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They've Been Going In and Out Of Style - Riffs and Licks
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They've Been Going In and Out Of Style
Almost exactly twenty years ago, Apple published a big insert in Newsweek magazine touting the new Macintosh. My Dad bought one early the following year, and I'll never forget the singing disk drive (the 400K floppy drives in the very first Macs were variable-speed) and the games that came with it to teach you how to use the "mouse." And the big clunky keyboard with the distinctive "knocking" sound, and the telephone-cable connector immortalized in Bloom County. It's been a long walk from that cute little beige box to the silvery Unix machines of today.

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Current Music: Green Day , "American Idiot"

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bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: October 1st, 2004 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
The first Mac I saw was in the newsroom of the Kingsman. I remember thinking "What the hell is that?"

Of course, I haven't ever owned a DOS/Windows machine.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: October 1st, 2004 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Of course, I haven't ever owned a DOS/Windows machine.
Neither have I, I'm happy to say, other than work machines. And given the number of times those machines have completely shit the bed for no apparent reason, I can't imagine having my personal life depend on the behavior of Windows.
shunn From: shunn Date: October 1st, 2004 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Never owned a Mac until a year or so ago, and even so don't use it much. Not that I don't admire Macs, but having started out on DOS machines so many, many years ago (1979? 1980?), I sort of disdained the Mac GUI when I first encountered it. It seemed like a game -- cute but of limited utility.

The irony is, I'm now so firmly in Windows land I can't get out.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: October 1st, 2004 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
It's all how you come to things, I think. I never used DOS at all -- before the Mac, we had a TI 99/4A, and at school we had Apple IIs and a few Commodore PETs. I don't think I used a Windows machine until the 90s, by which time I was fluent with Macs and with Unix. I thought Windows was a bad joke (which, in version 3.0 and 3.1, it largely was) and when I shelled out to DOS, it felt just as clunky and badly designed. DOS seemed to have the same relation to Unix as Windows did to the Mac: a transparently poor imitation. But as with Dubya, I kept watching in astonishment and horror as it slowly took over the world.

Hmm. I wonder if we could create an open-source president?
shunn From: shunn Date: October 1st, 2004 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Now that I think back, I actually did have some formal Apple training. We used Apple II+'s in computer classes in high school, though I don't recall the OS being significantly better than DOS. I did my first assembly programming in college for the Motorola 68000 chip series.

But shortly after college I was writing 80x86 assembly code as a WordPerfect grunt, writing their last generation of DOS software. <sigh>
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: October 1st, 2004 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
To be fair, the last few years before the intro of OS X were pretty bad for the Mac. System 9 had really run its course; Windows was catching up on UI and stability and MacOS was getting more and more crud-encrusted. If not for OS X I probably would have abandoned the platform (but most likely I'd be struggling with Star Office and some kind of Linux desktop).
From: couscous1021 Date: October 1st, 2004 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wow! I'd never seen those ads, or I don't remember them. I can't believe what they looked like!

Thanks for the link, Ken- this was such a welcome change for today. BTW, what do you think of Green Day's album? I have not heard it.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: October 1st, 2004 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
My dad still has all the original instruction manuals for the Mac, with detailed diagrams explaining what "click" and "drag" meant, and so on. Maybe I'll post some of those in a gallery.

I love the Green Day album. I think they're a great band; like the Ramones, they remember that it's all about good melodies and harmonies and really tight playing. And their songwriting gets better and better; this album really hangs together as a unit, more so than any of their others. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" really hits home (working across the street from Ground Zero as I do) and the two long "suites" ("Jesus of Suburbia" and "Homecoming") work very well. I've been listening to it repeatedly.
From: couscous1021 Date: October 3rd, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been listening to it repeatedly.

Update: I have not gotten this yet thanks to not leaving the house all weekend. When I get it I shall gush if applicable. :)
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