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Jun 5, 2003, 11:29 PM
Does anyone else remember the first time they used a Mac? Care to share your story?

My first experience was with a PM 5260/100 at school. It was pretty cool as it was the first "real" computer I used with a GUI. It has really sparked a love for the Macintosh in me.

Please, share.

Jun 5, 2003, 11:33 PM
i used those apples that had the 5.25'' floppy disks, i played number crunchers or munchers on them. that was at least 7 years ago.

Jun 5, 2003, 11:37 PM
My family bought an Apple II GS when I was 4 or 5, somewhere abouts 1988. I loved that computer, long since dead, but now I emulate it on my iMac now. Kinda funny playing Gold Rush or King's Quest 1 or Pirates on OS X.

Guilt free in 2003.

Jun 6, 2003, 01:26 AM
It was either 1987 or '88, my uncle gave us his old 512K mac...no HD, two 800kb floppies...i used to play a mean game of harrier strike mission on that thing...it ran up until a few years ago when it totally died. my first apple was probably around the same time, my dad brought an apple IIc home from work

Jun 6, 2003, 02:05 AM
i vaguely remember some cheesy math games at school in say 3rd, or probably 4th grade, but most of all i remember either system 7 or OS 8 or whatever it was in the mac room at my high school. those things pissed me off so much. the little puzzle games were great fun though. i wish i could go back and mess with one now they are gone. i never touched one after i converted to macs last november. it would be funny to see what i thought now.

Jun 6, 2003, 04:30 AM
I used one during my PhD so that would be in 1991-4. IIRC it was a Mac Classic of some description probably a classic II. It wasn't mine - it was my tutors. Then it was a long gap until last year when I wanted a Unix laptop - enter the ibook and our first meeting in a Apple reseller in Melbourne, Australia whilst on holiday.;)

Jun 6, 2003, 06:45 AM
i remember in elementary school my school had some pretty old apple computers. i think they were Apple II's. not sure though. and then in like 2nd grade every classroom got a few Macintosh LC's. Don't know what OS it was though. But, I do remember using some sort of educational program called 'Learning Expedition'.

Those are my earliest memories. But, they are good ones! :D

Sun Baked
Jun 6, 2003, 06:50 AM
The days of the floppy shuffle and nine inch screen.

Oh joy...

Mr. Anderson
Jun 6, 2003, 07:21 AM
In 83 there was a computer show at my school and they had a bunch of Lisa's there. I remember them as being a bit weird and way too pricey. But the whole windows and mouse thing was very cool and I'd never seen that before.

I also really hadn't had that much computer exposure and didn't get my first mac until 12 years later....;)


Jun 6, 2003, 07:53 AM
The first time I used a Mac was in 6th grade (roughly 87) . In our class we had a few macs and we always played "Oregon Trail" and "Where in the world is Carman San Diego".. I didn't buy a Mac until 2001.

Jun 6, 2003, 08:37 AM
Don't remember the model, all-in-one had about a 9" monochrome screen.

Played PT 109 on it. I think that was 1986ish. Before the PC had games or decent graphics.

Jun 6, 2003, 08:44 AM
It was sometime back in the fall of '96, in my first computer graphic design class. We were using 7200's, right before the G3 debut.

I then got my first Mac soon after, a Motorola Starmax 3000/160 (clone). :D

Jun 6, 2003, 08:48 AM
My first apple was an Apple II, bought by my parents. My first mac was a Mac Classic, bought by my older brother.

Jun 6, 2003, 08:48 AM
Macintosh IIcx, somewhere around 1988, my dad used to host a BBS (I'm sure some people here still remember those) on it so it was up 24/7 and believe it or not the thing STILL runs.
The only problem he's ever had with it is the floppy dirve went bad on it a few years back!

That Mac is the reason I'm an Apple fanatic

Jun 6, 2003, 09:00 AM
It was spring 1984. I was over a friend's house and we getting ready to play D&D. The gamemaster, a coder, had prepared materials for us to read but didn't have time to print them out so he let us sit down at his Mac 128 and read the files. I remember distinctly not wanting to play D&D anymore and really wanting to explore this little box.

Jun 6, 2003, 09:04 AM
Apparently, when I was really young (and I mean young) my Dad took me into his work, which was an Apple computer training centre, and let me play on one of the Macs.

Since then, my direct family have been Mac users at home (and PCs at work).

Jun 6, 2003, 09:41 AM
I believe I was using a top of the line 386DX2 with 16MB of RAM (!!!!) and windows 3.1, when I first saw a Mac. I was like " bah humbug, rabble, rabble, rabble!". But once my friends left the computer lab, I peeked around, no one was there, hugged it and kissed the side of the screen "oh thank you!". there might have been a little hump at the end of that hug, but anyway... They couldn't beat me off that Mac with a club, for the rest of the semester... :D

Oh, it was this one. (http://www.apple-history.com/frames/body.php?page=gallery&model=840)

Jun 6, 2003, 09:58 AM
Well... Like most people my age, we had apple IIs in my school, and I remember using PrintMaster to make banners and crap like that. It was so cool becasue you just stuck the disks in and the program started. I remember being able to tell the old computers from the new ones because the newer ones had 3 1/2in disk drives. We also had, IIRC, Imagewriter printers. Man those things were slow, but they were so cool at the time.
My fist mac was at my sister highschool. I was there for a mock wedding, and I was sitting in the waiting room, and I saw this computer with a one button mouse, and I played around a little. It was neat, but I remember being afraid someone would see me playing with it, so I stopped. It must have been in like 92 or 93, so I dunno what kind it was. I know it wasnt a classic.

That experience must have stuck with me enough to want to buy a mac...

Jun 6, 2003, 10:00 AM
Purchased my first in 1983, it was a Apple IIE. The monitor was 8" with a black background and green font. It used a floppy disk for backups. The only program that I can remember using was Home Accountant. It was frustrating at times because you couldn't see into the different layers of the program.

Jun 6, 2003, 10:31 AM
It must have been close to 20 years ago (in 1983, 1984 or 1985, ok maybe 16 or 17 years.) Can't remember exactly, but I was in the early years of elementary, and I do remember programming with that logo/turtle program that looked like a triangle. :)

"Goto left 10"

Jun 6, 2003, 11:05 AM
My first Apple was the Powerbook Pismo some 3 years ago. Came with OS 9 which I totally hated. For the longest time I thought I flushed 2500$ down the toilet when I bought it. I used the book at school when I absolutely had to but stuck with my PC at home with the book collecting dust in a corner most of the time. It was pathetic. Unstable as hell (bombs everywhere). Office was a shame, it didn't do DivX etc etc etc. and it was too damn slow.
Then OS 10.1 came out along with Office v. X and Photoshop 7 plus DivX in the course of the last 1 1/2 years and I was finally falling in love with the Mac. Now with a 900MHz G3 upgrade for the Pismo and OS 10.2 its my main machine and the PC got sold on eBay, along with the OS 9 CDs (I don't miss that ****ty OS one bit).


Laslo Panaflex
Jun 6, 2003, 11:07 AM
First Apple computer I used (not a mac) was an Apple IIgs in 1989. I was in kindergarten and used to play some education game that involved the muppets, I loved it.

Jun 6, 2003, 11:24 AM
my dad brought home an old beaten IIci and a xerox laser printer... we went out to get a 14" display for that thing and the moment I switched that thing on I stopped using our PII...


Jun 6, 2003, 11:44 AM
My first mac experience was back in the fall of '94.(I was five) I was about six and my elementary school had old LC's I, II, and III's. I loved playing prince of persia on them. My first mac was back in '97( I was 7 or 8)...It was a old SE (With Mac OS 6.0.3) given to me by my father's friend who loves macs...Fell in love with them and will never go to a PC.

Jun 6, 2003, 11:46 AM
First Apple was a Apple IIe in the fourth grade (let's see...1981). First mac was the original. My uncle was and still is an apple dealer, and he brought one of the floor models over to our house the first week the mac was introduced. I played a game called Transylvania all weekend. Good memories.

Jun 6, 2003, 12:51 PM
I remember after the commercial, we ran out and got one. It was a weird Summer trying to figure out exactly why the screen was white instead of black. What exactly were you supposed to do with it? You had a drawing program, so we tried to draw on the computer. And what were these square hard disks that were white when they should be thin and floppy like all the other disks we had from the Apple IIplus?

Wow. nostalgia. :D

Jun 6, 2003, 01:33 PM
First Apple use - Don't know for sure. Probably 7th grade in 1983. Apple II+. We went in early to play Loderunner and stuff.

First Mac use - Soon after they were released. My friend's dad worked at a computer store, and one night each week he let us play around after the store closed. I remember using MacPaint to darw cars (badly).

First Apple of my own - Later in 1983. We bought a //c right after they debuted. Used it longer than any other computer I've owned - six years (until I went to college and my dad made me by a PC on the promise the Windows 2.0 made the PC work like a Mac. He lied.)

Jun 6, 2003, 02:56 PM
In 5th grade. The school got a grant and they decided to buy a bunch of Macs. We had like 5 in the class. One Apple II and three LCs, so first apple and first mac. And then we got a Power Mac and only the teachers pet got to use it so I begged my parents to get a Performa. Used macs ever since, but I have to pay for them now. No more free ride!

Jun 6, 2003, 03:04 PM
like many, my first apple experience cam in school on an apple ][. oregon trail, baby! my childhood friend had a an SE/30, and we played life and death on it. i didn't really use macs for a living until i bought a dual 500mhz G4.

Jun 6, 2003, 03:19 PM
macphisto - that language was called LOGO. Remember it well.

My first Mac experience was with the original mac shortly after it's release. I spent countless hours in a local Computerland playing with it. It was AMAZING compared to the IIe, C64, Atari800 and PCs. I loved playing with that paint program.

The first Mac I OWNED was a Mac Plus. Ah, playing Falcon and Dark Castle....

The first APPLE I owned was a IIe clone by Franklin (I think it was a Laser?). It was a great box at less money that a real apple.

Jun 6, 2003, 03:34 PM
three years ago, my computer engineering teacher had had enough fixing computers for one day. she pulled out her powerbook and started playing music with itunes. i think everyone in our class was hooked.

Jun 6, 2003, 03:38 PM
Originally posted by Captnroger
macphisto - that language was called LOGO. Remember it well.

My first Mac experience was with the original mac shortly after it's release. I spent countless hours in a local Computerland playing with it. It was AMAZING compared to the IIe, C64, Atari800 and PCs. I loved playing with that paint program.

The first Mac I OWNED was a Mac Plus. Ah, playing Falcon and Dark Castle....

The first APPLE I owned was a IIe clone by Franklin (I think it was a Laser?). It was a great box at less money that a real apple.

hold on- did mac's run LOGO? i learned LOGO, but i thought it was on tandy machines. that was a blast from the past, though. remember the turtle (in doodle)? RT 90, LT 90, Box 5,5...heh. good times.

Jun 6, 2003, 04:02 PM
i was a kid and my dad's friends that had a construction / architecture studio had some macs and they were sooooooo coool and pricey ... i could do something with it, i forgot what but they had so much more fascine than the other ugly computers at the time. like in the 80s... :rolleyes:

Jun 6, 2003, 04:44 PM
Wow! This thread has just reinforced to me how new i really am to Macs!

My first Mac experience was in 99 when my colleges Media Department bought an ex-demo Media 100 edit suite running on a PowerPC 9600 i think, with 400(ish) MB RAM and a killer dual screen graphics card! Not exactly a top of the range machine at the time and running OS8, but still a neat little machine.

Despite the horrid beigeness of the thing, i loved the fact that when you opened it up (something which i had to do a lot as Head Technitian) the entire side came off at the push of a button and the PSU could be moved safely out of the way. I didnt quite fall in love with the OS at the time, but it was the best platform for creativity by far, and as a Video editor, this was a huge bonus.

Soon we moved the huge Media 100 card to a G3 and finally to a G4 last year. Unfortunately, a considerable software upgrade is required to use OSX, so we are still stuck in OS crash.... er i mean 9!

That was when i was 15, and now at 19, i am still in the unfortunate situation of being without a Mac for personal use! Come next summer, i should have scraped together enough for a nex iBook though, or whatever is available then! Here's hoping!

Jun 6, 2003, 05:13 PM
I'm afraid I've used a mac all my life so I don't remember. I was just a http://www.blizzforums.com/images/smilies/chicken.gifbabyhttp://www.blizzforums.com/images/smilies/chicken.gif. Well maybe a lil' older than that.

Jun 6, 2003, 05:26 PM
oh i remember well. and i have to admit i was one of those : OMG these fools use apple. They can t know anything about computers. guy... :(
basically it was still classic ( some 4 years ago ) , and i was blown away by a litle software which allowed me to represent my math curves just so easily. I had n t found that on a pc yet.
Well, but that classic version was so insecure. I remember having hold down the space bar by my elbow while i was talking with somebody during the boot. and dadadaaaaa. there comes the little menu for the rights and extensions and so on :D
apple rocked already 4 years ago for me. but with os x, it s evident , that they got the best computers on the world, apart for big server, for which, i have to admit i like big x86 with debian on them much better. But perhaps i will change my mind who knows...

Jun 6, 2003, 06:33 PM
Originally posted by MorganX
Don't remember the model, all-in-one had about a 9" monochrome screen.

Ditto. My first proper experience of a mac was in 1999 when i worked for a web-design company. By this time i was well aware of them, what they could do and why they were better, i'd just never used one.

My girlfriends first experience of a mac was 6 months ago when i bought my iBook, 4 months later she bought an iMac! Damnit, she always has to go one better...

Jun 6, 2003, 07:28 PM
Doesn't your girlfiriend let you use the iMac also, mrjamin? Sharing is the best part! ;)

Jun 6, 2003, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by wdlove
Doesn't your girlfiriend let you use the iMac also, mrjamin? Sharing is the best part! ;)

not really - she's quite protective of it!! I've only seen it once actually! We're long distance, see eachother once every 2 weeks but she's been coming down here most weekends as i'm in the middle of exams. However, my exams end next tuesday (WOOOOHOOOO) and she's just got a place where i live and is moving down in 4-5 weeks (DOUBLE WOOOOHOOOO!).

Jun 6, 2003, 07:40 PM
I wish you the best on both counts mrjamin. Let us know how the exams turnout? Hope it will be a positive move to have tour girlfriend near!

Jun 6, 2003, 08:07 PM
Remember the first time you used a Mac...to download porn?

Jun 6, 2003, 08:46 PM
My first mac was an Apple II SE, it had to be somewhere around 1993, i was like 6 at the time. My Dad bout it from a coworker, and brought it home i fell in love with macs then i've owned a mac ever since, whith the exception of when my parents made me buy a compaq because of one of those compuserve offers, that had to be the crappiest time of my 17 years, untill last october when i bought my self a new iMac FP my new love, (don't let my g/f hear me say that lol).