Tim Oppenheim
Standard Geek

Apple, why?

You know what good is it to blog if you can’t pontificate on the things you care about.

I had been an admirer since college. My next door neighbor had a massively tricked out Mac Plus or some vintage. I remember lusting after that after having to use the Vax from a terminal in the computer lab.
You know what good is it to blog if you can’t pontificate on the things you care about.

I had been an admirer since college. My next door neighbor had a massively tricked out Mac Plus or some vintage. I remember lusting after that after having to use the Vax from a terminal in the computer lab.

It was many years later that I became a Mac owner. I took a really backward route I bought a Newton MessagePad first, because it had a terminal program that I could use to dial ( literally ) in to my PC and Bulletin Board. It worked very well for me, so I am puzzled why people griped so much about them. It was the” Halo Effect” and a big sale at Sears, that brought us together. Even then, 1995, you paid a big premium for Macs.

At that time, I had a PC desktop that I used as a BBS and a great little Sharp laptop. Both required a lot of TLC and then finding applications that worked in some sort of intuitive fashion was just unheard of. For the BBS it was controlled mainly by DOS batch files and my laptop ran Windows 3.1. The first time, I booted the Mac it was love, even if in those days they had a lot of things that constantly needed tweaks ( care to allocate memory anyone) I hung in mainly by lust and because we were the underdogs. If, at that time, you met another Mac user, you had that same since of camaraderie as an Indians fan. You shared the joy and pain.

I can’t tell you how many Macs I have had since then, some great, some bad. But I have never regretted any purchase. I used to be gung-ho Mac, but old age and Apple’s reemergence has tempered that. I do miss that community, it barely exist today