Dobie Tanpaw (dobie) wrote,
Dobie Tanpaw

Writer's Block: Remembering Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs once said, "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." He inspired a generation to Think Different. How has the legacy of Apple's co-founder influenced your life?

My first thought when I heard the news of his passing:

2/3rds of my life, from the Mac Plus through the PowerBook G4 was spent playing with, hacking and learning everything I could about Macs. I got my AAST when I was 16, and worked for the Apple Specialist store in Downtown Pittsburgh for 4 years.  At one time, I knew everything there was to know about both the Operating System and the hardware. I learned Assembler on the MC68000, I could (with the help of a soldering iron, and later jumper blocks) overclock the Power Macs, get the machines to recognize more memory then they were designed for and even hack hardware to use PC accessories with Macs.  Those were the glory days of my computer experience, and I miss them.

I have owned:
  • Apple //c
  • Apple Lisa
  • Macintosh Plus (8 MHz MC68000, 4mb RAM, External 20MB SCSI HDD) (My father actually said we'd NEVER outgrow this computer)
  • Macintosh SE-FDHD (8 MHz MC68000, 4MB RAM, Internal 20 MB SCSI HDD)
  • Macintosh SE/30 (16 MHz MC68030, 8MB RAM, Internal 40 MB SCSI HDD)
  • Macintosh IIx (16 MHz MC68030&68882 FPU, 16MB RAM, Internal 80 MB SCSI HDD)
  • Performa 550 AKA LC550 ( 33 MHz MC68030&68882 FPU, 20 MB RAM, Later upgraded to 36 MB and a 160 MB HDD)
  • PowerBook 140 (16 MHz MC68030, 8 MB RAM, 40 MB SCSI HDD)
  • Quadra 950 (33 MHz MC68040, 256 MB RAM, 1.0 GB SCSI HDD)
  • Performa 5400 (180 MHz PPC603e, 136 MB RAM, 1.6 GB SCSI HDD)
  • PowerBook 5300ce (117 MHz PPC603e, 64 MB RAM, 1.1 GB SCSI HDD)
  • Power Macintosh 6500 (300 MHz PPC603ev, 128 MB RAM, 4.0 GB IDE HDD)
  • PowerBook 3400c (240 MHz PPC603ev, 144 MB RAM, 3.0 GB HDD)
  • Power Macintosh 7600 (200 MHz PPC604e, 512 MB RAM, 2.0 GB HDD)
  • Power Macintosh G3 Tower (333 MHz PPC750, 768 MB RAM, 8GB HDD)
  • PowerBook G3 Lombard (400 MHz PPC750, 512 MB RAM, 10GB HDD)
  • Power Macintosh G4/AGP (500 MHz PPC7400v2.9, 2.0 GB RAM, 27 GB, 7200 RPM SCSI-2 HDD)
  • PowerBook G4 Titanium 15" (500 MHz PPC7410v1.3, 1.0 GB RAM, 20 GB IDE HDD)
  • PowerBook G4 Aluminum 12" (867 MHz PPC7455v3.3, 1.2 GB RAM, 60 GB HDD)
  • Many other misc machines that I can't remember, or that I got in non-working condition for parts.
I do admit - I miss owning a Macintosh computer. I just have not been able to afford them recently. Though I do have my eye on getting one of the new MacBooks at some point. Maybe.
Tags: writer's block

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