone post their first Mac.

Mine was a PowerMac 6500/250 with 32 megs of RAM and a 4 gig hard drive. Paid $2,500 for it and a 17" monitor. Had to take a personal loan out from a bank...

The computer deprecated so rapidly that about 6 months in I owed WAY more on it than it was worth.

This was right when Steve Jobs came back and I remember buying a Mac was indeed a hot mess for a non tech geek, which I was at the time. I was so overwhelmed by the whole process. So many choices.

It seems like a bad idea now, but really it helped shape my future career skills so in a way it was all money well spent.

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Mac 512k.
     
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LCIII, used, $1300 (including monitor!).
     
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Jan 24, 2014, 06:25 PM
 
A noob in the Mac world, but Frog TV went seriously Apple in their reports tonight. Steve, bow-tie, you know the vids.
     
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Jan 25, 2014, 05:13 AM
 
First I used was 512k, first family Mac was an SE. first I bought was an LC III.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Jan 25, 2014, 06:42 AM
 
Macintosh SE. 1 MB RAM, 20 MB hard drive. 800k floppy. Extended keyboard.

I bought it used in 1989, in high school.

It was the second revision, so it no longer had the super-noisy squirrel-cage fan, but a low-RPM rotary whose humming sounded like an aquarium pump.

Lovely machine.

With an ImageWriter II with sheet feeder.
     
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The first Mac I personally owned was a PowerComputing clone. A PowerCenter 150.
     
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Jan 25, 2014, 07:54 AM
 
My wife's iBook G4 was our first, while MY first was my mid-2006 MBP 15".

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Jan 25, 2014, 11:11 AM
 
My first Mac was a B&W G3 running Mac OS 8.5, still with me!
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Jan 25, 2014, 12:25 PM
 
Performa 6400/200

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Jan 25, 2014, 12:40 PM
 
First used was a Mac Plus, still have it in working order. First bought was a Powerbook Duo 210. That was a mistake.
     
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Jan 25, 2014, 12:41 PM
 
Performa 6290CD was my first Mac, but I used plenty in school or friends houses before then. So many hours of SimCity and Warcraft on that thing...
     
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Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
First used was a Mac Plus, still have it in working order. First bought was a Powerbook Duo 210. That was a mistake.
I had the 270c. THAT machine was friggin' awesome.
     
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Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
The first Mac I personally owned was a PowerComputing clone. A PowerCenter 150.
Nice job wrecking it, hero.




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Jan 25, 2014, 03:10 PM
 
I sort of inherited my sister's PowerMac 7200/120, but the first Mac I bought myself was a Tangerine iMac 333mhz. After that I took out a loan for my PowerMac G4 which my father still uses today (original PS and HDD)
     
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Jan 25, 2014, 03:14 PM
 
My faves along the way...

512k (natch)
IIfx (probably my fave)
iMac DVSE (from the short period Apple hardware was cheaper than the PC equivalent)
And the LaserWriter II gets an honorable mention.


Honorable mention in software goes to...

Snow Lep. Best. OS. Evar.
     
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Jan 25, 2014, 05:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Snow Lep. Best. OS. Evar.
That was a good one. I was always a fan of System 7.1 - partially because I went from that to the crash-fest that 7.5.1 on a PPC, but I remember it as the OS I never had to fiddle with. It did what an OS should and it did it well, rock solid and the very definition of snappy.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Jan 25, 2014, 08:33 PM
 
First Mac in my home was a SE30 that I bought from work. Awesome little machine.

First Mac with which to explore the budding intarwebs was a LCIII, with a 17" monitor and a 28,8 modem. Yay for modernity. My ISP was Compuserve, so in addition to the phone bill, you also got dinged by the minute for being online with them.
     
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!4" iBook G3
     
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Jan 26, 2014, 10:37 AM
 
Quadra 700 System 7 20mb RAM 200MB HDD
Once described in a UK mac user magazine as thus: "You will never need a faster mac"

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Jan 26, 2014, 09:36 PM
 
First family Mac was a 7100/66 upgraded to 40mb I ram I think. The 250mb HD was supplemented with a SCSI zip drive. 3 disks stored more than the internal HD!

Next family machine was a beige G3 (266mhz/32mb/4gb) with external 56k modem and later upgraded to an 80gb HD.

My first Mac was the dual 1ghz MDD I bought for college. I still have it and it still use it every month or so.

Since then I've also purchased an iBook G4 and a 13" MBP, both great machines that solidly lasted 5 years like I wanted them too.
AT&T iPhone 5S and 6; 13" MBP; MDD G4.
     
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Jan 27, 2014, 09:23 AM
 
Color Classic II, some time in the early 90s. Since then I've gone through dozens of machines.
Before that Classic, I was a Commodore man (had 4 of those - CBM desktop, VIC-20, 64, Amiga xxx?))

Couldn't have done it without Apple.

To hell with Microsoft - die you bastard, die.
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Jan 27, 2014, 01:27 PM
 
First family machine was a Performa 6116CD (based on the PowerMac 6100). First personal machine was a PowerMac 7100/80AV bought in junior high with lawn-mowing money.
     
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Jan 27, 2014, 02:44 PM
 
Same here Laminar. My first Mac was a Performa 6115CD. I think the only difference between our computers was the hard drive capacity (500MB vs 350MB).


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Jan 27, 2014, 02:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by Stogieman View Post
Same here Laminar. My first Mac was a Performa 6115CD. I think the only difference between our computers was the hard drive capacity (500MB vs 350MB).
We totally had that modem, at one point I signed us up for an AOL trial without realizing that the AOL access number was a long-distance call.

And we had the 14" Multiple Scan display:



My 7100 had the 15".
     
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7200/90. EEEUWW! They were SO SLOWWWWWW.
     
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Jan 28, 2014, 10:10 PM
 
You're all jealous:

     
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Originally Posted by BadKosh View Post
7200/90. EEEUWW! They were SO SLOWWWWWW.
I used one of them as well, when it was old. Don't remember it as terribly slow, but it had a big fan and since it only went to S1 POS when sleeping, everything except the HD and display stayed on (modern computers go to so-called S3 STR, when only the RAM still has power). This means that the fan stayed on when it was sleeping, which was moronic.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Jan 29, 2014, 12:02 PM
 
Here's one from high school with the pizza box 6116 present:


I dug through my iPhoto library and found quite a few of these pictures, including the time I put a G3 inside of a Mac Classic case.
     
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Feb 3, 2014, 05:46 AM
 
Man I wanted an 8500 SO bad when they came out!
     
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Feb 4, 2014, 12:01 AM
 
Every yin has its yang, and Apple has made some sucktastic crap too.

Which we must celebrate!



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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Every yin has its yang, and Apple has made some sucktastic crap too.

Which we must celebrate!



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Feb 4, 2014, 11:54 AM
 
Let's throw it back even further:



Can anyone identify the model? My dad used to bring a computer home from school every summer. This was maybe around 1990.
     
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Apple IIc
     
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That is not a Mac, is it? Only possibilities I can see are a Mac Portable in a clamshell mode rigged up with a keyboard, or some freaky arrangement of a IIsi, which would have been quite new and not at all sucky in 1990. Could it be a late Apple II, something like the IIc Plus? I'm going from Wikipdia images for the Apple II models though, not at all certain.

Anyway: Any list of bad Macs must include the Powerbook 5300 - the Mac that actually did explode and was recalled. A lot of Macs from that era were terrible. The 5200/6200 as has already been mentioned: first you pick the 603, the one PPC processor that fit Apple so badly that Apple actually got Motorola to do a second revision of it (603e, used in the Powerbooks and all other PPC Performas), and then you hamstring it by shoving it into a motherboard designed for a different CPU so it didn't even have the memory bus width it was designed for. The Mac IIvi also has the designation of being the shortest-lived Mac Apple ever made, IIRC: a new "midrange" Mac, made by combining the performance of the budget models and the price of the high-end, that managed to be slower than the Mac it replaced in the line.

I also think that the windtunnel G4s merit a place in there somewhere - crazy loud and with performance that was becoming embarrassing.

I have to say that the iMac 27" (2009 quadcore) I have now is probably the best I've had. This one will probably make me stretch my upgrade cycle a bit further.
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
     
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Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
Performa 6200
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No. Absolutely not.

The clamshell iBook was by far the sturdiest, most indestructible piece of portable consumer hardware ever designed.

I had a customer who'd run over his with a car, to no detrimental effect whatsoever.
     
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I have to say that the iMac 27" (2009 quadcore) I have now is probably the best I've had. This one will probably make me stretch my upgrade cycle a bit further.
If they'd kept the expandability of the G5 iMac, I'd be sold. But that didn't stop me from putting an SSD in my 2010 27".
     
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Let's throw it back even further:



Can anyone identify the model? My dad used to bring a computer home from school every summer. This was maybe around 1990.
That's not an Apple computer.

It's not a //c.

It's a VTech Laser 128, an Apple clone.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_128
     
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The first Apple computer I touched was a //c, which I was allowed to play with after hours when the engineers weren't using it. The first computer I ever did anything substantial with was several years earlier than that, It was an HP "desktop calculator" that ran a rather complex electronic system test environment, and which ran an interpreted BASIC system. This was also my first exposure to programming.

The first Mac I remember seeing up close was a Mac II, which was priced at about 1 1/2 month's pay, and way out of the realm of reason for my family budget at that time.

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My school picked up an Apple ][ when I was in 4th grade (1980).

Instant attraction. Way more into it than anyone else.

Not that others weren't into it, I was too into it.
     
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Feb 5, 2014, 11:22 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
That's not an Apple computer.

It's not a //c.

It's a VTech Laser 128, an Apple clone.

Laser 128 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Mine was a PowerBook 145B. Oh the wonderful 25Mhz Motorola 68030 CPU!
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My first Mac was also my first notebook, I bought it in 1998 or 1999 before the German atrada.de was purchased by ebay.

PowerBook G3 Kanga aka PowerBook 3500, fully loaded: 160 MB RAM, 5 GB harddrive

That was at a time when desktops had ~32 GB RAM on average and 2 GB harddrive. This machine was insanely specced, but had one small and one giant flaw: the screen resolution was just 800x600 and it did not run OS X.
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Isn't that two flaws?
     
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Isn't that two flaws?
I wrote one small and one big flaw. The screen resolution was the smaller of the two -- mostly because I also had an external 19" trinitron Formac crt. Oh, the times
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