I’m a Mac person. Have been for over twenty years.
I’m also old enough to remember life before computers.
I was a college freshman when I beheld my first personal computer. My dad brought home his new pride and joy, a TRS-80 from Radio Shack. I remember oohing and aahing as I watched him show my sisters and me how it worked.
The following year I took a computer class in college. I learned how to program on punched cards. Yup. True story. It had a happy ending, too. My program actually ran.
My first exposure to an Apple computer came in 1988 when I worked at my husband’s school. I had a part-time position helping prepare the accreditation document, working on an Apple IIe computer. It wasn’t all that different from the computers I’d used up to that point, but I was impressed with it nonetheless. It sure made my job easier.
In 1989, I saw my first Macintosh. A friend had one and gave me a brief demo. I didn’t know what to make of that funny thing called a “mouse,” and the way he could click and drag things to the “trash” was a bit mind-blowing at first.
A year later my hubby and I bought our first computer, the Macintosh Plus pictured below. That little piece of history is still sitting in Gwynly’s classroom. In fact, he started up the trusty computer yesterday to take this photo in preparation for putting it on Craig’s List.
Once I experienced that first Macintosh, I was hooked. I’ve worked on a Mac ever since. I typed this post on my desktop Mac with its 21-inch screen and sleek aluminum keyboard. I’m looking forward to getting a iPad 2 soon. Yes. I’m an Apple fan from ‘way back. 🙂
Because I’ve benefited from the brilliance of Steve Jobs, I was moved when I heard that he lost his battle with cancer this week. What an inspiration he was, and what a mark he left on the world. My life has been made richer because of his. He will be missed by many.
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What was your first computer, and when did you get it?
Do you remember the first time you saw a personal computer?