MYMAC: I understand you’ve always used Macs. Give us a summary of your timeline through the evolution of the Macintosh.

LISA: Apple IIe was the first. Then Performa, Power Mac, eMac, and now a new iMac (10.6.4) bought hot off the presses early August (the week after it came out). I wrote my first book, This Fantastic Struggle: The Life & Art of Esther Phillips on the Apple IIe (after longhand, much) in 1994-5, so I was always behind the times until my eMac of ’05 and better yet this iMac. My younger brother, working in Silicon Valley in the late 90s, provided me the Performa and Power Mac as hand-me-downs from his company, low-income creative artist that I was!

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No SuperDrive, No Problem

On January 28, 2008, in Opinion, by Scott Spaziani

The year is 1997 and Steve Jobs has returned to Apple and the confusing Mac product line is in the process of being streamlined to a few simple options. Apple required a replacement for the Performa series; their consumer targeted computer line. In May of 1998 Apple announces the first in their new line of Consumer targeted Computers, and the iMac is born.

The iMac is what many consider the rebirth of Apple. The colorful all-in-one PC was a huge hit in the market and breathed new life into the company. The tan boxes Apple had been sporting for twenty years were gone and a new design element was introduced in the product line. There was one thing lacking from the iMac that most users believed was important, and I’m sure it caused many possible customers to turn away from Apple at the time. The iMac did not have a Floppy Drive.

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Remembrances of Macs Past – Part 2: The Lows

On November 7, 2003, in Opinion, by Neale Monks

In the first half of this article I looked back on some of Apple’s best offerings, including products as diverse as ClarisWorks and the PowerBook 500 series. One of the nice things about Apple in recent years has been that most of their products have been good, and some very good indeed. There really haven’t been any real turkeys, though a few have been flawed in some way, for example the noisy G4 PowerMacs. Others have been unsuccessful rather than bad, the G4 Cube being the classic example of this: a machine that while well designed and constructed simply didn’t have a large enough market to be a particularly profitable or long-lived product. The current iMac and iBook lines in particular include some of the most strikingly attractive consumer-level computers yet produced, yet tote enough power under the hood to be attractive to small office users too. They are, in short, great all-rounders that stack up well against comparably priced Windows PCs.

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The last Mac just left town

On April 1, 1998, in Apple Cart, by Susan Howerter

The last Mac just left town. We have become a PC desert by default. There is now no place in Topeka to try, buy or even browse for a Mac. Where will I send friends and family to whet their interest? Where will I counsel perfect strangers on the joy of Mac ownership? Where will I spend my weekends?

True, the Mac was not always well served in its various locations about town. Its corners were dusty and rapidly shrinking. Its salespeople were often confused or disinterested. Sometimes downright hostile. But, dust bunnies notwithstanding, there it was. A Mac you could touch.. Buyers had a choice.

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Dear Readers:

If you recall, last month’s article gave you a blow-by-blow account of my poor Performa getting too wet to function. Well, my horror story continues…

It turns out the logic board in the CPU was fried from the water. No surprise there. What is surprising is that the monitor is functioning perfectly! Yet, I know that the water hit it. When I look close enough, I can see the water spots (how did I miss them prior to bringing my system to ComputerTown, you ask? I can only say I must have purposely blinded myself. Do you blame me? :-) ) Now comes the big decision: Do I use my income tax return for a new system or for a down payment on a car? Decisions, decisions…

On a much better note, I now have in my possession (only at work, though!) a brand new QMS magicolor CX laser color printer. And, when working, it’s beautiful! I have lusted after a color laser printer for years and only recently has the technology become a bit more affordable and reliable. I have to say though, that it has been one problem after another in the month since I received it.

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Eyeing a new Mac?

On June 4, 1996, in Opinion, by Tim Robertson

Have you been thinking perhaps it is time to buy a new Macintosh? Wondering if now is a good time to buy, or should you hold off for a little longer, hoping that prices will fall even further? Let’s see if we can’t answer some of those questions for you.

New or Used.
My Mac gets many letters each month asking if it would be wise to buy a used machine rather than a new one. Well, the answer is a simple one. Is the used Macintosh a PowerPC or not? If it is, and the machine works well, then by all means go for it! If, however, it is not a PowerPC, then the answer is no. Why buy a computer that will be unable to run the next MacOS? (System 8, code named Copland). Unless your computer has the PowerPC chip, then System 8 will not work on your computer. Not even installing a PowerPC add-on card will help, so says Apple. So, if you are a Macintosh fanatic, and must have the latest, greatest OS out there, then the PowerPC is the only purchase you need to look at.

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