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After reading this thread:

http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?t=65936

it got the memories coming back to me of my Macs of years past. I think I remember seeing a thread about this a long time ago, but lets take another shot at it. It's nice to drudge up some old memories and see how far we've all come. A word of warning to the newer/younger Mac users out there...BEWARE...some of the specs you're about to hear may make you gasp. So with that in mind...

What was the first Mac that you remember owning?

Mine was a shiny new LC 475 that I got when I first started college (way back when...). Complete with a 25 Mhz processor, a 160 MB hard drive and 4 MB of RAM. Over the next couple of years I upgraded the RAM to 20 MB (huge!) and dropped in a 250 MB HD. I also got really fancy and bought one of the Apple add-on SCSI CD drives (complete with "the tray"). Add in a new Stylewriter 1200 and a 14" (I think?) color monitor and I was truly stylin'!

I loved the "sleek" design compared to my parents huge PC tower and the easy access to the guts of the machine. All you had to do was pop the back tabs and the whole top of the unit popped off. Really easy to drop in RAM or a new HD.

And speaking of my parents PC at the time...they had one that was manufactured by Canon (yes, the camera people). That was right around the time when every company on the planet seemed to be coming out with some kind of PC to grab a slice of the market. Then one by one they all dropped out (and for good reason, the "Canon" PC was a pile of garbage).

I later upgraded to the new Performa 630. It was a nice bump up and gave me native PowerPC support (plus a built in CD drive...no more tray!) but I will always has a soft spot in my heart for the LC 475. In fact...I picked one up a couple of years ago and still have it sitting my closet (much to the dismay of my girlfriend). It's nice to fire it up every now and then just to see how far we've come.

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post #2 of 84
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Originally Posted by Corkurk

What was the first Mac that you remember owning?

For christmas 1990, I got a Macintosh IIsi 5 MB RAM /40 MB harddrive, 20 MHz 68030 (later "overclocked" to 25 MHz, i.e. returned to original frequency of the chip) with a 13" RGB Display. A few months later, we added a Personal LaserWriter NT and a Microtek scanner.

In school, we used a bunch of Macintosh SE 1/20 (1 MB RAM, 20 MB harddrive, 800K floppy).
post #3 of 84
I had an old Apple IIe that my parents got from the school. And I didn't get another one till my Performa 6400. I think my parents bought it at sears....
post #4 of 84
Mac Classic in the early 90's if I remeber correctly... I was young and just remember the flying toasters from After Dark actually.
post #5 of 84
1986 or 87 we got a MacPlus with Imagewriter II.
Then a MacSE a few years later. Followed by a Performa 638CDV.
A G3 266 Desktop in 1997 or 98.
Currently using a Titanium PB 1Ghz which I bought in August 2003, right before they were replaced by the Aluminum PBs.

After 20 years of exclusive Mac use I am seriously thinking about switching to Windows...
I am tired of constantly running into web sites/online services that don't work on OS X.
post #6 of 84
The first Mac I ever had was the one my Dad bought for the house: the original Macintosh, in all of its 8.1 MHz glory, with 128K of RAM (made into a Fat Mac later with a full *GASP* 1 MB of RAM). It had an internal floppy drive. He also got an external floppy drive, and an ImageWriter (Power to the DotMatrix!!)

Those were the days, when I thought MacPaint was so absolutely cool, and then my Dad bought me Dark Castle. Oh man, that brings back some fun memories. I never could beat the Black Knight though...

Then my Dad bought a Performa 6115CD, with a 4x CD-ROM, a 200 MB Hard Drive (I think), and he bought a SyGate EZDrive (I think) with 100 MB Disks. Ahh, those were the days. Our first fully color computer, with PPC 601 running at a whopping 60 MHz (I think). He later maxed the RAM on that bad boy to 32 MB, and put a G3 Upgrade card into it.

He finally gave me a machine of my own, a IIci with 20MB RAM, a 250 MB hard drive, an external CD ROM, a 13" monitor, and a 10BaseT ethernet card into it. I thought I was styling.

I then went professional, and fell to the Dark Side for some time. Approximately 7 years, I was using WinBlows shit. I was finally able to get my own machine (along with one for my wife and one for my kid). I now have my iMac G5 2.0GHz, 2 GB Ram, will all of the bells and whistles. Life is good now.

I just wish I could play Dark Castle again....
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post #7 of 84
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Originally Posted by Mike Eggleston

I just wish I could play Dark Castle again....


This site claims to be developing an OS X version!
http://www.zsculpt.com/website/games/darkcastle3/
post #8 of 84
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdcfsu

Mac Classic in the early 90's if I remeber correctly... I was young and just remember the flying toasters from After Dark actually.


After Dark....wow another memory that I had forgotten about. Nothing quite like toasters on your screen and Valkyries blasting out of your speakers.
post #9 of 84
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Originally Posted by Timmmy

This site claims to be developing an OS X version!
http://www.zsculpt.com/website/games/darkcastle3/

Sadly, they've been claiming that since 2002.
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post #10 of 84
My first Mac was an SE in 1987, which I still have and fire up about once a year. Also bought a laserwriter at the same time.

Before that I had an Apple II clone, a Franklin 2400(?) with an additional CPM card.

I was also a Dark Castle addict. I came so very close to winning once but a snake or bat, can't remember which, got me at the last second.
post #11 of 84
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Originally Posted by OldCodger73

I was also a Dark Castle addict. I came so very close to winning once but a snake or bat, can't remember which, got me at the last second.

I always got nailed by his throwing of beer cans (for lack of better word). However, I always had like 6 - 10 antidotes on hand because of those blasted bats and rats.

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Originally Posted by Flounder

Sadly, they've been claiming that since 2002.

Yep, and their demo doesn't even work with Tiger. Someone just needs to open source it, so it can get finished.
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-- Proud Member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals
-- Wii #: 8913 3004 4519 2027
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post #12 of 84
SE in 1987. Then a Centris, G3 and G5.
post #13 of 84
Dad bought an Apple IIe with twin disk drives and a dox matrix printer in the mid eighties. We then got a Mac SE/30 followed by a IIsi in the very early ninties. We then spent about ten years with Windows. I switched back to a G4 iBook in Sep of 2005. Next buy will be the updated Mini or a Pro Mac "Mini" (Steve willing).
post #14 of 84
Performa 635CD > Performa 6116 > G4/400 > Dual 2.0 G5
post #15 of 84
Performa 575 with 8MB of RAM. 33Mhz? I can't remember...

I must of spent hours playing "Glider Pro" on that thing. Some of the houses I made were LAVISH...

My most hated memory was the "launcher" application.

That thing deserved to burn in hell...
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What's wrong with the launcher?
post #17 of 84
I'm still a relatively newbie to the Mac scene compared to you folks. My first Mac was a Blue & White PowerMac G3 300Mhz.

My second Mac was a Quicksilver Dual 1GHz.

My current Mac is a Dual 2.7 PowerMac.
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post #18 of 84
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Originally Posted by Northgate

I'm still a relatively newbie to the Mac scene compared to you folks. My first Mac was a Blue & White PowerMac G3 300Mhz.

My second Mac was a Quicksilver Dual 1GHz.

My current Mac is a Dual 2.7 PowerMac.


Some of us are getting old...\
post #19 of 84
Me too. My first Mac was a B&W G3 450. Then a bondi iMac (just for kicks) a beat-up Wall-street 233 PowerBook, then a Quicksilver 867 (first new Mac)

Then the G3 and the PowerBook went to eBay and I bought an iBook G4 which promptly died after a mere 2 years. (no AppleCare naturally)

Now at work I also have a 1.9 17" iMac G5 and a 17" Core Duo iMac.
post #20 of 84
My first Mac was at work, Classic 512 in 85. At that time my roommate had an Apple II and I had an Atari ST512. Favorite game at the time was Wizardry. There was one glitch that allowed you to change a bishop to a lord with with enormous powers. Those were some long nights.
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What's wrong with the launcher?

What's right with the launcher?
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post #22 of 84
My first Mac was an Intel iMac, 2.0GHz Core Duo.

Was I a little late for the party?

However long it took me to get here though, I'm glad I'm here now... Apart from the fact that I work with .NET at work and sometimes have to work from home (hooray for Parallels!) I can't see myself having a Windows machine as my main box.
post #23 of 84
Performa 6115 back in 1995
post #24 of 84
Performa 630. My next was the 6400 with 275mhz! No PC was close!
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post #25 of 84
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Originally Posted by jdcfsu

Mac Classic in the early 90's if I remeber correctly... I was young and just remember the flying toasters from After Dark actually.

Damn, that got me all nostalgic (I used to have After Dark on PC), I always loved the Flying Toasters!

"On Mighty Toaster Wings"

I also seem to remember an awesome Rat Race screensaver, didn't they race to the William Tell Overture?
post #26 of 84
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Originally Posted by Corkurk

After reading this thread:

http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?t=65936

it got the memories coming back to me of my Macs of years past. I think I remember seeing a thread about this a long time ago, but lets take another shot at it. It's nice to drudge up some old memories and see how far we've all come. A word of warning to the newer/younger Mac users out there...BEWARE...some of the specs you're about to hear may make you gasp. So with that in mind...

What was the first Mac that you remember owning?

Mine was a shiny new LC 475 that I got when I first started college (way back when...). Complete with a 25 Mhz processor, a 160 MB hard drive and 4 MB of RAM. Over the next couple of years I upgraded the RAM to 20 MB (huge!) and dropped in a 250 MB HD. I also got really fancy and bought one of the Apple add-on SCSI CD drives (complete with "the tray"). Add in a new Stylewriter 1200 and a 14" (I think?) color monitor and I was truly stylin'!

I loved the "sleek" design compared to my parents huge PC tower and the easy access to the guts of the machine. All you had to do was pop the back tabs and the whole top of the unit popped off. Really easy to drop in RAM or a new HD.

And speaking of my parents PC at the time...they had one that was manufactured by Canon (yes, the camera people). That was right around the time when every company on the planet seemed to be coming out with some kind of PC to grab a slice of the market. Then one by one they all dropped out (and for good reason, the "Canon" PC was a pile of garbage).

I later upgraded to the new Performa 630. It was a nice bump up and gave me native PowerPC support (plus a built in CD drive...no more tray!) but I will always has a soft spot in my heart for the LC 475. In fact...I picked one up a couple of years ago and still have it sitting my closet (much to the dismay of my girlfriend). It's nice to fire it up every now and then just to see how far we've come.

Who's next?

20 MB of RAM? 250 MB hard disk? You lived it up!

I had an LC III. 8 MB's of RAM (RAM-Doubled to 16), 79 MB hard drive, 640x480 color screen, 25 mhz processor: it ran HyperCard like a pro.

3 years we got some crap PC (which I swear was slower), 2 years later I got a shiny Bondi blue iMac, 1 year later a 500 Mhz G4, then a dual 2.0 G5, and now a 15" MacBook Pro
post #27 of 84
Was exposed to macs at varying points throughout the 90's. During the 80's, I thought computers were worthless aside from the Nintendo. I bought a bunch of 5 year old 7500 parts plus a G3 card and built a computer for myself a few months before going to college in 2000. I got a mac because all of the good (and cheap) analog video I/O stuffs were mac at that time. I had managed to get a grant to do some 3D and video work, and that paid for the computer, video I/O card, and other stuff.

Midway through freshman year at college I bought a 500MHz PBG4. Two years later, 1GHz PBG4. Three years after that, 2.1GHz iMac G5. All work great.

I also have a PB180c, which I must have picked up during some dumpster-diving. It runs Dark Castle great. 8.4 inches of badass color LCD.
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post #28 of 84
When I was a kid, we had a 512k mac, and then later an SE/30 (which was a really kick ass machine at the time).

When I went to college I had a 7600/120 with a 1 Gig hard drive.

After college I went 1.5 years without a computer (the 7600 bit the dust right after I graduated). Then I got an ibook G3 700 Mhz which I still use for internet browsing on the porch, and I got a 20" iMac in February.
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post #29 of 84
Apple Computer: Apple II GS
Mac: Powerbook 165
post #30 of 84
The first Mac that I recall us having was an LC (with matching monitor) in '94 or '95. I think it sported an 16Mhz processor, 2MB RAM, and a 40MB hard drive. I took great pleasure in using Print Shop and Hypercard to make cool stuff.

Eventually the HD became so full that nearly every standalone file was compressed unless needed. I finally got tired of it and upgraded to a WHOPPING 850MB drive. I think we also managed to double the RAM to 4MB at one point.
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post #31 of 84
My First Mac (I used an Apple ][e and IIgs before I got a mac), was a Macintosh IIci with a mighty 25MHz processor. I had a radius pivot monitor (gray scale) and I eventually maxed out the ram and got a FWB JackHammer scsi card and bigger hard hard drive for it.
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post #32 of 84
Wow, talk about great memories. My first mac was when we were a kid, a IIci w/ 25 MHz processor, 250 meg hard drive, and I thing around 20 MB Ram with a 256 color 13 or so inch screen. That was a sweet machine. We used it for a good 7 years for desktop publishing and games, etc. I still have literally thousands of mac games on floppies in a box at my house. Sadly my Dark Castle floppy got corrupted at some point (I did beat the whole thing though...beeyotches). At around the same time, we also bought my mom a second hand Mac Plus. I used to play b&w games on that before I was allowed to touch my dad's computer-tetris, Carmen Sandiego, Shadow Keep, so many other great games. We had an image writer II (I think that's what it was) that used to shake the whole desk and you could hear it from upstairs when it was printing. We also had some kind of HP laser printer. And I have those SCSI syquest external disk drives. I've still got it and 5 or 6 of the disks. It still works too, plug and play with my 12" powerbook using a firewire-scsi converter-Amazing!

I've also hoped to copy all my floppies containing games over and keep them to play in classic or something. Can anyone recommend a usb floppy drive that can handle DD and HD floppies?
post #33 of 84
My first personal Mac was an Amiga 2000 with an Emplant board. My second personal Mac was a Quicksilver.

At work or school though I started with the original Mac sitting next to the Lisa in my shared office space (I was an intern at the time). My college buds and I had a little side business of converting classic macs into fat macs.

Before that I used a Apple ][ at school but owned an Atari 800. Man I wish i still had that thing. Maybe its mouldering somewhere at my Dad's house but I doubt it. Including floppy drives and extra RAM I paid as much as the Mac Pro is today IIRC.

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post #34 of 84
First exposure was either a Mac Classic or and SE or SE/30 that my dad brought home from work on occasion. LOVED that Star Trek game. You know, the one with the little spikey Photon Torpedos that you fire at the Klingons?

Oh! Quick tangent, how many of us have a copy of the Klingon Dictionary?!? <Raises hand>

Anyway, our first mac that we owned was a IIsi. Then, later, I began buying more Macs myself. I was in College (the first time) at the time that I began collecting, if I'm not mistaken. Would have been '98-00. Anyway, the IIsi was followed first by a PBG3 Wallstreet in the fall of '98. Then I picked up a Quadra 800 and installed another LAN card and turned it into a programable router. To this I added a Performa 475 ish thing... don't remember exactly what it is... was the thin pizza box. maybe a 420. I'll check next time I go home. Had em all networked togeather in the dorm room. For some reason that semester, my room was very very hot... AC must have been broken or something....

Well, I then managed to somehow score a Macintosh 512k, which had a bad analogue board. I found a replacement on eBay or somewhere, and got it working. I had TONS of fun with that one. There was a little music program that you could get to infinitely loop around the track, and you could edit the track as you go, so I would sit there, punch in the first four notes, then start the loop. Then, as it played, I'd add a note here, add a note there, and it sounded really really cool. Love the 8bit audio! Anyway, after that I picked up a Mac128k, which, I'm not sure if it still works, or if the analogue borde burned out... that tended to happen a lot with those.

Well, then I just HAD to go score an old Apple. So I think I picked up an Apple IIci. complete with printer, 5.25 floppy drive and everything. I think I picked up the 8 track player and tapes at the same garage sale.

Weird. My computers tend to devolve.

First exposure to computers though was either the Mac IIsi or the old Apple IIs in school. Oregon Trail ROCKS!
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post #35 of 84
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Originally Posted by AllBrain

Damn, that got me all nostalgic (I used to have After Dark on PC), I always loved the Flying Toasters!

"On Mighty Toaster Wings"

I also seem to remember an awesome Rat Race screensaver, didn't they race to the William Tell Overture?


Ok, lets modify this: Include not just first computer, but also your age when the first mac was released in 1984!

I was: [4] years old, born in [1980]!

I'm just now thinking about what an amazing adventure the computer revolution has been. All the trivia and inside jokes, all the flying toasters and virtual volcanos (remember when you could actually find useful information on yahoo?), hacking the schools macs, raiding the AppleTalk network and messing with every computer with a totally shared hard drive. Marathon Lan parties, and bitching about how the 400x200 display was too jerkey. Carnage Palace DElux!

They're EVERYWHERE!!

Clarus.

EVIL BILL THE SPAWN OF SATAN

Bongo Bob, Stunt Copter, Conan the Librarian (I have GOT to find that one!), Scarab of Ra, dial up BBSs and then telnet MUDs, being the resident computer guru in your high school when you were in 10th grade and knowing 10 times as much about the computers as the system administrator. The frustrations of crippled OSs on the computers in the school library. QBASIC. Everquest all night long in the Barracks in Camp Humphries South Korea. Performas in Physics class in highschool. All your base are belong to us. Coleco Vision (the smurfs game was the best!)

Man. It's been one hell of a ride. I sometimes feel like I haven't acomplished much, as I am 26 and just now starting my sophmore year in college.. again... But I really am grateful to have had all the experiences that I've had. It's fun just living through the evolution of technology.

And it's not even close to being over yet.
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post #36 of 84
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Originally Posted by Celemourn

Ok, lets modify this: Include not just first computer, but also your age when the first mac was released in 1984!

I was: [4] years old, born in [1980]!

I'm just now thinking about what an amazing adventure the computer revolution has been. All the trivia and inside jokes, all the flying toasters and virtual volcanos (remember when you could actually find useful information on yahoo?), hacking the schools macs, raiding the AppleTalk network and messing with every computer with a totally shared hard drive. Marathon Lan parties, and bitching about how the 400x200 display was too jerkey. Carnage Palace DElux!

They're EVERYWHERE!!

Clarus.

EVIL BILL THE SPAWN OF SATAN

Bongo Bob, Stunt Copter, Conan the Librarian (I have GOT to find that one!), Scarab of Ra, dial up BBSs and then telnet MUDs, being the resident computer guru in your high school when you were in 10th grade and knowing 10 times as much about the computers as the system administrator. The frustrations of crippled OSs on the computers in the school library. QBASIC. Everquest all night long in the Barracks in Camp Humphries South Korea. Performas in Physics class in highschool. All your base are belong to us. Coleco Vision (the smurfs game was the best!)

Man. It's been one hell of a ride. I sometimes feel like I haven't acomplished much, as I am 26 and just now starting my sophmore year in college.. again... But I really am grateful to have had all the experiences that I've had. It's fun just living through the evolution of technology.

And it's not even close to being over yet.

-1. 1985, !

Bongo Bob-used one of his quotes for my senior quote in HS...
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-1. 1985, !

Bongo Bob-used one of his quotes for my senior quote in HS...

"Congratulations! Next Friday, at 3:15 P.M., you will be attacked by six Samurai sword wielding purple fish, glued to motorcycles."
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My karma just ran over my dogma.
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My karma just ran over my dogma.

How many doors are there on a chicken coupe? 2. If it had 4 it would be a chicken sedan.
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http://www.euronet.nl/users/mvdk/Sys...20Demo.sea.hqx

someone resedit this and rip the resource fork out! (i'm running windows, so I can't! /cry) We need more BongoBob quotes!!!
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