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Happy 10th birthday to the iMac!

Apple saved itself from doom and relaunched itself with the introduction of the iMac 10 years ago. Here's a recap and a question: What Mac did you first use?

Apple saved itself from doom and relaunched itself with the introduction of the iMac 10 years ago. Here's a recap and a question: What Mac did you first use?

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I let pass (unintentionally) a mention last week of the 1oth anniversary of Apple's iMac.  The iMac was announced in July 2008 and shipped August 15th, 1998. As funny looking as it was, the iMac helped turn Apple around and put it on the road to where it is today.

The iMac, as you probably remember, shipped in translucent cases of all sorts of different colors. Many people took potshots at the design, most notably the comic strip FoxTrot, which included an iMac-look-alike called the iFruit.

The first iMac out of the gate had a 233Mhz PowerPC CPU. It also included 32MB of RAM and a 4GB hard drive. The iMac predated OS X and was the last Macintosh shipped that had a direct OS link to the original Macintosh. It wasn't a blazingly fast machine, especially when compared to some of the PCs of the day, but it was unique enough that it got Apple recognized again.

Apple had kind of wandered in the desert for a few years after Steve Jobs left. Apple tried to move the Mac more upstream into business with the Mac IIs and the Quadras. It had some limited success, but the wow factor was pretty much gone. The radical design of the iMac started Apple down the road that led to the other glitzy products we have now. It also helped produce the money Apple needed to produce the iPod, iPhone, and Macs we use today. Without it, Apple very well may not have survived.

What was your first Mac?

I've used a Mac here and there, but not that much. Both Jason Hiner and Bill Detwiler here at TechRepublic use MacBook Pros, mostly for video production work. The first Mac I ever used was an old Mac II LC that we had at back when I worked at The Cobb Group.

What was your first Mac? Or are you still Mac-free?

7 comments
HypnoToad
HypnoToad

When told they were going to get a computer, she asked "Oh cool! What color will it be?" Kelly was known for being shallow, dim, and a floozy... That was a scene from a sitcom taped in 1989. Long before the iMac came out. Hmmm...

snideley59
snideley59

The first iMac I ever met came out of the box, said to me (with several dialog boxes) "You appear to be attached to a network. Would you like me to determine settings?" Amazed, I dutifully clicked . Other than the fact that I wasn't running DHCP and had to configure a static IP address, in less than a minute it had brought me to Apple's web site and was searching for OS updates. Remarkable. I first became a systems admin in 1985 under HP-UX. There was no way that my Mom could have puzzled her way onto the Internet given that rule set. Mac OS and various Windows OS configurations have given that ability to the layperson. I'm still a Linux/Unix guy, but that's my preference. Kudos to the developers that figured out a way for the rest of the humans to access information, not just we geeks. For one thing, because of the mass market, it is now possible for me to build an absolutely blistering machine for a fraction of the cost. In 1968, there were only 2 reasons for a computer, to land on the moon, or to play PONG. And I realize that the moon landing took place in July 1969. They had to work the bugs out of it. Dan

arignote
arignote

The first my family owned was a Mac II - the first modular mac.

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

Apple shipped the iMac 10 years ago, which effectively put it back on the map in terms of design and being noticed in the marketplace. Apple rebuilt itself on the back of that funny looking machine as I noted in Classics Rock: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/classic-tech/?p=165 Apple market share is growing at a steady pace now. I still don't use one regularly, but the first one I did get to use was a Mac II LC. What was your first Mac, or are you happily Macintosh free?

cupcake
cupcake

Okay, so I may be showing my age, but I got the original Mac (signed by the crew on the inside of the case) with 128k of memory and dual floppy (400k) drives. No hard drive! The OS was on one floppy (can you imagine?) and the software and storage on the other. Now, those were the days! And how can one ever be "happily Macintosh free"? I have one lousy Sony XP machine on the edge of my 7 Macs and am only happy when I am on the Mac! Viva Apple!

escale
escale

I first played with the Macintosh Classic II. Black and white integrated monitor. From that I jumped to the LC at a local newspaper I started working in (at the early age of 16). Then my mother bought the LC III which I still have today saved in a box. It was veeeeery slow for the Illustrator Ver 3.2 with large full spread pages. It was enough though to play the Milliped and I switched to the b&w mode to play a race game (trying to remember the name!) with satiric comments at the end...

escale
escale

I got it!! the name is "The Duel". And you take a red Ferrari (well, dark gray but you assumed it was red). You had 3 chances to get to the final. At the end if your time was bad it post a sarcastic remark like "You should get a Volvo and get your cat on a walk"... ohh what times those... circa 1993.

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