The original 128k Mac, at the time simply called 'the Apple Macintosh'
Guys like me must be getting a little more rare by now. I've been using Macs since the original 128k Mac of 1984—since it was brand spanking just-shipped new. We had to wait for them to arrive. (Gallerist David Adamson bought six of them for the Corcoran School of Art and taught a class in how to use them for creative work. I was the only one of his students who used MacWrite instead of MacDraw.) The first Mac—and first computer—I owned was the next one, the 512k "Fat Mac" of September '84. Since then I've honestly lost track of how many Macs I've owned or used at work, but it's been easily more than a dozen, including an early Powerbook 190 (1995) and the first "Blueberry" iMac. My favorites were the Powerbook, which I still have(!), a Quadra 605 I used at work at Preston Publications for four years, and my current 27" iMac.
The latter has been a soldier, but it's about to turn seven, and since I use it pretty much all day every day I'm thinking of replacing it soon (it's getting cantankerous, and that's as technical a description as I can manage). I've had some analysis-paralysis in recent years when it comes to computers, but the leading contender at this moment is a loaded Mac Mini and an NEC display. (My main worry with that is getting the right default text size onscreen.) The Mini would fit in my basement safe when I travel. The safe was inherited from the previous owners of the house, and protecting the backup drives is the only thing I can think of to use it for.
Given that I'm not a maven...
Maven, n., North American, informal, An expert or connoisseur
...if any mavens have any advice or thoughts on that topic, I'm all ears.
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Gregory Kujoth: "Next Apple Event is Oct. 27, where they are expected to unveil new Mac updates. Focus will likely be on laptops, not the Mini, but I wouldn't buy anything until you see what's offered. It'd be nice if Apple surprised us with a little love for the Mini."
Bill Poole: "I received my first Mac—a Mac Plus—as partial payment for a consulting job with Apple in the mid 1980s and have been using them ever since. In those days, I was amazed to find that Apple staffers would lug their machines to conferences, along with a dictionary-sized 20 MB hard drive, so they would have them to use in their motel rooms. This was years before the first laptops, of course.
"Apple is the only brand for which I demonstrate absolutely loyalty—with the exception of LL Bean, which carries a large selection of tall-sized garments for my outsized frame."
psu: "The 5K iMacs are the best desktop computers I've ever used. The screens are great. And with SSD storage they are super fast for all the things I do that are like things you do (writing/typing text, photo processing, music storage and playing). The Macbook Pros are like a laptop version of the iMacs. The best move is to have one of each."