My Computer Resume

Watching “Welcome to Macintosh” made me think of all the computers I’ve owned.

It all started with my Dad’s investment in an Apple ][+ in 1979, given my career since that was a pretty useful investment in my future. It was also the computer I had almost as long as any other. It lasted me from High School through beginning of University. We started out with a TV monitor, later added a green phosphorus monitor. It lasted me through many term papers, despite the fact it didn’t have the ability to do lower case type until we updated it with a special chip.

While in University I debated buying a newer Apple //gs or that new Macintosh. The colour of the //gs won the day and it lasted me through the balance of university and into my first job in Prince George.

When I came back to University to do my Master’s degree the //gs was getting long in the tooth. At that point the Macs were getting color desktops but also the first Powerbooks came out. Given that I had a very small apartment at the time the idea of a Powerbook 140 seemed to work well. I sold that on after a few years and bought my first real Mac desktop with the PowerMac 7100. It was color and I vested in a massive Radius Pivot Monitor which required as big a desk as I could find.

Then came the 90s with the quick succession of PowerMacs. The 7100 gave way to a 7600 which promptly got fried in a power outage. The early 90s also included a brief flirt with a 286-based PC running the pre-Windows versions of Microsoft’s OS. I also added a LaserWriter Select 360 which lasted the second half of the 90s and the early part of 2000s. It was replaced with a 8600 thanks to the insurance company. I also inherited a Powerbook 5300 (still monochrome) from my job. Acutally owning 2 Macintosh Computers. Almost unheard of among any of my geek friends. I also added a slightly used LCII from a friend to have 3 for a breif period. The 5300 and the LCII didn’t make my move to Victoria in 1999. The 8600 was purchased just as the G3-based machines were coming out.

As the 8600 lasted in to the new millenium, it finally gave way to a PowerMac G4 (which is still in use elsewhere in my family). At this point the big CRT monitor – now almost 10 years old – gave way to an Apple Cinema Display (with ADC connector) flat panel LCD. But shortly after I also got the first of several PowerBook G4s. This started with the Titanium model, the early part of 2000s included a breifly owned 17″ Powerbook before I sold it for my company owned-15″ Alumium Powerbook followed by a 12″ Powerbook while I worked at Apple, finally back to a 15″ Powerbook after I left Apple. I did pick up a Mac Mini as my Media Center machine connected to my living room TV and a backup to my laptops. Most of the 2000-2008 was laptops only. The Laserwriter had given way to a big bad Xerox 5400 printer, which actually cost more than any computer I ever bought.

I did have a breif interlude included a Athlon-powered Windows PC, before the move to an intel-based MacBook Pro (15″) that could do both my regular work and any Windows work I needed. That lasted for my days as a consultant working around town. On a whim in 2007, I added a 8-core Mac Pro which was deeply discounted on the Apple Refurbished products Store. After I went back to regular employment I sold the Macbook Pro on (again still used elsewhere in my family).That lasted for almost 2 years with no laptop until 2009 when I got a Macbook Pro 13″ (which I’m writing this on). So As 2009 ended I had a Mac Pro (8-core), a Macbook (13″), a Mac Mini (Core Duo), a Apple TV (bedroom TV), and an iPhone.

Interestingly I never really owned a iMac or non-Pro Macbook. These are the typical consumer devices but never made it into my house. Although if I had to do it again that new 27″ iMac really would have looked good in place of my Apple TV and my 26″ flat panel TV.

iDisk Local Sync = iFail

After several months of trying to use iDisk between 2 machines, that has gone by the wayside. The primary purpose was to sync certain files between my desktop and media machine. One of the main files was my 1Password keychain file. This was done using the local syncing of a copy of my iDisk.

I consistently had errors with the orange sync icon bouncing in the dock waiting to sync a file, while the other machine reported a 0 byte file on the iDisk. With the introduction of a third machine (Macbook Pro) it simply wasn’t worth the hassle.

Stepping in for iDisk is DropBox , which I have been using for ‘cloud’ storage for some files on one machine. While DropBox has a basic free version, it is likely I will be using a paid version.