I Am A Mac

My first Mac was bought for $450 on eBay in 2000.  It was a PowerBook G3, aka Wallstreet, and ran OS 9.  I had switched from PC because at the time I was working at the Kimmel Center and most of my co-workers, including my boss, were using Macs for either music or graphic design.  It was a heck of an investment at the time and I got the money from my first tax refund. :)

I remember the Wallstreet had no USB ports.  These were the days of ADB (Apple Device Bus) connectors, but fortunately the machine had a PCMCIA slot where I could connect a USB board so I could use a graphite keyboard from an old iMac on it with a mouse from my PC.  Eventually I upgraded that keyboard to an Apple Pro Keyboard with a Pro Mouse.  I think the one-button mouse was the hardest thing I ever had to get use to, but I was determined to learn the Mac - both the good and the bad.  The rest, as they say, is history.

I've been on Mac every since, through good times and bad.  Apple aficionados will remember that this was right around the time that Steve came back to the company after several failed attempts by others - John Sculley, Michael Spindler and Gil Amelio - to make Apple in to a revenue powerhouse.  What made Steve so different from the others is that his goal wasn't to make money.  His objective was to create products that people would love.

That result is evident in the success that Apple has seen ever since Jobs' return to the company in 1997.  Together with Jonathan Ive, Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, they would create such products as the iPod, iPhone and iPad, not to mention a complete redesign of the MacBook line to a unibody enclosure.  According to his Wikipedia entry, "He is the leading designer and conceptual mind behind the iMac, titanium and aluminum PowerBook G4, G4 Cube, MacBook, unibody MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPod, iPhone, and iPad."  Say what you want about Apple as a company or the products they put out, but the fact remains that the rest of the consumer electronics industry has been trying to copy what Apple has been doing for years - creating insanely great stuff.

As a testament to how much I love Apple, I've put an inclusive list below of the products I've owned through the years.  You'll notice some names in parenthesis next to the Macs and peripherals: these are the code names that Apple gave to the products in the design stages of each item.  If you're really into the Mac like I am, you might want to check out MacTracker.  It gives the basic specs on each machine and some obscure bits of information, like what the startup and fail chimes sounded like, the maximum RAM configuration (sometimes above what Apple will tell you a particular machine can handle), and the maximum OS the machine can run.

Macs

  • PowerBook G3 (Wallstreet)
  • iBook (14.1 LCD 32 VRAM)
  • PowerBook G3 Firewire (Pismo, P8, 102)
  • 12" iBook Dual USB (P29)
  • Graphite iMac (Summer 2000)
  • Indigo iMac (Summer 2000)
  • iMac (20-inch Early 2008)
  • Mac mini (Early 2006, Kaleidoscope)
  • Power Mac G4 (Sawtooth, P5, Project E)
  • Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002)
  • White 13" MacBook (Early 2008)
  • Power Mac G5 (Omega, Q37)
  • 13" MacBook Pro (Early 2011)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2011)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012)
  • MacBook Air (Early 2013) - added 2/13/14
  • Mac Pro (2006) - added 11/22/14
  • 15" MacBook Pro (Mid 2015, Retina) - added 6/23/15

Peripherals

  • Airport Card (802.11b)
  • Apple Pro Mouse (Qpie)
  • Apple USB Keyboard (Cosmo)
  • Apple Pro Keyboard (Andy, Candy)
  • Airport Extreme 802.11n (2nd Generation)
  • Apple Mighty Mouse (Houdini, M18)
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard (Aluminum)
  • Airport Extreme 802.11n (5th Generation)
  • Apple TV (2nd Generation)
  • Apple Studio Display (17-inch LCD)
  • Airport Express 802.11n (2nd Generation)
  • Airport Extreme 802.11ac - added 2/23/14

iPods/iPhones/iPads

  • Silver iPod shuffle (2nd Generation) - 2GB
  • Blue iPod nano (2nd Generation) - 4GB
  • iPod touch (N45) - 8GB
  • iPod touch (2nd Generation) -  8GB
  • iPhone 4 (AT&T) - 16GB
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) - 16GB
  • iPhone 4S (AT&T) - 16GB
  • iPad (3rd Generation/WiFi + Cellular, AT&T)
  • iPhone 5S (AT&T) - 32GB
  • iPad mini (2nd Generation/WiFi + Celluar, T-Mobile) - 16GB - added 2/23/14
  • iPhone 5S (T-Mobile) - 16GB - added 2/23/14
  • iPhone 6 (T-Mobile) - 16GB - added 11/30/14
  • iPhone 5S (T-Mobile) - 32GB - added 6/16/15

OS Versions

  • OS 9.1 (Fortissimo)
  • OS 9.2 (Moonlight)
  • OS 9.2.1 (Limelight)
  • OS 9.2.2 (LU1)
  • OS X 10.0 (Cheetah)
  • OS X 10.1 (Puma)
  • OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)
  • OS X 10.3 (Panther)
  • OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
  • OS X 10.4 Server (Tiger Server)
  • OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
  • OS X 10.5 Server (Leopard Server)
  • OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • OS X 10.6 Server (Snow Leopard Server)
  • OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • OS X 10.8 Server (ML Server)
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • OS X 10.9 Server (Mavericks Server)
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.10 Server (Yosemite Server)