What made you buy your first mac?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by teabgs, Mar 22, 2002.


Why'd you get your first mac?

  1. Word of mouth

    6 vote(s)
  2. For graphical/video/audio work, etc.

    12 vote(s)
  3. I did reasearch and found that macs are the best

    4 vote(s)
  4. I don't have one yet

    2 vote(s)
  1. teabgs macrumors 68030


    Jan 18, 2002
    behind you
    I was just thinking about when I got my first mac and wondered what reason other people had for getting their first macs.

    I got mine 7 years ago. I'm on my second mac now, and Will be purchasing my 3rd this summer when the new towers are released. I got mine because I wanted to do video, animation, and graphics work. Before that my family had had an Apple IIGS and a pentium. I didnt think macs were good but after some reasearch my grandfather found out that for graphics and video mac was the way to go. So I got the mac and fell in love. This led to one of my best friends purchasing a mac himself. He's on his 2nd too.

    Well, why all of you get macs for the first time?
    Also, if you don't have one and are going to get one, why is it that you'll be getting one?
  2. evildead macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2001
    WestCost, USA
    my childhood

    I grew up with Mac's and I just kept using them Im on my 3rd personaly owned one now, but thanks to Mac head dad... I have been a user for a very long time.
  3. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    my first graphic design class...

    I decided to take a computer graphic design course for the hell of it...they were running I think 7100's with 60 & 70 mhz chips...ha ha ha...

    so anyway....my mom decided I should have my own when I was all excited about learning to draw on a computer....and she got me a Motorola Starmax 3000...
  4. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    I was introduced to them at college (back in 1988) and lusted after one ever since. Finally after being a working stiff for several years, I was able to get one of my own (in 1997). It was a PowerCenter Pro 210 (yeah, a clone). I then got the PowerBook G3 Lombard, then the Pismo, and now I have a Rev A. Titanium. All have been the fastest produced at the time, and I have ended up maxing out the RAM in each before I was done.

    Now I am waiting for either a slick, new PowerBook or a G5 tower to come out. I am looking at sometime next year, so I can wait and see.

    I will be buying Mac's for as long as they are in production. :D
  5. Taft macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2002
    I don't really fit into the categories.

    I bought my first because I went to college and couldn't use my dad's Mac anymore. My family has been using Apple products since the Apple II and we haven't looked back.

    I just couldn't survive in the PC dominated world of college without a Mac!!

  6. Beej macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    I just grew up with Macs. My family bought a Mac Plus when I was 2 or 3, and we used that for like a dozen years, until I started to become a bit more computer-savvy and convinced them to buy a 7200/120.

    Then we just kept upgrading... it's an addiction now.
  7. Hemingray macrumors 68030


    Jan 9, 2002
    Ha ha haaa!
    I was pretty much like you, Beej, except I was about 5 when my dad bought his office five Mac Pluses back in 1985-6. I always got the hand-me-downs from the office when they upgraded. (My dad runs a graphic design business). I got an LCII in about 1991, and a IIfx in 1997. I was surfing the internet with a 2400 baud modem!! Then my dad got me a Umax C500 in early 1998, which was about the crappiest computer ever... so when the G4's rolled around, well, that was too much of a temptation to resist. :) So technically, the crappiness of my Umax C500 prompted me to buy my first Mac.
  8. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    I used to watch my dad use old computers, all the way back to System 3. I even was able to draw and scale some rather nice 2D graphics on it. I even handed in an extra credit assignment on that computer (I am talking real early 90s!)

    Since then, I became hooked on Macs, but I was not going to share the Quadra or Performa my dad was using to do typed projects or for long, written assignments. So one day I woke up for my birthday for when I turned 13 (maybe 14), and I got a 233 Bondi Blue iMac.

    Now, I am 16 and I use the 0.5GHz Cube.

    It does not take a genius to figure it out . . . just someone who uses a Mac.
  9. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    I like it how he calls it the "half-gigahertz" Cube...he he he.....clever way of putting it! :p
  10. mac15 macrumors 68040

    Dec 29, 2001
    I'm kinda lucky I didn't buy my imac
    I won it in a competition (lucky me)
    it's the best and only thing i have one
  11. blackpeter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2001
    A Dell desktop system loaded with Windows ME.

    Bought my G4 533 April 1 2001.
  12. jaykk macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    I did reasearch and found that macs are the best

    Mac OS X, the unix on a desktop - Found very interesting, got my first ever mac in December - TiBook 550 Mhz.. i exclusively run Mac OS X, because i have never used 9.x ..

    BTW, I replied to apple as well - "Apple - PC Users: Share what's on your mind" -> http://www.apple.com/hardware/pcusers/
  13. Beej macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    Ha! April 1? Is that a joke? :D
  14. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    one of my friends sold me his mac and before i knew it i became so hooked i eventually became a techie and changed the direction in my life...i got so techie i dropped out of mba school and swore i would never want to be a "suit" and started to wear shorts and t-shirts and gave jolt cola a try and almost bought a star trek video...and i have not worn a necktie since then:D
  15. resm macrumors 6502


    Feb 1, 2002
    what made me buy my first mac?

    My first Mac I bought myself was a G4/533 MHZ and that's when using a computer started to be fun,also because I only used it on cable connection.

    Anything else I used before...also Mac's...where bought by someone else (Office) and didn't realy exite me, eccept for the fact that I was able to find out how to use them in no time.

    Only after the first G4 I fall in love with the Mac and have now recently bought the iMac/800 and that one has become my addiction.

    I do not want to recall the language I use when I work in my office on a peeeceee! :( (censored)

    The only thing that I don't like with the iMac are the speakers.

    They are far below the total quality of the iMac

    The sound quality is not what I would have expected from a package like the iMac . They look cool...and that's about all.

    Apple should realy do something about that if they wan't this to be the digital hub everybody should have at home.
  16. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    jef.....that's really a great story!!! :p

    how wild it is that u dropped out of mba school.....refusing to be a "suit" and wear shorts & t-shirts....jolt cola....u know they still make the stuff....ha ha ha...

    I think that's what I love so much about what I do...I don't have to look like a billion other people....suits...ties....blah....t-shirts & khakis for me.....sometimes in the summer I wear sandles to work...they love that...

    people expect laid back and not so "stiff" when they know u are an artist....I didn't realize techs had that same luxury?
  17. Beej macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    Hate to say, but there are probably a lot more people in the world that don't wear suits to work. So you don't look like a billion other people, but, at the same time, you look like 5 billion others!

  18. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    Our family got our mac because my school used them, sometime in 93. I have been a mac person ever since, despite my middle school not having macs.
  19. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    I got my first Mac back in 1995 is I'm right. It was a Powerbook 150. I got it because I was playing with a band and I was using an Atari 512 ST, that computer didn't have hard drive and I have to load the songs via floppy. I had 1024 K in ram (for the soft and 2 songs) and you can imagine loading songs between songs!.

    So, I got my first Mac because of that and used Digital Performer, it works so beautifly that I sold that one and got a PowerBook 5300. Then I got the 9600, then I sold the Powerbook and got a the beige G3 desktop. I sold both of them and got the G4 (this one) and the lates was the Pismo last year.
  20. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    thanks eye,

    actually, it depends what kind of techie you are...network and desktop techies often have to climb under desks and install stuff so they often get dirty or dusty...and some network people have to drill holes and work with fiberglass between walls which is awful (but pay is good for cablers around here)

    the higher up network people, the sys admins, if in a multi tiered department, may not have to do the messy work of network engineers and might only have to let other people do that stuff so they can dress up a little

    and cio, who the network admins and head programmers report to, usually are "suits" and do more accounting and management than they do tech work and many of these bosses wear expensive suits and some of them are not even technical in any way shape or form (i had a friend who was the manager of the entire tech department, was the network administrator, and the help desk technician in a small company of fewer than 100 people and i have heard a few of the posters here are one person IT departments)

    in the book, "dress for success", the author mentions how silicon valley types are not very good dressers compared to their neighbors in san francisco, which is the snazziest place on the west coast and very in touch with the fashion/beauty industry

    there is this one techie from the old days who got hired on the agreement that if he was to work the graveyard shift, he could work naked and this has been a popular urban myth in silicon valley (with the advent of romote access service, pc side though, makes it possible for techies to do their work from home (naked) which has become common because some companies can't pay the rent for an actual building and there is a lot of commercial space open and empty (so come over here y'all and pull the valley out of the slump)
  21. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    re: techies

    I know what u mean....my step-father is for the most part a tech....works for the USDA....does systems...networks....fixing...troubleshooting....building....anything u can imagine.....he's even had to wear static-free suits on occasion...

    he pretty much wears jeans & a sport shirt to work each day....depending on what tasks he's going to be performing. I know exactly what u mean by climbing under things.....getting into ceilings....etc, etc...

    one cool perk is he gets to go to Atlanta every few months to practice procedures....should there ever be a crash or blackout of some enormous proportion...

    and I suppose he does some of his work "naked" since he has a govt. issued laptop that he uses to access his workstation from home....he he he...
  22. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    re: re: techies

    sounds like your stepfather has a cool networking job...usda...so that is what people in the field call enterprise level networking

    if a massive network(s) like that goes down, a lot of people are in for some serious overtime because mostly emterprise level networks are, you guessed it, pc networks

    actually, linux would work great on that scale if accepted, but like we all know, microsoft cornered that market, too

    eye....congrats on 1.5 thousand posts!:D
  23. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    Re: 1500

    thanks jef! ;)

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