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Steve Jobs steps down

Computers, Macintosh

What will we do without Steve Jobs?

I have heard Steven Jobs over the years say, “Let’s make history,” again and again. And he has made history like no one in the tech industry ever. From a garage in 1977 where he and Steve Wozniak built the Apple II (my first computer was the Apple IIe) to the sleekest smart phone yet conceived, Steve has been known as a visionary and consistently expanded that role.

Have you ever felt like you discovered someone or something?  You were there before the madding crowd?  That’s my Apple experience. I was in Palo Alto, CA, on January 24, 1984 taking a Mac training class on the day Apple announced the Macintosh to the shareholders and the world. I turned in my order form and was one of the first to have a Mac in Reno. And the romance has never stopped.

Vintage Mac Lamp

Vintage Macintosh lamp advertising used in retail stores

Today, I have four Mac laptops, two iPods and, of course, an iPhone. I can’t even count how many Macs I have had altogether, but I still have my first Mac, upgraded to a Fat Mac, in my closet along with the dot matrix printer to match.

Among my many Apple treasures is this wonderful lamp — vintage Apple advertising in the retail stores.

One of my favorite Apple-related websites is RedLight Runner, which sells Apple collectible items of all kinds. I used to see these lamps on RedLight Runner’s website, but there aren’t any there right now.  Last time I looked the light was priced at about $1,200, which tells you how much I like my Apple/Mac stuff not to let it go. And I have pins, t-shirts, pens, hats, glasses and almost any item you can think of. I’m a Mac Junkie.

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And the Lion Roars!

Computer consulting, Computers

While I consider myself an early-adopter, at the same time my approach to major computer upgrades is one of caution. After all, I can keep working safely if I let the rest of the world test the new software and operating system upgrades for me.

I have a client who was not so cautious and even though he is a home user with personal needs rather than the more demanding business requirements, it was a headache for him when he updated to the latest Apple operating system, Lion.

Two issues created a problem for him:   Quicken and iPhoto.  Quicken 2007 and earlier will not run on Lion (OS 10.7) and unless you have the latest version of iPhoto, you will feel a heart-stopping jolt when iPhone is simply gone after the upgrade.

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My history with the Mac

Computers, Macintosh

My computer of choice is the Macintosh and has been since January 24, 1984, when I was sitting in a classroom at Apple’s Palo Alto training office.   January 24th was an important date:  it was the day that the Mac was revealed to Apple shareholders and the world.

I turned in my order form for this new wonder computer and was probably the first in Reno to get a Mac.  it has been a love story ever since.

I still have that Mac, upgraded to a Fat Mac (512k RAM with a double-sided floppy disk) and it works beautifully.  Slowly, but it works.  I have owned more than a 20 Macs (probably more; I can’t remember the Mac stream that has flowed through my office) and now own four laptops.  My love for Apple has never died.  In fact it has spilled over to several iPods and my 3rd iPhone.

An article that I recently came across was especially interesting, John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview Transcript, published in Cult of Mac on October 14, 2010. When Apple was first building computers, all computers were manufactured in the U.S.  Now, like all other computer manufacturers, their computers are built overseas.

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